The moment you share news of your pregnancy, you will undoubtedly be bombarded by unsolicited advice from family, friends, co-workers, and sometimes, even strangers.
As well-intentioned as these individuals may be, their opinions can be overwhelming.
The decision to cloth diaper your baby will undoubtedly elicit copious statements of intrigue, disgust, and sheer disbelief.
“Eww, you put it in your washing machine.”
“You don’t even seem the ‘hippy’ type.”
“It isn’t worth it.”
“It’s so GROSS!!!”
These are just a few of the comments that many parents receive when they announce their use of cloth diapers for the children.
Here are eight benefits of cloth diapers that will help you deal with complicated family and friends that are unsupportive of your choice.
1. Cost Savings
No matter how you look at it, one of the most significant benefits of cloth diapers are the savings.
In fact, if you wanted to, you could build an entire Newborn to Potty Training stash for around $100.
Now, compare this to the disposable cost of $60-80 a month.
Some basic math will show you that if you have a child in diapers for 2.5 years or 30 months, you can expect to save somewhere around $1500.
With anything, you can undoubtedly end up spending more if you decide you want the cutest prints, all in ones, or a HUGE stash, but realistically, with $100, you can be prepared and secure.
Not only is there the initial cost savings with one child, but think of if you end up having multiple children.
That same stash can be used time and time again, multiplying the cost savings with each use.
2. It’s Good for the Planet
There is an environmental impact that each of us makes on Earth every day.
By using cloth diapers, we can reduce our carbon footprint a little bit at a time.
Each year, the United States estimates that over 27.4 BILLION disposable diapers are used.
These diapers end up in landfills and account for around 3.4 MILLION tons of trash.
That is staggering!
Regular diapers are a contributing factor and the manufacturing, packaging, and shipping of these to the end consumer.
While it does take resources to produce and clean cloth diapers, the impact is significantly decreased versus their disposable counterparts, which is another one of the benefits of cloth diapers.
Suppose you are interested in further reducing your footprint.
In that case, you can look into second-hand diapers, diapers made using sustainable resources such as hemp and bamboo and hanging them to dry versus using an electric dryer.
3. No Chemicals In Cloth Diapers
Every day it seems like there is a new story in the news about chemicals discovered in baby lotions, shampoos, and even food.
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather see what I’m putting on my child versus finding out later.
Did you know that 80% of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream within the first 5 minutes?
Think of this, if a diaper is laden with chemicals from production, and to maintain the product integrity, your baby is being exposed to things that could potentially cause rashes or chemical burns.
Not only are these chemicals causing surface issues, but they may also be causing ongoing problems for your child.
Using natural fibers near the baby's skin, you cut down on the risk of these issues.
Some kids go through multiple kinds of disposables before they find one that doesn't irritate their skin.
If cloth diapers were used initially, these kids might be saved from discomfort and irritation and possible future health issues.
4. Shop Small, Support Real Families
Another one of the benefits of cloth diapers is that many are produced and sold by small businesses that rely on the community’s support to thrive.
Their families are dependent on the sales and volume in their stores.
By using cloth diapers, chances are, you’re helping a family feed and cloth their children, send them to college, and make sure they have a safe place to live.
Larger corporations such as Pampers, Huggies, and Honest don’t depend on one customer.
They have other interests that keep them afloat and thriving.
Here at Nicki's, we support small business and add as many of their products to our site as we can to support them and our own families we employ here.
To buy cloth diapers is to support one another.
5. It Isn’t All or Nothing
One of the benefits of cloth diapers is the flexibility they offer.
It’s not an all-or-nothing kind of thing.
Perhaps you want to cloth at home, but doing it while out and about doesn’t interest you.
Or maybe you think daytime makes sense, but the nighttime cloth diapers aren’t for you...that is 100% OK!
You can make these decisions on your own and know that you’re doing a good job no matter what.
Each time you use cloth, you’re keeping another diaper out of a landfill.
That’s got to be worth something, right?
6. Fewer Poop-Splosions!!!!
This is quite possibly one of my most favorite benefits of cloth diapers.
We’ve all been there; the baby has that tell-tale explosive poop.
The one that you hear and immediately know is going to be wrong.
It’s up to their back, out their thighs, and sometimes - if you’re lucky - in their hair. It’s like a rite of passage to motherhood.
Fortunately, I can tell you from experience that it doesn’t have to be this way.
I’ve experienced my fair share of these explosions from my older children that I didn't use cloth diapers with.
However, since switching over, my little guy has not managed to “out poo” his cloth diapers.
He is an explosive pooper on a regular, and cloth diapers have contained all of the mess within the cover.
This alone is worth all of the extra effort I’ve put into using cloth.
7. Cloth Diapers are so Fluffing CUTE!
People can say what they want, but I can guarantee one thing for sure, cloth diapers are CUTE!
No one can resist a sweet, chunky baby in a cloth diaper covered in flowers, animals, and just a beautiful shade of blue.
No matter if you’re into the newest print or even a simple flat with a white cover, there is something irresistibly adorable and simplistic about a little one waddling around in a cloth diaper.
8. Online Community
The cloth diaper community online is one of the most supportive and understanding that I have encountered.
Discussions frequently shy away from merely cloth and sustainable living and cover topics that impact many new and seasoned parents.
There is something to be said for a supportive “tribe” around you, even if they’re only online friends, and it’s one of the most potent benefits of cloth diapers you can experience.
These individuals will cheer you on in your triumphs and commiserate with you upon your failures.
They lift you up and help you cope. They can become some of your closest friends and resources.
If you're not a part of the Official Nicki's Diapers Facebook Group - what are you waiting for??
Utilize them; that’s what they’re there for.
Conclusion - Top Benefits of Cloth Diapers
Hopefully, this list will provide you with some information that you can share with those in your life that are not supportive of your decision to use cloth diapers.
There are a lot of reasons people choose to cloth diaper their children.
Be it environmental, financial, or simply because the diapers are irresistibly adorable, know that you are making a sound and smart decision.
Regardless, always remember that YOU are the decision-maker for your child. The views of friends and family are just that, opinions.
You get to make these calls as you know what is best for your child and your family.
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You’ve got this.
Keep doing what you’re doing.
Everything will work out, and who knows, maybe you’ll inspire someone else to do their part to save our planet along the way!