We had a new addition to our family. Actually, the first addition. Anyway, we started with disposable diapers and wow… just wow. Every time I put one in the trash, I cringe. A baby use an average of 2000 diapers per year, so around 6000 until they are potty trained. Six… thousands !!! The price per diaper is around 27 cents (7th generation or Pampers), which adds up to around $1600. Then to that, you add the price of wipes. If you use one wipe which average at $.06/wipe, it adds up at around $300. If you only use one per diaper change…
Cloth diapers is way less expensive on the long run, around $400 for 20 diapers. Add $50 for 40 organic wipes made from hemp. The disadvantage is that you need to spend the money right away, instead of buying a few diapers per week.
But just imagining that pile of 6000 diapers in the landfill makes me angry with myself, because I can avoid making that pile.
There are a lot of good cloth diapers out there. I tried the Little Beetle cloth diapers, and they make a good job. But the cloth diaper and the cover make it really big and interfere with my baby’s movements. I therefore use them during the night.
A couple of months ago, I bought a really good sewing machine. So why not put it to good use. Cloth diapers have been made and used for centuries, and looking at the Little Beetle, cloth diapers looks pretty straight forward.
You will need to find some waterproof fabric, PUL seems to be the most popular choice. Hancock Fabrics carries it sometimes, otherwise, verybaby.com has a good selection of cloth diaper fabrics. They also have patterns if you want to follow instructions. Otherwise, just take a regular disposable diaper and try to figure how they build it. If you want a free pattern, I can send you mine, just comment on this post.
One diaper will end up costing you around $5 for an All-in-One (no need for covers), and around $.60 per wipes if you choose organic fabric.
All-in-one are a good option during the day. You will want to have a mix of all-in-one, and diapers with separate covers, which I use during the night. They are bigger but are more absorbent.
Also, regular diapers are really easy to make, you can make a dozen in a few hours. Same thing for the covers.
The all-in-one is a little bit more tricky, but if you are patient enough and don’t mind trying it a few times. I strongly suggest experiencing on cheap fabric first.
Good luck !