Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cloth Diaper Conversion

Do you or did you use disposable diapers for your babies? Have you ever thought about how much money disposable diapers cost?

Even the disposable diaper manufacturers are starting to worry that they will lose business because of how much disposable diapers cost, according to the Wall Street Journal article "Big Diaper Makers Square Off"

I exclusively used disposables on my first five babies. Looking at the cloth savings calculators , that means I've wasted about $10, 000 over the years on cloth diapers! Wow, that is a LOT of money. Now to be honest, I don't think we really spent that much money. Diapers were considerably cheaper in 1987 than they were in 2005, but the way I figure it, even with most of our kids being potty trained before they were 2 1/2, we have probably spent at least $7,000 over the years on disposable diapers. I've always LOVED disposable wipes, so we've probably spent several thousand more on those.

Last year our budget got really tight & I decided it was time to find a way to use fewer disposable diapers. I doubted that I could cloth diaper full time, but I was sure that with a few cloth diapers I could drastically cut down the number of disposables my daughter was using. Our youngest was 14 months old at the time. At first I was overwhelmed by the choices, then I decided to just keep it simple. I was relieved to find a local diaper store where I could look at & touch the diapers. Once I had seen them in person, I knew it was going to work. I bought 6 Kissaluv Contours and 2 Prorap snap covers.

Within a week I was totally hooked, less than a month after I bought my first cloth diapers, my daughter was in cloth full time. In a few days I'll share pictures of all the wonderful styles we are now using, but in the beginning, those 6 contours & 2 proraps were all it took to convince me that cloth was definitely the way for me to save money.


Kristi said...

Great post, Denise - I do love my cloth dipes!! I linked to this on my cloth diapering post:

Anonymous said...

Oh,I absolutely LOVED using cloth on Kaitlyn. I wished that I'd done it with the older two as well.

Jeff9 said...

The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Hand Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off" Available at http://www.bathroomsprayers.com they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won't know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we're talking green and helping the environment without any pain. One review: http://jonathanandandrea.blogspot.com/2009/04/spray-it-or-scrub-it.html