One of the most difficult decisions green parents can make is whether or not to use cloth diapers. For me, it was a no-brainer: I couldn’t fathom throwing away 8-12 diapers per day for the next 2-3 years. Plus, I knew that cloth diapers would be a great way to save money.
However, have you seen the cloth diaper community online? It’s insane. As in, I had no idea where to start. Every mom has an opinion what is the best diaper, the best cleaning method, the best diaper pail, etc. – and each opinion is different. Should I go with just one diaper brand, or try several different brands? Should I choose pre-folds, pockets, or all-in-one diapers? Should I order online or find a store? The more I researched, the less I knew what path to go.
In the end, I found a cloth diapering class and decided to just go there and buy what they said to buy. The Bellybum Boutique class was awesome, and really helped me figure out where to start. We spent at least an hour and a half shopping with the owner, and ended up with a variety of different types & brands of cloth diapers, along with cloth wipes, a diaper pail, and other accessories. We decided that the best path for us was to try out all these types and brands first before “investing” in more diapers – especially since, as the owner pointed out, most cloth diapers don’t fit newborns, and since we wanted to cloth diaper from the very beginning, the best thing to do is to first figure out what works best for us.
Here’s our diaper stash, in all it’s glory:
And here’s what we ended up with:
- 24 pre-folds (aka “traditional” cloth diapers)
- 6 Snappis (instead of diaper pins)
- 6 diaper covers
- 8 newborn-sized pocket & all-in-one diapers
- 8 one-sized pocket & all-in-one diapers (i.e. diapers that will “grow” with the baby)
- 6 one-sized diaper covers
- 6 hemp inserts (for added leak-proof protection)
- about 100 cloth wipes
- 1 diaper warmer
- 1 diaper pail
- 2 diaper pail liners
- 1 diaper sprayer (to attach to toilet)
- 2 wet bags (to toss dirty diapers into – one for my diaper bag, one for the bedroom for late-night changes)
Seems like a ton, right? But when you add up everything that you need for disposable diapers, and the cost of constantly buying and tossing those away, I think we made the better choice. Cloth diapering will save us an average of $2000-$3000, depending on when the little one decides to potty train – plus, all of the millions and millions of disposable diapers sitting in a landfill….well, I just can’t stand the thought of it.