Thursday, May 17, 2012
why cloth diapers?
I began researching cloth diapers when I got pregnant with Duke. I was pretty sure we were going to go that route. And we did. I was blessed with 19 Fuzzibunz cloth diapers from my baby showers. We were definitely set.
Although I do love our planet, I'm not really doing cloth diapers in order to save the environment or go green. I'm trying to save money. I think the biggest way to save money with babies is breastfeeding. The second biggest way is by using cloth diapers. (Don't quote me on that, but that's my observation so far. All you crazies put your calculators away.)
Cloth diapers? Like ... wrap your baby's butt with cloth, stick in some safety pins, and throw on some plastic pants? That kind? Heck no! Welcome to 2012. Cloth diapers have evolved. Maybe by 2030 they'll figure out how to make babies not poop at all.
Anyway, it's not that difficult. There are some basic things to know, some things to do in preparation, and some other tips/information I'd like to offer. But for now, I'm trying to convince you to click on that little Fuzzibunz banner at the bottom of my blog and buy some cloth diapers!
(Let me know when you're convinced and I'll stop typing.)
But really, let's just do a little math. (You may get out your calculators now.)
On a normal day, you may go through anywhere from 6-10 diapers. Let's go for the middle number. 8 diapers a day comes to about 248 diapers a month. At Walmart, you can by a box of 108 Pampers Swaddlers for $25.00. In a month, that's $57.40 for exactly 248 diapers ($0.23 per diaper). In 1 year, that's roughly $688.88 worth of diapers. (I do realize not every month has 31 days. So, give or take a few bucks.) A pack of 18 Fuzzibunz diapers is $341.10. And, trust me, 18 is plenty for one baby.
$688.88 versus $341.10 spent in 1 year
$1,377.76 versus $341.10 spent in 2 years
So, you're definitely saving money. Of course, there are other things that play into this equation like purchasing specific laundry detergent to clean the diapers and the number of cycles it takes to wash a load of diapers. On the other hand, you can use these diapers with multiple children. I'll address all of that business in future posts.
All I want you to do is think about it. If you have money growing on trees in your backyard and don't really care to save those trees for future generations, then cloth diapering may not be for you. And that's totally fine. I don't have intense opinions about diapering. Disposable diapers are great. We use them occasionally when we're out for long periods of time. But I just want to save some monies.
Questions? Concerns? Leave a comment and maybe I can help you. Regardless, click on that banner and do a little reading about Fuzzibunz cloth diapers!