… for now anyway. I tried cloth diapers today. Diaper #1 lasted 45 minutes. At that rate I will use like 20 diapers during the day, and I don’t even want to imagine what to do for night time. And as she was wearing that first diaper, I was researching all the different ways to clean cloth diapers. That’s just a lot of work, and uses so much water! So now I’m torn. If I had all the supplies to really do this right, then I think it could work. But I don’t want to go out and get all the stuff I’d need to make this work just to discover that it doesn’t actually work for us. So for now, those cloth diapers I bought will be great burp clothes. Maybe I’ll try again some other time. But for now, I have about a months worth of disposable diapers that I didn’t have to buy. So I’ll go through those while I decide if I really want to do cloth diapers. As Granola Green Mom as I want to be, I just don’t know if I want to do this. Homemade laundry detergent and glass bottles are one thing … but cloth diapers … I just don’t know.
Let’s do the math.
Charlotte goes through 6-8 diapers a day.
There are 56 in the package. Which means she goes through a package a week.
I can get that package for $10. So we spend $40 a month in diapers.
If she stops using diapers at age 2, that would be 24 months of diapers = $960.
Based on today, she would use 15 cloth diapers a day. The initial cost of those diapers are about $30, but you have to have enough for about 3 days to keep laundering time in mind, so $90.
Then you need covers (5 for $60), fasteners (3 for $10), diaper pail ($20), spatula ($1), and detergent ($10 a month, $240).
Cloth diaper total = $420
Okay, so the prices are way different. But is it really worth the time and energy? I’m just not convinced yet. Have any of you done cloth diapers? What did you think? Why did you do it?