Archive | October 2012

Beginning my Cloth Diaper Journey

I have 3 children ages 3 and under.  After scrutinizing our budget with our 2nd baby, I decided that with the 3rd we would be using cloth diapers.  Diapers are expensive and disgusting.  In my research I found that the average American spends between $1200-2500 on diapers in the first 2 years.  We chose to use Parent’s Choice diapers simply because they were the cheapest at around $20 a case for about 124-200 (depending on the size).  We spent about $20-40 a month per child depending on the age of the child as they use more when they are smaller.  That’s still $240-$480 per year per child.  Having more than one in diapers at a time, this adds up quickly.

So, I went online and ordered all of the materials I needed to make my own cloth diapers.  I spent approximately $200 to make diapers that will last from 8lb-24lbs and a set of 6 reusable pullups.  By the time my children reach the 24lb mark, they are potty training, so I can use 1 set of diapers the whole time they are wearing them and pull ups at night during the potty training period.  If you would like other reasons to switch from disposable diapers to cloth diapers there are many resources available.  Click here for more information on why to switch to cloth diapers.

I have been on a journey and have learned many things in the last 3 months I have been using cloth diapers.  That is why I have created this blog…to share the wealth of knowledge learned from my research and my mistakes ranging from sewing to washing to solving the leaking problems I have run into.