I asked my little monkey to show off his new cloth diaper, and this is the pose he chose:
After almost five straight years of diapering, I finally had the guts to research cloth diapers. Yep, I had never even looked into it. It seemed like unnecessary work; something that a busy mom of little ones does not need!
Nevertheless, I have a couple of close friends who love their cloth diapers, so I started asking them questions and was intrigued. Once I really started researching, I found out that from birth until potty training, most people spend about 2.5K on disposable diapers. A quick look at my budget definitely confirms this fact!
How much did I spend on my full-time set, wet bag, diaper sprayer and detergent? $370 total (and this includes some beautiful, upgraded diapers-- you can do it for much less). This means that with just a toddler, we would make up the cost in under 10 months, but since we are expecting a newborn in February (and will likely still have a toddler in diapers), we will make up our cost in roughly 6 or 7 months. And then within three years I will have an extra two-thousand dollars (!) in my household budget. Why did it take me so long to figure this out!
We have had our diapers for less than a week, so I am still very much a novice, but my husband and I have been very surprised with how simple and efficient the cleaning process is. It isn't gross, even with a toddler, and it feels good to be making less trips out to the trash can. All it really requires an extra load of laundry every other day. Also, since our two-year-old is a very good communicator, it is reassuring to hear him tell us that he prefers his new diapers, because they are "soft and cozy".
So here is to my new baby-rearing adventure...