The Big Cotton Diapers Argument
I don’t know what to do. I’m looking for input from someone that has used cloth or cotton diapers, whatever you want to call them. I want to use cloth diapers, but I’m currently on the fence as to whether or not they will be more hassle than they are worth. Here’s a little background on me. I am married with twin girls that are 22-months old, not potty trained, though I am trying really hard to make it happen, that’s another story. And I have a newborn and I’m weighing the cost of buying diapers versus using cloth diapers. It seems like a move that would save a lot of money.
My Reasons for Using Cotton Diapers
Case in point, my husband lost his job. He’s on unemployment and looking for work and I am on maternity leave. Our original plan was that I would stay home with the kids after our son arrived, but right now I’m the only one with a job. Paying for childcare, I am sure I don’t have to tell you, is insanely expensive when you have 3 kids under the age of 5. So my husband and I are looking at ways to cut costs and I offered up using reusable diapers, and he said it really wasn’t a good deal.
His Reasons for Disposable Diapers
My dear husband told me that by the time we purchase cloth diapers, a diaper pail, the extra washing and drying costs; he figures we will be spending roughly the same amount as for disposable diapers. I could see his point if I was going to be doing a load of laundry every single day, but I’m not. I only plan on doing my laundry on Wednesday and Saturday like I always do. He seems to think it’s a huge waste of money and given our current money situation, he thinks that using disposable diapers is the best way to go.
My Concerns About Disposable Diapers
I know that all disposable diapers are not made alike. When my twins were small, I bought a cheap brand of diapers just to save a little money, and the results were horrible. Not only did the diapers leak, something in the diapers gave both my babies a horrible rash. I don’t know if it was the “fresh baby powder” scent that caused it, but it was bad. I went back to the more expensive big name brand of disposables and no more leaking, or rashes occurred. So, that tells me I am stuck with the cost and disposable diapers just silly when you consider you are paying for something to throw away. Plus, once you throw it away, it has to degrade someplace for thousands of years. That’s not the mark I really want to leave on the Earth. In fact, I don’t want to leave a mark at all.
Guess What We Decided About Cotton Diapers?
I was talking to my mother about the argument my hubby and I are having, and guess what she did? Early this afternoon she showed up with a large bag of organic cotton cloth diapers, a great diaper pail system, and stayed to show me how to fold my cloth diapers. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, I did need a little practice before I got it right. My husband agreed with me, once our son uses up the newborn-sized disposable diapers we have on hand here, we are switching to these. My mom also dropped off some Antsy Pants cloth pull ups for my twins. They are so excited about wearing these, I think we just vaulted forward on potty training.
Our argument about using Cotton Diapers has become a point of teasing between my husband and I now. It’s tough money-wise all the way around right now, but I feel like we’ll make it. Plus, I’m really looking forward to using this new diapering system.