Are Reusable Diapers Gross or Worth It?
I’m expecting my first child in less than a month, and I have a dilemma I hope some other Moms can chime in on. I’m really gung ho to use reusable diapers, but I’m afraid I’m going to gag, everyone keeps telling me the smell of a diaper pail is horrendous. So, I’ve been reading a lot about using this type of diapering for my baby as opposed to disposables. Quite frankly, my sister is making me feel like the worst person on earth because I even said the word “disposable diaper.” And within a day, she gifted me this giant stack of lovely, pre-folded diapers. I’ve been researching this online, and I’m trying to make a decision. Here’s what I have so far:
Arguments For Reusable Diapers
Two of the biggest arguments I hear over and over, especially from my sister are that diapers you can wash and reuse will save us a lot of money, we’d otherwise literally be throwing away with every disposable diaper. The other argument I keep hearing (once again, especially from my sister) is that reusable diapers are kinder to the environment. I’m not the greenest person on the planet, I admit I could be better in many ways. I don’t even recycle as much as I should. So obviously, I want to be a better person, but I’m not convinced this is the way to do it.
Arguments Against Reusable Diapers
Once I started figuring pricing, actually if you go name brand diaper, it’s definitely cheaper to use the reusable diapers. However, if you use an off-brand of diaper, it can work out to be not so expensive for using disposable diapers. Now the thing I can’t get around is the environmental issue. Given the time it takes the plastics in a disposable diaper to breakdown in a landfill, there’s no argument from me there that reusable diaper is a more environmentally-friendly choice.
What About the Cost?
If you have more than one child in diapers, twins, or multiples; I can see how using reusable diapers would be a real cost cutter. According to my analysis on how the pricing is here in my state, I would save a couple of hundred dollars a year. That is definitely making reusable diapers much more attractive to me.
Less Leakage and Accidents in Reusable Diapers
Another big plus I learned from many mothers in some online forums I frequent, is that babies that wear cloth diapers have diaper rash far less frequently because they tend to be changed more often. Combined with a cloth diaper cover to help stop leaks, I like the idea of my baby being more comfortable and not wrapped in the plastic of a disposable diaper.
Time Spent Washing Diapers vs. Fast Disposing
One tip a Mom gave me about using reusable diapers really was the tipping point for me. She told me that she had used reusable diapers since her daughter was 5-weeks old and washing them was no big deal. She just knocked any solid matter into the toilet and popped the diapers in the diaper pail by her washing machine, and when she had a small load, she washed the diapers and hung them up to dry on a drying rack by her hot water tank. I really loved that idea. Also, she pointed out she didn’t have to ever worry about running out of diapers. I have to admit, I really like that idea.
After reading up on reusable diapers, and chatting with some other Moms, I’ve come to the decision that I’m going to try it. I’m still a little antsy about the diaper pail, but I think using cloth diapers is the best way to go.