Cloth diapers are a wonderful alternative to disposable diapers. Why? Well because it’s better for the environment AND you can save a lot of money in the long run. But finding cloth diapers locally or even diaper services that provide the diapers and clean them sometimes isn’t easy or even possible. Here are a few facts about cloth diapers that will help you find exactly what you need, whether locally or online.
When it comes to cloth diapers you have 2 options; diaper service or buy your own diapers.
A cloth diaper service allows you to basically outsource the cleaning of your baby’s diapers. Most services will even provide the prefolds (rectangular cloth diapers) on a weekly basis. You may even have the option to use your own cloth diapers if you prefer.
Once a week the service will drop off the prefolds and a bag to place the used diapers for pick up. So once your baby uses the diapers, you simply store them in the bag for the service to pick them up next time they stop by to drop off the new prefolds and bag.
Generally, most services charge anywhere from $15-$50 a week. In the long run, you probably save a little bit more using the cloth diaper service vs disposable, but think about the good you are doing in terms of saving the environment and cloth diapers feel a lot better on your baby.
The main difference that is probably obvious and WHY diaper services exist in the first place, is that you have to clean your baby’s diapers. Yuck! There is actually a lot that goes into cleaning the diapers to ensure the diapers are clean and sterile and to avoid stains. You also have to ensure you’re not using any fragrances or other additives in the wash that could harm the baby.
So the washing aspect and having to deal with the stinky mess is a lot of work and a major drawback. And who wants to have more work in front of them after bringing a new baby home? In this regard, it might make sense to pay for a service to start until you get settled in with the new baby.
The one major advantage is cost. You will save a lot of money doing this yourself. Instead of spending 25$ a week, the only costs you have will be the costs of the prefold cloth diapers and the water and energy that goes into cleaning them. You can expect to pay around $300 or less per year in cloth diapers without the service.
If you are looking to save money, buying cloth diapers from somewhere online like Amazon is your best bet. Coming from experience, you can and will get used to the grossness and it’s really not that bad once you get into a routine. In fact, with time it really becomes a simple walk in the park!
A diaper service is a great idea to save time and not have to deal with any of the mess. If you can afford the service and happen to be in an area where there is a reliable service, go for it! Otherwise we suggest buying your own cloth diapers and stay away from disposables no matter what.