Do you cloth diaper to save green or go green?


#1

Just wondering if anyone else besides me cloth diapers primarily to save money. Time after time, when people find out that I cloth diaper, they extol my environmentalism:rolleyes: Not that I think we don't need to be good stewards of the earth, but I'm honestly not all that worried about it.:shrug:


#2

I like that it saves money, and we probably started out that way, but I became addicted! I love fluff!


#3

There's a third possibility--some people might cloth diaper because it's better for babies, regardless of what is better for the planet or the pocketbook.


#4

Both, plus ( and most importantly) the fact that it's healthier for the baby. I had some really cute and kind of pricey diapers before it was all said and done, but I still spent a lot less than I would have by doing disposables for all the kids.


#5

I only used cloth diapers & mostly did because we saved a huge amount of money. Plus it was easier on the babies: less diaper rash.
My youngest is now 16 so those days are past…


#6

DH and I live in a high rise with coin laundry so with the cost of laundry we went with a diaper service instead. The price was comparable to disposable diapers but our diaper lady gave us a discount to test out some of her diapers and inserts so we pay a bit less than we would for disposables. So our decision had more to do with the benefits to baby and the environment rather than to save money.


#7

Wow! We have no diaper services left in my area. The last one closed when gas prices spiked in '08.


#8

Originally it was for the environment first, money second (with the twins), but I quit because the changes themselves were so time-consuming (with twins, that extra thirty seconds to a minute while you are changing a cloth diaper with the other baby screaming next to you can be torture, especially repeated 20 times a day). Now it's all about the Benjamins with this baby, although if money weren't an overriding concern, I would still probably want to cloth diaper for the environment. Health of the baby has never been a concern for me, as my children have never had problems w/ diaper rash, etc.


#9

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There's a third possibility--some people might cloth diaper because it's better for babies, regardless of what is better for the planet or the pocketbook.

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My kids are older now but that was my main motivation at the time.


#10

My oldest daughter is expecting my first grandbaby so my diaper days will begin again, albeit in a different capacity… :wink:

My kids always got diaper rash WITH the cloth diapers. I tried and tried… different detergents, no detergents, ad infinitum. All three of my girls wore disposables (they are 20, 14 and 12) but boy did they get potty trained early.

I find it curious that all of you seem to be of the opposite opinion on the diaper rash.

Steph


#11

It’s not the diaper rash that concerns me, we had more of an issue with rashes with cloth, especially when we experimented with detergents. Once we got a good system, and found out which detergent to use, we rarely had a problem.

My concerns health-wise have more to do with exposure to the chemicals and toxins in disposables, which are there to absorb odor and wetness. Disposable diapers “off-gas” just like a plastic shower curtain does and there have been links made to exposure to the chemicals in disposables, and asthma. The plastic part of a disposable does not allow the baby’s bottom to breathe and has been linked to male infertility, as the testicles get too hot when air is not allowed to reach them.


#12

We cloth diaper for fun! :D I think they're so cute, and diapering with cloth is, imo, just more enjoyable. With sposies you're dealing with a piece of trash (I care not about the environmental impact--there's enough environmentalism these days without me), but with cloth, it's just more.... pleasant. It's like an art/hobby (cloth) vs. a chore (sposies).

So I started for fun (and to look into EC, which ultimately didn't work out), but now I do enjoy the saving of green. A neat side effect! CDing is so easy, especially with a completely breastfed baby. :thumbsup: I don't know why I thought it would be such a pain in the neck before. It sure has an undeserved horrible reputation.

Our babies occaisionally get rashes in cloth and in sposies, so that's never been a factor for us. :shrug:


#13

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