In this post, Two Birdees is excited to share with you how you can save money by using cloth diapers, and how to get started with cloth diapers as a mom who’s new to the game.
In our last post on the history behind today’s cloth diaper craze, we explained that cloth diapers -- the only option available to moms for all of human history -- all but disappeared around the middle of the 20th century, when disposable diapers became easily available. The ease of disposables was a gift to many busy parents. Unfortunately, all those disposables winding up in landfills weren’t doing Mother Earth any favors.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 20 billion disposable diapers are dumped in landfills each year. A single disposable takes around 500 years to completely break down, so this is a problem that can’t be gotten rid of easily. As the diapers decompose, chemicals used to bleach or absorb moisture are leaked into the surrounding earth. This doesn’t even take into account the damage these chemicals can do while the diaper is still in use; they can cause diaper rash and a host of other allergic reactions on a baby’s delicate skin.
It took us a long time to realize the damage that disposable diapers were doing to the planet. Once we did, cloth diaper production started to slowly increase again. As more and more moms turned to cloth diapers, they began to notice that they were saving more than the environment...they were also saving cash!
Cloth vs. disposable diaper savings vary depending on how many diapers your little one uses and what brands of both are used, but you’re guaranteed to save some money. A friend of Two Birdees recently calculated the cost of cloth diapering for her kids, and came up with this chart to share with us.
$2,571 saved over the 2-3 years your little one needs diapers is pretty impressive, and that’s only for one child. As you can see from the box on the right side of the chart, the amount saved increases the more kids in the family use cloth diapers.
So, you want to give cloth diapering a try. But where to begin? There are dozens of brands of cloth diapers out there, each claiming to be the best. Luckily, we at Two Birdees have already done the work for you. We already look high and low for the most eco friendly baby clothes to offer health conscious moms out there, and when we decided to carry cloth diapers, we did the same thing, carefully comparing brands for cost, style, and sustainability before we settled on bumGenius.
The brand was created by Jenn and Jimmy Labit, a husband and wife team who struggled to afford disposable diapers for their first child. Cloth diapers proved to be the solution they needed, and today, they are committed to starting others down the road to cloth diapering success. We carry some of bumGenius’ most popular styles of cloth diaper, including the Freetime All-In-One and the Original 5.0.
Both the Original and Freetime styles are made up of a waterproof outer layer and a soft, stretchy inside that offers a first line of defense against your baby’s messes. The difference lies in the absorbent, reusable liner pads that do most of the work. On the Original 5.0, there is an inner pocket which you stuff with a removable liner, which gets taken out before washing. The Freetime All-in-One has two liners partly sewn into it. This makes for more padding and less chance of leakage, but can also make the diaper more bulky.
Both styles have a lot of fans. If you’re just looking into cloth diapers, it may be best to try both styles and see which works best for your little one. Most cloth diapering websites advise moms to store up a stash of 12-24 cloth diapers; that way, you can wait until you have a full laundry load’s worth before you wash them, and still have some extras for your baby to wear while you’re washing. It’s not like you can throw a couple of dirty diapers in with your nice clothes!
Color coding your stash of diapers can help you keep track of which ones to use when. Luckily, bumGenius diapers come in tons of different colors and prints. Their Albert pattern is a fun favorite with its black and white chalkboard design, but bumGenius also carries a rainbow of solids from understated Armadillo to bright Stellar blue. If you prefer a more traditional look, they have a plain White diaper, too.
We hope this post has inspired you to give cloth diapers a try. Two Birdees is among the premier online infant clothing stores to carry bumGenius, and we want everybody to know how they can save cash and the environment at the same time through these awesome products! So, browse our shop for even more bumGenius cloth diapers, and check back on the blog for more upcoming information on the cloth diapering revolution!