Why Choose Cloth Diapers?
Better for Our ʻĀina
Approximately 20 BILLION disposable diapers end up in landfills every year. On top of that, it takes each diaper about 500 years to decompose! Unsurprisingly, disposable diapers are the THIRD largest single consumer item in landfills. In addition, a significant amount of resources are used to manufacture disposable diapers, which creates even more waste. In short, we are creating a TON of waste that will be around for many generations to come. Choosing to cloth diaper, even part time, can have a huge positive impact on our health of our ʻāina.
Better for Baby
Better for Your Wallet
Disposable diapers are expensive! One baby alone will use a staggering 8,000(!) disposable diapers from birth to potty, which adds up to $2,500. In contrast, cloth diapers and reusable wipes can cost significantly less, around $300 to $500. You can save even more by buying second-hand cloth diapers, using cloth on multiple babies, and also selling your diapers when babies outgrow them. Even with a slight increase in your energy and detergent costs, your ʻohana can save significant funds by using cloth diapers.
Better Than Disposables
Cloth diapers simply are more effective than disposables. They contain blowouts better and minimize diaper rash. We've NEVER experienced a blowout while using cloth. Our baby also never had a diaper rash while using cloth diapers (unfortunately, baby did experience diaper rash from the rare times we had to use a disposable diaper). When we used cloth diapers, we had peace of mind knowing that our baby was comfortable and that we were well-protected from any unexpected surprises!
Easier Than Expected
Using cloth diapers is easier than you think or expect! Modern cloth diapers have come a long way; there's no safety pins or plastic pants anymore! Nowadays, cloth diapers are just as convenient and easy-to-use as disposable diapers, but WAY cuter and more stylish! By using cloth, we've never experienced the dreaded "late-night diaper run," and never had to empty a smelly diaper pail into an already full trash bin. If you also choose to practice elimination communication with your baby, cloth diapers are wonderfully helpful. With as few as two more loads of laundry a week, cloth diapering is totally doable.
Kū i ke Kaila!
One of the reasons I fell in love with cloth diapering is because they're so CUTE! There are so many beautiful cloth diapers available, and they make diapering your baby quite enjoyable. You can easily tailor your cloth diaper stash to fit your unique style and budget, and also the needs of your family. In a nutshell, cloth is FUN (beware: cloth diapering can be addicting!). :)
Learning about cloth diapers can be overwhelming, but there is a community of cloth diapering families who can offer support and want you to succeed. You are not alone! If you ever have any questions, feel overwhelmed, or just want to share a photo of your cute cloth-diapered baby, please do not hesitate to contact us! There are also many wonderful online cloth diaper communities (e.g., Facebook and Instagram), and they can be a wonderful support system whenever you need it.