As you consider cloth diapering, you may be wondering the cost difference between diapering through a service or using disposables. Many people will assume that disposables are obviously a cheaper solution. However, this is not necessarily the case. A recent study found that families using disposable diapers should budget between $150-$275 a month for at least the first 6 months of a baby’s life. Choosing an eco-friendly diaper puts you at the higher end of that estimate, and using an off-brand diaper on the lower end. By comparison, soon-to-be parents will find the cost of cloth diapering through a service like Green Diaper Babies anywhere from $199-$256 a month. Surprise! Choosing the most eco-friendly and baby-safe fits into a disposable diaper budget!
Let’s break it down further to see what benefits are included in using a diaper service that are not available with disposable diapers.
Impact on the Environment & Economy
A baby can use over 2,000 diaper in their first year of life! And it takes over 500 years for a single disposable diaper to decompose in a landfill. That means every single disposable diaper ever used is still sitting in a landfill, and they will be for a very long time. True, it does take energy and water to wash disposable diapers, but when a single cloth diaper can be reused for up to 7 years and is used by multiple families – one cannot deny they are better in the long run.
Additionally, by choosing a small business like Green Diaper Babies you are supporting your local economy and creating jobs for the people in your neighborhood! Compare this to large companies whose factories often remain unhindered in their mass production of greenhouse gas emissions and impact on the environment. With Green Diaper Babies you have personalized support from people who love what they do and care about your family.
Ingredients & Baby Health
It’s no secret that run-of-the-mill disposable diapers contain nasty ingredients such as dioxins, unspecified fragrances, plastics, chlorine bleach and sodium polyacrylate. While these excel at absorbing tons of baby pee and poo, they are suspects in baby rashes and irritations. This super absorbent quality lends itself to not changing baby as often as needed, which means baby’s bum is exposed to urine and feces for too long.
On the other hand, cloth diapers are made from entirely baby safe materials. Organic cotton and bamboo terry are soft, absorbent, and free of any harmful chemicals. Parents can sleep easy (for the hours they do get!) in wrapping a cloth diaper around their baby.
Disposable diapers are convenient because you can toss them straight in the trash after use. If you’re washing cloth diapers at home you certainly loose this level of ease. However, with a diaper service this convenience is restored! Tossing baby’s soiled diaper into a bag that will be picked up once a week is just like throwing it in a trash bin! With Green Diaper Babies there is no need to scrape or rinse your diaper before sending it to us. Leave your dirty diapers outside your front door, and we’ll take them as is. We are your one stop shop for diapering. You can even add wipes (cloth or disposable), creams, lotions, and all the other diapering accessories you may need to your weekly delivery. Forget trips to the grocery store for diaper supplies!
Consider Green Diaper Babies your personal diaper concierge! Being a parent isn’t easy, and our team knows that. We strive to communicate with compassion, clarity, and flexible options for all our families. We are experts in the field of cloth diapering and can answer any questions you may have. We provide travel options when you go on vacation and you can easily modify your deliveries online. We are the guides you can trust in diapering your baby. You won’t get that from the grocery store or online purchases!
In general, babies who cloth diaper tend to potty train about 6 months to 1 year earlier than their disposable diapered counterparts. This could be due to the fact that a cloth diaper does not wick away moisture like disposable diapers. They can feel when they become wet and this encourages them to do what they need to in order to stay dry; use the toilet! Potty training 6 months earlier is about 720 diapers you don’t need to buy!
“One Diaper at a Time”
We truly believe every diaper matters. Whether your family can cloth diaper full-time or only part-time, our flexible packages accommodate all family diapering styles. We have full cloth or 1/2 cloth, 1/2 disposable packages. Diverting even 50% of your diapers from landfills makes a HUGE difference for our world and for your baby!
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