Before Sarah was born, I announced that I was going to go on a mission to find out if this picture was accurate. Using 3,000 disposable diapers yearly seemed to be a stretch in my mind. And even with four kids I never imagined that I used this many diapers on one kid. But as I have discovered well it may be accurate.
Before I go into this any further, I want to say, the last thing I want is for this post to discourage anyone from cloth diapering. Is cloth diapering simple? Yes and no. Is there extra laundry involved? Not really-it’s just a load of laundry. Can anyone do it? Yes (even my 6 years old knows how to wash cloth diapers). It’s important to mention cloth diapering does not have to be an all or nothing thing. There are plenty of full time working parents who cloth diaper full and part-time. If you only want to cloth diaper at nights and on the weekends, go for it! Just because you can’t commit to using diapers for every single change, every day doesn’t mean that you still can’t enjoy and reap the benefits of saving money. And who knows maybe starting out on a part-time basis is what’s best for you.
BENEFITS OF CLOTH DIAPERING
- Reduce waste that is accumulated in landfills: Although there obviously is not enough research done, it is estimated that it could take disposable diapers around 500 years to disintegrate–pretty
neatgross huh? By cloth diapering, fewer diapers end up in landfills. And as I attempt to see just how many times my baby is actually changed each day, if I can contribute at the very least 3,000 less diapers, I am more than willing to add an extra load of laundry to do so.
- Avoiding Chemicals: Whether or not you think the chemicals in ‘sposie’s are harmful, that is a completely personal choice. But even if at the end of all of this there are still diaper brands out there produce disposable diapers without chemicals. Honest Company and Babyganics are two companies that produce diapers without chemicals.
- Nicer on the bum (and in-between areas): There are some that swear their children never get rashes in cloth. I can say the only time Sarah has had a rash is when we were in disposables for a short amount of time due to an illness. I won’t say that they don’t occur in cloth, but I will say they may be few and far between. Organic Bamboo Fleece (or Velour) up against SB’s girl parts are probably a lot comfier for her than whatever that is that line’s a disposable diaper.
JUST HOW MANY DIAPERS DOES AN INFANT USE?
Of course, this will vary from baby to baby. SB is a very heavy wetter, which means I change her much more frequently. We change about ever 2-2.5 hours (even on the rare occasion where we needed disposables). Our nighttime routine (which I will go over in a separate post), is a bit different and doesn’t necessarily require the every two-hour change. As you can see in the picture to the left from our diaper journal, Sarah was changed about every two hours (more or less) and about 14 times.
I did my best to always note in the diaper journal when she was changed. However, I will say there are quite a few changes missing (most notably when my husband changes her and when others change her-that alone can add up to a significant difference in the number I am referencing and the actual amount). So here are our monthly totals with diaper changes:
This brings us a grand total of 1,308 diaper changes as of April 9th (when Sarah turned 7 months). Now according to the picture above, there is an average of about 3,000 diaper changes the first year. So at this point, I will say that is probably true depending on the baby.