When we found out we were having twins, luckily we found out early so we had time to plan that we were growing our family by two at once. We started to plan and budget for our upcoming duo only to realize quite quickly how much the cost would add up especially diapering 2 at a time. On average the cost to diaper one child from birth to potty training roughly 2-3 years is $2500. Multiply that by two and we were up to $5000.00. When my mom suggest that we cloth diaper we toyed with the idea and eventually took the plunge.
When we decided to cloth diaper we had gone into it solely on the basis of cost and not the benefits that go with cloth diapering. As we began our journey with cloth diapering we started to see the benefits.
Our twins were born at 36 weeks although considered full term for a multiple birth they were still tiny at only 4 lbs each. They spent 2 weeks in NICU. During their first 3 days, our daughter had developed a horrible rash that turned into an open sore. Mainly this was due to her not getting changed enough and as we did not have access to our children we could not help with more frequent changes. Believe it or not, we had to ask permission to hold our babies. Because our twins were so tiny they didn’t fit into the cloth diapers we had bought for them until they were almost 3 months old. During which time we realized our little guys were very sensitive to disposable diapers which probably did not help in the case of our daughter with her diaper rash. Once we started cloth diapering we noticed that the rashes had virtually disappeared unless they were teething. We also noticed how much money we were saving not having to buy a box of diapers every weekend even though we had stockpiled a bunch of boxes when they came on sale and used coupons. Obviously, it’s rewarding knowing that you are not filling the landfill with a bunch of diapers.
As I got more comfortable cloth diapering my friends started asking me more questions about them. Without even realizing I was advocating the benefits of cloth diapering and turning even the most skeptical of dads into cloth diapering gurus. I even started to do cloth diaper consultations over facebook and facetime for customers of my mom’s children’s boutique from 5hrs away. My husband got on board and he will fully admit this because in his head I would be doing 95% of the changes, reality hit and it was more like 70/30. But I knew he was a true convert when we were ending our road trip to South Carolina and he was taking out yet another bag of disposable diapers to the trash and said to me “I can not wait to go home and use cloth diapers again”. All I could think of was cloth diapers for the win!
Now that we’ve moved back to my hometown and even though the twins have potty trained, if he happens to be at work with me he has been known to talk couples who were on the fence about clothing diapering into it.
What’s so great about cloth diapers?
- Well for one you will save money even with the extra laundry.
- It’s better for the environment.
- There is less likely to be diaper rashes.
- Did you know there was a resale value on cloth diapers? Most diapers will resell for almost retail if they are in good condition. Depending on the brand if they release a limited edition diaper once it is no longer available or has been retired, the diaper can increase in value by 3 times or more.
- Let’s face it cloth diapers are much cuter than disposables with their solid colours and prints.
Have I joined the cult that is cloth diapering, as much as I’d like to say no the harsh reality is yes I’m a cloth diaper addict? Do I buy limited edition diapers even though we have potty trained? You bet because I have 2 kids going to post-secondary at the same time. I considered it their college fund. I once saw a used diaper that is very limited edition as it was one of the first ones the company released go for over $950. This diaper would have retailed for $20 brand new. Yes someone paid $950 for a USED diaper! Why? So their child could wear it for their 1-year photos. Crazy? Absolutely! The most I’ve paid for a hard to find diaper is $65. I justified it as I NEEDED that print. It was at that point that I realized I had an addiction…but I hear the first step is admitting it.