When my son was 8 months old, I met some moms who used cloth diapers. When I hosted a “cloth diaper show and tell” for some friends I was only slightly curious, not seriously considering making the switch. Then everything changed. I was astounded by how easy it appeared. I was shocked by how much I could save. I was disgusted by the fact that each disposable-diapered child generates 2 tons of diaper waste! But, I had questions – millions of questions.
One of my biggest concerns was that it seemed too late for us to make the switch. I was diapering my last baby and he was already 8 months old. Wouldn’t a switch so late in the game nix any savings? Fortunately, that’s a question you can easily answer by using the diaper calculator on DiaperPin. You need to know how many diapers you go through each day and how much you pay for your particular brand of disposables. You also need to know what type of cloth diapers you will buy (I love these). When I used the calculator to do the math, it was clear that we’d save money even if my son potty-trained by 2 years. After a bunch of research and a trial run, we made the switch to cloth diapers when baby was 10 months old.
Gosh, I am soooo glad we did. Liam just turned 3 and he still uses a diaper a day at night. I wash diapers about once a week now, which is no big deal at all. But, if I was buying an expensive package of large-sized disposables every month or so, I’d be just throwing money into the trash. I don’t know that using cloth diapers actually helped with potty-training, but I do know that it was easier for me to wait for Liam to be ready knowing that the diapers weren’t costing money. When he’s totally diaper-free (finally!) I’ll sell my stash so they can go on saving someone money and saving resources too.
If you’re child is older, even potty-training, don’t write-off cloth diapers because it’s “too late.” Older babies need fewer diapers, so the investment going in is smaller. Plus, if you do use them only lightly, you’ll surely be able to recoup a good part of the cost by selling them when you’re done. You can also buy them used at DiaperSwappers.com to further lower your investment. And, even if your savings is just a few $100, you’ll be doing the world a favor too.