They say that cloth diapered babies potty train sooner because the kiddos are more aware when they are wet and we can attest to that. Avery will tell us if she's wet and will either ask to go on the potty or to be changed. She also doesn't like to poop in her diaper anymore, which after cleaning hundreds of poopy diapers, I'm so glad that she tells me before! I could probably write a lot about potty training, but I really don't know what I'm doing at all. As our pediatrician said, "keep it light, keep it fun." So we act real chill about it. Avery sees right through us I'm sure. It's hard to act chill when she pees or poops on the floor in the kitchen.
I took these pictures to show what laundry day looks like, which happens with the diapers every other day. It was every third day before Eliza because Avery didn't dirty as many diapers because she would use the potty throughout the day, but now that the baby is here, the bag is getting full quicker. We have to "wet bags" that when full go into the wash so we don't have to take dirty diapers out of the bag which is nice. The bag has a zipper on the bottom and after going through the wash, the diapers and wipes all come out. For drying, we hang the shells because we want the velcro to stay strong.
Here's is a breakdown of costs:
- The diapers with the green trim are for Eliza (once for Avery) and we wrap the cloth around her and snap it in place with these small plastic snappies. We bought 2 for Avery and use the same two for Eliza. They cost $6
- The green diapers cost $24 for a dozen. We bought 2 dozen. Cost: $48
- The red diapers cost $32 for a dozen. Again, we bought 2 dozen. Cost: $64
- The wipes are about a dollar each, and we have 2 dozen of those as well. Cost: $24
- The night diaper is something we added when Avery was sleeping longer and drinking more fluids throughout the day. It's huge, as you can see and we also put a red diaper in there for extra absorption. Not pictured is this wool diaper that we put over the night diaper. Wool is wonderful and is magical. Avery never wakes up having wet through her diaper anymore thus saving time of changing sheets every morning. We have 5 night diapers at $3 each. Cost: $15
- The wool diaper is costly, but a great alternative for nighttime. Cost: $40
- We have two laundry bags for when one is in the wash, another one is available to start filling up. We bought two for Avery, and then replaced them after Eliza's was born after 20 months of use. Each cost $17, and we have bought 4. Cost: $68
- We have small wet bag that goes in the diaper bag for changing diapers when we're out. It zips so keep smells away. Cost: $20
- The shells are my favorite part of cloth diapering. I just think they're cute. We bought 5 size one (6lbs-18lbs) shells that Eliza currently wears, and we have 8 size two (up to 40lbs) shells that Avery uses. They have snaps on the front so you can adjust as the baby grows. They each cost $15 and we have 13 total. Cost: $195
- We got a sprayer for the toilet to spray off the poop and that cost: $30
- Total cost: $510
When you see that total, it seems like a lot but this will last for both girls, and for any other kids we hopefully have in the future. I'm sure they'll be random small costs down the line, but so far, this is all it took. I googled "diaper costs from birth to potty training" and I found this:
I think that might be on the high side because this same website said cloth diapering costs $800. Ken and I just might be cheap too. Who knows? But if that price is doubled, we're close to $5,000 on diapers for two kids. That's something like $4,500 we don't have to spend. And think when we have more kids, that's just money in the bank!
In conclusion, cloth diapering is the way to go. Now Ken has all this extra money to buy me diamonds.