My wife wants to do cloth diapers
What experiences/advice do the fine folks here have for me?
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Her biggest reason is because of the cost savings. I just don't know when you factor in all costs associated with buying the diapers and doing the laundry that it will be worth it for the costs savings.TrevorK wrote: ↑Apr 16th, 2017 2:43 pmI think if you want to convince her otherwise, you need to understand why she wants to do it. Does she believe it is better for the environment? Does she think it is more convenient? Does she think it is better for the baby's skin? Until you understand why she feels it is better I am not sure you can tailor an argument to convince her otherwise.
My opinion is that it is challenging to do strictly cloth diapers - often I would think you reach for the convenience of disposable diapers if you are out for a large period of the day. Further, for a single child, I suspect that cloth diapers offer no real savings - and in fact might actually cost more overall (as they need cleaning). Most of the calculation I have seen presented offer an absurdly high price for disposable diapers to make their argument work.
(I have never used cloth - I faced the same dilemma but when we looked at it, it just didn't make sense)
Apr 16th, 2017 4:22 pm
Everyone else here seems to have used disposables they can describe the expense of that better.
Apr 16th, 2017 10:22 pm
I suspect for a single child, cloth does not offer a cost savings over disposable. Once you start spreading out the cloth diaper cost over multiple kids there is definitely going to be a cost savings. You can look at Amazon.ca for diaper prices.
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Do you know the cost of cloth diapers? My bundle costs less than $400 (2017) and this will last from 7-35lbs - when my kid is a toddler. Hydro costs is calculated to be around $5 per month. We will use disposables for trips out (a compromise with DH) but I can easily use cloth if I wanted to for trips out.at1212b wrote: ↑Apr 17th, 2017 10:28 amSure cloth is expensive, but in general, the value of mental rest not having to wash and organize (also think of the extra electricity to wash/dry), I would generally think the marginal cost of disposables wouldn't be as big as initially thought. Because of the absorbent nature of disposables, you don't need to be changing it every time they 'go' #1. When we had our first kid, we over did it thinking it was necessary for her to be comfortable. The 2nd one, after more experience and being calm about things, we didn't change nearly as often, and there is no major 'health' or comfort issue. So we saved alot more the 2nd time around.
Apr 18th, 2017 5:04 pm
I guess I am very misinformed and lazy. Actually, even throwing out disposables is a pain. also getting a diaper genie and those bags and filters can be costly too. So cloth is the way to go for sure. Especially after if both parents work, and have to commute to pay for that giant Toronto mortgage. Oh, and the daycare I would assume would provide a notable discount to use cloth diapers due to the cost and efficiency savings.Kayceern wrote: ↑Apr 18th, 2017 4:04 pmDo you know the cost of cloth diapers? My bundle costs less than $400 (2017) and this will last from 7-35lbs - when my kid is a toddler. Hydro costs is calculated to be around $5 per month. We will use disposables for trips out (a compromise with DH) but I can easily use cloth if I wanted to for trips out.
There are some here who are ill informed and talk like they know what they're talking about.