There are a lot of cloth diapering myths floating around these days. I definitely heard more than my fair share of them when I announced that I would be using cloth on my kiddos. That’s why I thought it would be helpful for those considering cloth, to read about a few of the myths, and why they are no longer accurate!
Safety Pins – This is one of the first things you hear in any discussion about cloth diapers! “Don’t pin the baby” or “do you have enough safety pins?”…
It is a huge cloth diaper myth that you are required to use safety pins to cloth diaper…Cloth diapers these days come with handy snaps or velcro, and there is no risk of stabbing your baby with a safety pin.
I’m sure you could still hunt down some pre-folds and pins to use on your baby, but that is certainly not the only option out there these days.
Rinse in the Toilet – Ok, gross! A lot of people think that you have to swish the diaper around in the toilet to pre-wash it, before putting it in a pail for the full washing later on.
While this is certainly an option, it’s not at all neccessary. I cloth diapered both of my children and never had to do this, even once!
Sure, you may have to dump out any solids that are in the diaper, but no swishing it around in the toilet and getting all wet and nasty. That’s just not realistic, and it’s definitely not a regular part of cloth diapering.
Actually, you are technically supposed to dump solids in the toilet when you are using disposables too, it’s just that very few people do.
It’s Gross – Ok, I will give you this one. Cloth diapering can be gross. But in my opinion, it is not any more gross than using disposables.
You are going to become well acquainted with another person’s bodily functions regardless of your diapering choices, I really don’t see either as being more gross than the other. Poo is poo, no matter what type of undergarment conceals it.
It’s Time Consuming – Yes, it does take a bit more time than using disposables, this is true. But if I add up all the time I spend washing, drying and folding diapers in a typical week, it’s less than one hour, and I have two children in cloth diapers!
I wash diapers 2-3 times a week, it takes about 5 minutes to load the washer and put the diapers from the washer to the dryer. Then, it takes me around 10 minutes to fold the diapers and put them away.
Given the choice between 45 minutes of work every week and spending roughly $2,000 on diapers per child, I’ll do the work every time!
When you add up water prices & detergent, you really don’t save money – We pay a grand total of $15 a year for our special cloth diaper detergent (less than a large box of diapers!).
I can’t say from personal experience how much your water cost might increase, since ours is a flat rate with our apartment complex. From the estimates I’ve seen here and elsewhere online, they approximate 34 cents a load or, just over $1 a week.
This means you can expect about $65 a year for washing purposes, which is around what a lot of people pay monthly for disposables.
It’s too Hard to Travel with Cloth – I’ve really never had an issue with this. If you purchase wet/dry bags to use for the dirties it won’t smell up your car during a day trip.
If you are traveling long distances, or going on vacation you could try to get a hotel with a washer/dryer (I’ve done this with no trouble), or just switch back to disposables for the week.
These are the top cloth diapering myths that I heard in all my years using cloth. Have you ever heard of any of these?
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Have you heard any of these myths? Do you have any other questions or concerns about cloth diapering? I’d love to help if I can! Need more cloth diaper info? Check out other posts I’ve done on the topic like 10 Reasons to consider cloth diapers or click the image below to read a Q & A about cloth that I did answering questions for one of my readers!
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