Even MORE cloth diapering benefits you may not have thought of...
August 18, 2014 8:30:00 AM EDT
You may have already the heard about some of the benefits of cloth diapering. Using cloth diapers can save you a ton of money on diapers, keeps chemicals away from your baby's bottom, keeps tons of diapers out the landfill, are more comfortable for baby, plus they're just so darn cute! But there are even more benefits that you may not have thought of...
It may sound strange, but cloth diapers are a great conversation starter! When I first meet someone, I can be pretty shy and awkward, but if we have cloth diapers in common or they're curious about them, BOOM. Instant connection. We can talk for hours!
Example: When I first started cloth diapering, I posted a picture of my little guy on Facebook. An acquaintance, who I had only met a couple of times, commented on my photo saying she loved the brand of cloth diapers I had on my son and that she uses cloth diapers too on her little boy. She is now a good friend of mine and our boys will grow up as friends too. They'll even have some cute photos of them playing together in their cloth diapers to look back on.
You may even have a cloth diapering group in your local community where you can connect with other cloth diapering families. If not, there are many online, including The Green Nursery's TGN: Help a Mama Out! It's nice to be able to talk to other parents with the same interests, and can be a great way to form lasting friendships.
Make some cash money!
You may be thinking, Is this lady for real? Yes, maam (or sir)! I'm for real! Cloth diapers can not only save you money... they can make you money! They're are actually a couple different ways...
1) Join an Affliate Program! If you're a blogger or are thinking about starting a blog, affiliate programs are a great way to earn a little extra cash. When you sign up, you will be given a unique affiliate id. You'll create links in your posts with this id and can earn a small commission from sales made through your links! Check out the TGN Affliate Program Overview for more information.
2) Sell Your Diapers! After your baby is through with diapers, you can sell them to recoup some of your funds. You can't do that with a disposable! What would've been money thrown in the trash can end up back in your pocket. If you have some of those very limited edition, hard to find diapers in great shape, you may even be able to get what you paid for them! If not more.
3) Become a Cloth Diaper Scalper! Remember when I said cloth diapering can make you friends? Forget I said that... This method probably won't win you any friends... Do you remember back in the day when our parents would complain about people scalping Cabbage Patch Kids, Beanie Babies, and maybe even Furbies for you young'ns. Some people do the same thing with cloth diapers! It's true! And it sucks.
When those limited edition diapers are released, scalpers try to buy up as many as they can and resell them to make a profit. This takes the opportunity to buy them away from those who actually want these prints for their child, but can't to afford to pay more than retail price. It can make for some pretty sad mamas and cause much un-needed drama in the cloth diapering community. So if you don't care about your reputation in the cloth diapering community or about making any friends, become a diaper scalper.
Save money on baby clothes
No pants? No problem! Cloth diapers are so cute and stylish, there's no need to cover them! They're available in an array of color and prints. A cute shirt + a cute cloth diaper = an adorable outfit! You can even use the money you wouldn've spent on pants to buy more cloth diapers ;) In cooler months, just add a pair of baby leggins to keep your little one's leg warm and toasty.
Wool shorties and longies are actually diaper covers that double as an article of clothing! They may seem a little pricey, but since they do double duty as both pants and a diaper, you may save some money in the long run! Plus, as long as they're not soiled and are properly lanolized, your child may be able to wear them for weeks without them needing to be washed! They also tend to hold their resale value well if in good condition so that helps to offset the cost if you sell them when your baby is through with them.
Being that they're top heavy, babies tend to fall quite a bit when they start learning to stand and walk. Their little legs just give out on the and they can land hard on their bums. For babies in cloth diapers, having a fluffy butt not only looks super cute, it can also help give their little tushies some extra cushion when they fall! I found this particularly helpful considering we have hard wood floors!
It may sound crazy, but a lot of cloth diaper-ers find cloth diapering to actually be fun! With all the different styles, colors, and prints available, finding the perfect diaper for your little one may actually be enjoyable. Some even consider it to be a hobby! Just like some people collect purses or shoes, some like to collect cloth diapers. Once you find that perfect diaper, it can be fun take cute photographs of your little one in it! Cloth diapers look so much cuter in photos than disposables! (I know, I know, it's "more cute", but cuter sounds better to me ;) ) On top of all that, the cloth diaper community does it's best to make things fun, with contest, giveaways, or Twitter parties. Just one of the many reasons to keep an eye on The Green Nursery's Facebook page!
Those new to cloth diapering may think it sounds like a lot of work. They good news is it's really not! Instead of tossing diapers in the trash, just toss them in a wet bag or diaper pail, and wash every 2-3 days. With all these benefits, I'll gladly throw a load of diapers in the wash a couple days a week!
In what ways has cloth diapering benefited your family??
Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.
*Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.