Given the often high, up-front cost of cloth diapers, particularly all-in-ones, many cloth diapering parents look to the cost-saving, long-term advantages of cloth diapering as their “pay off.” With the end goal of saving more in the long run in mind, many parents, for this reason, are anxious to learn if there are any ways to extend the life of their cloth diapers. One such parent is Leslie Gordon of Springfield, VA .
Leslie went into cloth diapering with her first child, a daughter named Rosa, four years ago. Then, she was very excited about the prospective of saving money over the long term. She planned to have four children, so she assumed that she would be able to re-stash.
She soon learned, however, after not having much luck with the cloth diapers used on her first-born that re-stashing was not really a possibility.
“It’s crazy. Before I started using cloth diapers, I had always heard that the cost saving advantages of cloth diapering would reveal itself even more if I planned to have more children. “All you have to do is re-stash,” they said. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong, but so far, I have not yet been able to have diapers last through more than one child, she said.”
Leslie’s concerns echo those of many parents who have trouble believing that the idea of re-stashing is really possible for real parents.
So, and in an effort to provide such parents with hope, this article offers some tips on how to extend the lives of cloth diapers. Here are the tips:
1). Go go for wool. In general, when selecting a cloth diaper, go for brands or styles that are made of 100% wool. This material generally holds up better over time than other materials, such as cotton, etc.
2). Choose snaps over velcro. Snaps will prove to be a lot better than Velcro attachments at withstanding repeated washings and use.
3). Opt for pre-folds over fitted. In addition to being a lot less expensive, the simple design of pre-folds enables them to be better than most fitted diapers at withstanding all of the necessary washings that come with cloth diapering.
4). Line dry only. How you dry your diapers is also key in determining their life span. Line drying is more effective in maintaining the integrity of cloth diapers because it places less stress on the diaper.
5). Be mindful of how you wash. Similar to number 4, how you wash your cloth diapers is also key. Smaller loads equals less clothes moving around, which, in turn, equals less opportunity for damage. In the same vein, you will also need to be mindful of the water temperature, water quality, and detergent that you are using.
6). Last, but certainly, not least, if you are continually experiencing issues with your cloth diapers not lasting beyond one child, you may want to consider purchasing more diapers to rotate during a week.
Happy cloth diapering!