N and I are discussing using a cloth diaper service for baby #2.* We used a service the first seven months with mijo before we decided that the cost per diaper was just too expensive when he wasn’t getting changed as often.
We both would prefer not to put diapers into our landfills and consider ourselves to be environmentally conscious. So, it makes sense that we should be willing to shell out for the service to support our ideals.
Here’s the breakdown in cost (all estimates based on how much a newborn uses):
Disposable Diapers (Luvs): $.14 per diaper
Cloth diaper service: $.31 per diaper
I’ve heard from moms that cloth is great for the baby’s skin and doesn’t have any chemicals like disposables.** I’m curious to hear from readers what they have done or if they have any experience with cloth. If so, which covers did you use? Did you use a service?
Unfortunately, purchasing the diapers and then laundering on our own is not an option. Our condo’s washers don’t get hot enough to ensure sanitation, we’d have to rinse the diapers (you don’t have to for the service), and our laundry room is about 500 feet and down a flight of stairs away from our place. It is hard enough to get out there once every other week with one kid to do our laundry. It would be next to impossible to get out there more regularly with two kids to clean diapers.
*Yes, I realize that I’m still far away from giving birth. My nesting instincts are hitting hard this time around. I want to settle some of this stuff and if we are using cloth I’d like to add it to wish lists in case anyone is nice enough to get baby #2 a gift.
**The service we would use does not use industrial bleach, ammonia, or harsh chemicals to clean the diapers and they are 100% cotton.