When I talk to people about the diaper gap, so basically anyone who makes eye contact with me, the conversation naturally turns to cloth diapering. I agree – cloth diapering is a great alternative, but in practice it isn’t an option for those struggling to supply diapers. Here’s why:
- They require an initial investment. I have always used disposables, so I did some searching and found out that Trent Hamm at the Simple Dollar did the math for me by enlisting Carrie from the Dangerous Crayon. Here’s her results:
Year 1, Cloth – $930.08
Year 1, Disposables – $858.83
Year 2, Cloth – $1154.63
Year 2, Disposables – $1354.25
- Most daycare centers don’t allow cloth diapers. Which makes total sense.
- Not everyone has access to a washer/dryer and some laundromats don’t allow washing cloth diapers in their machines for sanitary reasons. Also, while you sit at the laundromat there is a child to think about – entertain them or find a sitter.
- There’s the time factor – regardless of income or situation, time is a critical consideration for any parent. Some parents are working multiple jobs, or have to travel to launder the diapers and there often just isn’t enough time.
There are quite a few cloth diaper banks based on my quick Google search, but right now the practical solution is to help provide diapers to low income families to quickly solve their immediate need. To help out, visit my Go Fund Me page or the 12 4 1 Diaper Drive page.