Gotta say that I never thought I'd be "that mom" who does cloth diapers, but I love my bumGenius diapers! And...they are a great subject for Frugal February! I was given most of mine, so the initial investment wasn't as much (they usually run $16-$17 each).
Some of the factors that make these great are:
- They grow with the kid (fits 7-35 lbs).
- They each come with two inserts, making them even more customizable...Knowing that Allie fills her diaper more at a certain time of the day allows me to put in the super-duty insert!
- They cut down on diaper costs. Check out this diaper calculator to see your savings.
- They can be used for more than one kid!
- They are "greener" than disposables.
- If washed and cared for properly (meaning no stains), they could be resold on consignment websites.
- They are cute, cute, cute!
- Cleaning out dirty ones is a crappy job. Literally. I have had a few incidents where I am up to my elbows in poop. Not many. Thankfully, I have an additional insert that I try to put in that catches the solids and is biodegradable...I can just toss it in and flush. But on those times when I forget to put that in, or if the girls have solids that are, um...less than solid...I have a mess on my hands.
- Storing dirty ones is sometimes stinky. I usually rinse them out and throw them in a pail and wait for them all to get dirty before I do a load (to save water, detergent, energy). This is fine when I am staying home all day and committed to using them. It gets trickier when we are out and about and I have to use disposables, therefore making the time the used ones sit drag out...this is bad for the nose sometimes.
- The velcro straps kind of get pilly after being washed over and over.
- They are bulkier than disposables, so sometimes the girls' clothes don't fit as well when wearing them.
I would say that we have saved $150-$300 since we've been using them.
For more info on cloth diapers, hop on over to my friend and fellow mama, Kelly's site.