If you loath the thought of filling up more of our country’s landfills with disposable diapers, then cloth diapers are a great choice. But the downside is that you’ll need to wash and fold all those diapers, which can be a daunting chore especially for busy working parents. A cloth diaper service can be a good alternative. But do you need a cloth diaper service?
Cloth diaper services are a must have if you don’t have a washer and dryer in your house or if you have to use a community washer and dryer in an apartment. They are also a good choice if you have more than one child wearing diapers or if you plan to have a second child before too long. If you are low on time, cloth diaper services can save you a lot of headaches by taking one more chore off your plate. And, cloth diaper services are great for families that may be on the fence about using cloth diapers, giving them the option to try cloth diapers without a heavy upfront investment.
Types of Services
When diaper services first debuted, flat diapers were the only option. These days, most people opt for renting pre-fold diapers, which are rectangular flat cloth diapers with an absorbent pad sewn in. Pre-fold diaper services also tend to be the most economical. You do, however, still need to invest in diaper covers, but on the upside, diaper covers come in a wide range of prices and styles.
Some diaper services also offer rentals for diaper covers, wipes, pails, pail deodorizers, and other accessories. Some will also deliver eco-friendly compostable diapers that you can use, for example, when you have a babysitter or for daycare. And some services will even come by on a weekly basis to collect and wash your personally-owned cloth diapers.
Comparing the Costs
Comparing the costs of a diaper service versus disposable diapers is a bit difficult The cost of using a diaper service varies depending on where you live, what type of service or services you want, the frequency of service, and the number of children you have in diapers. A rule of thumb is that you’ll probably pay about $25 per week for 75 pre-folds. If you have more than one child in diapers, you’ll probably pay even less per child since the diaper service can pick up and deliver diapers for both children at the same time.
How much you’ll pay for disposable diapers varies depending on what brand you purchase and whether you can buy them in bulk or not. Generally, you can get packs of 75 to 100 reasonable quality disposable diapers for about the same $25 that you’d pay a diaper service.
That said, it’s probably a toss up as to whether a cloth diaper service or disposable diapers are cheaper. Most people opt for a diaper service for reasons other than cost, such as convenience and the environmental considerations. Diaper services use water economically and they also use environmentally safe detergents to wash the diapers.