Friday, September 30, 2011

On Cloth Diapers: Babies Are Expensive!

A friend told me once that they're not in a hurry to have a baby since they are simply too costly, that they're not financially and emotionally ready to have one. You know what, they're oh so right!

My goodness, we allot about Php5,000 just for baby Quino's daily need like milk, diaper, and distilled water. Monthly vaccines and other baby stuff not included, which may fall between Php5,000-Php10,000. Of this total, we're spending Php1,000 monthly for disposable diapers. That's a lot of money if you'll think of the yearly cost from birth until your baby is potty trained.

This is why I decided to use cloth diapers instead. Although a piece is expensive at Php1,000 (atleast the brand that I'm using)but if you'll think about it, is it actually cheaper in the long run, it's also good for the environment. These are actually a modern kind of cloth diapers and not the traditional lampin that our mothers used when we were little (but according to my mom, she used disposable diapers when I was a baby). I tried using the traditional lampin on my baby but I can't figure out how to fold it. Hehehe. Sorry, newbie mommy here.




A few friends discouraged me from using one mainly because its too much of a hassle and modern cloth diapers are not exactly cheaper like a pack of disposable ones. Yeah, I know it's too tedious but I'm really after the long tern goal.

I also found out that using cloth diaper will make potty training easier for babies. And since I plan on having another child (in a couple of years), our next baby can even wear the same diapers my baby Quino is now using.

The best thing I like about cloth diapers is that in my own little way, I'll be able to help save Mother Earth. I'm not really sure if disposable diapers are non biodegradable, but I know that by using one, I won't be adding to the overflowing landfills in metro manila.

These are some of the reasons I choose to use cloth diapers. It's like a road less traveled specially here in the Philippines - something that not every mother would prefer.

11 comments:

Chew On This said...

I wish I could do the same with my daughter.

blackshirt13 said...

Babies are indeed expensive! My daughter can consume a 900-gram can of milk in less than two weeks. Plus diapers, and yeah distilled water. I wanted to use cloth diapers too, but they seem like too much hassle. =(

Ayen said...

yes, cloth diapers are too much of a hassle but its just a matter of getting used to it. in a superficial way, its looks better and fashionable thjan the disposable ones =)

Jhan said...

I want to try cloth diapers too...are they easy to wash and easy to dry?

For me, good thing I am breastfeeding...we really save a lot from it. I was told that an average baby can consume around 1,200-1,600 milk can in just 1 week.

For diapers, medyo pricey din kasi its like 800 per month.

Where did you buy your baby's cloth diapers?

Ayen said...

the shell itself is easy to clean and dry but i wont say the same for the inserts, im using pocket diapers btw. and yeah, we also spend 800 per month on disposables. depending on the brand, cloth diapers would range from php300-php1500. i got mine from rustans kaya medyo pricey at php1200 but you can try online sites like ebay and multiply. i saw some for php350 or 3 for 1k. ill try that nga eh since ok naman yung mga reviews na nababasa ko. hope this helps! =)

Jhan said...

sorry, medyo inosente...what is inserts? is it like putting disposable diaper na medyo manipis lang?

Ayen said...

yun yung pinapasok sa loob ng pocket diaper na nag-aabsorb ng weewee...naku baka malito ka sa kinds of cloth diaper (i did at the beginning). check out local online shops at http://www.theecobabyboutique.com/index.php and http://store.pinoybaby.com/category/diaperfaq.htm for more info! =)

blackshirt13 said...

@Jhan: I so envy you! I used to breastfeed a little, but it got stopped when I got sick. When I tried to breastfeed her again after, she totally would not feed from me. Not even comfort-sucking. Na-dry out na tuloy milk supply ko. =(

INGRID NIETO said...

Thanks for sharing! I don't have babies yet, but I think I will use cloth diapers too.
From what I know, it takes 500 years for a single disposable diaper to decompose. Let us know how you'd fare with the whole cloth-diaper thing. It's tedious I know, I helped take care of my siblings when they were little and changing diapers are not always a pleasant experience. :-) Heehee. Good thing my mom took care of laundering the diapers back then. :-p

The Average Jane said...

I've always been curious about thatg brand. How is it different from lampins? Do the inserts absorb the weewee like disposables? =)

OrganizedJunkie said...

Hayy...grabe talaga ang gastos once you have a baby. I'm glad I learned about cloth diapers long before I gave birth! Thanks din sa affordable alternative to the US branded modern cloth diapers, don't you think?