Having a baby means being bombarded with countless choices…
like whether or not to use a cloth diaper service. Add to that breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, going back to work vs. staying home, and premade food vs. blend your own…the choices never end!
Choosing between cloth diapers and disposable diapers is one choice that will significantly impact your entire family. As you can imagine, many parents choose disposable diapers because little cleanup (read: less laundry!) is needed.
Washing cloth diapers can be a bit gross and time-consuming! But cloth diapers are much better for the environment, and they are better for your little one because they don’t contain harmful chemicals like Tributyl-tin (TBT) and sodium polyacrylate. What’s a mother to do?
Every family is unique, and the decision you make is neither right or wrong. You can only make the choice that’s best for your family, but, don’t let cleaning up all those diapers be the reason why you don’t give cloth diapers a try!
There is such a thing as a cloth diapers service. Here’s everything you need to know cloth diaper services so you can decide whether or not cloth diapers are right for your family.
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What is a cloth diaper service?
All cloth diaper services are primarily a cloth diaper delivery service. When your cloth diapers get dirty, you send them away to be cleaned and freshly laundered diapers arrive on your doorstep to replace them.
The customer experience is no different than dealing with disposable diapers. Simply toss the dirty diapers in a bag or container like you would put disposable diapers in the garbage.
The difference is you’re not contributing to the landfill because someone else is washing them so that your family can reuse them time and time again.
Nearly every cloth diaper cleaning service picks up dirty diapers and delivers new ones once a week. However, if you find that living in a pile of dirty diapers for an entire week is unbearable, which is probably the case if you have more than one child in diapers, many services will schedule two pickups each week.
It’s most convenient if someone is home to make the exchange, but many services will work with you to pick up and drop off cloth diapers even if no one is at home.
Make sure you follow the directions of your particular service. Most will provide containers for you to use, and most will not allow you to launder their diapers. So don’t decide to throw them in the wash to save money.
Some services require you to shake out solid waste, while others don’t. It’s important to take the time to thoroughly understand the rules so you don’t accidentally compromise your ability to use their service.
Cloth diaper service cost
Each cloth diaper service offers different package options. Because each one is location specific, prices can vary across the country.
You can expect to pay at least $20.00 a week. Nearly every service provides a certain amount of diapers for that price.
Additional diapers can be added, but an additional fee will also be added to your weekly order. You should also expect to pay a startup fee, and many will require you to sign a contract that locks you in for a certain number of weeks.
Different kinds of diapers may cost you more as well. The most affordable cloth diapers are folded, but if you don’t want to deal with folding the diapers on your baby or if you’re not very experienced at diaper changing with cloth diapers, you may be able to choose fitted diapers.
You may pay an additional fee for specialty items, like Snappies and flannel inserts. Different fees may apply for toddlers and training pants, too.
If you don’t want to pay the full amount, you can always opt to launder a certain number of your cloth diapers, allowing you to order less from the cloth diapers service.
Many daycares do not allow cloth diapers, which means you may be able to order less because you’ll only be using cloth diapers in the evenings and on weekends.
You shouldn’t be surprised to spend around $100 a month on a cloth diaper service. This may seem expensive, but remember you won’t be purchasing disposable diapers all the time.
Some families report that they spend less on a cloth diapers service than they would purchase hundreds of diapers every month.
How to find a cloth diaper service in your area
There are currently no national cloth diaper services that offer pickup and laundering across the country. Instead, you have to rely on small operations that are locally owned in your area.
Depending on where you live, there may only be one choice in your area. Unfortunately, some areas do not offer this service at all. In contrast, larger cities may have a few different services to choose from.
If you only have one choice, picking a cloth diaper service is easy. If there are a few options where you live, the cost is usually the first factor to consider, but dependability is critical to consider as well. Ask friends and family if they have any experience with a cloth diaper delivery service. You can also check out reviews online.
Sometimes, finding just one cloth diaper cleaning service in your area is a challenge, mostly because these small businesses don’t have a large advertising budget. Instead, do a quick search online to see if you can find one in your area. You can also search an online directory.
Pros of a cloth diapers service
There are quite a few reasons why you might want to give a cloth diapers service a try:
- Save time by not washing the cloth diapers yourself.
- In some cases, a diaper service can cost the same or less than disposable diapers.
- You can always count on having a full supply of stain-free diapers.
- Complete diaper services offer balanced pH diapers with no chance of build-up or ammonia.
Cons of a cloth diapers service
As is the case with any service or product, there are a few cons:
- Professionally cleaned cloth diaper services cost more than laundering them yourself.
- Dirty diapers must be kept in or around the home until pickup.
- Some diaper cleaning services aren’t energy-efficient.
- Depending on the service, you may have to partially clean the diapers yourself, and you will likely be responsible for washing other items, like diaper covers.
Is a cloth diapers service right for your family?
Not only might a cloth diaper cleaning service be the right choice for your family, it makes a great baby shower gift, especially if the mother-to-be has been considering whether or not to use cloth diapers.
No matter what choice it is you’re making for your family, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully. Hopefully, with the above information, you can confidently decide if a cloth diaper service is the right choice for your family.