I’ve been cloth diapering for 5 years now! I love cloth diapering and am so glad I decided to use cloth diapers when I was expecting my first baby.
9 Reasons to Love Cloth Diapers
1. Saves Money
Cloth diapering saves money. After the initial investment of $100 to $500 in cloth diapers, you only need to budget for detergent. Cloth diapering frees up money for other household expenses.
2. Environmentally Friendly
Regardless of the method of diapering your baby, there is an environmental impact. If you choose to cloth diaper, you use water to wash those diapers. However, there is no waste going to a landfill from cloth diapering!
3. Better for Baby
Cloth diapering reduces a baby’s exposure to chemicals that are prevalent in most disposable diapers. There are chlorine/latex/fragrance free disposable diapers on the market but they are more expensive.
4. Prevent Blowouts
If you’re exclusively breastfeeding and use disposables, your baby will have blow outs. Cloth diapers do a better job of containing the mess (specifically up the back). After cloth diapering three exclusively breastfed babies, we’ve never had a blow out in a cloth diaper.
5. No Stinky Trash
We live in a rural area and do not have weekly trash pickup. We carry our trash to the landfill once every 6 weeks (thanks to recycling, cloth diapering, and composting, there isn’t much trash.) If we were using disposable diapers we’d probably have to go weekly due to the smell and amount of waste that the diapers would create.
6. No Worrying About Running Out of Diapers
If you’re running low on diapers, just wash a load. This eliminates those quick trips to the store because you’re almost out of diapers.
7. Cloth Diapers are Cute
Forget boring white diapers with cartoon characters printed on them, cloth diapers are available in bold colors and prints, making diapering a little more fun.
8. Your Child May Potty Train Earlier
Cloth diapers tend to make babies more aware of being wet since they don’t contain absorbent gels and your child feels the wetness more. This awareness may lead to earlier potty training.
9. You May Be Able to Diaper Subsequent Babies for FREE
All of our cloth diapers were still in good condition when our third baby was born so we had to spend absolutely nothing on diapers for her! (I did sell a couple blue diapers so I could buy her a couple pink diapers because baby girl needed a little bit of pink.) We’ve diapered her for FREE!
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Replacing the leg elastic in bumGenius 4.0 diapers is super easy and helps you get more wear out of your diapers. Most of our 4.0s were purchased before the birth of our second son over 2 years ago and have been worn and washed many times. Being worn by toddlers, repeated washings and age caused the leg elastic to relax and it was time to replace the leg elastic in preparation for the arrival of baby #3!
The bumGenius 4.0 diaper is my favorite diaper, which is why my diaper stash primarily consists of them. We do have several bumGenius 3.0s that are nearly 4 years old, have been worn by 2 babies and have already had the leg elastic replaced.
Replacing the leg elastic in the bumGenius 4.0 is simple since they are designed for easy leg elastic repair. (This is not the case for the 3.0s, the leg casings are completely, making this process a little more difficult. I’ll be replacing the elastic in our 3.0s for the second time to get some more wear out of those diapers too).
Elastic (1/4″ elastic, cut in 4.5″ strips)*
*I purchased 1/4″ elastic which will cost me about $2 to replace all the elastic in my diapers.
It takes me about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on distractions, to replace the elastic in each diaper. It is well worth the time to extend the life of our diapers.
Replacing the back elastic follows the same steps as the leg elastic. The back elastic tends to wear slower so you may not even need to replace it.
Once I finish replacing all of the elastic in our diapers, we’ll have like new diapers ready for our new baby and will only have spent $2!
These diapers have been well worth the investment, 10 of them are nearly 4 years old and the rest are over 2 years old. We haven’t had to purchase any cloth diapers at all for baby number 3 since the ones we already have are in such wonderful shape.
I hope this tutorial helps you replace the leg elastic in your diapers and extend their life!