Cloth diapering has come a long way from pins and plastic pants. Cloth diapers are slimmer, sleeker and cuter than ever! There are still a lot of myths and preconceived notions many of our clients tell us are the reason they were originally hesitant to try. We are here to tell you- it's easier than you think! We promise! Here are the top 5 cloth diapering questions that come up when chatting with parents about diapering their babies: 1. Isn't it a lot of work? Not at all! Caring for your diapers is as simple as one to two extra loads of laundry a week. Most of the diaper varieties stack neatly together and don't require any folding. They use 1/4 of the regular amount of laundry detergent that your clothing does. Instead of putting that diaper in your trash can, (producing mountains of garbage to remove each week) you place it in a wet bag and then wash from there. Exclusively breastfed baby poo is water soluble and can be washed without rinsing. When baby is older, most poop will actually fall off easily in to the toilet, no rinsing or swishing required. And lastly- if you'd rather not wash yourself we offer a cloth diaper service where we do all the work for you! 2. Aren't cloth diapers expensive? While the upfront cost of cloth diapers can be daunting, when you look at the overall financial picture, you will find you save a bundle when home washing. Disposable diapers will cost on average $3500 in the first 2 years of diapering. A cloth diaper stash will cost an upfront outlay of $300-700 depending on style and size of stash. And they can be reused for multiple children. Our cloth diaper service starts as low as $30.00 per week! 3. Cloth diapers are so bulky. Will they cause delays in my child's motor development? Cloth diapers are trimmer than ever, while still being very absorbent. All in one styles are the trimmest, although even stuffed pocket diapers can still be very trim. And we know many many cloth diapered early walkers. 4. Don't cloth diapers leak so much more than disposables? A well-fitted cloth diaper is invaluable for preventing leaks and blow outs. Cloth diapers are actually well known for their ability to prevent the dreaded blow out common with disposable diapers. Leaks are most common when caretakers are using pre-owned diapers with relaxed elastics or when the fit of the diaper allows for gaps. Newborn sizes are perfectly sized for tiny babies in those first couple months of diapering when one-size diapers are just too big. Trying a few different styles and brands before investing in a stash is key to finding the perfect diapering system for your baby and your family. 5. Is cloth diapering really that much better for the environment when using all that water? Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste. Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp. The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth. (Source) Whether you choose home laundering or our home delivery diaper service, you can feel confident you are making a great choice for both your family's health as well as the environment.