I should start this post by mentioning that I am not the most eco-friendly mom on the block. I drive everywhere, run my A/C at unGodly temperatures, and have become horrible at recycling since we’ve been in DR. Truth be told I’m not sure if they even recycle here?
Meeks and I just started using reusable diapers and are still in the trial and error phase – more error than trial. Before Rafa was born we had talked about using reusable diapers but knew that the beginning stages of babyhood would not be the right time for us to put a system like that in place.
Fast forward to now. With Little B well on his way, the talk of putting this system into place was more urgent. Yes we care about our environment and love the idea that the reusable diapers are less harsh on Rafa’s bottom but our main reason for switching from Pampers to bumGenius is $$$.
In the long run, reusable diapers just cost less and like my mom said, “Oh. These aren’t the cloth diapers de la epoca de la nana.” (aka: from back in the day)
Here is a simple math problem:
Couple Wow spends 1500 pesos on a box of diapers in the Dominican Republic. That’s roughly $35 (U.S.). A size 5 diaper box holds about 135 diapers. Couple Wow bought 15 reusable diapers – USED. They look and – most importantly- smell new and were less than half the cost at $150. How many boxes of diapers would Couple Wow buy to equal the cost of what they spent on the reusables?
And by the 5th box of diapers Couple Wow will have made their $$$ back.
I could, with total certainty say, that we have purchased waaaaaaaaaaay more than 4 boxes of diapers in this kid’s lifetime. Even if we had bought the reusables brand new, with the most expensive bumGenius diaper costing $25 for one, we still would be saving $$$ by now with the amount of disposable diapers we have used in the last 16 months.
But let’s go back to my point. I am not the most eco-friendly mom on the block and our choice of switching was $$$ related.
With that in mind, I’ve started to think of what other ways we could save here and there. The easiest and smallest way we came up with recently was to make our own face towels.
Everyday, after every one of Rafa’s meals, I walk over to the paper towels, rip off a whole sheet, dampen it, and clean her hands and face. It’s not that big of a deal.
3 paper towels a day
21 paper towels a week
84 paper towels a month
1095 paper towels or 19 rolls a year
4 of which were big enough to use as a swaddle when Rafa was über tiny.
4 of which I used to place over the changing pad to catch minor drips and avoid having to wash the changing pad cover every other day.
How many does that leave that we never used?