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Published on July 6th, 2014 | by Brittney French

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Cloth 101: How long do cloth diapers last?

Screen Shot 2014-02-16 at 5.04.47 PMThe great thing about cloth diapering is that saves money! Using a diaper multiple times is more cost effective than using it once. But, when it comes to cloth diapering, there's one question that everyone wants to know the answer to — How long do cloth diapers REALLY last? And you see, there is no standard answer because the lifespan of cloth diapers is dependent on a variety of factors. 

So let's start here.

Every baby is different. Every family is different. And people use their cloth diapers in different ways. But, in order to get the maximum use out of your cloth diapers, there are a few tips you can follow when it comes to your bumGenius, Flip and Econobums.

  • Care for your diapers properly — just like anything else you'd want to preserve.
  • Use the recommended detergents and follow washing recommendations. THIS IS KEY. Over bleaching and using washing agents that are not approved can break down your diapers faster and cause other issues such as leaks and odor.
  • Line dry your diapers. This will avoid hot temperatures coming in contact with the PUL on your diapers.
  • Have a stash of of at least 24 diapers. Look at it this way: If you are using the same four diapers every day, they are going to wear much faster. When possible, alternate your diapers and switch them out. This holds true for any article of clothing, though.
  • Consider the use. If your baby is constantly dragging their bottom on concrete, your diapers will not hold up.

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With cloth diapers,  it is important to know that they are are vulnerable to the same wear and tear your jeans and socks experience. You will notice piling, you will start to see the elastic curl at some point, and (of course) you will notice stains. None of these "characteristics," however, affect the performance of your diapers.

After all is said and done, despite how long your cloth diapers last, it is still better for your baby, budget and the environment.

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About the Author

Brittney is a social media coordinator for Cotton Babies. She has three sisters, loves pizza and enjoys listening to obscure bands no one has heard of. Outside of posting on the Cotton Babies Facebook page, she babysits a few cloth diaper-wearing kids and cheers for her favorite sports team.



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