One of the primary concerns that most new parents have when considering cloth diapering is the amount of time that it will take up in a day. I will be blunt with you-it does take some extra time. After all, you aren’t just taking a diaper off and tossing it in the trash anymore-you are reusing or recycling it. However, the benefits totally outweigh the extra time because that extra time saves you extra cash!
Here is a peek inside my daily cloth diaper changing & spraying ritual:
My son, at 5 months, goes through about 8 diapers on average per day. With each diaper change, I like to rinse the diapers off with my sprayer. This is optional if the diaper is only soiled with urine or if you are breastfeeding since breastfed poop is water soluble. However, me being the OCD mommy that I am, I like to spray each time to keep my diapers extra fresh! It takes about a minute to wash each diaper off usually. So let’s round that up to ten minutes of rinsing per day. In any given week, that means that I spend about an hour rinsing my diapers off with the sprayer. You can eliminate this hour if you choose to not spray your diapers-your choice!
Now, let’s take a look at my washing ritual:
I wash my cloth diapers every 3rd day. Luckily, as my son is getting older, he goes through less and less diapers! To get my diapers are clean as possible, I follow the basi cold rinse, hot wash, cold rinse routine that most parents use. The rinses take about 15 minutes each time and the hot wash is usually 80 minutes since I like to use the bulky setting on my washer. So that is a total of 110 minutes of washing right there.
For drying, I like to lay my diaper covers out on the line outside or on top of my washer & dryer. I tumble dry all of my inserts on low for about 40 minutes.
For my entire washing and drying routine, I spend about 150 minutes, twice a week: a grand total of 300 minutes or 5 hours.
Lastly, depending on what brand & type of diapers you own, you will have to stuff the pockets with the inserts or snap the inserts on:
My husband and I usually tag team putting the diapers together back when my son was a newborn because he would go through all 40-ish diapers! But now, since the volume is less, I usually do them myself and it takes me about 30 minutes usually. This is mainly due to the fact that I like to separate all of my inserts into little neat rows and separate my diaper covers into stacks of the same brands before I begin to stuff them. Then, lastly, I stuff the pockets with the inserts! So 30 minutes, twice per week equals up to an hour weekly.
Alrighty! So the grand amount of hours that I spend cloth diapering on a weekly basis is: 7 hours roughly. I KNOW, it sounds like a lot. But, I promise you, over a week’s period-it is not that bad at all! It is so worth all of the benefits!
I hope that this gives you an idea of what to expect when it comes to time management during your day while cloth diapering.
You will get the hang of it pretty quickly!