Some say that cloth diapering takes a lot of time or that you can ONLY cloth diaper if you’re a stay at home parent.
Is it true? Let’s take a look at the numbers.
How much time cloth diapering actually takes
⏳Changing a diaper takes pretty much the same amount of time, whether it’s cloth or disposables. Maybe an extra minute if you’re using flats or prefolds. So let’s add 8 extra minutes a day, just for the sake of the numbers.
⏳ Storing a soiled diaper on the wetbag: 30 seconds at best. 4 minutes/day. It may be more, depending on where you store the wetbag/pail, but it’s the same as if you had to dispose a disposable diaper.
⏳ Washing diapers: 10-15 minutes to set the load and 3 hours to run the wash cycle (where you don’t do a thing). 15 minutes to hang to dry, or to set the dryer.
⏳ Folding/stuffing diapers: approx 20-30 minutes/load, depending on the amount of diapers you have and wash, that you can tackle while you watch your favorite show.
📌So we have 12 minutes/day changing diapers (84 minutes) and 1 hour twice a week to wash, dry and fold them (2 hours). This gives us a grand total of 3 hours and 24 minutes A WEEK.
If you want to save an extra hour, choose some of our Universal Inserts (aka Absorbers), they add just 2 minutes to the daily count and 14 minutes to the weekly count (instead of 84 minutes), so you have some me time.
I can think of at least 5 other things that I don’t enjoy doing and take up a lot more time, like washing dishes.
At the end, it has less to do with how much time they take and more to do with your will to do it.
How do you feel about it?