Cloth Diapering 101

. January 29, 2013.
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Does the cost of disposable diapers seem daunting? There’s another option you might consider. Cloth diapering isn’t necessarily what it used to be and can save some families more than $2,500 per child.

According to Molly Ging, owner of natural parenting store The Little Seedling in Ann Arbor, the average family spends about $1,500 to $3,000 in disposable diapers per baby, whereas her average customer spends about $500 to $600 on a total cloth diapering system.

Of course there are other reasons why many families choose cloth diapers –including environmental reasons, softer and more breathable fabrics, reactions to disposable diapers or even the cuteness factor – but the cost savings is indisputable, Ging says.

“You can’t refute the cost savings. It’s definitely there,” she explains.

The Little Seedling has been open for more than seven years and each year more people seem to be interested in cloth diapering, Ging says.“With the economy changing a lot of families are doing whatever they can to save money,” she says.

But for many new and expectant parents, the process of using and washing cloth diapers can seem much more daunting than the cost of disposables. But with new “hybrid” cloth diapering systems that offer an option of disposable inserts – along with modern “all-in-one” diapers and other options that require no folding or pins – there’s really nothing to be afraid of. Either way, “it’s not all or nothing,” says Ging. “Just because you choose to cloth diaper doesn’t mean you have to do it 100 percent of the time,” she said.

Still not sure? Stop in to the Little Seeding on the first Saturday of any month for a free cloth diapering workshop at 10am. Children are welcome.

The Little Seeding also offers a trial program where families can try out different types of cloth diapers at home and decide which type works best for their child.

355 S. Zeeb Rd. 734-418-2392. www.thelittleseedling.com