Cloth diapers are making a comeback: Could you make the switch if it means saving money?

Don't Waste Your Money

(WXYZ) - Erin Schillo is such a fan of cloth diapers, she sells them.

"They're easy and they're modern and they're much different than your mother's cloth diaper," she says.

Say goodbye to safety pins and plastic pants, and say hello to the new reusable diapers, equipped with snaps, velcro and fashionable fabrics. For many moms, the most appealing part is the pricetag.

The cost

"Cloth diapers are going to run, for a full stash, between $300 and $500," according to Schillo.

Schillo says while that may sound like a lot at first, she says most parents shell out a total of $2500 on disposable diapers from the day their baby is born until they're potty trained. And the savings multiply with the more children you have.

Besides the savings, moms like Maria Tana Del Rosario says you can't beat the convenience.

"You never have to run to the store when you run out of diapers and never having to pay 60 or more dollars a month is convenient," she says.

Another draw for many families is that they're eco-friendly, compared to disposable diapers, which take a long time to decompose.

More work

Cloth diapers are more labor-intensive than disposables because you have to keep up with the laundry, and clean them well! 

Not sure cloth is for you?

But if you give cloth diapering a try and you decide it's not for you, don't worry. Cloth diapers tend to hold their value. You can sell your stash on websites like or Craigslist.

"You can buy a diaper for $20 not like it and sell it for $18 a couple months later. So you're still saving money just by trying it."

How about renting?

You can also try renting diapers to see if this is right for you.

For $25 a month " The Dirty Deeds Diaper Service " in Rochester provides you with as many diapers as you need. They drop off a batch each week, and perhaps the best part, they pick up the dirty ones and professionally clean them!  No laundry for you. 

Buying cloth diapers

If you decide buying is right for you, Modern Natural Baby in Ferndale has a big selection of cloth diapers. They even hold classes to determine which type may be best for you, and the proper way to clean them. 

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