an estimated 10,000 tons of disposable diapers are landfilled every day – and they can takeup to 500 years to decompose.Today’s cloth diapers are available with Velcro enclosures, so you won’t stick the baby with asharp diaper pin. And cloth diapers are no longer just a flat square of cotton. Now you can getthem pre-folded, contoured, fitted with elastic or with a built-in waterproof cover.Even though you have to use energy to launder the diapers, Earth Easy suggests the cost of cloth diapers, laundered at home, is significantly lower than using disposables, with estimatedsavings ranging from $800 to $1,600 over the course of two-and-a-half years.
4. Make your own baby wipes
Sure, they’re convenient, but baby wipes can be awfully costly. You can easily andinexpensively make your own wipes:In a plastic container, such as Tupperware of Rubbermaid, mix 2 cups of warm water with 2tablespoons each of baby wash and baby oil. Cut a roll of paper towels in half so it’s about thesize of a roll of toilet paper and place it in the mixture to soak. Flip it once to saturate theother side then remove the cardboard core. Use the remaining half of the paper towel roll forthe next batch you make.Considering how many wipes you use on a daily basis, you’ll find the homemade version to bea lot cheaper than store-bought wipes. Furthermore, you control what goes into the mixtureso you know exactly what’s going on your baby’s skin.
5. Share clothes
Baby clothes are irresistible, but babies grow quickly, and it’s foolish to invest in dozens of stylish little outfits. Buy plenty of the basics, like onesies and sleeping gowns, but don’t gooverboard on clothes. So often you’re left with clothes the baby outgrew before wearing.Instead, check out garage sales, second-hand shops and thrift stores, too. Shop eBay forgently worn, affordable clothing.You can have an abundance of clothes without spending a cent. Network with other parents --friends, family, coworkers and neighbors – to let them know you’ll take those extra clothes off their hands. Most will be grateful to free up some closet space.
Clothes aren’t the only thing you can find in good used condition. The Freecycle Network is anonprofit, grassroots movement of folks who give and get stuff for free. With more than 6.5million members around the world, you won’t have any trouble finding cribs, car seats, swings,walkers, high chairs and strollers. “It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.” Membership is free, and groups are moderated by local volunteers. You’ll save money, helpothers and benefit the environment.