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Diaper Debate: Cloth or Disposable?

Denver Moms’ Goal to Save Money, Set Record, Send Freebies!
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(credit: rumparooz.com)

(credit: rumparooz.com)

Written by Brooke Wagner

Everything old is new again, right? From sneakers to sodas, retro is cool. For many ecologically and economically-conscious parents, that includes diapering the old fashioned way – with cloth.

Colorado mom of four, Julie Ekstrom, wanted an easier cloth diaper that would save her wallet and the environment. She created Rumparooz.

“When you take them off, the whole thing goes in the wash. There are no pins, no plastic covers – the entire diaper is self-contained and the outside is waterproof,” Ekstrom said.

Depending on your baby’s age and needs, Ekstrom says you can save up to $6,000 per child with cloth diapers. Her website, for instance, advertises reusable diapering for $405 from birth to potty training.

I found this handy diaper calculator on the web, if you’d like to plug in your family’s numbers: empoweringellie.com/cloth-diaper-savings-calculator

You can get a free one size reusable diaper, plus other free baby swag, at the Great Cloth Diaper Change, Saturday April 21. At 10:30 a.m., parents and babies at the Denver event will try to break the non-profit organization’s own Guinness World Record for most cloth diaper changes at one time. It set the record at last year’s inaugural event, with 5,000+ changes around the world.

The link to register for the free event: clothdiaperchangedenver.eventbrite.com

There are many factors to consider when you’re deciding whether to use cloth or disposable diapers. Before you expand your family, here’s one article on the debate, written by a pediatrician: thecradle.com/drgreene_whichdiapers

About The Blogger

- In her Brooke’s Bargains blog Brooke Wagner writes about finding bargains and saving money for her family. She calls it one of her favorite hobbies. Blog entries cover everything from the latest steals, deals, and freebies to cheap family activities, saving for college, and what to buy right now. Tweet Brooke your ideas at @BrookeCBS4.

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