Counting the Cost of Cloth Diapers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- For some families, it can feel like buying diapers costs as much as sending a child to college. One option to relieve that financial burden could be to switch to cloth diapers.

It's an emotional struggle many parents living in poverty say they face. Infants and toddlers use eight to 12 diapers a day, costing families $70 to $80 a month - much more than many say they can afford.

Ashley and Brandon are parents to a one year old little boy.  "It's great whenever you're in a pinch. We don't ever have to worry about running out of diapers in the middle of the night," says Ashley.

They use cloth diapers for their son, which they say are far less expensive than disposables.

"It really does save a lot of money to let you do other things or buy more things for the child," explains Brandon.

So how many diapers do you need for your child from start to finish?  Ashley and Brandon say not many because they can hold up for years.

"I love it. The prints are great. Just being able to switch out inserts on some of the diapers instead of changing the whole diaper is awesome," adds Ashley.

Amanda Gaston is the Cloth Diaper Program Director at the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. She tells KOLR10," The biggest difference is instead of throwing them away you throw them in the laundry."

Gaston says  when it comes to raising babies, it isn't one choice over another. 

"The hardest challenge is helping families understand that it's not as hard as they think it is. It's not about wet pales or diapers pens anymore."

She says you need to evaluate your choices, know what you're buying, and do what's best for your family.

"They're very different, they're very modern. And just giving it a chance is wonderful."

Not only is it cost effective, it can help with a child's skin irritation

"We've tried Pampers, Huggies, and all other brands of diapers and we couldn't find one that didn't give him a diaper rash," explains Ashley.

Ashley adds it's up to you, what's right for you and your family.

"If you're thinking about doing cloth diapering, do it. Don't just think about it cause it's great and it will save you a ton of money."

Gaston says the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks gave more than 700,000 diapers to area families last year. She says they'll provide more than 900,000 diapers this year.

To help the organization meet that need,  you can drop off a package of diapers to any of its drop-off locations:


Cox Medical Center South (north entrance, West Pavilion, West Tower and The Turner Center), 

Cox North Hospital (outpatient entrance)

Cox Medical Center Branson (cafeteria and Plaza One) 

Cox Monett Hospital

CoxHealth Primrose Building 

CoxHealth Learning Centers 

CoxHealth Home Support 

Hulston Cancer Center 

The Meyer Center 



Great Southern Bank branches 

Prime Trucking 

Steelman Transportation 



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