What are cheap cloth diapers?
A cheap cloth diaper is one that is found for a low cost and is made with little regard to quality or standards.
- 1 a : purchasable below the going price or the real value
- b : charging or obtainable at a low price cheap hotel> <cheap tickets>
- c : depreciated in value (as by currency inflation) <cheap dollars>
- 2 a : gained or done with little effort cheap
- 3 a : of inferior quality or worth : tawdry, sleazy <cheapworkmanship>
- b : contemptible because of lack of any fine, lofty, or redeeming qualities cheap
- c : stingy cheap uncle>
- 4 a : of money : obtainable at a low rate of interest
let’s compare cheap to
- : reasonable in price :
What does this mean in regard to cloth diaper purchasing?
An item can be inexpensive, but it doesn’t mean it has to be cheap. Cheap can mean inferior quality or gained with little effort. So with cheap cloth diapers, do we get what we pay for? Are consumers paying attention to see if the diapers they are buying are merely cheap or really a deal on quality cloth diapers that happen to be inexpensive?
Anyway, since my daughter inherited my sensitive skin, she wasn’t able to use pocket diapers (thus the move into super cushy, super soft bamboo fitteds, like Goodmamas). My son didn’t have that issue and I wanted pockets to make it easier on our au pair at the time and I didn’t want to replace all of our fitteds for “boy diapers” due to cost.
I found some cheap diapers online that seemed like a good deal. I had them shipped over from China, it took a few weeks to get here, but they made it. Since we bought these cheap cloth diapers, we gave it a whirl. Now, these are super cheap: Like $5-8 per diaper. And now we can get back to the definition. They are cheap. I had quite a few lose snaps right away (most US-based companies offer a warranty). They also have suede cloth that seemed to like to stain a lot more than any of the quality diapers I previously had.
Then, I started noticing repelling issues. I thought maybe it was detergent. We changed detergents. I thought it was the inserts, we changed inserts. Some of these inserts even started to feel weird.
This really made me remember why I don’t like to shop at under-cutting stores and am against the unregulated expansion of places like WalMart into India (regulations are currently in place).
Quantity and margin changes when you have mass produced items and no return policy.
Is it better to have $150 for 7-12 diapers you can rotate through over a day and wash daily and slowly add another diaper every few weeks, or maybe use “old fashioned” prefolds or flats? Or, should we get 30 cheap diapers for that same amount? You do get what you pay for and while there may be some overlap, we often get what we pay for!
Then the next question is,
When we buy these “cheap” items, who are we supporting?” What are we supporting? Was the design stolen? Are there sweat shops behind what you’re buying? Are the fabrics and other doo-dads sourced in a sustainable manner?
Can’t we make a life and teaching lesson for our family by making conscious choices in our buying of cloth diapers and most everything else we decide to purchase.
Have you changed your diaper choices or do you have thoughts on buying cloth diapers that you’d like to share? Link up below!