This article makes me so, so sad. Not only to see parents in need that are not being informed of all their available resources and to see cloth diapers being dismissed so quickly.
ETA the article itself:
No, I don't agree with you that cloth diaper is not an option for poor people. They have some better option for their children. There are some companies who sell diapers at affording rates so poor parents can buy from them. Pureandsimplebaby.com is one of those companies.
Apologies, I was referring to the quote in the article that says cloth is not an option. It was totally dismissed as not even being an option.
I can see why. Cloth diapers are only awesome if you can wash them properly, not to mention finding cloth friendly day care. I don't see them as dismissing it too quickly, it just simply isn't logical. Coin laundry is expensive and probably costs just as much or more than disposables.
It doesn't have to be 100% cloth or disposable. You can do a combo if you can't find a CD friendly daycare (although, according to the replies on the article, daycares in missouri aren't allowed to say no to CD). We use CD and coin laundry and it is in no way comparable in cost to disposable.
I have a couple thoughts on the washing properly and laundromat issues:
if you don't have in building laundry, you have to go to a laundromat anyway
some of these people are already washing their disposables out and re-using them, so switching to cloth would be the BEST thing in that situation
flats and covers are NOT expensive and require very little in the way of being washed properly.
Not really. My machine is down and I have been going to the laundromat. It costs me about $6.00 total for wash and dry. Way more expensive than doing them at home, but less than half of what I'd pay for buying disposables.
There are only a few states in which you can't use cloth diapers in daycare; not being able to is more a case of parents not being aware of the laws governing childcare facilities and the facilities not wanting to do it than actually not being allowed to do it.
And why does coin laundry have to be the only alternative to having your own washer and dryer? Honestly, we are fortunate to have a washer and dryer . . . and I still wash our cloth diapers by hand (and/or jogging in the water to agitate) simply because I can be more water economical and recycle the grey water from the rinses this way.
We are low-income; and sometimes, I honestly think that we wouldn't be able to afford to be buying disposable diapers every month. Cloth diapers are a lifesaver when finances are tight, and I think they're not only logical but really probably one of the best ways to make life easier and allow low-income families to always keep diapers on their children and change them regularly because you're just a wash away from having clean ones instead of a week away from pay day.
And while I realize that the initial cost can be difficult, I also know how easy it is to have a diaper stash that covers all the necessities for $100-$150 max. And you have 9 months of pregnancy to be able to set that aside. And if even that is impossible, there are a number of nationwide cloth diaper loaning charities, where you might have to pay shipping (around $35) and that's it. Then all you have to do is keep them clean and send them back when you're done.
It would be amazing if places were willing to educate people about cloth diapers instead of just dismissing them outright . . . especially when it's obvious that they're going off what people assume are the difficulties of cloth and don't actually know what's it's really like trying to use cloth.