If you want the convenience of disposable diapers with the environmental advantage of cloth diapers, a diaper service may be a good fit. Diaper services are professional laundries who rent reusable cloth diapers sized for the baby's age. The diaper service delivers your initial batch of clean diapers and then picks up your dirty diapers and leaves behind a new supply of clean diapers on a weekly basis. You don't even have to be at home for the pickup and delivery. Most will pick up a bag of dirty diapers left on your front porch and leave a bag of clean diapers in its place.
Most diaper services offer prefold, shaped, and fitted diapers with a variety of waterproof pants. If using prefold cloth diapers, you will need to fold them yourself. When selecting your diapers, you choose the number of diapers you need on a weekly basis and the type of diaper. Some diaper services offer a choice of pickup and delivery days to make the diaper service as convenient as possible.
The diaper service will pick up and deliver on the same day, at the same time, every week, with few exceptions during holidays. Most deliver your first set of diapers a couple of weeks before your due date. The number of diapers you return one week will be returned to you the following week. If you need to adjust the number of diapers in your order, or suspend delivery if you're going on vacation, contact your account representative to make arrangements.
Depending on your service, you may need to flush loose stool down the toilet, but most diaper services do not require you to rinse stool off the diapers. They handle all of that for you!
Many parents choose not to use cloth diapers because they don't want a smelly diaper pail filled with dirty diapers sitting in their nursery for a week. Most diaper services supply a rust-proof diaper pail with a tight, air-locking lid, foot-operated pedal, and a child-resistant deodorizer compartment to contain diaper smell.
Bacteriostatic conditioning of the cloth also helps reduce odor. Many diaper services regularly have outside labs test their cloth diapers to ensure cleanliness, absorbency, and proper pH and bacteria levels. They also launder diapers to rigorous standards that you can't create at home. Many use thirteen changes of high-temperature water and high-temperature drying that eliminates bacteria.
Price is based on the number of diapers you use and is changed as your needs and order changes. Prices vary from $15.25 to $18.50 per week for eighty diapers, depending on diaper style, number of weeks ordered in advance, and number of diapers required per week. Diaper service is not available in all communities. Parents living in smaller communities may find it difficult to find one or they may find the service costs the same or more than disposable diapers.
Using a diaper service can be a great convenience and relief to new parents. They offer the environmentally-conscious a method of using cloth diapers without all the fuss. If the diaper service in your area costs the same or more than disposables, weigh the pros and cons of using cloth diapers vs. disposables, and choose what is right for you and your baby.