10 Things Tuesday: Advantages to Cloth Diapering

Written by Cilla

Happy green week! I’ll be honest, I’m not the most “green” person. I recycle, but I’m not as dedicated as I should be. I leave way too many lights on in the house (ask Bret and he’ll tell you all about that), drive down the block when I should walk, and let the water run too long when I brush my teeth. I totally think we all should be more Earth friendly, but I am so bad at it myself! You can imagine that I never thought I would even consider doing something like cloth diapering! I know, many of you are probably snarling your noses and thinking I’m crazy. I promise, these are not your momma’s cloth diapers! They have come a long way. There are so many different types now. I was first introduced to these amazing new diapers from a client of mine. As soon as we found out I was pregnant, I wanted to know every detail…from what brand they use, to how they clean them. I know it’s not for everyone. Initially we considered cloth diapers simply for the costs, but soon realized there were other advantages. First you have to check out these diapers.

Image courtesy of http://www.cottonbabies.com/

 

 

1. I’ll start with our reason for considering cloth diapering (CDing)…the cost. A good stash of cloth diapers will cost you around $300. Yes…very expensive, but keep reading. Now, the cloth diapers I’m talking about are one size fits all. They have snaps and removable elastic so you can change the size to fit your baby as they grow. I’ve read mixed reviews about how they fit newborns, but after that they should last through potty training. Even better, if you take good care of them, they should last through other children you have! Oh, and if you decide you’re not having any more children, you can resale cloth diapers and get a little of your money back. So, it’s a one time investment of around $300. Of course, I’ve read that a lot of those who CD can’t stop adding to their stash, and well, then it may end up costing you more than $300. How can you resist though!?! They’re so dang cute!

2. The reason we’re talking about cloth diapers during green week…their impact on the environment. Now, this is definitely a hot topic. You can read one article that says they are better for the environment and another that says because of the water you use to wash them, they end up being just as bad, just in different ways. The way I see it is you have to read as much as you can get your hands on, toss everything around, and decide what’s best for you and your family. Decide what you think is best. It can certainly be overwhelming. If you do decide to CD and you’re concerned about the impact on the environment, there are things you can do that will help, like washing them in cold water or letting them dry in the sun when you can (which will also help them hold up better and get them really white). Here are a few articles that may help…

* Daydreaming of Cloth Diapers and More

* ABC News:

* Wikipedia with a complete breakdown of cloth diapers

* And a Dad’s perspective at Almighty Dad

3. They’re seriously adorable!

4. Less chemicals on your babies bottom if you’re worried about that sorta thing.

5. Many mommas report no diaper rash…none! Which is good because using normal creams and powders and having them come into contact with the CD can affect the absorbency.

6. Keeping them clean isn’t all that bad…really! Okay, so I haven’t started this YET, but I have read a lot from real moms and talked with several. I’ve talked to or read from moms who wash every day and moms who wash every three days or longer. You can truly make it work to fit what’s best for your family. I’m sure what your baby eats can affect how often you want to get those diapers out of the room…IF you know what I mean! The way I figure is that we’ll have to do more laundry after baby boy makes his debut anyhow.

7. Changing when on the go isn’t all that bad…really! Just stick dirty diapers in a wet bag to wash later with all the others. It’s that easy for babysitters as well. You can toss the wet bags right into the wash with the diapers.

8. If the diaper is sized right, I’ve heard many mommas say they have had no leaks and no blow outs (what a wonderful topic to think about during breakfast).

9. One of the unspoken advantages, switching laundry detergents. I have to say, I’m really excited about this one. Of course, any one can switch laundry detergents, but the main reason we thought about it is because of CD. Using “green” detergents can help the diapers last longer and keep their absorbency. My wonderful client mentioned before suggested this detergent and I’m in love with the idea of it. It’s good for the diapers, good for the environment, good for all baby (and everyone) clothes, and what I’m most excited about, it’s less expensive than the detergent we currently use and the detergent we were considering. For a little breakdown, Amazon makes it easy peasy to compare prices. Here we go…

* The detergent we’re switching to (keep in mind that this is in bulk…also notice that shipping is free): Country Save

* Price breakdown: Country Save powder $0.11/oz | Country Save liquid $0.13/oz | Tide $0.15/oz | Tide Free $0.15/oz | Dreft $0.16/oz

10. Did I mention they’re seriously adorable!?!

Besides my wonderful clients suggestions, there were two articles I read from two of my favorite blogs that also helped to convince me. The first is from Young House of Love and the second is from Styleberry. If you are interesting in learning more about cloth diapers, a couple other helpful reads are http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.phphttp://mothering.com/green-living/joy-of-cloth-diapers, and http://pregnancy.about.com/od/thenursery/a/reasonscloth.htm. You’ll be hearing more from me when our little man actually gets here and we get to test this all out. The way I see it is that there are plenty of families who do this and swear by it. If they can do it, we can do it. It’s all about finding what works for us…even if in the end it ends up not being cloth diapering. I can’t wait to find out!

 

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