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Jan 10

Cloth Diaper Adventure

I’m not sure how I came across the idea of modern cloth diapering (forget the pins and plastic pants, people!), but it might have something to do with seeing my friend Leah have success with cloth diapering her son. After doing a ton of research, I have convinced Steve that Baby Hagen’s bum will be covered in cloth! And, yes, it did take convincing (not like I gave him much say, however, as he isn’t exactly “experienced” in changing any type of diaper! :))

Let me tell you about the benefits of cloth diapering that appeal to me…

  • Cost
    • If an average child is in diapers for 3 years, you could estimate to pay somewhere around $1500 in disposable diapers.
    • A set of cloth diapers can run an average of anywhere to $100 to $500 total. With more than one child, the cost savings is even greater since you don’t have to purchase more diapers.
    • Opponents will bring up the cost of laundering cloth diapers. Factor in a high efficiency washer and hang drying, the laundry cost for cloth diapers is not that significant.
  • Better for baby and the environment
    • Cloth diapers don’t have the chemicals that disposable diapers do and are a more natural material touching baby’s most sensitive skin.
    • Have you heard about how many tons of disposable diapers are dumped into landfills each year!? Ew. I won’t elaborate.
  • Convenience
    • OK, you’re probably thinking, it doesn’t get more convenient than to use and toss a disposable diaper. But modern cloth diapers are just as convenient. There is no longer a need for flat diapers with pins and plastic pants. Modern cloth diapers look just like a disposable diaper and snap or velcro to close. Diaper sprayers are simple to attach to a toilet and make it easy to clean solid waste from diapers (did you know that you are technically not supposed to dispose ofย  poo in a landfill, even within a diaper?).
    • Cloth diaper users average only a couple of extra loads of laundry per week, so time is not a huge investment.
  • Cuteness!
    • Cloth diapers come in many colors and patterns. Paired with a set of BabyLegs leg warmers, pants aren’t even necessary!
    • There are a number of styles ranging from fitted diapers and covers, all-in-ones, and pocket diapers.

In my research, I have found that cloth diaper users recommend getting several different styles of cloth diapers to use, and then seeing what works best for you and baby. Here’s a sampling of the diapers that I have decided on.

From top: Lil Joeys, Kissaluvs, Thirsties Covers, FuzziBunz, GroVia, BumGenius.

I understand that cloth diapering is not for everyone, but to me the benefits are undeniable. I can’t wait to embark on this cloth diaper adventure! I’ll be sure to post successes and challenges along the way.

If you want to learn even more about cloth diapers, here are a few great resources:

http://www.theecofriendlyfamily.com/

http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/newtocloth

http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/basics.htm

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