For those of you that don’t know, I use cloth diapers on Gabrielle. I know that if you are hearing that for the first time you are thinking, “She’s crazy!” or if you already knew that you may think the same thing. However, I realized a long time ago I blogged about this. But, I haven’t updated you on our cloth diapering journey, or why we really chose to make the switch. I couldn’t believe the amount of money we were spending weekly on diapers. It was insane! So, I googled cheap diapers. I got the link to the Walmart brand, Costco, Target, etc. I tried most of these diapers, but it just seemed so expensive no matter what brand I chose. I remember complaining one day of facebook, and someone mentioned cloth. I remember thinking, NO WAY! No diaper pins and plastic pants for me! But, it kind of stuck in the back of mind.
I started researching it about a month later. I realized that cloth diapers aren’t just plastic pants and pins! There are a TON of different options. I really was interested in pocket diapers. (I will show you a picture later) Then after more research and talking to two other friends that cloth diaper, I realized that Cotton Babies, a very popular cloth diapering store, was located in St. Louis. Well, I planned a trip there, with my friend Abby (who also cloth diapers). After the visit, I was sold. I knew that I was going to cloth diaper!
I get a lot of questions about the diapers when I am out. Here are a few comments:
1. Why do you cloth diaper? I first started to save money. I then realized all the environmental benefits. Did you know it takes about 250 years for one diaper to decompose. An average baby uses 2,900 diapers in their lifetime. Think about how many dirty diapers are in landfills? Yuck. 🙂 I also came to find out that babies in cloth rarely get diaper rash, because there are no chemicals in the cloth, like there are in disposables.
2. How do you save money if you have to wash them? I spent $250 on my diapers (Did I mention the diapers I bought can be used from 5-35 lbs?). I probably spent that much in the 3 months on disposable diapers. And, we haven’t even noticed an increase in our water bill. It is only an extra 3 or 4 small loads a week. Plus, I am using them on future babies!!
3. What do you do with the poop? You flush it. That’s it. If your baby is exclusively breastfed, you don’t have to do anything with it. I have had a few diapers where it has been a little gross, but it’s just poop. Plus if you are really bothered by it, there is a diaper sprayer that you can buy, and it is helpful.
4. Stranger: What kind of diapers are those? Me: Cloth. Stranger: Are you poor? I just smiled at her, and didn’t say anything. Aren’t people funny? Who asks a stranger if they are poor? lol.
Here are a couple of pictures of the diaper. You see the snaps on the diaper and the insert? It is adjustable to be able to fit babies birth through potty training!
Hope I didn’t bore you too much. 🙂