The Task: To switch from disposable diapers to cloth diapers.
The Why: When we started having kids we used cloth diapers. Cheap, leaky, crummy, flannel cloth diapers. They were the only cloth diapers available in my local stores at the time, and because I didn't have internet at the time, I didn't know about the bounty of wonderful cloth diapering options out there. When I was pregnant with our third child I was thrilled to discard our thread bare fitted cloth diapers and torn and stained plastic pants and switch to disposables. I think I did a happy dance and everything.
But then all my posh friends started having kids. And I started seeing the cute, functional, absorbent diapers they were choosing for their kids. And I browsed online and my eyes were opened to the possiblities. Cloth diapering doesn't have to be a miserable, horrible, what-smells-like-pee, oh-it's-the-rug sort of experience!
So we're making the switch back to cloth. And this time around, I am loving it!
The Benefits of Cloth diapering:
- Cloth diapering reduces the amount of trash going to our local landfill.
- It also reduces the amount of manufacturing waste involved in making paper products.
- There are some serious concerns about toxins present in disposable diapers.
- It can be a lot cheaper.
- It can result in less diaper rash
- Plus, little babies with their colourful cloth diaper bubble butts are pretty much the cutest thing ever!
The How: We are using organic cotton prefolds and cute little diaper wraps from this fabulous etsy shop. Although it means that there is some assembly required at diaper changes, I couldn't be happier with this system. I also have an assortment of All-In-Ones and pocket diapers that we like to use at night time and for outings. I plan to try my hand at making some wool diaper covers as well.
I have a couple cute waterproof wetbags that I hang on the bathroom door and stash all of the dirty diapers in until it's time to wash them. So much cuter than the big yellow pail I used last time we cloth diapered!
The Verdict: Because our three year old son is still in diapers at nighttime, our twins are 15 months and we are expecting our new baby in just 7 weeks (yikes!) we are going to soon have 4 children in diapers! So spending a couple hundred bucks to start our cloth diaper stash seems like a mighty good investment.
The truth is that we were never really comfortable with our choice to use disposables. It just seemed so wasteful, another symptom of our throw-away-and-don't-think-about-the-consequences culture. We just didn't know the awesome options available to us. I love cloth diapering!
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