Friday, March 14, 2014

What I Love About Cloth Diapering


It has taken me over a year to actually write on this topic. I was so unsure of my decision to cloth diaper and I didn't want to write about something that I didn't stick with. Now that I have been happily cloth diapering for over a year, I've decided to share with you what I love about it!

My initial reason for cloth diapering was the numbers. I love finding creative ways to save/make money being a stay at home mom. Cloth diapering seemed like one of those ways! There are so many charts and figures that estimate how much money you save using cloth diapers. For us, it will probably figure out to be a few thousand just with our first baby!

A few thousand is a vacation to Hawaii right there, and you better believe I will be cashing that one in someday!

As I've educated myself more on cloth diapering, here are the 4 top reasons why I started cloth diapering and have stuck with it.

1. Cloth Diapering saves money
The average amount saved is around $3000 per child. If you have 4 kids, that's 12 grand right there! Who doesn't want to save that! I use disposables occasionally if we are going out somewhere for an extended period of time. I spend about $20 every 3 months on a box of disposables. The starting off cost of cloth diapering can be a little overwhelming, but if you watch for deals, sales and even gently used cloth diapers, it's really not too bad! I was so blessed by a friend who let me use some of her stash once I got started!

2. Cloth Diapering is great for the environment
It is estimated that it takes a disposable diaper any where from 250-500 years to decompose in a landfill. Approximately 27.4 billion diapers are disposed of each year. I don't really have to argue the fact that cloth diapers are an environmentally friendly choice!

3. Cloth Diapering is better for babies!
Most disposable diapers contain many harmful chemicals, from dioxin and sodium polyacrylate to Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Propylene and Toluene. The over exposure of those chemicals can lead to serious health issues for children over the course of their lives. 
Here are a few links on the chemicals found in disposable diapers:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/111348-chemicals-disposable-diapers/
http://awesomebeginnings4children.com/the-harmful-chemicals-in-disposable-diapers/

There is much more research that can be done on this topic and it is a controversial one for sure. Bottom line, I don't believe that mamas who use disposables are harming their children at all. I even use them occasionally myself. I just see this as an added incentive to stick with the cloth diapers! 

4. Cloth diapering is fun!
Disposable diapers come in one color: white
Cloth diapers come in all sorts of fun colors, patterns, and styles. It's a fun way to be creative even while changing a diaper! I love that I can match K's diapers with her outfits, not to mention watching her waddle around with her big 'ole cloth diaper butt is one of the cutest things ever!

What about the poop? 
That is the question I get asked the most. No one wants a diaper full of poop that they can't just toss in the trash. It just seems gross! Trust me, I was worried about this as well until I was introduced to these fantastic life savers: GroVia BioLiners One Size Unscented - 200 Count. These liners look a little like dryer sheets and all you have to do is place one across the top of the diaper and if your baby poops, that liner can be picked up and flushed with the poop. It is so simple! One roll of 200 costs about $10. I don't use them every time because K poops pretty regularly. I try to predict when she will have a messy diaper and use them then. I'm still on my first roll a whole year later!

 

What about Washing?
Washing cloth diapers is so simple. I have a Wet Bag like this one here: 

I hang it on the corner of my changing table and when it gets full, I dump the cloth diapers in a hot wash and throw the bag in too! For soap, I use something called Eco Nuts. They are the nuts right off of the tree that are used to make soap. I love that they are 100% natural and they clean great! They are also cheaper than any laundry soap I have ever used! I use them for all the baby clothes as well as the cloth diapers. 


Here's what they look like out of the box...

After washing the diapers in hot water, I either dry them in the dryer or if it's a nice day, I love to line dry them. They seem so much fresher that way!

Then, we have lots of fun putting the inserts back in the diapers and putting them away...as you can see!

My favorite cloth diapers are the GroVia. They are a little bit more expensive up front but I have never had one of them leak or blow out. Ever! Plus, I love that the Soaker Pads just snap into the cover and if the cover is clean at a diaper change, I just have to add in a new insert to the same cover. I started off with just 5 covers and 4 inserts. Now that I use them every day, I have about 10-12 diapers and I wash them every other day. 



GroVia also carries an excellent All-In-One which means the insert is already connected. 
GroVia All-In-One Cloth Diaper - Poppy

I know cloth diapering can seem overwhelming, especially just getting started! Just give it a try with one or two diapers at first. Once you realize how easy it is, you will be hooked, just like me! If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to try to answer them! I hope you enjoy cloth diapering as much as I have!
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8 comments:

  1. We cloth diaper, too! But you just made my life a whole lot easier by introducing me to those liners!! I've never heard of them, but will definitely be getting some!

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    1. Ah yes! I don't know that I would still be cloth diapering without those. They are the best :) Glad I could help you out!

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  2. Great post! I am addicted to cloth diapers...I sure hope (or I'm sure my husband hopes) our next child is a boy...because we have enough boy prints to go around! :) Thanks for the tip about the EcoNuts...I added that to my amazon cart. I've been using Rock N Green but I'm ready for a change.

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    1. I hope you like using them...they've worked well for me! I am in trouble if we have a boy because I have so many pink girly ones lol!

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  3. I just registered for a bunch of cloth for my coming little. It was so fun to pick out colors and patterns! I love hearing about other new moms' success with cloth diapering. It confirms my decision :)

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    1. Yes, if you stick with it for a couple of months it will just be the norm for you! It has it's down sides for sure (like the smell) but overall, it's a great choice. Good luck mama :)

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  4. We are a cloth diaper family too! We use Bum Genius AIO's and love them. The only expensive part is the addiction!

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  5. SO with you on this! I used cloth for my three kids, now grown, for all the same reasons. I LOVED hanging them on the line. I loved saving the money, I loved that my kids rarely had diaper rash. It was just the best. I hate seeing all the disposable diapers used today. They don't degrade easily and just fill up the waste dumps. You go, girl!

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