Friday, June 25, 2010

The diaper dilema...

I began researching cloth diapers when I was pregnant with Austin. My mother used cloth on me and was ranting how I NEVER EVER had a diaper rash. Although the health of my baby was important, I must admit that my main reason for wanting to do cloth was for all the money I was hoping to save. After months of research and weighing the pros and cons, I chickened out and went with good ol' disposables. The research started that there was no huge difference financially or for the Earth between cloth and plastic. Apparently even though EACH CHILD will put an estimated 50,000 diapers in a landfill somewhere, the cost of water and electricity to wash the diapers, not to mention the up front cost to purchase the cloth diapers, is comparable. A lot has changed since then. Many of us moms are trying to save money and make greener choices for our families. After spending $40 a month on something that I just threw in the garbage was beginning to irritate me. I am nearly two years later and I am now doing cloth. I bit the bullet about 3 months ago and haven't regretted it yet. Yes, I have my moments of grossness and sometimes I think that I must have been out of my mind. But I really do think that I am making a difference by using cloth. Austin has yet to have a rash. Sure he still gets a little red sometimes after a super soggy diaper, but nothing compared to what it was before. I do a load of laundry every other night (I have enough diapers to last two days) and I do save energy because I use a drying rack instead of the dryer. I do have to use special soap, but it's all natural pure soap so it is better for my family anyway and it is biodegradable. Overall it has been pretty easy. My husband refuses to dump the poo in the potty, yes you must do this, but really it isn't that bad. And the diapers are so cute and come in such beautiful colors I often let Austin run around without clothes on so I can see where all my hard earned money went. I use BumGenius 3.0 and AIO diapers and Flip diapers, both made by Cottonbabies. I love them and would recommend them to anyone. I must thank my dear friend Heather Manifold for showing me the ropes of cloth diapering. If it were not for her, I do not think I would have made the leap. Thanks Heather and here's to all you other mommas out there making steps to be more green.

1 comment :

  1. First of all, LOVE the title! You came up with such a good one!!! Second of all, love the post! Third of all, really love the picture! Fourth of all, love you! :)