I unexpectedly enjoy and love using cloth diapers for Kalia. Cloth diapering was something I just wanted to try, I was not particularly gung ho about it and now I have developed a full blown obsession.
Why I wanted to Cloth Diaper-
1) Chemicals, chemicals, chemicals! Disposable diapers are loaded with them- including known cancer linked chemicals. I did not want Kalia's precious bum in these 24-7 for years of her life.
2) Environment- Throwing out piles of disposable diapers that will take hundreds of years to decompose was not something I was thrilled about doing. Even if I cannot prevent the mounds of waste the world creates, I can do my part to leave the next generation some piece of the beautiful Earth.
For actual facts & statistics, check out The Real Diaper Association
Image via EarthCrunchyMama
Image via EarthCrunchyMama
That was all, two reasons and I wanted to try it out. I told myself 2 months and if it was a hassle, I would give it up. It was not like breastfeeding, where I promised myself I would keep going and going even when it got hard, cloth diapers was something I was just willing to try.
8 Months Later-
Why I STILL Cloth Diaper-
1) It is easy!- Sure, I do a couple more loads of laundry a week but I also never run out of diapers and never have to make a quick run to store (runs to the store are never "quick" with a baby...)
2) It saves us oodles of money!- This is my husband's favorite reason we cloth diaper. Our original upfront cost was about $300, (and they were gifted to us- add them to your registry!) therefore, our initial cost for the actual diapers was in fact zero. I have since spent money (see Number 4) on accessories we needed. Diapers are never factored into a monthly budget! $300 until Kalia is potty trained AND I can use them on our next baby is a crazy amount of savings.
3) No POOP blowouts! Kalia has been in disposables twice in her life- the first 2 weeks as a newborn and once again when she was 6 months old and we were staying at a friend's for 3 weeks. It was a terrible experience. Oftentimes when she pooped, it would go straight up her back! I had way too many ruined outfits (see #2 again) and the hassle of cleaning all that up! The 3 week period at our friend's made both my husband and I never, ever want to use disposables again.
4) They are flipping A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I love matching Kalia's outfits with a pink, blue, owl print and so forth diaper. This is where a little more money spent came in, I have bought a couple cutesy prints I could just not resist... Check out my cutie!
If you have any questions about cloth- let me know!! And be forewarned, there will be more cloth diaper posts coming, including What Do I Do With Poo? (the most common question I get!)