How I Became A Cloth Diaper Addict!


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.  

Pre- Birth- 
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.

Um, ew
For actual facts & statistics, check out The Real Diaper Association  
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!)

4 comments :

  1. What kind are you using? And what do you do with the poo?
    Baby making will likely be happening in the next year or two and I've always just assumed I would use cloth diapers but my husband thinks I'll try and quit shortly after due to all the shit (pun intended) that goes along with it.

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    1. HI Cara!
      Thank you for your comment, I will post the follow up blog shortly, I tried to get it up tonight, but a certain little cutie interrupted! I have no issues with the poop, I HATE poop (who likes it?) but I will tell you my way (i.e. the lazy way) of dealing with it, haha!
      Laurel

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    2. Hi Cara!
      I updated the blog today with the info:
      http://a-bubblylife.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-cloth-diapers-what-i-do-with-poo.html
      Hope it helps (and sorry it is a long post!)
      Laurel

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  2. It is informative post. The baby looks so sweet. I used disposable diapers for my first child but i would like to try cloth diapering on my second child since i am now a stay at home mom and can dedicate time to it!

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