Saturday, October 04, 2008

Entering the World of Cloth Diapers

At the risk of being looked at as if I have 3 heads, I will share with you my plan for my new baby - cloth diapers! I am actually really excited about it, despite the strange looks and remarks I've received so far. I've been researching, reading, and talking to others who have done it, and it's been a lot of fun.

Now I realize that cloth diapering is not necessarily going to be as "easy" as using disposables. However, I can already see many benefits:

  • Saving money. Despite the initial cost of cloth diapers, in the long run it is definitely cheaper than using disposables. With cloth you buy them once, and use them over and over. With disposables you buy them once and then you keep buying them over and over.
  • Saving the environment. Disposable diapers take years to break down, and the waste inside of them ends up going into our water sources as well. With cloth, you don't throw them away so there's less waste in the environment. Plus, you dump the waste in the toilet so that it goes to be treated properly and doesn't affect our water sources.
  • Fun & cute. The cloth diapers nowadays are much different than years ago. They are fairly simple to use, and they are also very cute - many coming in various colors and prints!
Obviously there are some disadvantages, such as additional laundry. But everyone that I have talked to have said that the pros far outweigh the cons with cloth diapers. So, the next step is just deciding which brand to go with and how many to buy, etc. I'm planning to order from Everyday Diapers, which is run by a stay at home mom in Skowhegan, Maine who I met the other night. She is really nice and very helpful in discussing how cloth diapering works!


Kelsey said...

I can't believe how soon Baby Girl is due!! So exciting. :-)

Esther said...

I know! It's very close!