Look what came yesterday!
We have chosen to use cloth diapers for our new baby. For a lot of us, cloth diapering can feel very overwhelming. I considered cloth diapers, for about one second, with Eva but thought it would be too much work or too much money and I really didn’t even know where to get started to learn about them!
This time around, I knew a number of people who have used cloth diapers for their children I still found myself overwhelmed by all the differents kinds, each with their own positives and negatives. Thanks to some good online resources, Peter and I both agreed that the Bum Genius one-size pocket diapers would work best for us.
We ordered ours through Parenting By Nature and got a good Boxing Day/New Years deal on them. Parenting By Nature also has a good resource section for any of you who want to learn the difference between prefolds, fitted, pockets and all-in-ones.
We chose to use cloth diapers for a couple of reasons:
1) Disposable diapers just end up in the land fill and take FOREVER to break down (estimated 250-500 years). That means that diapers that I used when I was a baby are still sitting at the Carievale dump, and will be there long after I’ve left this earth. Considering that each child uses about 5000 diapers in their diapering time — that’s a lot of diapers sitting at the landfill!
2) Cloth diapers are more affordable, though you have to invest more at the beginning. True, we had to fork over a pretty penny all at once to get our new diapers, but considering that we have spent more than double on Eva’s diapering experience than what it just cost us to buy cloth diapers for the new baby, the investment is worth it! Even if the cloth diapers we purchased don’t last more than one child (which they likely will), we still spent way less on his diapers than Eva’s. And all it means is an extra load of laundry!
There are other great reasons to choose cloth diapers, but these were our top two reasons.
Now that we have our cloth diapers, I am going to make some reusable wipes and solution that can be thrown right into the wash with the diapers.
Other ways I am going green this year:
Recycling toilet paper rolls and receipts. These two little paper products haven’t really been on my radar for recycling until now, but I’ll be putting them in recycling instead of the garbage!