Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Why Cloth Diapers?

Since the moment I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted the absolute very best of everything for my baby. We already used natural cleaning products and ate some organic vegetables, but that was about the extent of our green-ness. I never gave much thought about the products that we consumed, but all of a sudden it seemed so important. So… my entire pregnancy was spent obsessing over which products were the best for our little guy.

I spent hours upon hours on the internet researching which brands of diapers were the best and which line of baby skin care had the least amount of chemicals in it. (Johnsons has formaldehyde in it! Did you know THAT?) As I was scanning the internet, I stumbled across various articles about cloth diapering but didnt really give it much thought until I went to register for my baby shower. As I was registering for diapers, I stumbled across a package of Gdiapers. They were so stinkin cute! and they came with these little disposable inserts you could flush down the toilet. As I was showing them to my mom and my best friend, a complete stranger came up behind me with a shopping cart full of disposbales and told me not to waste my time with cloth diapers, and that it would get old really quick. But I LOVED the cloth diapers and could already imagine my little man crawling around the house with the little Gpants on his bum. But after I did a little calculating, I realized that by the time I bought the Gpants and the disposable liners to go in them, I would be spending way more money than if I were to just by Pampers. But the GDiapers had another, more budget friendly option, as well. You could buy cloth pads to insert into the diapers that you washed after every use! I had a million questions..What do you do with the poo? How long would they last? How do you wash them? Are they sanitary? Wouldnt they stink?

So, I researched some more. As it turns out, there are tons of cloth diapering options and cloth diapering is really good for your baby. No nasty chemicals or chlorine that you get from the disposable kind…. and they get less diaper rash. Plus, there is the added bonus that I would save a TON of money and wouldnt have to buy packages and packages of diapers that would end up in the landfill. I was sold. I knew I wanted to cloth diaper! 

Since then, I have learned a lot about cloth diapering and parenting in general and I thought this blog would be the perfect place to share my newfound expertise… lol…I am not an expert by any means, but I have been asked by a lot of curious women about how and why I cloth diaper because it is so rare these days. I do not know a single person besides me who cloth diapers. Most of the people in my life were not very supportive of it from the beginning, either, but once they found out how easy it was, even my husband got on board. My son is now 4 1/2 months old and we have been using cloth since his little butt could fit his bumgenius 4.0′s. I hope to share through this blog what I have learned, through a lot of trial and error, about cloth diapering, parenting, and much more…I  hope you enjoy it :)

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