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Friday, September 18, 2009

Loving cloth diapers

After not even considering cloth diapers with my two older children I am now cloth diapering with my third and loving it! Who would have known? I would have said you were crazy if you would have asked me about using them 5 years ago. I didn't even know they were an option to be honest. I started using cloth because my son had eczema and became aware of everything that touched his skin. The doctor just wrote me a prescription for a steroid cream and recommended I dress him in pure white cotton. I immediately went home and got my "Google" on. I was shocked as I read about all the horribles things that go into making conventional cotton and soon learned the benefits of choosing organic cotton. (FYI - did you know that 2/3 of a pound of pesticides were used to grow the cotton necessary to make just one pair of jeans?) More parents are becoming aware and choosing organic for their babies. After all, don't we all want what is best for our baby?

With my new information, I decided to try cloth diapers despite the crazy looks I got from my friends and family (not to mention my own husband). I started looking online for information on what kinds of diapers were best and was blown away at all of the options out there. I was very overwhelmed to say the least. I had so many questions and not a single resource in my hometown. Which brands were the best? What is the difference and why do some cost more? What method(s) would work best for my budget and my family? I had crunched the numbers and knew cloth diapers were going to save me a ton of money. I just needed to figure out which ones to buy without spending my entire budget on diapers that didn't work for us. I ended up trying a little of everything and found what worked for my family and have never looked back.

It is such a rewarding feeling knowing that I have made such a simple and positive choice for our little one by using cloth diapers. I LOVE that I don't run out of diapers and have to make a late night trip to the store shelling out $40. There is something to be said for being more responsible for our environment. If you have used disposable diapers ... you know what I mean. Putting the poopie diapers in a little grocery bag and throwing them outside by the trash can. So nasty in every way!!! To think of all the other people doing the same thing each day. I just picture a mountain of dirty diapers sitting there for 500 years! Long story short... Out of this whole experience a business idea was born. I want to spread the word about the options we have to diaper our babies. Cloth diapering is an option and a good one! It is so much better for your baby, the environment and your purse! I encourage you to do your own research and just give them a try. We offer a "try-it-out" rental for just $10 a week. What do you have to loose? You are spending more than that a week for disposables. Please check out our website for more information on why to choose cloth diapers. If I can be of any assistance, please let me know!

2 comments:

Shannon (Coupon Mommy Of 2) said...

April, I just posted about something similar on my site here...http://couponmommyof2.blogspot.com/2009/11/week-2-of-cloth-diapers.html
I have 3 kids and my 3rd has horrible rash from diapers so I don't think I would have even thought about it if it were not for that.

Cecelia said...

I totally agree. And in a related rant, brought to mind by the mention of pesticide use...does it drive anyone else nuts to see corn-based plastics used as a green bragging topic? What goes into corn production? Horrid pesticides, herbicides, and diesl fuel! Unless the corn used to make your shopping bag/carpet/etc was grown organically using a team of mules or oxen (which also emit their own greenhouse gasses, we can't win!), then it really isn't much greener than using traditional plastic bags, nylon carpet, etc. :-)