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I had never even considered cloth diapering with my first baby. I thought that was something “hippy” moms did. Besides, I didn’t want to have to wash poopy diapers in my washer!
It wasn’t until my nephew was born that I started doing research into what exactly goes into disposable diapers. He had such terrible chemical burns and constantly got rashes from disposable diapers. Who knew they had chemicals?!
By the time I was pregnant with my second, I had seriously contemplated using cloth diapers. I did a lot of research, and fell in love with all the cute little fluffy bottoms! Then half-way through my pregnancy a coworker posted that she had near brand-new cloth diapers for sale because her daughter stopped using them. I bought them, and when they arrived another coworker looked at me and said doubtingly, “You’re really going to go through with this?” Ahem. Don’t get that attitude with me! In case she ever reads this: KENNEDY WAS CLOTH DIAPERED UNTIL SHE WAS COMPLETELY POTTY TRAINED!
And this is why I’m doing it again:
Breastfed baby poop is water soluble. Until baby starts eating solids, you don’t need to dunk the diapers or empty out any solids into the toilet. Just toss ’em right into the washer!
I still have half the cloth diapers left from when Kennedy was a baby. I lost the other half somewhere in the divorce and moving…which makes me sad, because mysteriously the ones that disappeared were the high-end BumGenius ones.
Disposable diapers are EXPENSIVE! I read babies go through about 6,000 diapers in their lifetime of needing them. That’s over $1,500 just in disposable diaper costs! A few hundred dollars invested into some good cloth diapers will save a lot of money, even if you factor in energy consumption from laundering.
Babies who are cloth diapered tend to potty train earlier.
Lessen my environmental footprint by keeping diapers out of the landfill!
Cloth diapers are so freaking adorable!
Do you cloth diaper? What kind of cloth diapers do you use?