Friday, August 21, 2009


I've always claimed to be part-granola. Not full blown hippie-just in a couple of ways. I'll admit though, that the granola part of me has shrunk significantly since getting married. Well, now it's back baby!

I've decided to use cloth diapers. I have brought this up with Josh so many times since getting pregnant, but he was always too grossed out to even begin to think about it. I tried explaining to him that they're different now-it's not like you use diaper pins and those little plastic bottoms. They're DIFFERENT. But he still wouldn't agree. And then some friends of ours made the switch (thank you Alicia!) and Josh got to actually see them. Of course the first thing he says is "That's a cloth diaper? They're different than I thought."


Before everyone starts to tell me how crazy I am about this, let me tell you I've done the research. For about a year now I've been doing the research. And there are so so soooo many benefits to cloth:

1. NO diaper rash. Seriously. You aren't supposed to use the cream because it ruins the material and guess what-it's not needed!

2. NO blow-outs. Yep, with cloth all those nasty up-the-back-all-over-the crib-and-clothes-and mommy-explosions? They're gone!

3. Fewer leaks. Most people say that the only time they leak is when they wait too long between changings, which any diaper will leak if that happens.

4. $$$$$ savings! Since we're down to one paycheck now, Josh and I are getting to live the poor life (which, btw-it sucks). BUT-cloth diapers come in a one size fits all (seriously-birth to potty trained!) so we're looking at $200 compared to $1500. Serious money savings.

5. Potty training=easy! and fun! Ok, just kidding about the fun part, but apparently cloth wearing kids are more aware of them, so they tend to potty train much earlier and easier. Sounds good to me!

6. And finally, The Cute Factor. Oh my gosh! Look at these! Seriously-Cow print diapers?!! It's not even a diaper as much as it is a fashion statement. My baby's bum will totally be cuter than your baby's bum!
Now don't get me wrong-there are definite benefits to disposable as well and we will still use them on vacations and stuff. They also say that cloth works best on babies that are bigger than 10 lbs, so we'll be using disposables for the first couple months.

For those who are concerned about the poop and washing and the Grossness Factor, read what the Advice Smackdown has to say about it. And then convert. Because everyone who does LOVES IT!


stacey224 said...

Horray for you! I think that is awesome you are going with cloth. I probably would have went that route with Cameron, if I had of thought of it before I accumlated so many diapers from Couponsense.

BTW, how are you feeling? Only a few more weeks, right? You should post a preggo pic on here so I can see your cute little belly.

Whitney said...

hmm... you are brave. You will be doing laundry quite often. IM sorry but newborn poop will always explode everywhere. Cloth or not. Its just the way it is.

Bud & Kim said...

Ha, doesn't suprise me coming from you. BUT I have to admit I was very intrigued after reading your post. Definitely something to consider.

Alicia said...

Yay! Well I've been using them for about a month and a half now and I still love them. Your research has been right on. Still no blowouts. The laundry part is not a big deal cause I'd be doing laundry every few days anyway and his bum really does look better than anyone else's. Plus we're saving the planet! Go cloth!

Marcus, Angie & Bug said...

ew! poo! throw away anything that touches it!

Scott and Kim said...

I'm part-granola too! I've never been full-blown, but a little bit. I want to do cloth, but with our business, I don't have the extra time for the washings. It is inspiring though!

Sheri King said...

Um, ya, TOTAL hippie. Should we buy you some baby birks and some Al Gore onesies. They are cute... Please don't tell me you are going to be into attachment parenting!

Sheri King said...

We went with disposables because we wanted to save the planet. The energy costs and water usage with cloth diapers would be remarkable.

-Mike (I just like turning everything into a political statement).