Before I had Clare I was squeamish. I was squeamish about being naked or my personal bubble being squeezed. I was squeamish about doctors visits. I was squeamish about moldy food and residue from bodily functions.
But I’m also a big hippie. Mooning people is not something I’m timid about. (sorry Mom and Dad) Talking about the state of my bowels in public is something I do often as this blog can attest to. Blood does not phase me in the least. I wanted a natural childbirth more than anything.
Andrew and I like doing everything ourselves. We like to cook our own food. We like to GROW our own food. We like to sew our own curtains. We like to doing our own renovations.
We’re also poor.
So when it came down to buying diapers our mouths dropped to the floor. The first week we had Clare I would say we threw out about 30 pounds of diaper waste! I’m not exaggerating though most of you know I am prone to do so. Seriously. 30 POUNDS! And those were the tiny diapers. Those don’t decompose for a long time folks.
So we switched to cloth.
I’ll be the first to say that as we approached the arrival of our new cloth diapers the only thought in my mind was, “What am I going to do with the poop?!” I know that many of your are thinking the same thing as your rub your belly or pat your toddlers head and think about being covered in baby poop up to your elbows.
I was afraid of getting peed on.
Well, I’m here to say that I made it. I have never been covered in poop and now after 6 months of using cloth I can safely say that I LOVE THEM! Andrew and I miss using clothe while we’re out or away from home.
Here are some pros for using cloth diapers:
- No trash – I get no greater satisfaction than taking out one small bag of trash a week.
- Money saver – we’ve saved about 200 or more dollars from using cloth
- Earth saver – We did not feel that using the argument of our convenience was a good enough excuse to fill up Clare’s future home planet with trash.
- No poopy smelly wafting from the trash in the nursery – you just plop and flush the poop. Clare loves watching her poop going “bye. bye.”
- I know what I’m putting on my diapers to clean them. Most of the time we have no idea what diaper companies put on baby products.
- Comfort – imagine wearing your own underwear or depends … come on.
- Coolness – Cloth diapers are cool now, not like the ones when we were kids with the safety pins and the crinkly plastic cover. They are water proof and come in all kinds of colors.
- Better for the beach. We used clothe diapers while at the beach with Clare. No saggy beach butt.
- It takes 10 minutes of your time a day. THAT’S IT!
- Less blow outs – Clare pooped like a million times a day and she would blow out every time in a disposable.
- We were already cleaning poop and puke out of her clothes.
Look, you have to follow your convictions as a person and a parent. I’m not saying cloth is for everyone. But I am saying that if you are on the fence you should try them – borrow them from a friend or just order a couple.
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