Why Cloth Diapers
First, I have to let you know that before I gave birth to my first child I thought nobody used cloth diapers anymore. I mean, why would people NOT use disposables . . . why would anyone choose to wash poopy diapers in their washing machine . . . who wants the work?
To my surprise cloth diapering was (and is) definitely growing in popularity . . . probably because it’s “green” and economical. I must admit that at first I just wanted to use cloth diapers because I thought they were so cute! And then I read Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover. So now we had to do it so we could save money. Those aren’t the only reasons though.
I wouldn’t consider myself a “green” individual but I did start to feel some sense of guilt at the sheer amount of diapers I would be tossing in the landfills (diapers that don’t biodegrade for up to 500 years)! And then I started thinking about all the chemicals that were touching my precious baby’s most sensitive parts. Well, it was all over.
My hubby agreed on the saving money basis alone (because he is UBER thrifty) and we jumped into the cloth diapering world when my first child was about three months old. My second baby (^ up there) has been in cloth diapers from the moment we came home from the hospital, in Sep ’09. That’s right, I haven’t spent one penny on disposable diapers for him!
I’m hoping these posts will help you make the decision to cloth diaper your precious little ones. And I’m hoping you can learn from some of my early mistakes so you have an easier time jumping in!
Oh, and to answer my own questions: Poopy diapers in a washing machine aren’t so bad (if you already have kids you know that poopy clothing and other disgusting messes get thrown in the wash anyways) and it’s really not that much work – an extra load of laundry every 2-3 days. And because I use prefolds almost exclusively, there is virtually no folding.
Question for you . . . Have you thought about using cloth diapers but haven’t jumped in yet? Why not? If you do use cloth diapers, what were your reasons for using them?