Archive for April, 2012

The Great Cloth Diaper Change

Today is the day!  The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an attempt to break the world record for most cloth diapers changed at one time!  I had all intentions of heading out to my local site for this event, but sadly I have other work to do.  But with this event happening, I think it’s about time to talk about the benefits of using cloth diapers.

1. Cost
The average family spends over $2500 to diaper their babies with disposables.  This equates to over 7,000 single use diapers.  Comparatively the cost of cloth diapers vary, but are no where near those costs.  For instance you could by kissaluv 0s for your newborn and then move up to Bumgenius one-size until potty training.  This would equate to less than $200 for the newborn diapers and then  $450.  This is for 12 newborn sized and then 24 one sized.  That is MORE than enough diapers, and those are also the prices of buying these diapers new.  Other alternatives are buying prefolds and covers which mean cloth diapering your little one, with new diapers, until potty trained for less than $200.  Did I mention that cloth diapers have a great resale value?  If you went with the bumgenius mix above you could resell them when done and make back well over half of what you paid.  Alternatively you can start out buying used and save a great deal.  As of now between what friends have *given* me and the diapers I’ve bought I’ve spent about $60 and have enough diapers to cloth diaper my little one almost until he potty trains.  No matter what, if you’re using cloth you’re most likely saving money…a LOT of money.  Some argue the cost effectiveness when factoring in the water and heat.  As a mom who has cloth diapered three children, and has also paid for disposables from time to time whenever they were needed.  Cloth is still cheaper.  WAY CHEAPER.

2. Less diaper rash.  
Cloth is far more breathable than disposable diapers!

3. Sodium Polyacralate – GROSS!  
Your baby won’t have to have their sensitive bits around the little gel balls that tend to get stuck to them (and cause rashes) when using disposables.

4. Eco-Friendly.
Did you know that there approximately 10,000 tons of disposable diapers are added to landfills every single day?  You don’t want to have to be adding to that, how terrible is that for our mother Earth!?

5. Ease.  
Cloth is just as easy to use as a disposable especially if you get a few with velcro…dads seem to do better with velcro since it’s so ridiculous similar to a disposable.  Only difference?  Throw that sucker in a bin instead of the trash.  Easy freaking peasy.

6. Another help to mother earth : Lower your carbon footprint!
Manufacturing of disposable diapers takes over 1 million metric tons of wood pulp and 75,000+ metric tons of plastic each year.  WHAT?!  That’s ridiculous!

7. Using cloth diapers vs using disposable diapers will reduce your babies chances of getting asthma. The Archives of Environmental Health tested 6 leading cloth diapers and 6 leading disposable diapers and discovered that the emissions from one disposable diaper were high enough to produce asthma-like symptoms in mice. (via The Archives of Environmental Health, Acute Respiratory Effects of Diaper Emissions, Archives of Environmental Health, 54, October 1999)

8. Faster potty training.
Children who have been in cloth recognize quicker that they are wet vs. a baby in disposables which makes for easier and faster potty training.  Man, this alone should make you want to use cloth haha.

9. No more last minute trips!
“Oh no we only have one disposable left, and it’s midnight…time to brave going out!”  Screw that.  Stay at home, throw some in a quick wash.  Save your gas for more important things (like driving your crying baby around to get her to sleep).

10. They’re just cuter.
I admit it, this is my biggest reason for doing it.  They just look cuter.  It’s also way more socially acceptable to take your kid out in a t-shirt and cloth diaper than a t-shirt and disposable.  The former matches and looks cute, the later well…looks lazy.  Don’t ask me why, just how it is.

And there you have it.
10 reasons for using cloth.
There are a lot more, but that will hold you over until next time! 

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On My Way!

So this blog isn’t just for informing people about different things I think are awesome or that I’ve tried, I also really want people to know what’s going on in my life so I wanted to share my most recent news.

I am officially enrolled in Birth Arts International to get my birth doula certification!  I’ve been doing reading for a while and had originally planned to go through Childbirth International, but I just couldn’t afford it yet.  However, thanks to my friend Alyssa asking about it for me I was approved for a scholarship to attend BAI!  She also helped me cover the remaining fee, I’m very blessed to have such amazing friends who believe in me and support me.  I also want to take a second to thank my husband for also being such a huge support in my life.  I love you honey!