March 20, 2011

Smooth as a Baby's Bottom

Since this blog gets written between breast feeding and changing diapers, I thought today we would share about the greatness that is Cloth Diapering!

That's right people are still using that silly material called cotton for diapering, and surprise - there are a lot of us! Cloth diapers have come a long way since our grandmothers' days, but they are still just as good for baby and our environment. When we found out that we were expecting our first child, we started doing research on, well, everything but cloth diapering in particular.

Here are our Top Six Reasons for choosing cloth:
1. Natural material against your baby's sensitive skin is better. You can literally hold the cloth over your mouth and nose and still breath through it. pretty much zero diaper rash. To sum it up, its healthier for my baby.
2. The initial start up cost is more than a pack of disposables, but for each child you cloth diaper, you save at least $2500. For a family who plans on living on one income and having more than one child, this is a HUGE plus. You can also use your cloth diapers through more than one child - meaning your start up cost with baby #2 will not be near as big as with the first.
3. God called us to be good stewards of the earth. A new born can easily go through 800 disposable diapers in just the first 2 months - that's the size of a VW van in the land fill just for your baby's diapers. And children will generate more trash in their first 2 years of life (through disposables) than they will for the rest of their life! 
4. I already do laundry twice a week. Just throw those cloth diapers in, and you're done. You're never out of diapers or wipes - you just wash. To save on energy costs, line dry these beauties!
5. They help with potty training. Because the material that is next to baby's skin is natural, as they get older, they realize sooner when they are wet or dirty. There is also a cloth version of pull-ups now if you prefer that method.
6. And this one is just for fashion's sake, but cloth diaper patterns and prints are so stinkin' adorable!

Check out Cotton Babies, The Green Nursery, and Diaper Junction for all things cloth diaper related;
I love my Chinese prefolds from Cotton Babies and my Thirsties Duo Wrap covers!

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