Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cloth diaper talk

A lot of people have asked about why we chose cloth diapers. I personally chose cloth for these reasons:

-They are new and improved. No more pins! They are also simple to wash at home.

-The fact that Lily's diapers won't still be sitting in a landfill when Lily's great-great-great-great grandchildren are here (disposables last 250-500 years in a landfill). Diapers are the 3rd largest single consumer item in landfills.

-They don't contain toxic chemicals, or potentially cause other serious health problems.

-They are softer on Lily's tush - I know prefer cotton underwear to plastic.

-They are cheaper for us. Even though we use the fancy kind, all in all, Lily's diapers will only cost approximately $400 (most were bought as gifts) as opposed to the $2000 worth of disposables an average child goes through. Plus, they can be used for additional children without additional cost.

-They are cute!

I solved the stinky diaper pail problem with a trip to Target where I purchased one of these odor absorbing things and some of this to stick it to the lid of the pail. Works like a charm. Even Corey's super-sensitive nose approves. I also got a handy dandy, washable, diaper pail liner from our local cloth diaper store, where I also get the eco-friendly laundry soap that I love.

My friend Lexi and I made our own cloth wipes, too, which I keep moist (with water and a drop of lavender oil) in a little plastic container on the changing table. They work great and I just toss them in the pail with the diapers.

And just because I can't have a post without a pic of her, here she is :)


Laura said...

Wish I knew about all this 2.5 years ago! Fantastic post! I was so dumb.

Leo said...

Looks like she is filling her diaper right now :)
= Leo =

Anonymous said...

She is already growing up so much. Can't wait to see her on Sunday. Love you guys.
mom and dad

Lisa said...

man, I feel like a bad mom.
I wouldn't mind the pee pee ones..
if I could only predict the poopie ones.

I sure was sad I missed tea time today.

Jeff9 said...

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