I kick myself almost daily. When our first was born over 5 years ago, I never thought about it. When the second was on the way, 2 years later, I asked daycare if it they would allow me to use them. They said “no” and I backed down (and anybody that knows me, knows that I don’t back down!).
What was I asking about? Using cloth diapers. Kick. Kick. Kick.
Why did I back down? I guess I wasn’t up for the fight. And, most importantly I didn’t have all of the knowledge or experience to know exactly what I needed to argue.
But, now I know. Cloth diapers are so easy to use it’s crazy. Granted, right now, I’m using them on our youngest at bedtime, so I don’t have an entire days worth of diapers to wash. But, if you wash 2 every other day, it really doesn’t seem like washing 10-12 a day for a newborn is that much more. It will just be a bigger load of laundry. Besides, once I go “all-in” for something, I don’t give up. And, if you are concerned about the additional water bill? I’ve done one diaper load every other day (which involved an extra rinse at the beginning and extra rinse at the end) and our water bill didn’t go up one cent! Oh, and I promise you don’t have to stand around and babysit your washing machine, either.
Did you know that you don’t have to use pins and plastic covers? Gone are the days of diapering like our mothers and grandmothers did. These new cloth diapers, like my favorites at Cotton Babies* are stuffed with an insert (which can be done beforehand) and then put on your baby’s bum just like a disposable…without all the crinkling, that gel stuff, and the paper and the chemicals. We had to deal with so many diaper rashes and I’m certain it was because of the chemicals on the disposable diapers (and believe me when I say I tried them all). I’m also excited (yes, I said excited) about cutting out/ minimizing the blowouts and leaks (we were having tons of leaks with disposable “trainers” with our youngest at bedtime…now, no leaks!).
(*I haven’t received any form of compensation for the content, but I am entering this post in a contest where I can win 12 BumGenius! diapers and one lucky commenter of mine could win if I win, too!)
And, did I mention the cute factor? Look at these little fluffy diapers. They are adorable
Now, I’m fortunate enough to stay home with baby girl #3 when she arrives. I won’t have to fight with daycare. I won’t have to defend my decision to cloth diaper to them and have them jump on board. But, if I needed to, I feel like I’m fully armed with some experience and knowledge that I would be able to convince them to allow people to cloth diaper their children at daycare. For now, I’ll just share my excitement about using cloth diapers with anybody that will listen. And, I’ll take information from anybody willing to share with me because I fee like my brain is a sponge and I was to soak it all up.
Like I said, I’m going all in; or the savings (most estimates place it at around $1500 for just one child and increasing a couple thousand for each subsequent child), for the environment (no more icky, gel-filled diapers going into our landfills that take like a million years to degrade), for my baby’s little tushy, and because I won’t have to run to the store at midnight because we are almost out of diapers!
Are you cloth diapering or have you? Share your hints, please…or what you love best about it!