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Considering a Cloth Diaper Conversion

I have to say, I feel somewhat uncomfortable and even a bit hypocritical, writing in support of something I don’t practice in my daily parenting. But it is something I believe in and who knows, with your help, maybe I can change my ways.

I wish I used cloth diapers for my youngest son S. It would be unfair of me to say I wanted to do with C. and A. when they were little, because honestly, the thought never occurred to me. But with S., I like to think I’ve been a bit more thoughtful in my parenting (making my own baby food for instance), and cloth diapers were something I seriously considered.

So why didn’t I? Why don’t I now? I’m not sure.

Actually I am.

It’s laziness. Pure and simple laziness.

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© Kissaluvs

The truth is when I was pregnant with S. and researching all the various options for cloth diapers, I started feeling overwhelmed. bumGenius. FuzziBunz. gDiapers. Bummis. Adorable names, cute patterns and colors, all giving me no direction whatsoever.

I didn’t know where to start. There were so many choices and different ways to do it — I was afraid I’d do it wrong, or invest in cloth diapering and hate it or it wouldn’t work. Which is silly of course, all I needed to do was read a bit more, but that’s where I was at the time.

Now, four months shy of S.’s second birthday, I’m wondering if it’s worth switching over. Part of me says to give it a try, the other optimistic part says to let it go. To keep my Amazon Mom Subscribe and Save once-a-month delivery of Pampers and just stay at the status quo until he’s potty trained. (Which I’m hoping to tackle over the summer.)

The reasons to use cloth are many and far-reaching. Ultimately, despite an initial investment, they save money, although if I switched now I’m wondering if I would realize a savings difference. For S., there’s less chance he’ll develop diaper rash and asthma even, thanks to less particle emission. And as I understand it, kids in cloth diapers potty train much faster. Plus, I never have to worry about running out — with my washing machine, we always have a supply handy.

Big world-wise, the benefits are tremendous. Less waste, less carbon footprint, less landfill filler from our family. And those are big reasons. (And make me feel guilty that I didn’t do cloth from the beginning.)

So talk to me. Do you use cloth diapers? Is it worth for me to switch over? And if so, where do I start?

Suzanne always used disposable diapers and never gave it a second thought. (Well, maybe half a second.)

7 Responses to “Considering a Cloth Diaper Conversion”

  1. Enyo says:

    I use cloth, but I’m not 100% convinced that it would be worth it for you to switch this late in the game. But, on the bright side, you can resell them once S is potty trained.

    If you do decide to go that route, there are lots of options. You should only need seven or eight diapers to last you a day at this point, so I’d only buy ten just to keep enough on hand.

    I wrote a series on the various types of cloth diapers out there if you’d like help on narrowing down the options to find out which is right for you. :-)

  2. amanda says:

    @Enyo: Links please! But I do seem to remember you doing that way back when. Do people resell used cloth diapers? I don’t know if I could do that. Clearly they are washed and all but my personal ick factor is high. Of course I can’t even shop at thrift shops even though I know that I would save tons and tons of money. It’s just an issue I have.

  3. Romy says:

    I had been toying with the idea of gdiapers. Then I thought my mom wouldn’t be too into it. That’s really what stopped me.

  4. amanda says:

    @Romy: I did wonder what other people who would be caring for S. would think, but I dropped that fast as he’s with me 97% of the time. I think I may go the cloth training pants route when it is time.

  5. amanda says:

    Thanks Suzi, you rock!


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