Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thoughts on cloth diapering, We ride the fluffy train!

Guest Post by Bert

It will be three years this January since I started my journey on the cloth diaper train. We’ve had our bumps and derailments along the way like when my son’s diapers kept leaking and I had no idea why. (Turns out I needed to move him up one size! Woops!) We had some excellent destinations that only confirmed to me that we had made the correct choice to use clothdiapers like when my son’s sensitive skin responded positively when we started using cloth. And I’m happy to say that we will continue riding this train through the rest of our diaper wearing children.

I also cannot tell you how happy both my hubby and I are about the money we’ve saved. My hubby is an accountant, a natural number cruncher as well as very frugal, he estimated that we saved in our son’s first year $1,416! That’s $1,416 more than what we would’ve had if we had used disposables. Plus, we haven’t had to make any late night trips to the store to buy more diapers. If we ran out of diapers we simply did a load of laundry. You can’t do that with disposables!

The cloth diaper train is prettier than the disposable train and the disposable train knows it. That’s why you see disposable brands with fun and cute patterns. They want to be fluffy. Imposters. If only they were cool enough to ride our fluffy train!

And yes, we are major Thomas the Tank Engine fans in our house. Sorry for the train analogies! “He’s a really useful engine you know….”

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.

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