Monday, June 17, 2013

Cloth Diapers, Are they for everyone?

Cloth diapers aren't one size fits all. No, I don't mean sized vs. one-size diapers. I mean the actual act of using cloth diapers on your baby. Are all parents capable of using cloth diapers? Of course they are, but what it really comes down to is what you as a parent are willing to commit to. So cloth diapering advocates out there, don't be mad at me as I write this post. Of course I would love for everyone to see how amazing cloth diapers are and how easy they can be, but we have to remember, there are lots of parenting decisions to be made and some people are going to make ones different from yours.

Cost vs. Effort
I chose to cloth diaper because of the money saving benefits. In two years, I have spent way more than I needed to on a very large stash. In that time I have sold a few diapers and made some of my money back, but I still haven't reached the amount it would have cost my family to diaper our son with disposables. All that said, some parents see the convenience of disposables worth the cost. To not add another load of laundry to their wash routine is worth it! 

Eco-friendly Options
Of course cloth diapers are the most eco-friendly choice when considering waste going into a landfill. We won't get into water usage in this post. But there are disposable diapers on the market that are more eco-friendly than others. Many parents are choosing these diapers over the mainstream disposables. Many parents aren't, but what are you going to do? 

If you've ever dealt with rash after rash after rash or ammonia stink that you can't get rid of no matter what you try, you may understand this one. Some parents try cloth diapers only to throw in the towel as a last resort. They've tried so many solutions that they are frustrated. Of course not all cloth diapering parents have this experience, but it does happen. 

I'm writing this post for perspective. I know many times I think parents don't know what they're missing. Sure, if they gave it a try, they could see how easy it really is, but you can't force your opinions and ideas on everyone.

cloth diaper mom
I'm Jenny, the mama behind the blog Cloth Diaper Revival.   I'm a stay at home mom to Noah and a wife to Chas, the cloth diapering dad.  I used to be a 3rd grade teacher until I was blessed with the birth of my first child, Noah. I'm currently trying to conceive my second child while struggling with infertility due to PCOS. This series covers my journey and my experiences along the way.


Lovely Mrs. Long said...

I think they should educate people about cloth in birthing classes and like the Finnish (It might be Denmark but I think its Finland) government provide a small starter set for new mothers. I really believe that people should be charged extra for putting Diapers in a landfill when it isnt necessary. This would create awareness, and take a lot of literal crap out of the land fills. No one needed Disposable diapers until they were pushed on the masses by large companies like P&G. My Grandmother's thought they were gross!

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