Friday, January 9, 2009

Not Your Mama's Cloth Diapers

So, I'm a cloth diapering mama. Usually when I tell people that I get weird stares and confused looks. I get all kinds of responses some people think it's great and want to hear more, some have no idea that people still cloth diaper and then others find it disgusting and weird.

Really though, cloth diapers are not what they were 20 years ago, well actually some of them still are but it's still a whole new ballgame these days. There are so many different types and styles of cloth diapers these days and many are no more complicated than a disposable diaper.

We use cloth diapers for many reasons though. My number one reason is the environment. Did you know that it is estimated it takes 250-500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose? That means all those diapers you throw away will still be hanging out in the landfills for our great great great great great grandchildren, that's not something I want to pass on to future generations!

Also there is the economic standpoint. It is estimated that a family spends about $3K on disposable diapers per child. That is a lot of moola! With cloth diapers you can spend as much or as little as you want. Some people keep it simple and buy a stash of prefolds and covers and others fancy up their stashes a little bit. Either way you will be spending much less than $3K on diapers and just remember cloth diapers can be reused for future children.

Of course, what any cloth diapering mom will tell you also is cloth diapers look darn cute on those tiny little bottoms. Warning though, if cloth diapering is something you decide to try out it can become addicting there are so many diapers out there and you will want to try it all!

And of course, there are lots of other reasons to try cloth diapers, I won't bore you though. Here is a great site if you want to do your own research.

Stay tuned in the next couple of days for some diaper reviews and a little information on all the diapers that are available.

Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them.
Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them.
Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him.
Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.
~Pamela Glenconner

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