I feel ready. Wednesday I didn’t. I’ve done a lot between then and now.
My banner is made (hand painted by me because it’s so much more organic than a plastic one ), handouts are rolling off the printer as I type, entry cards are cut and cake balls are in the box!
Yes, I said cake balls. What’s an event without dessert??
I’m also bringing dozens of cloth diapers for parents to see first hand. I’m most excited about all the people I will meet! Kim of Rockin Green, Diane of Go, Baby, Go Shop!, Tracy of Sweet Seat, Brooke of Eden’s Baby and many of my awesome readers!
I can’t wait to share pics with you and hear of your experience. Have a blast!
Here is the handout I will have available for parents interested in cloth diapers:
Excerpts from the Ultimate Guide to Cloth Diapers:
For my family our baby’s health was the reason we chose cloth diapering. My husband is a chiropractor and that opened the door to a way of thinking that revolved around health. We were introduced to natural ways of birthing, organic eating, and the multiple chemicals that we live with daily. Some we can alter or lessen, others we have little control over.
When we looked at the chemicals we could eliminate, disposable diapers were a big one. I did quite a bit of research into the chemicals contained in the diapers I was putting on my child. Having this info and choosing to ignore it became very difficult.
The two big toxins in disposable diapers are Dioxin and Sodium Polyacrylate.
Dioxin is an extremely nasty chemical. A 1994, EPA report revealed that there is no safe exposure level for dioxin. That means that any exposure to this dangerous chemical is harmful to your child.
Dioxin is a by-product of the bleaching process that occurs in paper mills. This method is banned in most countries and is known by the EPA as one of the highest cancer causing agents known.
Sodium Polyacrylate- super absorbent gel: (complete references are found in the Ultimate Guide to Cloth Diapers)
It can absorb up to 100X its weight in water (1). It can stick to baby’s genitals, causing allergic reactions (2). Reported to cause severe skin irritations, oozing blood from perineum and scrotal tissues, fever, vomiting and staph infections in babies (2). When injected into rats it has caused hemorrhage, cardiovascular failure and death (4). Banned from tampons in 1985 because of its link to Toxic Shock Syndrome (1). Has killed children after ingesting as little as 5 grams of it (5). Causes female organ problems, slows healing wounds, fatigue and weight loss to the employees in factories that manufacture it (6).
In Summary, the minimum suggested to have on hand for each system:
12 AIO/AI2, Pockets, or Fitteds or
2 Dozen Prefolds + 5-7 PUL or Fleece Covers + 3 Soakers, 1 Heavy wool for nighttime
If you were washing every night (boy would this wear you out! I know, I did it!) you *could* get by with 12. No one wants to do this for long. I suggest about 2 dozen diapers to give you a comfortable wash routine.
For the sake of these calculations we are going to use the prices on Diapers.com for Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers. It is recommended that a disposable diaper be changed every 2 hours. Let’s assume that at 4 months your baby would graduate to size 3 diapers.
- Newborn-4 months (size 1/2) = 1440 diapers x 0.18 = $259.20
- 4 months-20 months (size 3) = 5760 diapers x 0.24 = $1382.40
- 20 months- 24 months (size 4) = 960 diapers (every 4 hours) x 0.27 = $25.92
That comes to a total of $1408.32 for the first two years of your baby’s life.