Change 3 Things Pushes Cyndie to Cloth Diaper

April 1, 2011

Why Choose Cloth Diapers

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My cloth diapering story began not too long ago-kinda. It was kind of a perfect storm of events that got us going on cloth diapers.

In September, I found out my husband and I were going to have another baby. It was a shock and we had been planning on waiting until he had a more stable job before we expanded our family. The prospect of having two children in diapers was a little distressing, especially considering the cost of diapering one baby alone.

My son will be 18 months when our daughter is born. It would be ideal to have him potty trained but I honestly don’t see that as a realistic idea. I knew we were going to have to diaper both of them for a few months at least.

There were other issues going on. My son is on solid food and solid food means stinky poo.

Sadly his room wreaked!

We did everything to try and reduce the smell. I would sprinkle baking soda in his diaper pail, we bought an automatic air freshener, we’d empty the pail before it was full. These all did minimal things. I was concerned about taking the trash out with the bag only half full. We live on one income and it was almost like wasting trash bags to only use half of it. We found the best solution was to wrap all the poopy diapers in a plastic shopping bag and then throw them away.

I’m not a big environmentalist but I do believe we have stewardship over the land and we need to do our best to take care of it. After going through a HUGE stash of plastic shopping bags and even running out, the whole process started to bother me. I knew diapers took a long time to decompose and I knew that plastic bags took a long time to break down and here I was wrapping one in the other and sending them off to the landfill. On top of that, our son’s room STILL smelled just not as much.

I had a friend who cloth diapered and she mentioned it one day on her blog. At first I thought it was weird that she would switch her older daughter to cloth diapers but then I got to thinking. With cloth diapers, the stinky poo goes down the toilet; the start up cost can be high but overall it’s more cost efficient; and I wouldn’t be throwing away so much stuff. This seemed like a good idea.

At first I didn’t know what was what or what was needed or pretty much anything. I emailed my friend and asked around to see what people enjoyed using and what the different styles were.

I was also looking around on the internet for patterns because I knew how to sew and I wanted to reduce the start up cost. That’s when I came across the Rita Rump Pocket pattern. While it’s not a true pocket diaper because it needs a cover, it was perfect for what I wanted. I could stuff the diaper as much as I wanted, I could turn it into just a fitted diaper or I could try and make it a real pocket or AIO/AI2 diaper with the pattern.

After a lot of research I decided to just use the diaper as she shows with diaper pins and flannel. I was able to find a ton of flannel on sale at various fabric stores and the diaper pins were super cheap.

It took a while to find a diaper cover and I had originally wanted to just make some diaper wraps but that proved to be a bit difficult. I bought some Dappi covers and they worked well so we were set.  Once I made some wool covers we started cloth diapering over night as well.

Change 3 Things

After I had gathered all the supplies and even sewn all the diapers I was still too nervous to start cloth diapering. I would use maybe one a day. On Facebook a challenge came from Cotton Babies called “Change Three Things.” It asked people to commit to change at least three cloth diapers a day. I decided to join the movement and began cloth diapering every day, all day. It was the little push that helped get me to commit to cloth diapering and I am so glad it came around.

It’s been a few months since we started and we still have some disposable diapers around for babysitters and such but we are exclusively using the cloth diapers. Our cloth diapers aren’t as easy to use as some of the fancier onces on the market. Because I wanted to reduce the cost to start up, I had to sacrifice convenience and we use pins and nylon or plastic pants.

So I think my happiest moment was when my husband learned and then started doing it on his own with our son. It’s been nice, we’ve had a lot of support. My mom just recently bought us some Bummis for our son and she is excited to find cute patterns for our daughter due in May.

I’m glad I was able to get our start up cost under $100 (this is about 24 diapers, 6 covers and 50 inserts). I’m also glad that my son has taken to it just fine. While he may not be potty trained yet, I am excited to get started on it and hopefully the cloth diapers will help speed up that process.

My sons room does not stink anymore and the cloth diapers don’t really stink either. We aren’t using as many garbage bags and we’re saving money right and left because of this one choice.

Cloth diapering seemed like a sacrifice at first but I’m glad we made the switch.

This one change has helped in so many areas.

Cyndie chose a Thirsties Duo Wrap from Wee Little Changes as her cloth diaper.

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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. You can read more from Autumn over at https://www.facebook.com/beautifullyblessedlashes.

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8 Responses to “Change 3 Things Pushes Cyndie to Cloth Diaper”

  1. Andria B Says:

    I love when this connection gets made! Diapers can be made from found materials upon mommy inspiration – I know a couple of those too.
    It was stink and quantity of waste which got me to sign up for a cloth diaper service.

    Those diaper pails don’t let the stink out either – not when they breathe through the carbon filter! My husband put ours in the tub one day and complained about the diaper smell in the girls’ room. He never did change the small step can where the stinky diaper wipes accumulated until it was suggested to him that the step can was the source of the stink – not the diaper pail!

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  2. Patricia Urrutia Says:

    Congratulations on making the switch. I started cloth diapering my twins from the start for financial reasons too. They were preemies too, but I found some excellent preemie prefolds online, so it wasn’t hard for us at all. I tried sewing some fitted diapers when the babies napped at the same time, but it didn’t happen very often, so I ended up buying some pockets. In the end, I went back to good old-fashioned prefolds. They just turned out to be my favorites afterall. Now I use the money I saved by using cloth to buy the cutest diaper covers. I love the Thirsties Duo Wraps too!

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  3. Jen Says:

    I too have been cloth diapering since my son was 2 months old (he 8 months now) and have come to love it. Disposables seem yucky to me now and they don’t seem to make it as long as the cloth did. I also sewed my own diapers and earned myself a new machine with my savings! I highly recommend a diaper sprayer. I bought one and no matter how messy the poo, it gets it off. I would recommend also getting a tall bucket because it will tend to overspray on high. Plus it is a great tool for potty chair time!

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  4. KrysO Says:

    SO I am finally going to be a stay at home mom after 9 months of waiting. I started with cloth but since I was working, I stopped when my son started solids. I too am running into the stinky situation and I live in an apartment so its worse. Your article definitely encouraged me to give it another try. I am going to start cloth diapering after I order some of those disposable inserts so that I don’t have to work quite as hard to get the bm in the toilet. But thanks again for posting this. I am so excited to get this going. O and I found this pattern for diaper covers. They are for disposable diapers but you can tweek them to work as a cloth diaper cover and its super easy!! http://www.aana-made-it.com

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    • Kelly Sangree Says:

      You know, if you still have your peri bottle from the hospital it makes a really good diaper sprayer to knock the poo into the pot.

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  5. Angela Says:

    HI, thank you for sharing your story!
    I have been “piddling” around with converting prefolds, but today I made 4 fitted/contours from flannel and microfiber cleaning cloths I bought at Wal-mart. They are all “turned and topstiched” but only 2 have elastic around the legs. I wanted to try it both ways….It’s really fun to make stuff – especially when it turns out well.
    Keep it up. The financial savings of cloth diapering are just the cherry on top ;)
    I feel good about cloth diapers.

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  6. queenkai Says:

    We wanted to cloth diaper from the begining but my son being a preemie made it difficult. I have been cloth diapering now for 9 months and its been wonderful. I use a variety of diapers and love going to sales to find used ones and I hope to start sewing some over the summer. Besides saving money its just a much easier process once you get the hang of it and its good for the earth. Congrats on the new baby and welcome to the cloth diaper club

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