Why I Cloth Diaper
by Britanie Myers
Before I became a mom I never thought I would have a passion for diapers. The thought had never even crossed my mind but it has been nearly 9 months since my son was born and I am in LOVE with cloth diapers.
I started doing some research and looking into cloth diapers when I was about 6 months pregnant. I had no idea how far cloth diapers had come since I was a baby and I was amazed. The more I read the more I started thinking “I think I could really do this.” Finally I told my husband that I was thinking of cloth diapering. Hearing about the cost benefits, he jumped on it right away and was more than willing to get me that first set of prefolds and covers.
I suppose my husband and I are a little “crunchy” because my mom is constantly accusing me of being a hippie. I think my mom is a little extreme in that view point. We aren’t the kind of people who have to have everything organic. I’d like to have everything organic but, honestly, I just can’t afford it and I’m ok with that for now. We are, however, the kind of people who make an effort to recycle in an area where recycling isn’t really convenient. In order to recycle here you have to sort ALL of your recycling, load it up in your vehicle, and take it to the recycling center yourself. It isn’t that awful but it certainly isn’t super easy. We are also the kind of people who are into natural, organic, and environmentally friendly things as much as possible. Cloth diapers were something we could do to help “save the Earth” without killing ourselves financially and I really liked that.
The biggest factor in my choosing to use cloth diapers was the cost of disposables. You see my husband is amazing. He usually works 60 or more hours per week, goes to school, is very active in church, and somehow still finds time to spend with his family. I don’t know how he does it. Even though he works such long hours we still don’t have much money. We have enough to meet our needs but not much else. We are, after all, very young and my husband is still a college student. After all the work he does I couldn’t see (literally) throwing it away on disposable diapers. I love that with cloth diapers we can use them over and over and it is so much less wasteful.
What started out as something I was doing because I couldn’t afford to do otherwise turned into something I absolutely LOVE and when I am able to afford disposable diapers with future children I will probably just spend the money on buying really adorable cloth diapers. It probably seems a little weird for someone to say they LOVE diapers but let me tell you these things are amazing. Since I began using them I have discovered so many more benefits that the environment and cost factors.
First of all, my son has NEVER had diaper rash. I’ve heard some awful things and seen some awful pictures of diaper rash but I have never had to deal with it myself and it is wonderful to not have to worry about that. Second, I keep hearing horror stories about “blow out” diapers and leaks. I have never experienced either of these problems with cloth. Prefolds are amazing at holding things in! So when non cloth diapering people ask me how I deal with the grossness of cloth diapers I have to wonder how they deal with the grossness of blow out diapers because that sounds about ten times more disgusting than flushing “it” down the toilet. Also because you are flushing the waste down the toilet cloth diapers are way less stinky. You don’t have a nasty diaper pail stinking up your house. WAY less gross.
I feel like I could go on forever about the benefits of cloth diapers but I really just don’t have that long to talk about it. I really need to go wash my dishes. I kind of wish dishes were as easy and awesome as cloth diapers…
Britanie chose the one size Happy Heiny in owl print from Green Diaper Store as her prize.