Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cloth Diapers/Exposing the Myths (Part 2)

Today I want to discuss something I thought about after reading some of your comments on the first installment of The Diaper Debate. Tomorrow, I will focus on the cost/time it really takes to cloth diaper your baby's bum: )

First, Megan brought up a really good point about feeling overwhelmed with all the information out there on cloth diapering. I couldn't agree more. When I first googled cloth diapers, I honestly expected like 5 results to come up. I didn't even think people still did it! Little did I know there was this whole culture around it.

--hard core mamas writing all about it on yahoo message boards,

--debating all the different brands and diaper systems,

--the best way to clean the diapers--and other tricks of the trade.

WHO KNEW? I certainly didn't. I was overwhelmed after about 5 minutes when I realized the kind of time other people put into doing it. I was intimidated and gave up on the idea for quite awhile. After a break, I decided to plunge back in and just try it. If I didn't like it, I would allow myself to quit.

I researched all the brands, laundering techniques, etc. etc. etc. I spent easily 100 hours reading about it. (Hey I didn't have kids yet--I still had time; ) If you remember only one thing from this post, remember this-- It doesn't have to be complicated. Honestly, I could have started diapering after reading about it for 5 minutes and I would have been set.
Here's why:

No one lets their kid sit in urine/solid waste for hours at a time, right? Who cares if it absorbs 2 cups of urine--I'm not gonna wait that long to change him. As soon as I knew he was going--(ever heard a baby grunt or start kicking their legs?) I would change him. Simple as that. I think he peed out of his diaper on two occasions. So I changed his clothes, and that was that. No biggie, right?

And in regards to cleaning--- a good laundry detergent and a little sunshine every once in awhile will take out any smell, stain or bacteria that might come with using cloth diapers. (Seriously--the sun is better than bleach.)

Okay, I know there's a little more to it than that. But if you stick with me, I'll tell you the most pared down, easy way to incorporate cloth diapers into your lifestyle.

It's cheap. It's easy. It's sanitary.
Why not? : )
Part 1 HERE-Exposing the Myths (sanitation)
Part 2 HERE- Exposing the Myths (ease of use)
Part 3 HERE- Exposing the Myths (cost)
Part 4 HERE- Cloth Diaper Benefits (health, environment)
Part 5 HERE- More Benefits (potty training, and more)
Part 6 HERE -Basic info and terminology
Part 7 HERE- Building your cloth diaper stash
Part 8 HERE- Diaper Needs Questionnaire


Christie said...

I absolutely LOVE cloth diapering my daughter! I agree, the choices in the beginning were very overwhelming, but very worth all the time and research. I also wanted to add: you might as well use cloth wipes if you are cloth diapering. No sense in separating the wipes from the diapers to throw them away, just toss them in the diaper pail too!

Emily Ruth said...

Absolutely Christie--great point. Cloth dipering is worth it even just for the $$$ we save on wipes, right? Thank you for bringing that up!