When I discovered I was pregnant with Big Brother, I knew cloth diapering would be a part of my future just as an easy way to save money. I researched the different kinds of diapers, the prices, and especially how in the world I could ever keep them clean.
Now that I’ve been cloth diapering for well over four years, I have changed and washed more than my fair share of cloth diapers and cloth wipes. I know all about the kind of cloth diapers we chose, an all-in-one pocket diaper with Velcro closures that grow with the child. For our family, the total expense (probably $500 for 30 diapers bought in two rounds) was well worth it. I’m still using many of the four-year-old diapers on Little Sister.
I remember what it’s like to clean a newborn’s cloth diaper filled with liquid poop – and then continue to clean several a day. (When you start with a limited number of cloth diapers, you end up with very frequent cloth diaper laundry loads.)
And I know what it’s like to shake out a growing girl’s poop and realize that pretty soon she’ll be potty trained.
Even though someday soon my diapering days will just be a vague memory, those memories will be filled with our blue, yellow, green, and pink cloth diapers.
Now that I’m on the back end (pun intended) of my cloth diapering journey, I can say I don’t regret a moment of it. I truly didn’t mind the extra – and filthy – laundry. I didn’t mind stuffing my clean pocket diapers.
Most of all, I’m thankful for the money we’ve saved by using cloth diapers.
Now that I’ve become conscious of the environment, I’m thankful for the tons of dirty disposable diapers my family has kept out of landfills. And as a concerned mother, I’m glad I don’t have to be concerned about the safety of my children’s diapers.
Great Cloth Diaper Change
Last April, Little Sister and I participated in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, along with more than five-thousand other babies around the world. (The event set a Guinness World Record.) The inaugural event was so popular it’s happening again this year on April 21. If you’re a cloth diaperer, check out The Great Cloth Diaper Change to find a location near you. It’s a fun event, and you may even get some cool freebies. (You also can follow The Great Cloth Diaper Change on Facebook and Twitter.)
Are you a cloth diaperer? What has your family’s experience been like?
Today, I’m linking up with The Better Mom and Women Living Well.
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