I created this blog when I was a little more than halfway through my pregnancy, with the goal of sharing news of my life with friends and family all over Canada and the world. Now that Lil’ Ziggy is here, I’m hoping to start writing not only updates on his growth, but other posts about my home and lifestyle.
My first step in that direction is this series on cloth diapers! Much like my birth plan, I researched cloth diapering long before I even got pregnant. I first learned about cloth diapering from other parenting blogs, and it really appealed to me.
Here are the top 4 reason I decided to use cloth diapers on my baby:
Studies have shown that disposable diapers contain extremely toxic chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic or can cause hormonal problems. In fact, the chemical Dioxin is present in disposable diapers, even though it is known to be toxic and is banned in many countries outside of North America. But we do love our convenience, don’t we? Just smelling a ‘sposie in comparison to a (washed) cloth diaper is enough to convince me that I don’t want it on Ziggy’s bum.
Also, we had a diaper rash problem pretty much instantly when we used disposables. The rash has since gone away with cloth diapers and it hasn’t come back, but it took using flushable liners and zinc cream to get rid of. I’ve still been using it for overnight, just to make sure it doesn’t come back.
Ever had a diaper blowout? When Ziggy was in a disposables, he almost always leaked in the worst way. Sometimes he may as well not have been in a diaper at all! While cloth diapers haven’t eliminated leaks for us, they certainly haven’t been as catastrophic as when he was in ‘sposies. The ones that have leaked, I find were the ones that didn’t have elastic around the back, or the fit wasn’t as good around his legs (I’ll explain which ones in later posts). I’ve been amazed at the messes that most of them have held in!
I have more cloth diapers than I need (though some days I appreciate having a few extra). I have several different brands, some are low-cost, and some are more high-end. I also bought them all brand-new. You can lower your up-front cost of cloth diapers by buying seconds (factory defects) or even used diapers (not as gross as you might think!). Even though I bought new, and many of my diapers are high-end brands, I will still be coming out ahead by the time all my children are potty-trained.
I wrote down a cost breakdown of my cloth diapers somewhere, but I can’t find it now. I estimate I’ve spent about $800ish on diapers and accessories, before I even had Lil’ Ziggy! Some people may think that’s absolutely crazy to spend that much upfront. Then, we decided to pick up some newborn Pampers disposables for the first week or so of Lil’ Ziggy’s life, until the yucky meconium was passed from his system. They were about $12 a package, with 27 diapers in a package. We ended up buying I think four or five of those packages as 27 diapers really don’t last very long. Just on newborn diapers, we spent around $60 in two weeks.
We spent a similar amount on the next size up a few weeks later, when Ziggy had a minor operation. So imagine spending about $30 a week on disposable diapers. That’s over $1500 a year. By the time they are potty trained…. well you get the idea. Even when you factor in extra loads of laundry (really not much of an issue once you start having kids anyway), and disposable wipes and liners which we sometimes use, we are still saving so much on diapering.
I don’t really need to pull out stats to explain to you that using disposable diapers leads to an enormous amount of waste in our landfills. Waste that takes forever to decompose. Waste that used more water to manufacture than I use to wash my cloth diapers. Waste containing human excrement, which should NOT be put in landfills at all.
Listen, I’m no tree-hugger. I’ll be using disposables when I travel to Ontario for a month, out of sheer convenience (that’s a lot of cloth to cram in a suitcase!). And I still use biodegradable liners at night. I’ll sometimes use disposable wipes to clean him up if he’s had a particularly messy diaper. Even so, I just plain feel better using cloth and reusable wipes and liners.
So over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting about the diapers I’m using, how they’re working for me and Lil’ Ziggy, my wash routine, and anything else cloth-diapery that catches my fancy. Even though one kind of diaper may work for Zig, it’s important to note that it may not work for every baby. They’re all shaped so differently!
Hope you follow along! Question for you:
Do you cloth diaper your child or children? Why or why not? (no judgement from me, I promise!)
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