Cloth diapers truly started as an environmental interest for me. After the birth of my second baby, I had two children in diapers; twice the money spent on disposables and twice the trash. We needed bins to contain the diapers before trash day and our trash cans were literally filled to the brim with smelly diaper trash. I hated that wasteful feeling.
Like many people, cloth diapers were not mainstream where I lived. I didn’t really know the distinction between “modern” and older style cloth diapers until I walked into a friend’s backyard one sunny day. A row of pretty pink cloth diapers hung on her line and the sight of those fluffy diapers swaying in the breeze just felt right. Intrigued, I asked her about her diapers and hours of internet research began.
When people ask me why I spend so much time talking and writing about cloth diapers, I can tie my efforts back to several very practical reasons. Cloth diapers save my family money. I started cloth diapering Ezra at eight months and we’ve cloth diapered Kai, now 2 /12, since birth. They boys have used many of the same diapers. Any increase in our water bill has been negligible and we have been through months where the money we saved using cloth diapers helped our family in noticeable ways.
Cloth diapers are a way for my family to be good stewards of the earth. Cloth diapers are one of the ways my family chooses to reduce and reuse. I have read different opinions on the environmental impacts of diapers, but visiting The Real Diaper Association website and reading about the environmental costs of manufacturing and disposing of single-use diapers truly solidified this decision for me. It isn’t a simple black and right decision, but it’s a choice that is right for my family and an important way we hope to positively impact the environment.
Cloth diapers introduced me to a community I love. From the first time I typed “cloth diapers” into a search engine, I quickly understood that cloth diaper blogs, businesses, charities, and Facebook groups are about more than diapers. When I purchase cloth diapers from a family-run store or
choose a brand with goals that align with mine, I am contributing to the cloth diaper community. When I share a post like this or a review of a new style of diaper, I am part of a community. When I chat diaper rash or new fabric releases at the Monday night #clothdiapers party on twitter, I am engaging in community.
I attended The Great Cloth Diaper Change at the St. Louis Cotton Babies store, my favorite resource for cloth diapers, in 2012. This experience is the perfect example of how the cloth diapering community works. I drove 2 hours to St. Louis, where I met my online friend Jill from Life is Not Bubble Wrapped for the first time and gave her a hug. I also met Heather from Cotton Babies, an awesome staff member who I became friends with during the #clothdiapers chats. These ladies are my friends – my community – and two of the reasons I love my cloth diapers.
When I think over all of these reasons why I love my cloth diapers, it all goes back to that initial moment I first spotted modern diapers on a clothing line. I look at photos of my boys in adorable prints, delighted by their fluffy bums; I see my budget minus a line for disposable diapers; I talk with my kids about the positive impact of cloth diapers on the environment; and it all comes back to one thing: I love my cloth diapers because It just feels right.
Why do you cloth diaper or why are you interested in cloth diapering?
Disclosure: This post is part of a contest through Cotton Babies called Love my Cloth Diapers. I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.