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Thursday, October 16, 2008

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Why do you use cloth? A mom tells us how she made the switch

We asked one of our customers to contribute an entry about why she chooses to cloth diaper. We know everyone has a story - and perhaps her's is one you can relate to. If you have a good story to tell us about why you chose to cloth diaper, send click here to contact me. We may choose your story for a future post and you may receive "points" redeemable at Kelly's Closet.

“So, why do you cloth diaper?”

My daughter was 7 months old when I really started to seriously contemplate cloth diapering. Before she was born, I looked into it, but every time I mentioned it to anyone I heard, “Why? Yuck! What a pain! You’ll get poop on your hands! They leak- eeeeuw! I know you’re kind of a hippie but this is ridiculous!”

All the negativity just made me want to do it more. The two things that truly held me back were initial cost and fear of the laundry. With a family of 4, soon to be 5, our laundry chute is more like a black hole, and I already felt like a slave to the laundry. I didn't want to stress myself out with feeling like I had to wash diapers too. Besides, we didn't have the $300 I figured it would take to get started. So I decided against it.

When our daughter was born, my husband and I could not believe how many diapers we went through- and threw away. It got to the point where we felt guilty every time we threw a diaper in the trash. Not only was it more garbage going into our environment, it was human waste (breastfed waste, but still) getting thrown out. Talk about eeeuuuw! Not only that, she got blisters on her legs from the elastic! Red, fluid-filled, welty-looking blisters. Every time I saw one pop up I wanted to cry. We tried switching to another brand, and she got the worst rash ever. We switched to some environmentally-friendly sposies, but they were rough, leaky, and didn't fit very well. All of this just led me back to my initial interest in cloth. I told my husband I wanted to go for it. He was skeptical, and still thought it was kind of weird, but shrugged and said “If you really want to…”

And yes, I really wanted to. So we did.

-Angie L., Blog Contributor


Anonymous said...

Lets be honest here.. cloth diapers are simply too cute to not want on our pefect babies bums.

Cloth is best for baby, and the enviroment! What is not to love. The patterns and colors make it even more enticing.. if the first two reasons werent enough!

GwennS said...

I always love hearing how other people got into cloth diapering-great story!

Slee said...

I love the line about the more negativity you heard, the more you wanted to do it.
Somedays I feel like a touch of a rebel. It's funny, my tree-hugging aunt uses sposies. When she first came to visit, it was a total culture shock for me, because I just assumed on some level that she would be using cloth. It never occurred to me that in the sorta crunchy crew, it was still not the norm to use cloth, lol!
i have about 6 sposies floating around the house still from when he was first born that would still fit him. we used the ones ppl gave us til his cord was almost off and i got impatient and switched to our cloth, and once in a while i reallyd on't want to do the laundry right then and i eye them, but i just can't do it. it's cloth or nekkie for snapdragon, i guess.

Upstatemomof3 said...

What a great story - I love hearing how and wy moms made the switch!!