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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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That's Way Too Much Work! A Mom's Story On Converting To Cloth Diapers.

I received a wonderful email from a customer recently who won a BumGenius one size diaper during our BUZZZZ day, Black Friday promotion. She emailed me an adorable picture of her son Grant and I replied back by asking her if she would share with us on how she got started using cloth diapers.

Here is Emily and Baby Grant's story:

When I gave birth to my third child, a son, in June I thought I knew everything there was to know about baby care. I wore the title of "been there done that" mom proudly. I did everything I could to give him a great start in life; breastfeeding? Check. BPA free bottles? Check. Organic cotton onesies? Check.
Then one day, a friend of mine, a first time mom no less, pulled something foreign out of her diaper bag.
"Look at this," she said. "It's called a BumGenius One Size Diaper."
"What is it?" I asked skeptically.
"It's a cloth diaper," she said. "Isn't it neat?"
"Cloth?" I said disapprovingly. "That's way too much work."
She just looked at me and shook her head with a smile.
"No it's not, it's super easy to do, plus these things are practically leak proof."
At that moment my darling four month old decided to play devil's advocate and pee through his expensive disposable diaper right onto my jeans. Hmph.
So that night I got online and searched, searched, searched. What I learned surprised me. I wondered why no one had ever told me that disposable diapers have carcinogenic chemicals in them? Or that they required large amounts of trees, oil and energy to produce? And most disturbingly, the carefully wrapped little packages of poo would still be sitting in a landfill 500 years from now. Hmm, disturbing.
I called my friend the next day and very casually asked her where she'd ordered her BumGenius. It was really hard for me to admit that this first time mom knew something I didn't, and she didn't miss the opportunity to sneak in a couple 'I told you so's!
From that day on I began a love affair with diapers. Who knew diapers could be so much fun?
At first my husband thought I was crazy. But when he first strapped a BumGenius 3.0 on our wiggly baby he was an instant convert as well. "These are pretty cool," he said. "Do they come in college football patterns?"
It really was a much easier switch than I imagined. The only snag I ran into was what to do with my disposable wet wipes. When you don't throw away the diaper there is no good place to throw away pooey wipes. A quick phone call to my friend solved the problem.
"They're called 'cloth wipes' Emily. Try them."
So I did, problem solved. More Money Saved? Check.
My entire family including both Grandma's are very supportive of our new 'greener' baby bum. And while I'm a stay at home mom, I've since learned that many childcare centers are now welcoming cloth bottomed cherubs with open arms.
The greatest part for us (aside from the obvious money saving benefit), is that our little boy wakes up dry and happy every morning. We have had no diaper rash, no messy, poo stained clothes, and most importantly he looks simply darling in the wide variety of cloth diapering choices.
I wish I would have figured this out with my first two kids, but hey, better late then never right? Recently our society has become much more aware of things like the environment, energy independence and of course the need to live frugally. These are uncertain times our little ones have been born to, but we all can do little things to make a difference. One thing I know for sure, is that cloth diapering has to be one of the most fun ways to do that!
Thanks Kelly for making cloth diapering so accessible to so many people!

-Emily and Baby Grant


Anonymous said...

I would just like to say I appreciate the end of your post- about this being an uncertain time that our little ones are being born into- I agree completely and that's part of the reason I use cloth, so I know I am doing a little bit of something that is good for my baby's future.

Denise said...

I'm in the better late than never group too. My current baby is our 6th child & our first to use all cloth. I tried prefolds & velcro wrap covers in the late 1980's with our first & gave up almost instantly.

Kelly said...

I am a relentless crusader to get my friends to switch to cloth, but so far I have had no luck. Everyone says they are too much work. They are so not too much work. I am so glad that I discovered cloth with my first baby - I only wish it hadn't taken me three months to do it! I am still on a quest for a convert, but I think I will forward this post along to those who think it is too much work!

erinsmomma said...

I was in the same boat when I first started looking into cloth diapers. I thought they were way too much work, but the more I read the more excited I got. Both of my daughter's grandparents still don't believe that cloth diapers can be fun, but I don't care. I feel much better about what I'm putting on my baby and what I'm not putting in a landfill!

Katrina said...

What a great story. Add me to the better late than never club too. I didn't start CDing my youngest until he was 3 months old, and my oldest was 2. I really wish I would have known about it when my oldest was an infant.

Dani said...

I enjoyed reading about a CD convert - CD's are so much easier than disposables and have so many more benefits.

Montana Momma said...

Great story! I'm a first time momma that has discovered cloth diapers and not shy to tell anyone about how great they are... I figure a bug in someone's ear now might just still be there when they start having babies.

So good for you!!

Katie said...

I am a CD convert too. I did not Cd my first, but are CDing DS #2 and DS#3. I LOVE cloth diapering. I wish someone had told me about all the chemicals in sposies when I had my first.

Which reminds me, Kelly, I love the pamphlet you put together on cloth vs disposable diapers. I wish I had some to give to everyone I know. I truly believe that wearing a sposie is why my ds#3 got a staph infection in the hospital (He got it all along his diaper line).

Katie said...

Awesome story - and such a cute little guy! One-size BGs are my fave!

The McKitterick Family said...

I am so glad that you wrote this article. I think that you made some really great points on real concerns that people have, specifically people that I talk to about cloth diapering. Now I can tell them about this article and ask them to read it so that they can hear from some real people (other than myself) about cloth diapering and maybe they will consider switching to cloth. I just started cloth diapering about 1 1/2 to 2 months ago, my daughter is now 17 months old. She is my first. I am very excited to continue cloth diapering as our family grows! Thank you for sharing your story.

Kelly said...

I love the post and makes me think I need to talk up CDing even more than I do. Maybe I could convert someone too. I am definitely adding everything I can from Kelly's websites to my blog page so that everyone knows that there is an option to disposables! Sometimes I just think people are in the dark about it, even these days! - Great post, Love the real life story!

Kelly Wels said...

I didn't start cloth diapering until my 2nd child was 12 months old (this is when I switched the Kelly's Closet website from selling baby clothing to cloth diapers!)
Katie- I have a bunch of the cloth vs. disposable brochures. You can contact me thru the kc site, click on the contact us page, and submit a ticket. I can then send you a bunch! Thank you.

Shari & Andrew said...

Thanks for sharing this story! I always love hearing why people made the switch to cloth. I started using cloth when my son was one month old (I wanted to start earlier, but he was in the NICU for awhile). I love it. I'm always showing off my stash when my friends come over! I feel like I'm doing what is best for my child!

EdenSky said...

When people tell me cloth diapers are too much work I ask them how many hours of paid "work" it takes to pay for 2500$ worth of disposables as compared to how much time it takes to throw in an extra load of laundry twice a week. said...

I think if you had to live next door to the landfill where disposable diapers are buried, your choice would be clear.

Jon, Lindsey, Alex, and Ben said...

I was definitely of the mindset that cloth was outdated and took WAY too much work. Everyone jokingly asked me if we were going to cd our twin boys and I of course laughed along but after 3 or 4 months of buying 100's of dollars worth of disposables I started researching and ever since we tried them out we have been hooked!

Angela said...

I get that all the time... my sisters clam they could never use cloth because they work and cloth is for SAHMs... hehehe if only they knew... they can't really see me using cloth because I live 4 hours away from them.

Senior Family said...

This is such a great post .. never too late to start :) we love CD too especially with the OS diapers :)
Thanks for an awesome blog that is fun to read !!

Serena said...

Better late than never club member! I offered my husband the option of cloth diapering when I was pregnant with our first child. His response? Absolutely no!

I must admit, however, I wasn't too disappointed because at that time (2004) I had no idea about the variety of options available. I figured I'd be dealing with the "good old fashioned" cloth diapering methods.

Since I became pregnant again shortly after having my first child - I didn't even give CD'ing a thought - although I wish I had because it would have been a HUGE money saver!

Shortly after delivering our third child my instinct to CD was inexplicably INTENSE. I spent my midnight nursing sessions online researching cloth diapers.

I was thrilled with the options and I knew there was no way I continue using disposables! Especially considering that many of the options (pockets and all-in-one's) are so convenient and easy to use like disposables - except I'm not literally throwing my money away!

While my husband and I typically make all decisions together - I made the "Executive decision" and placed a very generous order through Kelly's Closet (btw)... I kindly informed my husband that I had decided to cloth diaper and shared with him my research.

Like most men - he responded well to the math aspect. We could spend $400 in 10 months on disposables OR we could spend $400-500 on CD that will last until our little one is ready to potty train. (Of course I've since become addicted and spent a bit more than $400-500 - but it's worth it because I can save this stuff for the next baby!)

His only question? "Are you really going to wash all of that stuff?"

My response? "You know I love doing laundry! Besides it's only a couple extra loads a week - no big deal!"

Since then I haven't looked back... and quite honestly I look forward to my CD laundry days. =)

(Ps. sorry for such a long response)

Katie said...

A friend of a friend has 7 children. She just started using cloth diapers with #7. She went back and looked at their budgets (they keep really good records) and found that if she started Cding with #1, they would have saved around $10,000.

It seems like a lot to me but 6 kids in disposables for around 2 yrs each is 12 yrs of diapers!!

Matt, Sara and Kinsley :) said...

If you are ever interested in a story about loving prefolds please check out my blog.

I have a post about despising disposable and whether or not to try prefolds and another on LOVING them.

Kira said...

I'm CD'ing my first child (3.5 month-old girl) and I am always surprised by the negative reaction from others (especially women in my mom's generation). When I was telling people of my plans to use cloth, I got responses like, "good luck with that!" and "that will last 2 weeks!" I couldn't believe how unsupportive people were. I work full-time and yes, it IS more work to do cloth instead of disposables, but isn't it worth it to protect the environment AND our babies??? Anyway, I'm so glad that I've made this choice and I look forward to using these same diapers on baby #2! Any chance I get, I am talking up the benefits of cloth and trying to convert all of my mommy friends!

Angela Sundara... etc said...

I must admit, I actually ENJOY dunking diapers. Not as in "this is wonderful" but more like, "this makes me feel like a REAL mom." There are few chores that I enjoy and/or give me satisfaction in my "job" like cloth diapering does. :-)

the momma said...

We started CDing with our second child when she was about 5 months and I became a SAHM. I like to say that if I had known how easy it is to CD I would have done it with our first! Even better than that- my husband agrees! And we're so excited that after spending just $100-200 to increase our stock and replace some hand-me-over CDs that have seen their day, we will be all set to CD DD#3, without having to spend a penny more on diapers- from her birth to potty training!!! (Unless there's another great sale on blueberry diapers at Kelly's Closet!)

Kelly Wels said...

Hi Matt,Sara,& Kinsley-
I checked out your blog and it is terrific. Would love to have you write for our blog! Please contact us thru our kc site, click on the contact us tab, and open a ticket.
We offer reward points for blog contributions that we post.
If anyone would like to write for the blog let us know! We would love to hear from you!

Amanda said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who started CDing late! I'm on baby # 1 but I did not know about this "world" of CD'ing until she was 10 mo. old. That's when we started CD'ing her. I waited for my very first order of fluff mail to arrive she developed a UTI and I'm convinced that it was caused by the sposies. But you know what they say...better late than never. At least, with good care, I should be able to use these on baby # 2.

Anonymous said...

ive been cding for 21 months. love it! i tell everyone i see how great it is.

Melia said...

Thank you so much for this post! I am CDing my #4 and I so wish I could go back and do it with all of them. (I remember in the beginning with #1 telling my husband that I would breastfeed to help us save money, but NO WAY was I cloth diapering) Makes me want to have more so that I can CD them, too!! I've become a bit obsessed about it and have changed my entire household over to a "NO paper products, period!" place to live. Now it is not just diapers.