Saturday, December 3, 2011

Why We Cloth Diaper

Googled this image

When I thought of cloth diapers, I thought of what our parents or grandparents wore. It wasn't until I started seeing other moms on Facebook with cloth that I realized how modern it can be now!

My father in a pinned cloth diaper in 1948

I first started wondering about cloth diapers because McKenzie had severe eczema, but only around her diaper, mainly the tush. No creams helped for months until I begged for a prescription that can only be used for two weeks at a time. It helped until I had to stop using it, then we were back to where we started. She would take of her disposable diaper and dig at her eczema until she bled and I KNEW something, ANYTHING had to change, so I started my journey of researching different companies and asking other moms who they liked best. I started talking to someone more and more about it and she introduced me to BLOG GIVEAWAYS! :) BEST THING EVER!!

My husband didn't like the idea of cloth diapers and he thought I would want to give up because of the poo, so I started entering diaper giveaways like crazy hoping to win so I could show him how serious I was. Having two children in disposable diapers and spending $60 a month just wasn't doing it for me anymore!

I started entering giveaways in December 2010 and shortly after I entered some, I won! I was shocked but so excited to finally hold a cloth diaper in my hands to see what they were all about. I was impressed and it instantly made me on the hunt for more! After a couple months I had won EIGHT DIAPERS, A WET BAG, 45 CLOTH WIPES AND 45/90 BAG OF ROCKIN' GREEN! I was thrilled because it gave me a starting point to test everything before we actually bought any products. 

Starting stash

When I first brought up cloth diapers we had two needing them full time. Our oldest, Madison, started potty training in January 2011 so that left us with McKenzie. She woke up the morning of March 22, 2011, I put a newly washed diaper on her and away we went! I'll admit, I had no idea what I was doing and with one person as my only real support system (no one I know uses cloth) I just crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. We had multiple leaks our first day because I never realized how much McKenzie drinks! After many failed attempts and figuring out which snaps work best for her, we finally started to get the hang of it and guess what... within DAYS her eczema was gone and has never came back!

You can see around her legs what disposables were like

I just wish I knew about cloth when Madison was little because we could've saved A LOT of money, and now hopefully we'll be able to use them from the start with Macyn, if not shortly after she's born.

I know that switching to cloth diapers was the best decision for our family, not only to save money, but for the best health of my child.

We've only bought five or six diapers in our stash because I've either won them all, gotten from blog reviews, or they were purchased as gifts. We have a very wide variety of diapers in our stash and it's truly shown me what's out there and the cheapest isn't always the best way to go!


Kate Sparkles said...

I don't have any babies yet but I fully intendt to use cloth when I do.. my cousin is a huge fan. I was skeptical at first, like you I was imagining those giant pin things from the days of old ( hey I was born in the late 80's and that's what Mum had me in!) but when I saw the Modern Cloth ones I fell in love.
I always hated the sight of bubs in just a nappy (diaper) but the MCN's look so cute in all their patterns and they are so much better on the environment, the budget and the baby butt! Glad you found them - better late than never!!

(BTW new follower here, found you via the Super Stalker Sunday blog hop)

A little crunchy - Kimberly said...

We love cloth as well and I specially love that giraffe diaper.

Glad I found you on the hop today, following now!

Breena said...

Just came across your blog today! I'm your new GFC follower :)

(p.s. - I'd love for you to link up at my 1st every "Life is About... blog hop" going on right now)!