Confessions of a stay at home, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baby food making, frugal mama.
Lately I’ve been asked a lot of questions about cloth diapering, so voila! I’ve decided to write a blog about my reasoning and the benefits to cloth diapering. The other day I was at the mall talking to another mother, and somehow the fact that I cloth diaper, breastfeed, and my daughter has never had baby food out of a jar came up… and she called me a hippie, in the nicest way possible. If that makes me a hippie, then I’m proud to be one!
First things first… Did you know that ONE of your disposable diapers takes 300 YEARS in a landfill to decompose? Let’s do a little math here: If your child is potty trained EARLY at the age of 2, goes through eh, let’s say 6 diapers a day (NOT including newborns going through 10-12 a day in their early months) that’s 2,190 diapers a year x 2 = 4,380 diapers if your child gets potty trained EARLY!!!! 4,380 diapers sitting in a landfill, each taking 300 YEARS TO DECOMPOSE! People, that’s ONE CHILD, ONE! And i’m understimating on everything! Secondly, the cost… On average with coupons let’s say you spend roughly $50 a month on disposables, okay, for two years that’s $1,200. Doesn’t sound that bad until you realized you just spent $1,200 on pure garbage, something that gets tossed in the garbage never to be reused ever again…. for what? Convenience?
I spent $400 on my cloth diaper stash, and this stash will last my daughter from birth to potty training, and if they’re well taken care of, they’ll last through my next children. Let’s say I have 3 children… If they are all potty trained by age 2, at $1,200 from birth to potty training, that’s $3,600 spent on disposables… Making more sense now? I just saved $3,200! And another amazing thing about cloth diapers? THEY CAN BE RESOLD AFTER YOU’RE DONE USING THEM! YES, THAT’S RIGHT!!! YOU CAN MAKE MONEY OFF OF THEM! I’ve never heard anyone say that about disposables! ;)
Disposable diapers also contain sodium polyacrylate, tributyl-tin, and traces of dioxin. All of these chemicals are known to be harmful to human health.
Did you also know, that cloth diapered children, on average, are potty trained earlier than children in disposables? Just another benefit to cloth diapering.
But wait, yet ANOTHER huge benefit to cloth diapering… When I was using disposables, my daughter had blowouts EVERY time she pooped, meaning, poop went out of the diaper, down her legs, and up her back, gross, right? I can’t even tell you how many outfits were stained and had to be thrown out, breastfed poop stains like CRAZY! With cloth diapers, I’ve never had one single blowout unless her dad put the diaper on wrong… Which yes, he has.
I haven’t even mentioned the fact that cloth diapers are SO STINKIN’ CUTE! They come in a million different colors and patterns!
Here’s a few questions I get asked weekly about cloth diapering:
"Isn’t it a lot of work to cloth diaper?"
I won’t lie, it’s not easier than using disposables, it’s quite a bit of extra work. I wash my cloth diapers twice a week… That includes taking apart my cloth diapers filled with pee and bits of poop, doing one cold wash, then one hot wash, line drying the covers and shells (which usually takes 8ish hours) and throwing the inserts in the dryer.
"Isn’t it DISGUSTING having to wash a diaper filled with poop?!!!"
First off, breastfed poop is water soluble, meaning you don’t have to rinse the diaper after your infant poops in it, you just throw it into the wash. At the age my daughter is at now, she has started solids meaning her poop is thicker… I take her diapers and shake them over the toilet and it goes right in! There’s also something nifty called a diaper sprayer that attaches to your toilet and you just spray the poop off into the toilet… I prefer to not spend $40 on one, but it’s a personal preference. To me, no, it’s not disgusting.
"Is it worth it?"
That depends on your definition of ‘worth it’. Do you care about the environment and care that one of your disposables is sitting in a landfill for 300 years? Do you want to save money? If you answered yes to those questions, you won’t even care about the extra work, and yes, it will be worth it. In my opinion cloth diapers are also way more comfortable for your child… would you rather sit in a soft piece of cloth or would you rather sit in crinkly paper all day?
"$400 seems like a LOT of money to start up a stash for your baby all in one pop!"
Do you know how much you’ll save? $400 is nothing compared to how much you spend on disposables… Don’t you remember me doing the math for you up there? ^^^ Also, my stash is a bit on the spendier side… If you want, you can cloth diaper from birth to potty training for as little as $100 or as much as $3,000! (Yes, there are some diaper brands that are $50 per diaper)
"What is in your cloth diaper stash?"
I only use bumgenius diapers. I have 20 pocket diapers which are the most like disposable diapers… only… you don’t throw them out you wash them. They’re easy for dads and for grandparents or babysitters. They tend to be on the spendier side. The other half of my stash is prefolds and covers, the most basic cloth diaper, the ones your parents probably used, or the ones you see in the movies that you’d never want to use, haha. They look like this:
That’s the prefold that goes inside of the waterproof diaper cover.
Then I also have a few extra inserts that you stuff in your overnight cloth diaper, yes, you can leave a cloth diaper on your child for 12 hours! And nope I haven’t had one leak!
^That’s one year worth of disposable diapers.
If you have any more questions and are considering cloth diapering, feel free to ask.
Another question I get asked is why I decided to make my daughter’s food instead of just buying it from the store. And here are a few of the reasons:
1.) I know EXACTLY what is going into my daughters tummy.
2.) I can choose whether it’s completely organic, pesticide, and preservative free.
3.) It’s better for the environment, less packaging and plastic waste.
4.) COST… The first time I made my daughter’s baby food, I spend 40 cents on a large sweet potato, that lasted a whole week for her. 40 cents for an entire weeks worth of babyfood? That’s less than the cost of just ONE jar of gerber baby food from the store.
I only spend about 1-2 hours a week preparing my daughter’s food, and that normally lasts the whole week. To store food all you do is put the prepared and pureed food into cube trays, freeze, cover, then thaw when needed! These are a few of her favorite foods.
This website helped me out a lot:
There you will find a ton of recipes, and the average ages to start certain foods.
Hopefully this helped out a bit, if not, let me know and I’ll answer any more of your questions!