Cloth Diapers


This post is the first in a little series I am doing on cloth diapers. Later, I will be writing about ‘Where to Start? Choosing Style, Price Range, Brand’ and ‘Set-up and Accessories- Detergent, Wipes, Wet bag, and Storage,’ as well as posting a few videos.
If you have a baby and are interested in self-sufficiency, cloth diapering is a must. Sustainability goes hand in hand with self-sufficiency; you can’t very well rely on yourself for something that needs to be continually purchased. If you hang out in any natural living/homesteading circles, you will have heard the basics of why disposable diapers are terrible. Here’s a quick recap:

 

This post at Padded Tush Stats delves into the hidden costs of both diapering systems in an attempt to further dispel the myth that cloth diapers are expensive. It is very honest and backed up by solid research.
I must admit, cloth diapering requires a ton of reading if you want to truly understand all the choices. It can be overwhelming, but after a few sessions you’ll begin to feel like a pro. However, if you already know what direction you want to take (prefolds vs. pockets, etc), then you may be able to skip the homework.
There are so many amazing resources out there that decipher the cloth diaper world better than I ever could. So instead of rehashing what has already been said, I will link up here to some of my favorite sites:
Absorbency Test with Video at Kitchen Stewardship
Cloth Diaper 101 at Cotton Babies
$4.95 for an 18 page How-To booklet from Green Mountain Diapers (Check out the links on the left-hand side for even more {free} information.)
Cloth diapering can be as simple or as complex as you want. Minimalists like to tout that cloth diapering has become hip, i.e. expensive, and that all you really need are a bunch of cheap prefolds and some plastic covers. On the other end of the spectrum are true addicts who will think nothing of dropping $30+ on a unique WAHM diaper with an exclusive design. I fall somewhere in between. Personally, I see cloth diapering as part of larger lifestyle, and it provides me with a practical creative outlet. You won’t see me advocating $35 diapers, but I have been known to drop more than a little dough on something I deemed worthwhile. Also, I really enjoy the research and reading all the reviews. Last but not least, I love the community. Cloth diaper circles are generally full of peaceful and friendly mothers with a tendency towards natural living. They will defend their favorite laundry detergent just as passionately as they will discuss GMOs and environmental toxins. Right up my alley. 🙂

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