MH is laughing at me. He thinks that I need to back up and think about labor and delivery, the nursery or some of the other things before I start to think about diapers but I read something about cloth diapering and now I’m obsessed.
Is it nuts for me to think about cloth diapers?
There are two main reasons why I’m drawn to cloth diapers:
1) I love the fact that they are not as wasteful as disposable diapers, approximately 4,000 pounds of landfill waste per child during its lifetime of diaper use.
2) Many disposable diapers have chemicals in them and using cloth diapers would eliminate the chance of toxins getting near my baby’s bum.
There are also financial benefits to using cloth diapers. It appears that you can save a lot of money in the long run by using cloth diapers. Most of the expense is upfront when building up a cloth diaper stash. If you have a second child, there is no upfront expense. If you don’t have a second child, you can sell your stash and recoup some of the expense.
I’m kind of loving the idea but then I get overwhelmed with the idea of choosing which kind of cloth diaper to use. If we do it, I want to use the most practical kind of cloth diaper – the one closest to disposable but without the disposable factor. But, which one? The All in Ones? The prefolds and covers? Pockets? I’m soooo confused.
Apparently there are some cloth diaper classes “out there” that can help parents make a decision. I need to find one of those classes and figure out what I’m really getting myself into if this is a path we take!
I have to admit that even thinking about cloth diapering makes me feel a little granola and crunchy. MH thinks I’m getting a hippie. But, I’m not and truthfully there is nothing wrong with me being a little granola and thinking of the environment! Are there other Audi driving, environmentally friendly thinking mommies out there who use and love cloth diapers?
Does anyone have any advice or recommendations on cloth diapering?