Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cloth Diapers

So, some of you already know that I have been using cloth diapers with Sofia. Those of you who didn't know this are probably going...WHAT!!! Yes. It's true. I use cloth diapers and I love it! I did a lot of research on the internet to learn as much as I could about this whole concept and, in the process, fell in love with the idea. After doing some reading and more reading and more reading about the different types of diapers I decided this is what I was willing to try. The bumGenius 3.0. It's a one-size diaper, which means that you can adjust the size as your baby grows, so there's no need to buy more diapers over the 3 years or so your child is in diapers.

I found a store in Fayetteville that sold these diapers and bought one. At almost $20 a piece I didn't want to buy more than one until I was sure I would really stick with it. I eventually ordered 6 more from this website, with plans to buy about 5 more, for a total of 12. I think that should be a good amount to have for Sofia. Unfortunately, Joshua is too big. I can get them on him but he gets so mad. He is a big boy and the diaper is too tight around his chubby thighs.

Maybe now you're wondering what I liked about it so much. There are several reasons. (1) Disposable diapers are so expensive! Research shows that over the coarse of a childs lifetime in diapers a family will spend between $1500 - 2000 in diapers compared to about $300 or so (depending on the type of diaper you purchase) in cloth diapers. (2) Environmental reasons. Disposable diapers take years and years to decompose. I like knowing I can do my part, albeit small, to help the environment. (3) Health reasons. There are so many chemicals used in disposable diapers to make them so absorbant. I feel it's better to have cloth around such a sensitive area of my baby's body instead of all the chemicals that are in disposable diapers.

Here are a few pictures of Sofia in her bumGenius diapers! What a cutie!!!

If you have ever considered using cloth diapers I would encourage you to give it a try. If you want to go super cheap, it can be as hard as it's reputation says but it doesn't have to be! Cloth diapers have come a LONG way from when our mom's and grandma's used them. If you are interested here is some more information about cloth diapers. Give it a read. I'm so glad I did!


Ruth said...

Yes! I totally agree! Bumgenius diapers are first on my list of things I want/need for our baby #3. And these will be glorious to use compared to the simple, cheap, gauze-type ones I used in Honduras. I can't wait! (not to be misunderstood...I can't wait to enjoy the nice diapers, not "I can't wait" for the chore of changing them! Ha ha!)

The Hargett Family said...

You sold me. ;0

Anonymous said...

I'm doing them, too- although I went a little more old fashioned and use pre-folds with a super bummi wrap- and I love them! Caryn and Leah are also cloth users, too- it must be contagious! :) BTW, Sofia is super cute in these shots!!!

Elizabeth said...

First, Sofia is so gorgeous. She's grown so much, and I just have to meet her. Maybe this fall!?

Second, I have been wanting to do bumGenuis/cloth, but my significant other is less than supportive. He figures I already have so much to do and I'm already stressed that having to wash/stuff, etc. would be too much. I still want some cute pink diapers on my baby girl. We'll see! Thanks for the inspiration!

The Oliva Family said...

i'm your fellow BumGenius user too! They are great! and for all the same reasons you have gone to cloth, I have gone to cloth. She looks adorable in them too! Oh! there is another positive! in all the pictures...she will have a cute dipe on instead of a disposable ugly one! :)