I’m going to change to Cloth Diapers!

This has been bothering me lately.  I am definitely frugally minded and I’m also pretty “green” when I can.  Yet I use disposable diapers.  I had intended to use cloth diapers as that is what my parent had done and it seemed natural for me to do so as well.  When I brought it up with my Other Half he flat out said he would refuse to change her bum if we used cloth.  At the time I had these grand ideas about him changing diapers all the time.  (haha) Don’t get me wrong, he does change her diaper but I do more than my fair share of it!  Top that off with an argument where he stated he didn’t know why we weren’t using cloth!  

So I’ve decided to switch to cloth diapers.  There are just too many obvious pros to cloth diapering to ignore.  Let’s just look at a few of the stats about diapers for a second.  

Diaper Usage

  • In the first two years, the average baby will require between 5000 to 7000 diaper changes.
  • As of 2004, approximately 1.7 billion disposable diapers were used each year in Canada, accounting for 85 percent of the diaper market.
  • Before disposable diapers were introduced, all babies in North America were diapered in cloth. Within 10 years of the arrival of disposable diapers on the market, the number of cloth diaper users quickly dwindled to 10 per cent.

Disposable Diapers

  • Over 4,000,000 disposable diapers are discarded per day in Canada.
  • Approximately 250,000 tonnes of disposable diapers are sent for disposal each year in Canada, according to 2004 figures.
  • Disposable diapers represent approximately 3 percent of the total quantity of residential waste for disposal in Canada.
  • Effluents from the disposable diaper manufacturing process (plastic, pulp and bleached paper) are more damaging to the environment than the cotton and hemp growing and manufacturing process used for cloth diapers.

Cloth Diapers

  • Cloth diapers are related to water and air pollution because of the water and energy used to wash and dry them. This is particularly important in areas with water shortages.
  • Another concern is the higher level of wastewater particulates associated with flushing away the contents of cloth diapers.
  • Home laundering of cloth diapers produces greenhouse gas and other emissions from energy consumption in the dryer. Line-drying diapers when possible can reduce these emissions.
  • Cloth diapers may encourage babies to potty train faster than disposables, because with disposable diapers, the babies seldom feel any wetness or discomfort.

I think Cloth Diapering is going to be an adventure I’m just going to have to jump into and hope for the best with.  I am sure I will have a lot to share with you all on my journey so look out for posts on this adventure in the future!

So for you Moms out there.. did you cloth diaper and what would be the best piece of advice for a “Newb”?

25 thoughts on “I’m going to change to Cloth Diapers!

  1. It makes a lot of sense but for me it is the convenience thing but it makes a lot of sense, diapers are very wasteful. Good luck!

  2. Diapers are definitely wasteful, but I never used cloth for either of my kids…although I wish I had tried some days, but I didn’t know enough about them at the time.

    1. I don’t know very much either right now, complete newb! I want to figure it out now though so I can continue with future children as well. I can’t wait to document what this switch is going to be like.

  3. Jumping into cloth is absolutely the best way to go! I started out with a few diapers I got to review and within about a month, I’d moved to full-time cloth diapering. I LOVED it and am so glad that I made the switch! 🙂

  4. At 9mths I switched to cloth 75% of the time with my youngest. Over the last year, that has dwindled to about 40% – I don’t have time to keep up with the laundry……

    My hubby was the same, and won’t touch the cloth….so when he is in charge, DS is always in sposies

  5. I had to use cloth diapers with my firstborn, he was allergic to whatever they put inside them, as well as baby wipes. It was a cloth with warm water for him.
    It is messy, and you will do tons more laundry, but it is better for your child and their skin. There is also diaper cleaning services for the wealthy… lol…
    My one strong suggestion is investing in Ivory snow laundry detergent for your diapers. It is the best thing to put against your baby’s skin. It is free of all the crap they put in all the other detergents. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive, but totally worth every penny to know your baby is getting the best care for their cloth diapers.

    1. I think I already have the tide unscented un everything detergent for Keira’s Laundry Detergent but I’ll have to make sure it is cloth diaper safe first. Thanks for the tips!

  6. We used disposable diapers. I can’t honestly say I really considered cloth. I know there are a lot of advantages though so good luck!

  7. Good luck! I used cloth diapers with both my daughters until my diapers wore out… NEVER put your diapers in the sanitize cycle on a washing machine (only wash in cold water). Buy diapers with snaps – they last longer than Velcro. And don’t use diaper creams or other products with your diapers. Be careful about your detergent – use only recommended detergents (or detergents with no fillers, especially if your diapers have microfiber). I used mine for three years, constant use, two kids, and I was so disappointed when they finally stopped working. I’m getting ready to start a new stash for the new baby. Cloth is awesome! 🙂

  8. I think I heard something about fabric softener being bad for the absorbency of the liners so maybe look into that before laundering. I’ve never used them but I have friends who have. Some kept using but some switched to disposables. It’s probably not for everyone. There’s no way I could have kept up with it when my daughter was a baby. Our laundry was in the basement of our condo and we were on the third floor. AND there were only three washers and dryers for the whole building! 🙂

    1. I never use Fabric softener for her clothes anyway. I think you are right though because I always see those wool balls being sold at cloth diaper stores. More things to look into! 🙂 We are very fortunate to be in a house with our own laundry room and washer/dryer. I can definitely see where being in a situation like that would make it difficult!

  9. I’ve used cloth diapers on all four of my babies! After trying many different types, my favorites are flats with the Thirsties snap covers. DEFINITELY prefer snaps over velcro!!!

  10. You won’t regret it! I love using CD with our DS. We even use them at daycare.
    Tip – velcro diapers are “easier” to get a good fit quickly but 1 toddlers can take them off pretty easily, and they show more wear then snaps.
    I am in the process of converting all of my velcro over to snaps.
    If you have any questions just ask

    1. I noticed even in some review pictures of velcro diapers that the tabs even look kind of out of shape after just a pre-wash. I had kind of already decided snaps were the way to go but your comment definitely seals the deal there. Thanks Kate!

  11. I’ve been using cloth for two and a half years and LOVE it. Just don’t put all your eggs in one basket and invest in a whole stash of one type of diaper. Experiment. And enter my Canadian only cloth diaper giveaway. 😉

    1. That is a great tip, thanks! I’d be hesitant to buy an entire stash right away anyway and want to try different styles and brands. I already entered, and hope to win!

  12. We currently cloth diaper and have been since my daughter was a newborn. I’m not sure what kind of advice I can give you, CDing can be a lot of trial and error especially when it comes to a laundry routine. I def agree with the above comment about experimenting, you might find that you like a certain type of diaper more then another. Best of luck in your CD adventure =)

  13. I’ve gone back and forth with all 3 of my kids in some sort of CD/dispos rotation. Dont worry about trying to do all or nothing. Ease into it, it is frustrating at first when you realize you have to wash that poop off. It gets easier, lol.

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