I’d like to do a little plug for cloth diapers because I really think cloth diapering gets a bad rap. Cloth or disposable, we’re still talking about poop, which is never fun to deal with in any circumstance. (And YES you ARE supposed to drop that poop in the toilet no matter what type of diaper you choose. Sorry, but if you aren’t doing it, then said poop is going into a landfill rather than the sewage system.)
Back to cloth. There are zillions of choices available…systems…as we cloth diaperers call them. Go ahead and google it- it is mind boggling. I haven’t tried even a fraction of them, but the ones that I use, BumGenius, are fantastic! I’ve had very few leaks. They snap on so they are really no more time consuming to put on than disposables. I do a load of them every day or two and so, after the initial cost of buying them, I’m saving a grip of cash!
And then there are the environmental impacts. I’m not going to drop a bunch of statistics on you right now, but I will tell you this: disposable diapers are the third largest consumer items in landfills. And they hang around for a LONG time. I could go on and on, but ultimately cloth diapering is just less demanding on our environment.
Oh, and using cloth diapers doesn’t make you a “hippie”… It really just means that you’ve decided to use cloth diapers rather than disposable. Really. That’s all it means.
I’m happy to chat about cloth diapers and answer questions etc! There are also some amazing resources online, please see my list.
Whatever diaper you use and preach by, happy diapering to you! Xoxo- Anne