Today let's talk about why I cloth diaper and some myths associated with swaddling a behind in cotton.
I decided to cloth diaper for three reason:
1. I am cheap. I am very, very cheap. I was buying diapers from Amazon, and even that was expensive. With cloth I could buy one time and they would fit him (hopefully) until he outgrew them.
2. I read the average baby goes through 3,000 diapers in his or her lifetime. I think my baby went through that in the first six months. That is a lot of diapers that won't decompose.
3. Fear got all up in my business. I read somewhere about diapers bleached in Dioxin. This might be fear mongering. It might be true. I don't know. All I know is my baby's business was red, a lot. I assumed it was the chemicals. But why not just eliminate that if it scared me.
Once I combined these three things I decided it was time to get cloth diapers. Now, I have stated before and I will state again. We are not 24/7 cloth diaperers. I have great respect for the women who are. But I am not one of them. Also, I don't think I am any better, or worse because I use cloth diapers. It's just what I wanted to do. The end.
During my research on cloth diapers I had a lot of questions. And boy did I get some answers.
Myth: Cloth diapers are gross.
All diapers are gross. The only diaper that isn't gross is the one that's never been worn.
Myth: But you'll constantly be touching poo.
Nope. No poo touching here. Just use a diaper sprayer, or in most cases just shake it off over the toilet and you're fine.
Myth: You'll change their diaper more.
I still change his diaper six times a day, which is what I did before I switched.
Myth: I don't want pins near my baby.
Then don't let your baby play with the sewing kit. My cloth diapers have cute little buttons. They are all in one. No pins here.
Myth: Your baby will get diaper rash.
I don't think this is really related to cloth over disposable. I think diaper rash is a number of factors. In fact, his bottom seems to get irritate less.
Myth: They will make your house smell bad.
This would be true if I didn't put them in a sealed bag and wash them often.
Myth: You'll do more laundry.
Hello! I have a baby and a husband who works outside in the Alabama heat! I do laundry every day/every other day any way!
Myth: It's expensive and it uses up a lot of water and electricity.
Refer above answer. If you're washing your laundry anyway what's the big deal. I wash the diapers with the towels, wash cloths and underwear on hot water using mild detergent. These are things I need to wash on hot water anyway. Then I hang them on the clothes line because the vitamin D in the sun kills the bacteria. This sounds time consuming and maybe for you it would be. But to me it's peaceful.
As for the cost, it cost me $72 to buy 12 diapers I can use through potty training. That's a bargain!
Fact: Cloth diapering isn't for me. You're right. It might not be. It isn't something everyone wants to do or should do. If you're repulsed by the idea, don't do it. If you don't have time to do it, don't do it.
Like everything else in raising a family, you have to do what's best for your family, not what you think other want you to do.
I hope this has answered your questions though. Thinking about cloth diapers and don't know what kind to buy? AllaboutClothdiapers.com have come great answers.
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