For some reason, when we had our first child, I never considered using cloth diapers. It’s not because I don’t care about the environment, or anything like that. I think the biggest reason was that I just didn’t know much about cloth diapering and it seemed a bit intimidating to me. To me, cloth diapering was kind of ‘granola’ or ‘old-school’ and I just imagined smelly, poopey diapers in bags all over the house. And the thought of those poopey diapers going into my laundry machine… NO THANKS!
Since having our first baby, my network of mama friends has grown quite a bit and I have many friends who swear by cloth diapering. The idea of ditching the disposables started to cross my mind more and more and by the time our second little nugget arrived, cloth diapering sounded less granola and more tempting by the minute.
Here are the main reasons I decided to try out cloth diapers:
- Blowouts — I don’t know what it is, but both my girls are explosive poopers. Some kids are less aggressive poopers, but ours are not. I’ve been known to carry 3 outfit changes in my baby bag because things usually get messy with my girls when we are out and about.
- Diaper rashes — I will never ever forget the awful diaper rashes our eldest used to get. It was so devastating seeing her tiny little self with a red blistery rash all over her bits. I was doing everything to try and prevent them — blowdrying her bum dry, using all sorts of different barrier creams etc — but she seemed just prone to getting them. I want to try and avoid that with baby number 2!
- Cost — they say that within 6-8 months of cloth diapering, you will spend the same as you would for your child’s lifetime in disposable diapers. So after that first half a year of your baby’ life (roughly), every time they pee or poo, it’s free! 😉
- THE ENVIRONMENT (of course!) — every single one of those disposables piles up in a landfill and I started to feel more and more immoral with every diaper I tossed. I am not for one minute pointing fingers at those who choose to use disposables, because, hey! that was me until just a couple of weeks ago and it is totally everyone’s own choice. Personally though, I decided that I wasn’t happy with the added waste we were creating.
- Blowouts… did I mention those already?! YUCK!
The first step for me was deciding that I want to give cloth diapering a solid “go”. That was the long drawn-out step. The next step came easy. I had to decide which type of cloth diaper to buy because there are so many options out there!
I went straight to Janelle, owner of Yaya Baby, an online boutique for everything baby! Janelle is a fellow North Shore mama that I met about a year ago and we have stayed connected mostly online. I knew she sold cloth diapers through her Yaya Baby store, so I contacted her and thank goodness I did. Janelle came back to me with an offer to do a 2 week trial of some diapers to help me make my decision and to get my feet wet in the world of cloth diapering. (Embarrassingly, I still didn’t know a whole lot about it and I needed some guidance!)
Janelle showed up at my house with her beautifully organized Yaya Baby bin holding everything I would need to get going. Diaper covers, inserts, wet bags, cloths, spray bottle, and eco-friendly laundry detergent). Not only was everything there and delivered to me, but Janelle also set up my change table area and did a tutorial putting Madeleine into her first cloth diaper.
So now… I am totally hooked on AppleCheeks cloth diapers and I am pretty sure I won’t be able to use disposable diapers ever again! For some reason, it’s kind of fun to use them as well as all the other benefits that come along with them. There aren’t stinky bags all over my house. In fact, there is just one bag that hangs beside our change table and you can’t smell ANYTHING! I don’t mind washing the diapers AT ALL and Madeleine looks super cute in the little ruffly diaper covers.
I highly recommend making starting with cloth diapers from the get-go or making the switch if you are thinking about it!
Do you cloth diaper? I’d love to hear your comments below