When we got pregnant for the second time, we decided to look into cloth diapering, both because it’s more economical (a must as a military family) and because it’s healthier for both baby and the planet. Plus, cloth diapers are just so “stinking” cute! Etsy is both a wonderful resource and a VERY dangerous place, as they offer just about everything under the sun regarding fluff, and you also have the privilege of supporting other SAHM moms. However, it is ridiculously easy to go overboard in both cost and quantity of the adorable little cloth diapers and dig yourself into a financial hole!
With my son we battled diaper rash constantly until we found Earth’s Best Chlorine free diapers, and even then he still had it fairly often. I was under the impression then that cloth diapering was a HUGE hassle, and not worth the effort. I wish I had done my research then ): Just thankful he is now potty trained, and no longer needs diapers at all. (Although some days….)
Since my daughter was born (May 13th! 6 weeks tomorrow!) we have learned a lot about cloth use, and have added cloth wipes to our “stash”. I really like it. Instead of running out to the store when we are running low; I can just run a load in the washing machine, and pull out clean, soft, and ADORABLE fluff to stick on her butt. We started out using Pamper’s baby fresh wipes (I love the smell!) but found it to be troublesome having a separate diaper pail, and trash can, so we switched to cloth wipes. I just installed the wipe warmer (because the solution on the cloth gets VERY cold) and have been rather impressed with how many FEWER wipes we use per change. (No more 8+ wipes for a blowout!) Not to mention, that since we are already washing diapers, we managed to cut out a step, because the wipes just get washed at the same time, so no more separate pail, and no extra trash.
But since I am enjoying cloth diapering so much, I started looking into other ways to cut out the waste. Some things like “Mamacloth” still scare me, but washable breastpads, UnPaper towels, washable snackbags, cloth napkins, reusable food packets, and -possibly- toilet unpaper wipes will be making their way into my home as the budget permits.
We are not a family that does a lot of individual packaging for snacks, drinks, or even coffee filters, as it’s both cheaper and honestly easier to buy reusable and bulk items instead.
I know there are tons and tons of ways to live greener and have a smaller “carbon footprint” but I’ve got to take baby steps so I don’t overwhelm myself. Maybe someday I will live in a solar/wind powered home and have my own vegetable garden along with some farm animals to provide food for us. Someday…