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Babes in Cloth
August 21, 2010, 3:55 am
Filed under: cloth diapers, Going Green, Photos

I’ve been cloth diapering my two youngest children for one year this month.  My older son, who just recently turned three, is on his way  to  being fully potty trained and out of cloth diapers.  My baby, who is eighteen months has been wearing cloth diapers from the time he was six months old.

I began cloth-diapering after a close friend of mine initiated cloth with her daughter who suffers from severe exzema.  I don’t know what made me follow her lead exactly but I have pinned it down to a few factors: 1) My desire to be “green” and eco-friendly, 2) An eager effort to save money, 3) My love of fabric and textiles, and 4) Seeing my sons wearing their cloth, looking too cute and knowing how much more comfortable it was for them.

The past year of cloth-diapering my boys has been quite an adventure.  I started out with G-diapers because I felt a hybrid diaper would be an easier transition from disposables to cloth.  They were fun and definitely adorable but a little messy when my boys pooped.  After my first encounter with seeing my friends’  pockets diapers in person–I had to have some!! I went ahead and ordered a few Bum Genius 3.0’s and I loved them!  They were so much like a disposable only I had to wash them–which I absolutely loved doing because cloth diapers came out smelling so clean and fluffy–in the beginning. (I will devote my cloth diapers laundry excursions to a separate post)  Over the past year my collection has grown and I own a variety of nappies.  In addition to the G-Diapers and Bum Genius’s my boys have had the opportunity of wearing: Bummis pre-folds with Thirsties Duo wraps, Thirsties Pocket All-in-Ones, Fuzzibunz, Happy Heiny’s, Bum Genius Bamboo fitteds, Thirsties Fab-Fitted, Bum Genius Organic All-in-one (my favorite daytime diaper, and I have recently added Grovia Hybrids(which are nice!).

I have pretty much lost count but I believe I own about 30/35 diapers.   It was pretty easy to rationalize the purchasing of cloth diapers in the beginning because it was costing me over $100/month to diaper both of my sons in disposables.  To cut my expenses even more I took a few flannel receiving blankets, cut them up into squares and ta-da –cloth wipes!!  Now that my 3 year old is transitioning away from cloth diapers and into underwear (I am proud of him), I am beginning to feel sad.  I realize my (last) baby, at eighteen months is not too far from the same milestone. I will miss cloth diapering them greatly and hope to somehow inspire others to cloth diaper in the future.

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