September 18, 2009

Cloth Advocacy

My, what bright eyes you have! My, what porcelain skin you have! My, what a fluffy bottom you have! These are all comments that my five month old daughter might receive on any given day and they are all quite true. The secret is that my daughter was not born with that adorable, fluffy bottom. We can only attribute that cuteness to our love of cloth diapering. Revealing our secret normally leads to a conversation where I resolutely extol the virtues of cloth diapering.

The manner of questioning usually goes something like this. Is it hard? No, cloth diapering is actually a piece of cake. Everyone from my husband to my sitter joined me in this cloth diapering adventure. Using pocket diapers or all-in-ones usually takes away the initial fear friends and family have of using a cloth diaper. They are very similar to disposables and are virtually fool proof.

Is it a lot of work? Well, clearly it is more work then taking off a disposable and putting it in the trash. However, the benefits make it worth the extra effort. It feels great not to lug out garbage bags laden with dirty diapers to the trash every day. It also feels great to pull off the diaper and see a sweet baby bottom without a diaper rash! In addition, it feels great to not have to spot clean all of the baby’s cloths because she does not have blow outs in her cloth diapers! So although there is the extra load of laundry every couple of days, laundering the baby’s clothes has become much easier.

Is it expensive? There is an initial investment to make, but once you make it, you will be saving money. You can generally reuse cloth diapers on more then one child and the savings grow exponentially the more you use them. However, even if you only use them for one child, you will see savings over buying disposables. Where can I find them? Well, let me tell you about this wonderful website called

--Written by Angela M.