Did you know that 28 BILLION disposable diapers are buried in landfills each year in the United States?! That’s a staggering number. I knew before I had my first child that I did not want to add to the trash heap. I was glad when my knowledgeable midwife was able to give me the low-down on cloth diapers and I used them from the get-go. As far as I can tell, the benefits of cloth diapers are many. They can be reused (over and over as I’ve proven by using the same diapers on 4 babies), they save money, and they are non-toxic. But I’m not really going to go into those details in this post. Instead, I’m simply going to show you how I cloth diaper.
My original guinea pig, now 7 years old, recently diapered the baby. The picture above is her handy-work! While I don’t recommend using cloth diapers like that, I do recommend you give them a shot! They’re not as hard as you might think.
If I can use cloth diapers, almost any one can! I started using cloth diapers when my first daughter was born in 2004. At first I used pre-folds and plastic pants. When I realized cloth diapering wasn’t as hard as I thought it might be, I asked for cloth diapers for Christmas. (I know, right?). But I figured with the money I saved using cloth diapers over disposables, I could buy myself a nice present! And I was right. But I digress. Here’s a photo tutorial of how I make cloth diapers work in my busy life.
Next, get a good amount of diapers. Cloth diapering is much harder if you don’t have a large enough supply to avoid having to do laundry every day. It’s hard to keep a baby in clean diapers if you don’t have clean diapers to put her in. And anyway, who wants to do laundry that often?! I have 5-6 dozen, but that’s way too many. 3-4 dozen should be more than sufficient for one baby. I dump my clean diapers into a tote unfolded. I do that because I’m busy, lazy, and it’s easy! I keep the tote of diapers in my bedroom because that’s where I change my baby most often.
This is my baby in my favorite cloth diapers – Mother Ease Cloth One Size Diapers – on my changing pad (please ignore the unsightly stain…) 🙂 I keep the changing pad in my closet next to the tote of diapers at night and pull it out during the day. I leave it on my bed and tuck it back in the closet at night. It’s not ideal, but we’re living in cramped quarters for the time being as we prepare to build a home. She’s such a big help, though,