Baby number seven and we have switched over to cloth diapering! Something that even a year ago I never imagined I’d do. First of all I must say that cost was not my deciding factor so if you are looking for the cheapest way to go this blog may not be the most helpful.
Secondly, I believe in a young earth. I believe that the Bible actually is literal in Genesis and means just what it says, that God created the earth in six days. I also believe the scripture that says that “the earth will wax old as does a garment”. I am not trying to “save” the earth. I do not think the earth will be here for a thousand more or even hundreds of more years because it seems that the Biblical prophesies are being fulfilled that tell us the end of time is near.
I wait for the day when Jesus Christ will descend from Heaven with a shout and gather together his elect from the earth and take us to live forever with God. Then it says that the earth will burn and the elements will melt. Jesus has gone away to prepare a place for us, a new heaven and a new earth wherein righteousness dwells.
I don’t know about you but when I read the end of the book of Revelations, heaven sounds so beautiful…….so beautiful! And I can’t wait to go and live where I can see God.
On the other hand we all know that disposable diapers are not biodegradable. We’ve always recycled our cans, glass, cardboard etc. and reuse and reduce. One of my boys has been interested lately in land fills and wondering what becomes of our trash. I’ve been convicted because it’s not something I’ve thought much about. To me I put the stuff in the garbage and the truck comes and takes it away and it’s gone….but is it?
I was thinking one day about diapers from seven babies. What if there was no land fill so we just had a diaper pile out in the back corner. OK you see where I’m going with this. Ewwwww……….for a few hundred years. I don’t think anyone would use them if that were the case.
My parents raised fifteen children in rural New Hampshire. They were “green” as a lifestyle before it was cool. We raised much of our own food. “Organic” without even thinking about it. My mom used cloth diapers. I remember all those diapers fluttering in the breeze on the cloths line. My mom even milked a cow and made butter. Yum. Reduce, reuse and recycle were the way to go. Not to be cool and progressive mind you but just because it was inexpensive and felt right.
I guess I feel convicted about it. It’s part of the labor of love we call parenting. Less convenient, yes, but how did my mom do it? Well, for one thing her life revolved around her family and home. She was not so busy with things away from home like a lot of us modern moms. Her social life was mainly with neighbor women who were within walking distance. Most of them also happened to be a part of our church family. Oh, those quiet, homey country days! (Were they actually so idealistic, Mom?;) I’m ready to just move on out, milk a cow, hang out the clothes on those long lines…..*sigh)
We decided to go with g diapers because they seem to offer the most convenience. The best place to get what you’ll need is on the g diaper website. Our local Fred Meyer stores carry some of their products as well.
They offer a biodegradable, flush-able, disposable liner. (They say flush-able but you have to take the inside of the liner out and throw the outside away, as it is not safe for most septic systems. This seems like more trouble than it’s worth to me.) But the disposable liners work just as well as the LUVS that I’ve been used to. I have not had any problems with leaking, even over night. You can compost the wet liners, not poop, of course. I would love to use these all the time but they are more expensive than I am comfortable spending. You can buy a case of them online, $52 for 128 liners. You would plan on changing them as often as you would any disposable diaper. Fred Meyer’s sells them in a package of 32 for $16.99. I will definitely have these on hand for night time and when I am out in town or anyway from home for a good portion of the day.
On normal days I have been using cloth liners. I just purchased the Gerber brand organic cloth tri-fold diapers. ($6.99 for four) They work well too but need to be changed more often. The g diaper website sells cloth liners that sound more efficient than what I’m using. They sell a six pack for $32, no folding and they have a fleece outer layer that draws moisture away from baby’s skin.
G diapers also sell a disposable thin liner to put over the cloth insert. This is so when baby poops you can just flush it. No swishing in the toilet or anything. Now that is really cool! They come in a box of 100 for $8.99. Lucy usually poops right away in the morning so I would just need to use one a day with her first diaper.
The g diapers themselves come in a pack of two, the snap on plastic pouch is included, at Freddy’s for $29.99, or six from g diaper for $79.99. At least with breast fed baby poop, I need to change the plastic pouch every time Lucy poops making one pouch per diaper not quite enough. You can order extra plastic pouches, six for $22.99.
G diaper website also offers starter kits etc. for a discounted price. That would make a lovely baby shower gift! All this adds up and that is why I’ve slowly been adding in the things I need. But when you think that you can reuse them for a long time, even with other babies that may come your way, it makes it a little easier to spend the money. Last night Blue eyes and I were figuring out how much money we would roughly spend on disposable diapers per year and that adds up too! I think we came up with $300, if we used 5 LUVS a day. So two years would be about $600!
The g diaper website says that you would need 6-8 diapers to fully diaper a baby. Remember if cost is important to you there are other more affordable options. Econobums is one brand that a few friends have been happy with.
The g diapers are machine washable and besides the plastic pouches, are fine in the dryer. You shouldn’t soak them in water or use bleach. Just put them in the washer with detergent and white vinegar. That will keep the cloth outer looking bright and the whites clean. (I just wash Lucy’s with the rest of our household laundry. Blue eyes thought that was kind of gross but…..I always tell him it’s only baby pee or poop. The things motherhood does to you!) Also a tip from my niece, on a sunny day set your cloth inserts and plastic pouches out in the direct sunlight to bleach them.
When making the switch I would recommend that you keep some disposables on hand for back up until you are sure you have what you need. I do anyways, but you will also need to plan on at least doing a small load of laundry each day. Packing the diaper bag will take a little more forethought as well.
It’s been about a month now and it has been a lot better than I imagined. The hardest part has been trying to stay organized. Sometimes I have a hard time rounding up all the pieces when I need them but more orderly folks shouldn’t have that trouble.
One more thing, Lucy, and a lot of my babies have had very sensitive skin. She pretty much always had a rash on her bum, even though I change her often. I am happy to report that things are looking a lot better in that respect. One day I ended up putting her back into disposable diapers for the day and she broke out like crazy! Poor Honey! She obviously had a reaction to something in the diaper.
What is your favorite diaper rash remedy?