When our daughter Margaret was about 9 months old, my husband and I decided to take the leap into cloth diapering. We were looking to make some trims in our budget and decided we’d give it a shot. I had tossed around the idea, but had not given it much more than a passing thought here and there. The biggest thing that held me back was the uck factor. I mean, who wants to wash their child’s feces in the laundry? Sick!
I had noticed on Facebook that my friend Anna uses cloth diapers, so I emailed her some questions. She told me that she also had thought it would be gross, but that she loves it. She gave me a rundown of cost comparisons, diaper types, and even Face Timed me for a one on one tutorial.
I started looking online and quickly became overwhelmed with the types and price differences. I wasn’t ready to drop hundreds of dollars to start cloth diapering (after all, we were supposed to be cutting costs). I reached out to another cloth diapering mom, who recommended Just Simply Baby. I browsed the website, read some reviews, and emailed the owner Katie. I got a response in less than two hours, which was awesome. Katie was super sweet and encouraging. I discussed with Jeremy, and we decided to go for it. I ordered a kit, which included a 30-day return and 12 month warranty on the products. I was so excited to get started.
There was definitely a learning curve with a few frustrations, but I have really enjoyed using cloth diapers from day one.
Here are 4 reasons we love cloth diapering:
- Cloth diapers are adorable
- It seems almost every person who talks about why they love cloth diapering puts this reason first. Well, that’s because it’s true. Cloth diapers are absolutely precious.
- You save money
- The initial investment can be pricey, but it doesn’t have to be. I feel we got an awesome deal on our starter kit. We expected to see a financial turnaround in about 5-6 months. I’ve never done the math, but I know we’re saving oodles. Margaret will stay in these same diapers until she is potty trained (the size adjusts). We use natural disposables only for overnight and when we take Margaret to Kids’ Club at church, so we rarely need to purchase them.
- No more diaper rash!
- Margaret was reacting to mainstream disposable diapers all too frequently and diaper creams weren’t helping. The reason? We still had her in the product that contains the chemicals that were causing the rash. Now Margaret gets red only periodically from a bowel movement, and the redness subsides within a few hours of changing her diaper. We have an all natural, non-toxic diaper cream on hand, but we rarely use it on her. We also make our own natural wipes so Margaret isn’t exposed to the irritants in mainstream wipes.
- They’re therapeutic
- Hang with me, now. At first I was worried about the time needed for washing routines and stuffing diapers every 2-3 days. However, there is something calming about using your hands for a task requiring repeated movements. Kind of like washing dishes. It’s the same thing over and over, so your mind can rest/wander while you’re still accomplishing a task. A task, keep in mind, that is benefiting your baby and your wallet.
If you are considering cloth diapering, or know someone who is, I highly recommend the products found on justsimplybaby.com. My experience with the products has been excellent, and I have been thrilled with the customer service.
Cloth diapering isn’t for everyone, and before I tried it, I was convinced it wasn’t for me. I’m so glad we took the plunge! You want to jump in, too?