Strive to Cloth Better

IMG_3486As you all know I cloth diaper.

I started this with my 2nd son and continued it now with my 3rd.

I love it. MOST of the time :)

However I will admit this time around it has been harder. Im working a lot more, home schooling now and just really behind on house work and LAUNDRY. It really is just a lot to keep up with. I think if I didn’t work from home it be a wee bit easier, but job or no job, im busy. When this happens I throw in the towel with my cloth diapering and will use disposables for a day or two in order to catch up. It happens and thats ok.

Cloth diapering is wonderful, if and when you can do it.
If a disposable is thrown in the bunch from time to time. So be it.

However…

IMG_7998copyIt really is worth it financially in the long run, if you diaper multiple children especially. More importantly to me I really believe it is better for our children and the enviroment. Not that I’m a super “eco-chic” gal, I like to think of myself that way.. I recycle and use natural products around our home but I’ve got lots to learn.

Its not so much about being eco-friendly….

 

When I read things like THIS by Noreen Kassem for DrMomma.org, about the chemical involved in disposable diapers… It just makes me thankful I decided to try cloth diapering. Think about it… our babies live in diapers the 1st two or three years of their life. Day and Night… They are constantly sitting on our children’s sensitive areas… So while I do not think a disposable diapers are “horrible” :) I do think the information regarding them is something we as parents should at least know about. Maybe im paranoid… Maybe I over think. But it is worth thinking about right?

Here is the post for those who don’t like to jump from blog to blog :)

Disposable diapers seem to be a necessity in today’s lifestyle of convenience and temporary items. Though they are commonly used, synthetic, single-use diapers often contain chemicals linked to long-term health conditions. A study published in the Archives of Environmental Health (1999) states that disposable diapers should be considered to be a factor that may cause or worsen childhood asthma and respiratory problems. The soft, sensitive skin of babies is also prone to rashes and allergic reactions due to the chemicals in disposable diapers.

Dioxins

Most disposable diapers are bleached white with chlorine, resulting in a byproduct called dioxins that leach into the environment and the diapers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dioxins are among the most toxic chemicals known to science and are listed by the EPA as highly carcinogenic chemicals. According to the World Health Organization, exposure to dioxins may cause skin reactions and altered liver function, as well as impairments to the immune system, nervous system, endocrine system and reproductive functions.

Sodium Polyacrylate

Sodium polycarbonate is a super absorbent chemical compound that is used in the fillers of many disposable diapers. It is composed of cellulose processed from trees that is mixed with crystals of polyacrylate. This chemical absorbs fluids and creates surface tension in the lining of the diaper to bind fluids and prevent leakage. Sodium polyacrylate is often visible as small gel-like crystals on the skin of babies and is thought to be linked to skin irritations and respiratory problems. This chemical was removed from tampons due to toxic shock syndrome concerns. As it has only been used in diapers for the last two decades, there is not yet research on the long-term health effects of sodium polyacrylate on babies.

Tributyl-tin (TBT)

Many disposable diapers contain a chemical called tributyl-tin (TBT). According to the EPA, this toxic pollutant is extremely harmful to aquatic (water) life and causes endocrine (hormonal) disruptions in aquatic organisms. TBT is a polluting chemical that does not degrade but remains in the environment and in our food chain. TBT is also an ingredient used in biocides to kill infecting organisms. Additionally, according to research published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, tributyl-tin can trigger genes that promote the growth of fat cells, causing obesity in humans.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Disposable diapers frequently contain chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These include chemicals such as ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene and dipentene. According to the EPA, VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system as well as cancers.

Other Chemicals

Other chemicals often used in disposable diapers include dyes, fragrances, plastics and petrolatums. Adhesive chemicals are used in the sticky tabs to close the diapers and dyes are used to color and make the patterns and labels that mark diapers. Perfumes and fragrances are used in some disposable diapers to help mask odors.

Again this information came from Peaceful Parenting ( a new fav blog read of mine ) – She has lots more great information on her site. She even has a post called “The Joy of Cloth” which is long but informative.

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IMG_7458This is just food for thought.
Its something I NEVER thought of when I had my 1st child.

After all, disposable diapers are just easier… readily available and given out in the hospital when our babies enter the world.
Its a part of our culture to be honest. Cloth is old school. Or is it?

With so many awesome cloth diapering companies, forums, informational bloggers and great washing machines ;-) – I really don’t know why more people don’t at least give it a go. If it doesn’t work out, thats fine! At least you tried.

When I 1st started to cloth diaper my husband said “hah… we’ll see how long this last” and he honestly believed it last a week and after the 1st few stinky diapers I’d give in. Yet here we are 4 years later and im still at it.

If you strive to do something you can do it.

It just takes work…

 

How many of you cloth diaper? If so, what’s your fav?

17 thoughts on “Strive to Cloth Better

  1. I really enjoy reading your blog. My five boys are almost grown but I enjoy the “freshness” and “fun” that your blog offers, especially to young moms. I think it is great to “strive” towards anything that is better. Is cloth diapers better, I would agree….is it “best” for everyone, no. And you mention that. My five were raised with disposal because 1) convenience and 2) lack of knowledge or push to strive for better. I am not beating myself up, it is just the way it is. My five, thank the Lord, are healthy and have no ill effects because they were bottle fed and disposable diaper raised. So I think it is great to raise a topic like this but also better that you do it in such a non judgmental way. Your boys are sweet.

  2. I bought a stash of about 20 Nubunz/ SweetDollBaby diapers in January, and they almost all have something wrong with them now. I have about 6 usable diapers at this point and their customer service people will not respond to my emails. The big problem is that I bought seconds and Velcro closures. All the waterproof layers are pealing away from the outside materials in my seconds, and all the Velcro has gone bad!! I’ve also had to fix a lot of the elastic that has pulled out of the stitching and become ungathered. I knew at some point that the Velcro would have to be replaced, but I didn’t think it would be after only 5 months!!
    I’m so mad that I only bought one kind of diaper! I wish I would have just saved my money for a few more months and bought like 10 Fuzzibunz instead of even bothering with Nubunz!

  3. @Susan,
    Hey Susan, I really appreciate your comment!
    I always am fearful I may offend in some post like this… but I really do understand some cant do it, or just dont know. People who work and have to rely on day care or a family member to watch their babies, I cant imagine having to use cloth in those situations, that be a lot harder… but it would be worth trying to look into and use when baby is home with you or on weekends :) – Its something I never thought id do. But am so glad I jumped on in. It has been an adventure but a good one.

  4. @Tiffany, oh no!! Thats so bad. Ive had some of my same BumGenius diapers since Taite, so their 4 yrs old now. Some of them the leg gussets gave out and need replacing but the velcro on mine works just the same as it did when I got them.

    I have been very pleased with them. Fuzzi bunz I hear are awesome too.

    Sorry you had a bad experience with the brand you got :(

  5. You’re one of the reasons I started cloth diapering! Before I met you and read your blog, I had no idea cloth diapering could be so do-able. I love using BumGenius 3.0s and some Fuzzibunz as well. Nine months strong! haha.

  6. We’ve used cloth for 5 years and 3 babies! I LOVE it. I certainly have periods where I end up using sposies for whatever reason and then have to push myself a bit to get back in the groove of cloth, but overall I much prefer them. It’s been harder with my son this time, he’s been in disposable diapers much more than my girls, mostly because he’s such a different “wetter” that there’s like a constant learning curve!

    I also never travel with cloth diapers. I am just too nervous about washing in someone else’s washer (or a public one) and then having the possibility of dealing with build-up, repelling, reactions, etc, for the rest of our trip. That would be miserable and I’d end up buying sposies anyway!!

  7. We’ve used cloth for 5 years and 3 babies! I LOVE it. I certainly have periods where I end up using sposies for whatever reason and then have to push myself a bit to get back in the groove of cloth, but overall I much prefer them. It’s been harder with my son this time, he’s been in disposable diapers much more than my girls, mostly because he’s such a different “wetter” that there’s like a constant learning curve!

    I also never travel with cloth diapers. I am just too nervous about washing in someone else’s washer (or a public one) and then having the possibility of dealing with build-up, repelling, reactions, etc, for the rest of our trip. That would be miserable and I’d end up buying sposies anyway!!

    We use mostly Fuzzi Bunz. I have a few BG but sold the rest because I didn’t think they held up as well (but I like the fit of them). I also really love flats under wool…prefolds, not so much, but they’ll work in a pinch. ;)

    Cloth diapering is like a hobby, isn’t it??

  8. I have traveled with cloth ONLY to my moms. Since her washer is similar to mine :) – but thats it. I will make day trips with cloth tho, but usually vacations or any over night trip I do use disposables.. Although I have enough cloth to last a couple days.. I wouldnt want to carry around the smelly wet bag :)

  9. Yay!
    thanks for posting it again!!! (After I talked to you I searched my history on the phone and could find the links, but it’s great you posted it again!)
    Great post!!!

  10. I think right now I’ve been using cloth about 50% of the time. My favorites are muslin flats, but when I’m lazy I like my Mother-Ease diapers.

  11. I’ve cloth diapered 7 years now (with a big break between number 1 and 2). I have two in diapers right now a 17 month old and an 8 week old, it’s a little harder and piles up faster but I still love it. I did AIO’s with my first, but I’ve been doing pre-folds with thirsties duo covers with my last 2. I’d like to transition into flats so I wouldn’t have to bother with two sizes of diapers, plus I like how trim they look.

  12. Ours just turned 5, but we did cloth diaper him until he was potty trained. For us it was not only about cost or green living, it was about his health. Whatever is in the sposies used to give him the worst chemical burns!
    My favorites were Haute Pockets, but I also loved using prefolds and covers.

  13. I would love to cloth diaper except for the fact that Colorado Springs has a water shortage – and I pay $60.00 for water a month as is. I can only imagine if I had to do another 2 extra loads of diapers a week – what my water bill would be. It’s funny, I was born in Russia – and there was never any disposables when I was little – nor washing machines for that matter – my mom had to wash everything by hand. my mom would have done anything to get disposable diapers – and now we are trying to get back to that way of living. Congrats on doing that – I would too, but disposables are cheaper at this point and more “environmentally” friendly for my dry, dessert like environment here in the Springs:). We never use wipes though, or powder – I make my own to reduce the chemicals going on my girl’s body. I try to buy organic diapers too :)

  14. Wow yea that would make it harder if the cost of water was so high.
    If it makes you feel better our water bill is around $85 a month. Then again we are washing 3 little boys quiet often too :)

    I cant imagine washing cloth by hand, phew!!! thankful for my washer, but I suppose its totally possible.

    In Panama where my mom grew up they did a lot of “naked baby” time :) from what I understand.

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