Why we cloth diaper

Many people have asked us why we cloth diaper Monkey, so I thought I would share why we decided to go with cloth over disposables.
When I started to look into cloth diapering it was mostly for environment reasons.  I hated the thought that the diapers we were going to use on Monkey would still be around when my Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandchildren are born.
Here are some facts on disposable diapers

  • The average baby will require between 5000-7000 diaper changes in the first two years of life
  • In Canada 4,000,000 diapers are thrown out EACH DAY
  • It can take over 500 years for a disposable diaper to break down
  • And I am not crazy about the idea of my son wearing a diaper made with countless chemicals (dioxins and phthalates – no thank you!), plastics, glues and adhesives.
Monkey was in disposables while he was in the NICU and we had to use diaper creams to keep rashes at bay.  Since switching to cloth diapers from the time he came home he has never had another rash and we have never used any creams.  And the “ick” factor is not really a factor – you are dealing with poop either way but with cloth the poop actually gets treated in our waste management system and does not end up in a land fill.
Money savings can be another reason while people choose cloth diapers, although it was not the main reason for us it is nice to know that we will be saving money in the long run.  The upfront costs are higher, but I will not NEED to buy another diaper for Monkey (I just WANT to buy them).  Plus if you use the diapers on a second child your savings go WAY up.
And of course lastly – cloth diapers are just so much cuter then disposables, you can find all sorts of prints and one of a kind diapers – who wouldn’t want them on their little one’s behind.
Here are some of the latest Cloth Diapers, all made in Canada –  I have been lusting over

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Loving the airplanes from Bumblebaby Diapers

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These robots are too cute from Ella Bella Bum
And if they make such cute diapers for boys, you can imagine how cute the girls diapers are…
I think my next purchase is going to be a Canada Day diaper for Monkey (if I can find one!) – because every little boy needs a Canada day cloth diaper
If you are on the fence about cloth diapering TRY IT, I don’t think you will be disappointed.
Questions about cloth diapering?  Just leave a comment and I will see if I can answer it.
If you cloth diaper, why did you decide to start?
I realize that cloth is not for everyone, but it works for us in our house.  And I didn’t make up the stats, here are my resources

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5 thoughts on “Why we cloth diaper”

  1. Oh my goodness those are cute! You'll have to let us know if you find a Canada Day diaper (and where!).

    I don't really remember where I first heard of cloth diapering…I think just searching around websites towards the end of my pregnancy – the natural parenting sites appealed to me and a lot of them talk about cd'ing. We actually went to a cloth diaper workshop hosted by a local retailer and both my husband and I were convinced – for all of those reasons – saving money, the environment…for me it was mainly the chemical issue.

    Our first experience actually wasn't wonderful, but we tried a different brand and never looked back. Now I just have fun adding to my stash every once in awhile! We just got some Disana organic cotton dipes with wool covers and they are gorgeous!! 😀

  2. I used disposables with my daughter 3 years ago, I hated going to costco and spending so much money on diapers and wipes. But with my son I started using cloth right away, I am so glad that I dont have to haul out yucky diapers to the trash can, and I dont have to bring home diapers from the store. http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/

  3. As a FTM, I am interested in cloth diapering for environmental, health and cost-saving reasons. However, it seems there is so much information out there! I don’t even know where to start. I think I am leaning towards a diaper service just for the sake of simplicity. Do you have any experience with these services in the GTA?

    1. I do not have any personal experience with cloth diaper services in the GTA. Myself and all of my cloth diapering friends and coworkers have always just washed our own diapers. My main reason for washing my own was that I wanted to use pocket diapers and all the services I looked into at the time only offered fitted diapers.

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