Do you see that cute little cloth diaper butt on my sleeping baby? Yep, that’s right. My baby is finally giving cloth a whirl.
I admit it, I am a little excited to get back into cloth diapering. Why? Because one package of compostables is $15 and the monthly service fee for turning them into dirt is $30. And I’ve had this set of gDiapers sitting around since 2010 when my first daughter used them so I have not to buy, no further cost to accrue. And they’ll just go in my normal laundry loads. Also, I am excited about getting back into cloth because I’m trying to reduce the waste that my household throws out. The amount of waste each American family produces is INSANE. And because with cloth I know the chemicals and materials that are in my child’s diaper, touching her bare skin nearly 24 hours a day. With cloth, it is cotton. With standard disposable diapers, well, most of them have toxic materials. Even though the ones I use, Nature BabyCare, claim everything is alllll gooood and they don’t have harmful stuff in there, well, that may be true but you know, you can’t go wrong with cotton. It has been tested for thousands of years. And these old gDiapers have been washed a hundred times so any old chemicals from making them are probably long gone. Hopefully.
I’ll also fess up that I did patiently wait to snap the first cloth diaper on until after my baby’s predictable poop of the day because I didn’t want my first diaper back to one full of shit. Yep. And her poop right now is no cake walk. It fills the whole diaper with green/black liquid with a few chunks because she’s eating more solids but not enough to make a solid poop yet. And man, that girl loves blueberries. And everyone knows what blueberries do to a baby’s poop.
What do the diapers I am using look like? And the benefits of gDiapers?
They are cloth outside with velcro to close them. And inside there are plastic inserts, or little plastic pants, that snap in to hold a cloth insert (or compostable insert). When the diaper insert is dirty, you just take it out and wipe down the plastic part. Or snap it out and put a new plastic insert in.
This might give you a better idea, from gDiapers:
Here they are all neat and pretty in my drawer. The diaper cream I use that you see tucked in there, which is only very rarely, is California Baby Calendula Cream.
More info on gDiapers:
They also make plastic-free compostable or flushable inserts. I think they are really pushing this new option now, over cloth, saying it is the only diaper you can flush, compost, or toss. Though throwing even a plastic free diaper in a landfill isn’t a good option.
Check out their website for more details, www.gdiapers.com
And look how effing cute they are making the covers these days. Shoot. This photo from their website ALMOST makes me what to go blow some cash on some brand new poop catchers. With RUFFLES! And patterns! But wait. I can sew ruffles on her old ones if I want. Has any anyone else made ruffled diaper covers from old gDiapers? Looks easy enough if I ever get motivated.
Cloth diaper butts are super cute. And the mom guilt of using disposables is gone. GONE!
Anyway, I hope the rest of the day goes well with no leaks or rashes. I do plan on going to the Y for my second day at the gym since the first child was in my belly and hope she doesn’t explode there for the nice child watch lady. I can’t believe this is their first time at “day care” too. One hour yesterday. One hour today. I feel like a free woman!
Anyway, back to diapers. I think for night time I just put in two cloth inserts, right? What diapers do you use? Share your tips! And wish us luck!!
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