Tonight I ordered cloth diapers. After diapering six children in disposables, I decided it was time to make the change. It doesn’t hurt that cloth diapers have come a long way since my first child fourteen years ago. I am not a pins and rubber pants gal, but these newer diaper styles are more my speed.
I do not even want to think about the money we have spent and the garbage we have produced over the last 14 years. My conservative estimate shows that we have spent over $500 in wipes alone!
Initially I had hoped to make my own diapers and wipes (perhaps I still will in the future) but with bed rest, my sewing projects have been put on hold for a while. If you are interested in sewing your own, you can find some tutorials on this site.
After much research, emailing, and begging for advice, I finally decided to try a few brands of diapers. I purchased Fuzzi Bunz size small which should fit our little one until she is about 18 pounds. Our babies tend to be on the small and skinny side, so I was afraid that the one size diapers would be way too big for a long time. We will still probably end up using disposables for the first few weeks, but hopefully she will be big enough to move into the small Fuzzi Bunz soon. I also purchased a few Bum Genius one size diapers. Several women at my church use these and I am impressed with the ease of use and great fit. I also purchased a few Nurtured Family Contours Microterry inserts for nighttime use.
It was a lot of money to spend all at once, but after looking at the cost analysis I know I will break even around 8 months. I didn’t have to buy wipes because my sweet neighbor brought me over a huge stack of wipes she made and then ended up not using. I will probably make some more as time goes on, but for now I have plenty!
As for my switch from paper to cloth in the kitchen, it is going very well. I should have pictures up next week of all the changes we have made, plus a make your own compost bin tutorial. The only thing we haven’t done is switch to cloth napkins because dh says he will not make them for me :). Maybe I can talk my mom into making some when she comes to visit.
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