Get to know a cloth diaper… and you will be repaid

September 26, 2012 by
Filed under: Community, Starting out 

Diapers stink.  A veteran diaper changer knows how to settle a baby for a quick routine of changing the pad covering their bottom from dirty to clean.  But we do tire of it.  Diaper fatigue sets in and parents want to know how to get those little bottoms to clean up themselves!  Consider cloth.

Cloth diapers have snuck up under the radar of big box merchants as a fantastic cottage industry in the last decade.  The products available for cloth diapers and their accessories are numerous.  Technology has crept into the cloth diaper industry with amazing variety and results for style and leak protection.

Get to know the who, what, where, and why of cloth diapers for 2012 with 5 great benefits!

  1. Get to know your baby – count, look, predict
    When a baby is brand new, your doctor, doula, or midwife will direct you to count the dirty diapers and feeding times as it is the best tool to communicate how baby is doing.  Parents learn to watch for the signals baby gives when they are creating a messy diaper.  These signals connect parents with the baby and it can benefit right through to potty training! You can get repaid with less wasteful diaper changes!
  2. Get to know your community – shop, support, advocate, network
    Getting into cloth can help you figure out who sells diapers beyond the grocery store and pharmacy. There are diaper retailers and resellers in every community.  When you find someone to talk about cloth diapers with, you start building a support community and seek out others to share with. You can gift, give, ship (termed fluffy mail), and reuse cloth diapers for more than one baby! Encourage other parents to start with reusable swim diapers.  You can get repaid with new friends and a new hobby!
  3. Get to know what you spend – money: build, change, sell your stash, time: with baby/family
    Having children can cost a lot of money.  In diapers alone, you can spend $2,500 from newborn to potty training for 6,000 disposable diapers*. Let’s take $1000 of that diaper budget and trick your baby out with some great cloth diaper fluff for wash at home!  A cloth diaper stash will be made up of about 3 dozen diapers per baby, a pail, tote bags, and lotions.  The cost on this can run from $150 to $1000 – with you setting the budget!  Get repaid by putting good money into good gear.
  4. Get to know your laundry machine – detergent, stains, cycles for efficiency
    Cloth diaper manufacturers recommend using safer products to wash with which translates to, cleaner machines, and reduced wear & tear on machine.  You become a pro at knowing the best routine and when you stick to it you will have great success and enjoy your cloth diapering.
  5. Get to know healthy options – where does your diaper come from, what fabric works best for baby, what happens to a disposable, what other choices are healthy?  Ask these questions and more as a new parent.  It helps you learn what is best for baby and translates into other areas of your life – without you hardly noticing!  Get repaid – with dividends!

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