I went off to a successful Creative Memories scrapbooking day last Saturday and in searching through cute quotes to add meaning to the pictures of my family, I found this one:
Diaper spelled backwards is REPAID.
Well, isn’t it food for thought! Many other words are palindromes spelled into real words backwards, take for example the devil who lived and the dog who was god and the idea which gives a tug on your gut. You get the idea…
Can I dissect this a little more – when the child consumes food, it has to go somewhere and that place is first into the diaper – your repayment for nourishing your child!
Many thankless ways children naturally have of thanking you for all the deeds you do while they are so dependent upon you. It only seems to become more of an obvious topic when children start their first signs of independence.
We teach them to move around, wiggle, roll over, crawl, and aid their little feet into first steps! Yet, we get repaid for these advances through inquisitive minds determined to touch, reach, climb, chase, and eventually run after objects which are less than desirable. I think of when Pam learned to make her way around our local Zellers, I started to lose track of her faster and faster. She got so quick on her feet and would disappear, not just around the next corner, but appropriately, all the way over to the toy section of the store in less than 3 minutes of entering! Gee, don’t I love it when they learn to do new things <she says sarcastically…>
The raising of my girls has been rewarding because of their independence though. When they learn to eat with a spoon by themselves – yahoo! I can now share a meal at the same time as you! When they learn to drink from a cup – yahoo! I can now be more flexible in where we go out for dinner in trusting your table skills! When they learn to take off their own diaper – yikes! Why did I want that one to happen? Oh yeah, its another sign they are ready to be toilet trained!
How much do you want to be REPAID for the diapers your baby is in. There should be some even exchange formula you can expect from your child.
Let’s take this idea to disposable diapers – garbage on – garbage off. We pick up the packaging, use it, and it gets repackaged as waste at the curb. For how long? In North America, diapers have been manufactured since the 1970′s and they are massed produced for babies of all sizes to wear. Babies in disposable diapers seem to procure worries from parents about how they believe their children will start kindergarten still using diapers. What a repayment! Have you had a disposable diaper fail you? Have you had the poop running out of the diaper and leaking all over the clothes baby wears and onto the clothes you are wearing or straight into your hand? I have. Gross. What garbage! And expense. You’ll be repaid for this ton or more amount of waste through taxes to ship our combined landfill away.
Let’s move on hybrid diapers, an example of these is the G-diaper. This is a cross of disposable when you need it and a reusable feature when you don’t. Flush, compost, or toss is the advertising. The covers can be reused while the insert can be composted or flushed. If you do actively compost with your municipality or at home, this is a great choice environmentally. Otherwise, you’re tossing the biodegradable insert into the garbage, which will still breakdown faster than a disposable diaper would. You’ll be repaid for this smaller amount of waste through taxes to ship our combined landfill away.
You next and oldest option is cloth diapers. But don’t think about rubber pants and smelly pails! All those generations of babies clothed in a reusable diaper had lots of repayment to their parents which was profitable. Stories of babies toilet trained at 18 months are common with that set. You and I can both see the greatest reason to give up diapers then would be the stink – get it out of the house we all would be crying! Ugly things those diapers meant. Now we’ve got many styles, materials, and sizes to get baby clothed in diapers from newborn to toilet training. You can still be in diapers for less time with the current cloth systems. Diaper pails have even evolved to let the pail ‘breathe’ without the smell and help cut the smell with a deodorizing circle inserted. Even the laundry end of cloth diapers has become more cost effective with high efficiency, front loading washing machines and dryers which work on minimal energy draws compared to their older counterparts. Add in some scented Laundry Tarts detergent and it gets a little sweeter with each load. Repaid indeed! The first baby on cloth begets other babies on cloth which starts a personal trend towards cutting back our excesses in other ways too.
When do cloth diapers get pitched? Not too often. I understand parents rip the old apart and create new ones; use the old inserts as rags around the house, pass on diaper gear to other parents, etc. Have you checked out the action on DiaperSwappers?
Children are a wonderful blessing! They teach you how to live all over again. You get the joy of being so proud of your little one as a new skill is learned! Remember every good deed gets REPAID!
As you see from some of the references to cloth diaper research online I have become a great follower of a Texan mom who enthusiastically writes about cloth diapers. She has a killer sense of humour and an honest way of reviewing many topics related to cloth diapers and getting them clean.
One of her latest postings really caught my eye and I had a good read, so I invite you to do the same. Are Disposable Diapers Really That Bad?
There is a short history of disposable diapers compared to cloth diapers in our society. Yet cloth diapers have only been formally around for about 200 years. Cloth like a linen or other available fabrics and even vegetation were the first recognized padding under baby’s clothing to absorb their pee and poops. Baby was swaddled in these clothes and changed once a day as personal hygiene standards were lower than they are today. (Reference to academic article here) Toilet training was begun at very early ages to avoid having so much mess to clean. Parents today can tell me stories about how young they were when toilet trained as their mothers would finish with diapers by 18 months as the next baby needed them! Plastic or rubber pants were soon fashioned to fit over the cloth diaper and that is the image many grandparents still have of cloth diapers and then they remember the washing with inferior machines, let alone hard water and uneffective soaps!
Enter the modern day. Parents introduce baby to the world from a hospital bed with baby wearing a supplied disposable diapers. I’m not saying all parents go this way, but my first two did and about 1,400 babies each year are born in the Peterborough hospital. It’s fair to say disposable diapers are commonplace now. Cloth diapers are still trying to escape their work intensive, smelly past with the advent of PUL fabrics in beautiful designs and patterns to make any new parent proud of their baby’s tush! I have upgraded to a front loader HE washing machine when I moved to Peterborough and love it! The detergents have been formulated now to produce less suds (lower phosphates) and use less water (which will show off the benefits when the water meter gets installed). Detergents have very appealing scents or none at all. Plus we now find many biodegradable products for the same cost or cheaper than good old Tide. Oh, how technology and education has advanced the diaper industry!
Have you backed up your reasoning to a cloth diaper parent for why you use disposables? Have you snubbed you nose at a disposable diapered supporter? Let’s try on each others shoes for a bit and recognize where they are both advantageous.
Changing Ways hosts a playgroup called Diapering Darlings and I do have a half bag of size 2 diapers on hand for parents who come over and may have gone through their last diaper in the bag. A disposable will help get that family back home without the stress of an accident along the way. Another time the disposables came out was when I hadn’t kept up with washing our diaper covers and I was sick of it – just stressed over the poop my daughter kept producing. I put her in two disposables that day and when I finally had the time to think, those covers were ALL washed and ready again for use.
I am aware parents practice cloth diapering with exceptions. Here’s a short list:
- except at nighttime
- except when we visit the doctor
- except when we go over to Grandma’s
- except when baby goes to daycare
- except when baby is left with dad
- except when baby has a rash
- except when I know the biggest poop of the day is coming, etc.
- I have even heard from parents who use disposable diapers except when they run out and so they pull out the cloth diapers until they can restock the disposables. I love that one!
My previous post offered a challenge for using cloth diapers 3 times/day to cut down in some way on the waste. Consider a newborn can burn through 10 diapers/day so in one week with a baby using 3 cloth diapers a day, 21 disposable diapers could be saved from waste while baby was in cloth. Those numbers can add up and remember how cheap the investment was to get cloth diapers for 3 diaper changes? Forty bucks.
As a cloth diaper user, what comments have you had to support your cloth diaper habit? Are comments positive, admiring, negative, depressing?
As a disposable diaper user, what comments have you had to support your disposable diaper habit? Does anyone ever question you?
Now we can pick from so many brands of disposable diapers (but even more with cloth diapers!) and there seem to only be three competitors out there – Huggies, Pampers, and store brand diapers. Can I give you a fourth option?
Introducing Simply Kids. This a whole line up of baby products from disposable diapers to lotions and wipes! They are special to me as it was the brand I was buying when I did use disposable diapers. And then I met one of the owners last year: Pinball Clemens. You know – the football guy from the Toronto Argonauts who was an amazing player for being such a little guy and then became the coach for the team he loved! Pinball and his wife work together in this corporation and I want you to check out the Contact page too as you can see the address is Toronto!
Here’s the challenge: reduce our impact on the world by using 3 cloth diapers on your baby each day. I found this Cause off of Facebook and the link to the blog to describe the cause.
The challenge does not ask parents to convert from disposable to cloth. It does not offer any monetary incentives other than obvious savings for not using the disposable diaper. Get some cloth diapers and use them 3 times a day on your baby – just 3 times.
Why take on this challenge?
With the disposable diapers today’s parents wore still stuck in landfill, we are adding to the waste created by our disposable society. Reduce your consumption by 3 diapers a day. It is a choice you can make.
With Changing Ways, you can start small and meet this challenge. Set up with one dozen cloth diapers – either new or retired plus 2 diaper covers. At the low end your investment is $40 and as high as $83 or more if you try more gear. One purchase can last you until baby is out of diapers. Hey, there’s a neat concept – paying for diapers once, at the beginning.
I have done cloth diapers part time, full time, and not at all. I got into cloth because of the waste and my purchasing power. I would have rather fixed my diaper cost each month and have someone else deal with the mess environmentally than have my own baby be responsible for all that landfill.
Cloth and disposable have their place. Disposable diapers were originally intended for travel. They took over the diaper marketplace only 30 years ago ! Since then, women have started a revival in cloth diapering just as they have gotten better stuff for periods (remember those yucky Kotex with the belt?), and for nursing (who can’t love an electric breast pump!). We are putting ourselves first again in some parts of our lifes. We want efficiency, tidiness, and a pretty factor!
How to make this challenge possible?
Research is a mom’s best friend. We want to know the options, compare the reviews, test drive the products before we really commit. Do you shop online? Most Canadians do a lot of research online, but not as much shopping as those to our south. So, check out the products listed under the Cloth Diaper Products tab above to see what Changing Ways offers locally. Are you interested in more diapers out there? Click on the link to the blog All About Cloth Diapers.com to see all the parent conversations over all kinds of cloth diapers! Do you want to actually touch and feel the diapers before settling on a brand or diaper system? Cover over to Diapering Darlings or Toddlers in Training cloth playgroups I host to see it all. There are All in One diapers, Flip diapers, pocket diapers, and 2 part diapers. All will support an absorbent liner with a waterproof cover.
Then decide what cloth diapers you want to test drive and order them in! Or sign up for a month’s diaper service trial! Taking away the washing aspect lets some parents continue to love using cloth diapers on baby. I, for one, hate laundry of any kind.
There will be a minor learning curve as you figure out the snaps or aplix closures and how to get the laundry routine started. You will not be alone though! Peterboruogh and area have many households already using cloth and by asking questions you may find some new friends!
How would this challenge benefit my baby?
With cloth diapers, you know exactly what material you are exposing your baby too. Many of their own clothing is made of the same/similar fibres already such as cotton, micro fleece, and waterproof polyesters. With disposable diapers, there are some fancy chemical reactions going on underneath that protective padding.
In using cloth diapers, your child will know what the feeling of being wet is and the diaper can get changed when its soiled instead of when you believe its time for a change. This small change will help prepare your child for earlier toilet training – even with using just 3 cloth diapers each day.
You can travel and overnight with cloth diapers on baby so you won’t be limiting your activities in choosing cloth.
Will you take the challenge? Have you already been challenged?