Any of you out there that is expecting a baby, consider yourself a “Green Momma”, or just want to save some money should look into cloth diapering. Although we are expecting to fully delve into our stash of disposables within the first few weeks of just trying to get use to baby Parker, we still have the goal of cloth diapering as much as we can the extent of his pre-potty trained life. When we decided to look into this we found out that there are SO many choices out there from All in One Diapers, to Pocket diapers to Pre-folds with covers and the list goes on. So where does someone start that is planning to cloth diaper? I found some of the best information on the cloth diapering forum on www.babycenter.com. They directed me to Nicki’s Diapers which has the best prices on the internet and not to mention FREE SHIPPING on all of their diapers and diaper covers. This is where we decided to purchase our diaper covers.
Dan wasn’t too keen on the idea of cloth diapering to begin with. He thought the smell and the hassle of washing would be way too much to handle. I know that is a big concern for a lot of people, and that is why most decide to just go with disposables. However, I have found that most are just not educated on some of the reasons why cloth diapering is such a good idea; Did you know that cloth diapering could save you thousands? Did you know that cloth diapering means not having to worry about weird chemicals up against your baby’s skin? Did you know that it takes 500 years for ONE typical disposable diaper to decompose in a landfill? Those are enough reasons to me to at least consider the thought to use cloth diapers.
We decided to go with a delivery service that is offered in our area to deliver fresh laundered diapers every week and haul away the soiled ones. This option is a little bit more expensive, but it has allowed Dan and I to compromise on the concerns he had with cloth diapering, but also giving me the ability to still use them. Even though this option is a little bit more expensive than washing, it still saves money over disposables in the long run. Atlanta Diaper Service offers a delivery service in the metro Atlanta area and some of the suburbs. You can choose to rent cloth diapers, cloth wipes, disposable diapers, and diaper covers. After much research, we decided to go with 50 diapers a week (to start) 40 cloth and 10 eco-friendly disposables (for outings), 10 Thirsties Duo Wrap diaper covers (purchased instead of renting so we can possibly use with baby number 2), and 73 cloth wipes per week.
The cloth wipes alone will save you hundreds a year over the disposeable wipes. You can use a wipes warmer and put in a mix of babywash and tea tree oil (to prevent mildew) to keep your wipes moisened before use.
I’m so excited to give all of this a try! I’ll keep you updated on how this new challenge goes!