July 8, 2014

Latest Obsession

As I said in my last post, one of my latest obsessions is cloth diapering. I’ve done a TON of research – looked at all the different styles, variations and possibilities. I am super excited about the possibility of using cloth diapers. One of the things I disliked about Ender’s infant phase was running out of diapers and having to run to the store, or traveling and forgetting diapers altogether or finding one stuffed in a corner of the car, jelly oozing out, smelling disgusting. Perhaps a bit of TMI, but you get the idea - I don’t really like disposable diapers! I don’t particularly relish the idea of washing diapers twice a week at a Laundromat, but I hate finding old diapers with the jelly – GROSS!! I think that’s one of the biggest reasons I want to use cloth diapers – plus, they’re super cute!

So, I’ve discussed my findings with ScottE and I am typically not the excitable type, but this is something I got excited about. His biggest hesitation is about the upfront cost. Over the course of an infant’s life, the cost of disposable diapers adds up, but it’s not that much upfront. Essentially, you buy them as you need them; whereas with cloth, you have to buy them all upfront. I have found some programs that help families to get started with cloth diapering while they save up and build their own stash. Another option that I’ve considered is simply going with the cheapest options and making it work without much thought to consequence as to what will work. I basically want to use Gerber pre-folds, snappies and then get g-diaper covers. While they may be more costly than disposable diapers, I feel like they are a much better investment. I don’t feel like I have a lot of support in this idea though… I wish there was some way that I could just do it and prove that I can…