Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cloth Diaper Inspiration

I've been planning to do cloth diapers for a long time, pretty much since I used them as a nanny about ten years or so ago. Chris is totally on board with it, especially since we've found out some new (very exciting) things about them.

I've found that when most people think of cloth diapers what still comes to mind is a flat diaper, pins, and nylon pull-up type pants. This is not even close to the cool things that are out there now, which make cloth diapers almost as easy as disposables, and many people say they actually contain leaks and "blowouts" much better.

We'll probably still use the old-style flat diapers at home, but no more pins needed. Now there are covers with velcro that wrap around just like a disposable diaper. They're pretty cheap (especially considering that on average people spend about $2000.00 per child on plastic diapers), and easy to wash.

For super easy options when going out, or if you just want to get fancier, there are lots of other fitted diapers, pocket diapers, wool diapers, all-in-one diapers (which work almost exactly like a disposable except that you throw it in your wash pail after use instead of into the trash can).

Something I think is really cool is these One-Size diapers. It is one diaper that is designed to fit a child from birth (or slightly after) to potty training using an intricate snapping system to change the size, and inserts to change the level of absorbancy.

While these are supposed to fit from birth, you can probably imagine that they might be a little bit too bulky for a newborn. So, there are tiny versions designed to fit a baby from around 7 lbs to 15 lbs with a similar, but smaller, snapping system.

The tiny version:

And a little bit bigger:

We went to a workshop this weekend to get to see and touch some of these new kinds of diapers, and we learned some really great things about using cloth diapers that I would like to share here.
- It takes more than 2 times the amount of water to manufacture disposable diapers as it does to launder cloth diapers

- Using cloth diapers prevents about 6000 disposable diapers per child from ending up in the landfill where it will take hundreds of years to decompose.

- Disposable diapers cost an average of $2000.00 per child from birth to potty training, while you can use cloth for only a few hundred

This information is from a local cloth diaper dealer who teaches a class on cloth diapering (it is also found on several other websites about diapers):

Some other websites that have really awesome cloth diaper selections are cottonbabies.com and greendiaperstore.com


Jed said...

That Zen Baby store in Flag has a lot of cool stuff too - all eco friendly. When I first heard the term "blowout" I almost tossed my cookies. The image...

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