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First entry...Cloth diapering 0.o

Posted by The Mrs. on December 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM

My first entry. How potentially nerve wracking! Today I am going to get 3  Bumgenius Diaper covers from a lady who posted them on Craigslist. 

"Great deal on Bumgenius pocket style OS snap cloth diaper covers. Elastic is worn out and needs to be replaced. Fully functional otherwise; some wear on the seams and outside of the diaper--just needing some love. No inserts. Asking $5 each or just $12 for the set of three. Save yourself some money--These cost almost $20 bucks new and are known to contain leaks and provide a trim fit. Gender neutral colors, no stains and very soft on your baby's bottom. Asking just $5/cover or $12 if you buy all three!"

I got all three and was so pleased! They looked nice and should fit both my children-one is 2 1/2 and the other is just turning one in few days and since both are wearing diapers/pullups that is great that they will fit both.  We spend on average depending on who buys the diapers and wipes (me or my husband) $60 to $80 a month in disposables. Plus any extra for powders creams etc. which is not a monthly expense they last a while but still...It just isn't cheap or sustainable. 

I briefly considered composting the insides of pee diapers to improve my practically non existent apartment garden like this instructable here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Recycle-Diapers-into-Great-Compost/ or this one here:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Reduce-diaper-volume-reduce-landfill.-Squeemish-b/#step1  but it seemed an iffy thing to try. I could do it but I don't know other then me who might be brave enough to try eating the food grown from any kind of human waste. 

So back to square one. Money going out and nothing coming back in from the expendature other then many (many) diapers in the trash. What about cloth diapering? When our son was born I heavily considered it but we were living with my parents and they cloth diapered my sister for a while and were not eager to have a dirty nappy bin hanging around even though many things seem to have changed since they used cloth diapers so it was a no go then. But now we live on our own and have a washer and dryer (greatest apartment housewarming gift ever!) and now we have two children in disposables so double the cost double the waste. I read about it some, watched some youtube videos and was so overwhelmed with this whole new cloth diapering world! I talked to my husband about switching and he agreed it would save us money and while it would be an adjustment it isn't the biggest one we have had to go through so sure lets try it (I love this man so much he supports so many of my "Crazy" ideas not  necessarily that he perscribes to but is willing to support me) so onward we go! I still need to get or make liners/prefolds etc. and there is another ad on Craigslist that I will probably persue so that other then liners our cloth diapering "Stash" will have cost us a grand total of 72.02 once I go get this other listing of diapers and accoutrements described as: 

 

Cloth diapers used but in good condition. $5 each or $50 for everything

2 diaper laundry bags (pink)

4 thirsty all in one diapers Size L

 

Diaper Covers with pre folds

2 bumpkins size L

2 thirsties size M

2 thirsties size L

7 thirsties size 18-40 lbs

 

Pocket diapers

1 fuzzi buns petite

1 thirsties size 18-40 lbs

3 happy heiny's one size fits all"

Needless to say I am exited! Now if cloth diapering isn't your cup of tea I understand, indeed I do it is not exactly mine either but the way I look at it is that my children poop and pee and aren't likely to ever stop so in choosing to cloth diaper I am reducing the disposable diaper waste going in the landfill, reducing my cost in dealing with my children's waste, and even more so on that-I can reuse cloth diapers for each child I might have and when I am done having children I can pass it on to another :) truly a gift that keeps giving! Now I think I have rambled on enough for one post so I will end this with pictures of the diaper covers I just got-white blue and green-basic colors thankfully! Aren't they so cute and so very useful?



Categories: cloth diapering, toddlers, sustainability

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