Confession: becoming a mother has made me less ignorant about the world around me. I’ve developed a new appreciation for our planet and our natural surroundings, I’ve put more of a focus on eating healthy, and have taken into account my health and wellbeing – not only for myself, but for the sake of my children. I’m now thinking about the future and the long-term effects of my actions, and not as much about what is convenient and easy in the present.
With my first two babies, I opted for disposable diapers because it was the most convenient option. It’s not that I didn’t care about the effects they had on the environment, I just cared more about the easiest option for me – and I don’t necessarily think there’s anything wrong with that. When you’re a parent, you do what you have to do.
But with baby number three I’ve decided to try something new. It took a long time for me to even consider learning more about cloth diapering. I had received an array of comments (both positive and negative) when mentioning to others that I was considering cloth, and I was aware that I would be even busier than ever with three little ones under my wing. But I had to learn more before making the final decision.
I popped into a cloth diapering workshop put on by my friend Janelle from Yaya Baby, and I’m so glad that I did! She confessed to having tried over 20 different brands and styles of cloth diapers, and walked us through the pros and cons to each. She explained how to use, wash, and store cloth diapers, and shared some valuable resources on the benefits of using cloth over disposables.
Here are the top 6 takeaways that resonated with me:
1) Environmental Impacts: In Canada we throw away 4 million disposable diapers per DAY, and it takes about 450-500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose. From birth to 2.5 years, we go through approx. 7,000 disposable diapers (whereas you only need approx. 24 cloth diapers in that timeframe).
2) Money Matters: On average we spend $2,000 on disposable diapers (per child) from birth to 2.5 years. Cloth diapers (including all the essentials) will cost less than $800.
3) Rash-Free Rumps: No chemical gels means no rashes on baby’s tender bits. With Apple Cheeks specifically, the fleece liners keep bums dry.
4) Buh-Bye Blowouts: The Apple Cheeks diapers have a ruffle in the back designed specifically to make those messy blowouts virtually impossible.
5) Pain-Free Cleaning: Seriously. Despite what you might hear, the wash routine for Apple Cheeks diapers is super simple. To learn more, check out the link I’ve provided at the end of my post.
6) Cute Factor: So adorable baby won’t need pants. For real. The rainbow colours and adorable patterns are too cute to tuck into pants. Bring on Summer!
I’ve taken the leap and can’t wait to get started. Wish me luck!
To learn more about the benefits of cloth diapering, visit Why Cloth – Yaya Baby