My Top Three Reasons for Cloth

Posted 08-8-2012 at 11:00 AM by whitneywalters

I have been into  natural living and attachment parenting since my first son was born in 2006. I was introduced to cloth when my son was an infant but at that point in time I was not interested in it. That was just a bit too much for me. It was not until my second child started getting really bad rashes that we decided to go ahead and make the switch. I will admit I was not happy at the thought of washing them, I had the thought in my mind that it was going to be disgusting but I soon found out that it was not bad and then I was hooked.

I loved cloth diapers and there was no way I would ever switch back. It has been four and a half years now and I am still loving cloth. I tell everyone I can why cloth diapers really are the best. I have successfully converted two people to cloth diapers and I hope that I will be able to convert more. I just want to share the love.

I have had a lot of people ask why I like cloth so much and I always give them the same three answers.

1. They are better for my baby’s skin.
– This is a very important one to me. It was the reason we switched. All my kids have sensitive skin. They rarely get rashes in cloth and before we made the switch my second child was getting rashes all the time. Knowing that I am keeping chemicals off my babies is a big relief for me.

2. They do save money.
– When we switched to cloth I had two kids in diapers. My daughter was six months and my son was twenty one months. We were spending a lot on diapers. The very first stash I had was pretty small, I bought all of them used or from a cheap wahm and consisted mostly of diapers I could use on both kids. Now my stash is larger and has more variety but I know that I will still be saving money in the long run. I have been able to use these diapers on more then one child and if I do not like a diaper for some reason I can sell it for a decent resale amount. We also use cloth wipes which saves us even more. The amount of money you spend on your stash will depend on how many you buy and what you buy. If you are looking to save then the best option is being them in coops or second hand.

3. They are cute.
– I have tons of cute prints in my stash. No need to get diaper covers in photos because cloth is cute. You will not want to cover it up. During really hot days my youngest wears a tshirt and diaper. I like being able to show off her cute cloth.

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7 Responses to “My Top Three Reasons for Cloth”

  1. nw2bargaining on August 8th, 2012 9:56 pm

    I agree with your reasoning. My main reason for switching is the cost. Starting up can be slightly expensive. As you suggested, I have started out purchasing second hand items. This let’s me try out the cloth diapering experience without a large loss, especially if it’s not for me.

  2. mamamarisa on August 8th, 2012 9:57 pm

    AND they are better for the environment. instead of thousands of diapers per kid in the landfills you have much much less, and even less if they are passed on to other kids.

  3. MayflowerNYC on August 10th, 2012 6:49 am

    I am new to CD. I bought a small stash of trend lab covers and liners, but i have to deal with leakages, i have had poop leak out on 2 occasions (sorry if that’s TMI). What brands do you use, and i dont understand how you use cloth without diaper covers. Please help, as i dont want to give up CDing.

  4. rohirette on August 10th, 2012 8:29 am

    First of all, keep in mind as you read my comment that I do cloth diaper, and enjoy it.

    I’m really sick of reading about “chemicals” on skin, in products, etc. Everything in our environment is made with and from chemicals. Most of the women here dont’ have the science background to understand which are harmful, to what degree, in what dose… so over and over, they carry on about nonspecific “chemicals” as if plenty of noxious compounds aren’t used in the production of the diapering materials.

    I guess what I’m trying to say is that the cult of the “natural” is getting out of hand. It just appeals to that general guilt/fear that we all have as parents, sometimes without foundation.

  5. whitneywalters on August 10th, 2012 1:24 pm

    Well I know from first hand experience that whatever is in disposable diapers makes my children break out. My oldest daughter had rash after rash until I switched her and then magically her rashes went away. I do not need a science degree to know what caused it.

    That and I am not part of a natural cult. I just do my part to be natural because it is what works for us. We may not be as natural as some but we try. I am not suffering from any fear or guilt, just doing what I think is best for my kids.

  6. whitneywalters on August 10th, 2012 1:26 pm

    May flower – I am not familiar with those diapers. I use several brands but the ones I use the most are BG pockets, alvas, sunbabies and nanas. Those are all diapers that have waterproof layers and that is why a cover is not needed.

  7. MayflowerNYC on August 11th, 2012 7:00 am

    Thank you, i’ll look into the ones you mentioned.

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