Monday, August 3, 2009

Am I Insane?

Don't answer that right away, all you gun-jumpers.

Ok so...I've been thinking about this for a while. Probably too long. Maybe not long enough. I don't know. But I think I need some other opinions.

Two words for you: cloth diapers.

Ok but seriously - don't freak out. You'll most likely scare people around you. And really, people are scared enough in general as it is.

First read this:

And look at these:

And then you may freak out. If the urge is still there.

From a purely financial standpoint, this makes a whole lotta sense. I mean really - about $350 to buy a set of one size, adjustable cloth diapers, probably a little less than double that if you're going to have 2 stinkers at once. But no more than $700 to diaper all your children. Forever. Compared to about $2500 per child! Plan to have 4 or 5 kiddos and...

That is huge. Tell me that's not huge.

I used to cringe at the thought of cloth diapers because I saw them as little cloth rectangles that you had to fold and pin around your baby's bum while trying to get him to hold still. Then when you took it off you had to dunk it and scrub it a little bit before trying to get it to the washing machine without it dripping poop water all over the place. All while holding your nose. Seriously, in my head you needed 8-9 hands to do this job.

But, in reality, you can get cloth diapers that already have the look/shape of disposable diapers, so putting them on and taking them off is no different than with disposables. I mean, disposable diapers are still gross, right? You still have to pull the diaper off and wipe the baby and roll the diaper up and throw it in the trash. Cloth diapers just adds the step of dumping major solids into the toilet. They even make little sprayers that attach to your toilet to help you do that.

Oh yeah, and a couple extra loads of laundry.

But from what I've read, cloth diapers are a lot more comfy for baby, and they are super absorbent so you're less likely to have lovely (ahem) blowouts.

In theory, this idea makes sense to me.

I don't have children. Theories have not been tested. But I'm trying to do my homework here.

So you tell me- would you ever consider this? I mean, ever? In a million years?

Because I'm getting really close to talking myself into it.

Lord, have mercy.


  1. Hey...we used the flushable gdiapes for our kid and we really liked them. They are WAY better then even cloth and, in my opinion, not so gross.

    Check them out

    (I get to see you guys on Sunday. I can't promise that I won't touch your belly!)

  2. It all comes down to if your willing to have that extra dimension in your life.

    I wish I was a cloth diaper person. I wish I was saving that money and making less garbage in the world.

    But I know that extra effort and less personal time would stress me out. So that is the sole reason I do disposables.

  3. Hey Katie! I'm glad I found your blog:) It makes me happy. You are an awesome writer! But I have absolutely NO idea what to tell you about diapers haha.

  4. I wish I had the courage and time to do cloth. Trent's sister in law uses them and she likes them (her husband cannot stand them). But she still has to buy disposables whenever they go anyways or anyone else watches him. It can be super messy cleaning them. But I"ll bet it totally depends on the child. Some don't poop all that often so it would be nice; others are blowout kings...So I guess wait to see what your little one is like? Thats my opinion.

  5. Katie, if you want to use cloth, go for it! If you want to be talked out of it, I'll tell you a couple things: Julie is in size 4 diapers. I never spend more than $.18 on a diaper, and it's usually $.12-.14 (huggies)
    What the cloth websites don't tell you is the extra money you'll spend on water and soap washing those puppies, plus the extra energy cost of running your machine.
    So save the universe by carpooling with your kid, not by using cloth diapers. Unless you want to:)

  6. I have heard nothing but good things about the cloth diapers. My nephew actually preferred them over the disposable ones. And you can't beat the price. I actually mentioned it to my husband but he laughed at me. I don't think he wanted anything to do with it. You can't beat the price though!

  7. I love the idea. I considered it from mostly and environmental stand point before I had any. I had a husband who totally was not on board so that threw it out the window, but I have a friends who did cloth and home and disposable on the go. compromise and cleanliness. I thought it was a good idea.


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