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Why We Switched to Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers were for major hippies. I mean, who really wants to touch a dirty diaper, even a disposable one, much less worry about sticking it in your washer and cleaning it to use it again? I never thought we’d be here. Then, the twins came along..

Let’s do a little math really quick. Newborn babies eat every 2-3 hours. My newborns sometimes had a hard time even making it two hours. If they get a diaper change every time they eat, we are talking about 12 diapers a day. That’s just one child. multiply that by 2 and now you’re talking about 24 diapers a day!

A large box of newborn Pampers has 140 diapers, and costs around $40. At 24 diapers a day, we are going through that sucker in SIX DAYS. Are you feeling nauseated because I sure was! And if you saw the diaper rash on my little babes’ bottoms, you’d understand why we couldn’t switch to cheapies..

So, unless we eat nothing but Ramen for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, until the twins are potty trained, we had to figure out another option.

My mom first made the suggestion on switching to cloth, and man, am I thankful she did! We’d truly never even considered it as an option. A quick search on the internet, and low-and-behold, Amazon had these diaper bundles. For around $30, I could get 6 pocket cloth diapers and inserts. We decided to give it a try. After quite a bit of trial and error, we got into a cloth diaper groove about two weeks in, and let me just say, we are NEVER going back! Here’s why:

The Cost

This main reason we even considered the option was the cost of diapers. When one of you is a stay-at-home mom, and the other one is a minister, money doesn’t just come shooting up from the ground. At least not unless you’re lucky enough to strike oil in your backyard. I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend a whole lot of time digging around in dirt.

Now, the twins finally started sleeping through the night around 6 weeks old (Please don’t ask me how. I have no idea what we did to be blessed with great sleepers). So our 24 diapers a day, went down to around 18-20, depending how much much they ate during the day. Still, 18 diapers a day, means we were going the same box of 140 diapers in SEVEN days, as opposed to six.

Okay, so the cost was really the only actual reason why we switched, BUT, there are other benefits too to switching to cloth!

Diaper Rash 

Anyone else bring home their baby(ies) and in no time their little butt is erupted in a horrible diaper rash?? It has happened with all three of my kids now. The twin’s even needed special medicated ointment to help heal it. Now why is that?

Disposable diapers are made with chemicals. Plain and simple. The combination of the material, the chemicals in the diapers, and bowel movements, all rubbing up a baby’s brand new, never irritated skin, causes rashes.

When we made the switch to cloth. Poof. No more diaper rash. Had I realized that was going to be a benefit, their tiny butts might’ve come home in cloth. Especially after those raw rashes they had.

Environmentally Friendly 

Okay, Okay.. I promise I’m not a hippy! Well… Okay, I am kind of a part-time hippy. But It truly never occurred to me how much those disposable diapers contribute to the decline of our earth! You know they don’t disintegrate?? They just sit in dumps for years and years and years.. Talk about GROSS! Maybe you’re thinking “That’s not my problem,” and maybe you’re right, but one day it will be your kids’ problem. You know, the one who’s poop is sitting in that diaper?

Cute Prints 

That’s right. I went there. Cloth diapers are just plain CUTE! They make the babies’ butts all fluffy. The prints are adorable! I’m totally guilty of matching Evie Mae’s diaper to her dress that she wears to church. #Noshame

If you’re thinking about making the cloth diaper switch, don’t be afraid to give them a try. The benefits far outweigh the grossness of cleaning the diapers!

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