I can’t remember when I started thinking I would like to try cloth diapers. I have a marvelous way of over thinking and never doing. My friend added me to a cloth diaper group on Facebook in April. In early June I was visiting my sister and we were hanging out one night. I was doing a fantastic job talking about cloth diapers. We covered prefolds, fitteds, all in ones, and why I thought pockets would work best for my baby who doesn’t lay still for diaper changes. (I still hadn’t tried cloth yet.) I started musing and crunching numbers while we were talking. We go through 10 diapers a day. My daughter is a pee machine, she likes to poop as soon as I change her, and I have an OCD like tendency to change her diapers as soon as they are wet. Everyday I was taking a plastic grocery sack full of diapers out to the garbage can. It is $0.25 for each size 5 Kirkland diaper. That is $2.50 a day, $75 a month, $912.5 a year that we spend on diapers.
Later that week, Buckwheat Bottoms, a local mom run cloth diaper store, ran a special on Just Simply Baby pocket diapers. I bought two. If I used one cloth diaper a day it would be paid for in 40 days. And I figured if I only used one a day then I could avoid washing poopy diapers. Even though I flush the solid poop from paper diapers, I don’t put any effort to scraping the smooshed stuff out. I was confident I could do my experiment and pay for my two diapers. I challenged myself to put Lil’ in at least one cloth diaper a day for a month.
Then something unexpected happened. Well, not totally unexpected, but it caught me off guard. After I changed my daughter into her first clean cloth diaper, she pooped; right away. Remember what I said? Yes, she prefers to poop in a clean diaper. Figures! As I cleaned that poopy diaper in the toilette, sometimes thinking ‘I am going to be sick’ and other times thinking ‘this isn’t so bad,’ it occurred to me that ‘I can do this.’
I went back to Buckwheat Bottoms and bought two more pocket diapers. I was nervous about my long term commitment, but excited and confident that I would continue my month long challenge of using at least one cloth diaper a day. I found something to wash everyday so I could clean my diapers and have them ready for the next day of use.
I started this crazy endeavor on June 18. I passed my monthly challenge with flying colors. I celebrated by purchasing 6 gently used Rumparooz and two Kissa Pocket Trainers. I even splurged on a Flip Trainer. A friend brought over some of her stash for me to use until her little grows into it which has given me a chance to try different pockets, covers, and fitteds. At the beginning of this month, JSB ran an overstock special and I picked up 3 more diapers with inserts for a super deal. August 5th Lil’ spent the whole day in cloth. I used one paper diaper as her second night time diaper. I’ve continued using cloth all day with one paper diaper at night. Last night I put her in cloth as her second night time diaper. It’s been over 24 hours since I put her in a paper diaper. I wonder how long I can keep her going in cloth.
I have spent $200 on cloth diapers. If I can go two and a half months without using paper, I’ll have paid for my current cloth diaper purchases. My daughter will be in diapers for at least that much longer. (I should have kept better track of how often I have used the diapers since I started.) When Lil’ is potty trained, I can sell my diapers or donate them to a mom who cannot afford to buy diapers.
Why did I start cloth diapering? It’s something I wanted to try. They are super cute. I feel good not throwing away a bag of diapers everyday. I’m going to save money. But most of all, I can do this!