Going Green with Cloth Diapers

It has been one month since I had Oliver. One glorious, happy, fulfilling month.

Also a month of 252 dirty diapers.

Not in my wildest dreams, would I have imagined going through so many diapers in such a small amount of time.

I mean, how could this small little wonder be the culprit of producing so much waste?

Guess I was naive to being a new mom.

Diaper waste

This is what a week’s worth of dirty diapers looks like. One big sausage, filled with dirty, icky diapers.

Diapers that will sit in a landfill for 500 years.

That’s a lot of …. well you get the point.

Weighing the cost to the environment, not to mention how much money we could save, we decided to go GREEN.

So what that means for us is we will try our best at using cloth diapers whenever possible. Yes, cloth diapers call for a little more effort, but many cities now have cloth diaper services that pick up dirty cloth diapers and replace them with clean ones. That takes all of the mess and fuss away, so you don’t even have to think about what to do with them.

And I will have to say, what you may picture as a cloth diaper (safety pin and big, bulky cloth) has now evolved leaps and bounds. Cloth diapers are now fashionable and functional. Making it easier for moms to get baby in and out of dirty diapers quickly.

Also, now they have flushable diaper liners, making clean up even easier. Solid waste gets trapped in the lining and easily tossed in the toilet for disposal.

That’s what I’m talking about!

The first cloth diapers we’ve tried so far have been Fuzzibunz. They have a one-size-fits-all cloth diaper that comes in a variety of colors. After you figure out the adjustment size to fit your baby, then you’re set. And they secure nicely with snap buttons.

The next on my list to try is gDiapers. I think I will really like the Velcro used on these cuties.

I’ve heard of some other cloth diapers that have been popular with moms. My good friend, Pegah, also sent me a list of cloth diaper suggestions that she heard were great. We moms have to stick together! So if you know of some really great cloth diapers that you would recommend, please let me know!

I will frequently update here on different types of cloth diapers that I have tried out.

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  • Liz Friedman
    Posted October 16, 2011 at 1:14 PM | Permalink

    I have been thinking about going cloth for a while now. I just ordered a few to see how I like it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • JRiggs
    Posted October 20, 2011 at 11:18 PM | Permalink

    I use fuzzibunz cloth diapers and love them. My daughter is almost two and I am still using the same ones. They have been great. I use Charlies Soap to clean them.

  • J.Kel
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 8:06 AM | Permalink

    Bambino Mio- They are sized to weight so as baby grows you have to upgrade. The best part about them is that you can reuse the shells with each dirty diaper, just take insert out. Inserts are 100% cotton, so can be washed in bleach and HOT water. Shells do have to be washed as Delicates; warm/cold water, and line dried. I use Dreft on them
    BumGenius- similiear to FuzziBunz. Dont like them cause each time the diaper is dirty the entire thing needs to be washed shell and liner. Have to use BumGenius Detergent in order to maintain their waterproofness

  • Posted March 1, 2012 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the recommendation!

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