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Great Cloth Diaper Change

Okay, so the big event was Saturday. First I will say that the numbers have not yet been released, however I am certain the record was broken. Last year the location we were at had 37 participants, and this year there were 65.

Woohoo!

Our family made out like bandits. We left with two Fuzzibuns diapers, one changing pad, and two drop in days of day care! For our small donation to the RDA we made out.

Fuzzibunz

Daddy didn’t actually think I was going to get up to go. He also was considering not going. I will not complain about the time. With participation from 12 (or 17 I can’t remember) countries, the time for our event was not that bad. It was at 9 local time. Imagine the mama’s in Hawaii? 6 AM their local time. I am afraid that I would not be ready for that.

This will be my last cloth diaper rant for a while. I thought that I would just add a few things that I like that were not my top 3 reasons for switching. 

First the top 3 reasons were

1. Save money
2. Potty train earlier
3. Greener, smaller carbon foot print

Other things I like/love.

When I’m out of diapers I don’t have to drive somewhere and wait in line. I just walked to the laundromat, or now my washing machine.

No rashes. No lie. DS is almost 5 months old and has not had a single rash. DD had quite a few by this time using disposables. I never blamed the diaper, but now I wonder.

I just thought I would throw out there a great idea I came up with. There are diaper services all over. So …

Considering cloth? Do a diaper service for two weeks or a month to test it out. This is not cheaper than washing your own but a great way to get started.

Or …

Know someone who is expecting? Gift a month of diaper service. New baby is already a lot to handle why have the extra concern of diapers (buying or washing)? That and some dinners will make new parents first month more relaxing. (Still sleepless, but more relaxed)

Later this week I will be posting a Tula review, woohoo.

I would also like to brag that I have moved into the world of woven wraps also. I am sure there will be more to come on those too.

Thanks for listening to my rant.
Happy Monday!

Gwen

Just some, maybe helpful info

Morning,

I do not have a post today to go along with the topic so I thought that I would share a few things that I found.

Grovia diapers is giving away 1,000 diapers. Check it out here. It is in combination with the GCDC 2012.

Orange Diaper Co. is giving away a free fitted OS diaper, according to their recent tweet. Check it out here.
Almost time for the Great Cloth Diaper Change Saturday morning.

Have you picked out a location near you to participate or attend?

Gwen

Real Diaper Week Day 3

Wednesday: Real Simple Real Diaper Savings

Okay pretty self explanatory, right?

So let’s just get down to it.

My #1 reason to use cloth was cost.
I am going to clearly show you MY total costs thus far cloth diapering.
Starting with the cost of the diapers themselves, as they are the most expensive part.

Cloth diapering try it out kit from Cotton babies      $35
G-diapers 2 pack of covers                                        $27
Bummis diapering kit                                                 $150
Used 2 Bumgenius fitted AIO’s                                 $16
Used Bummis SZ S cover                                          $8
Used ProWrap cover SZ S                                         $7
6 used prefolds                                                           $6
2 travel wet bags                                                        $10

Used 19 Sz S Kushies AIO’s
 + 10 Used Sz L Kushies AIO’s                                  $100
Thirsties covers SZ 1 mud qty 2                                 $26
Thirsties cover SZ 1 print                                            $14
Dozen Prefold infant diapers                                      $21
Thirsties Hemp prefold qty 2                                     $13
Sbish bamboo insert qty2                                           $8
Thirsties SZ 2 solid cover                                           $13
1 random pocket diaper from ebay                             $2

The random space in the middle represents everything purchased for baby #1. We started cloth diapering her at 8 months. After the break was adding in baby #2 because we did not have the small sizes.

So, if you are calculating along ….. $259 from 8 months on with baby#1. Add in what was purchased for baby #2 and we have a total of $456.

To be fair I did research online for two days on whether or not to cloth, and then what system. Both times resulted in a headache so add;

One bottle of aspirin                              $10 (what? I had a headache no time for coupons or sales)

Also I am having my Bummis size M diaper covers converted next week from Aplix (fancy term for Velcro, also known as hook and loop) to snaps. They are so much better. For that I will add an addt’l ….

Aplix to snaps for 4 diaper covers                   $24

That puts us at $490

With the G-diapers we did use the flushable liners at night because they were super absorbent. I purchased them by the case for appox $50. A case has 4 packages and each package lasted a month for me. We used them for only 7 or 8 months.

G-diaper liners                                         $100

And, lastly we did mess around with flushable liners for a little while

Flushable liners                                       $40

Product total $630

I am not here to deceive anyone. In our last apartment we had a in complex laundromat. It cost $3.50 to wash and dry our diapers. While we lived there I washed diapers (for one baby) once every 5 days. So the actually laundry cost was negligible. In our new apartment we have a washer and dryer. I think that the actual electric cost is less than the laundromat. However I can not give an exact figure.

I do know that I do not have to spend any additional money on diapers for my second child. The only cost that would be added to this is out of sheer desire for another diaper. It is a bit addicting.

With the national (US) average cost of $800 per year I am way ahead. With DD turning 2 I should already be at $1600 with just her costs alone. Which if you included the time that i used disposable diapers on her I may be, but even that is a long shot. However, when you include baby #2, there is no way that with all the disposable diapers that I bought that I have even encroached on the $2400 average.

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Yes, there is an upfront cost in purchasing cloth diapers.

That is why people have baby showers!

Why let each guest spend $10 for a pack of diapers that won’t even last a week? They could each buy 1 cover, and 1 6pack of prefolds. If you will be dealing with a daycare AIO’s or pocket diapers might work better. Then you guests could buy one of those, or go in together for a lot of diapers.

You can make your own diapers. Not the best at sewing? Buy covers and make your own prefolds. The lines in the prefolds are not super critical. You can use 1 of those 75,000 flannel receiving blankets you got. Wool covers can be upcycled from unloved sweaters. There are a few tutorials if you look online.

One final thing to consider with this is that you will likely be able to recoup a portion of your cost. Most cloth diapers sell for more than 50% of their purchase price. If you decided to do so you could resell you diapers, or just pass them on to another mother in need. I will say when I started buying cloth diapers resale value was very important to me, but now I would like to pass them on to someone. Why not?

Why do you, or do you not use cloth?
Gwen

Real Diaper Week Day 2

Tuesday: Real Simple Real Diaper Waste Reduction

For those of you who are not aware it is Real Diaper Week. April 16-21. The big finale of Real Diaper Week is the Great Cloth Diaper Change on Saturday April 21. There are several locations participating world wide to set a new Guinness Book world record. I encourage you to find a location near you and join in. I know the locations near me have extra people on hand to help out with parents who have more babies than arms.

So while I feel that the diaper waste reduction is quite obvious using cloth diapers as opposed to disposable, I will still take a brief moment to write about it anyway. I would like to help out promoting Real Diaper week. I think that awareness is key.

Clearly we all know that each disposable diaper taken off is thrown into the trash, or diaper genie, and ends up in a landfill. There are several things about this that could be cause for concern. I am just going to talk about a few.

One problem I have with this is that we as society’s have created waste treatment plants. They take the human waste from our toilets and remove the contaminants (human waste) and use it for suitable purposes (fertilizer). When you wrap up poop in a nice petroleum based disposable diaper it goes into a landfill. Where it sits, encouraged not to breakdown, (because that’s what landfills do) for an unknown period of time. Why not just put the poop where it goes for every one else? With disposable diapers being the third most popular item in landfills how much of that contains human waste which could be better disposed of and take up less space in our landfills?

The second problem I have with the disposable diapers is that they sit there. For hundreds of years. Really is there anything more to say than that?

Yes eventually a cloth diaper may end up in a landfill. Realistically how many, how often? A lot less, would be the answer to both of those questions.

I told you it would be brief. More just for thought.

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Tomorrow will be Wednesday: Real Simple Real Diaper Savings. I really love the cost savings so I am excited to post about this.

For those of you with babies in diapers I encourage you to check out a Great Cloth Diaper Change event near you. The locations near me have some prizes and goodie bags too.

Gwen

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