Sunday, August 19, 2012

Until Cloth Do Us Part

I have to start off by saying a huge thank you to my husband, Dan. He has supported me 100% with cloth diapering, loves it himself ("love" might be strong), and has been instrumental in the starting of Mulberry Street Diaper Co. Part of the success of us being able to partner together is our shared values that have led us to cloth diaper. Just as I do, he's sees the many benefits of cloth diapering.

I've talked to a lot of women whose spouses have not been as supportive and give an ultimatum to their wives that goes something like this - "it's disposables only or I'm not changing diapers." Seriously? I feel like we might be able to find some compromise here.

Cloth diapering has come a LONG way. Many kinds, such as all-in-ones, work just like a disposable. Give something a try and see what works for you. Ladies, find out what your men like and stock up! You may like one type or brand of diaper while your hubby likes another, so see it as a positive that he has an opinion and go with it. For awhile, I had pockets and hybrids in my stash and I noticed that my husband was always reaching for the hybrids. I finally asked him why he always goes for those and he told me that the pockets were just more work for me with all the stuffing (he's so thoughtful) and didn't seem as efficient of a system. He had a point! A week later I sold all my pockets and we are exclusively using a hybrid system during the day at home. Side note: This was a fantastic excuse to buy more diapers!

If it's the poop that's bothering your man, he can do what my husband does...leave it for me to clean up. I also do all the laundering of the diapers, but in my husband's defense, it's because I don't let him. I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to who can wash my diapers, so the load falls on me, but admittedly by choice.

For you ladies out there who have tried everything and still can't get your spouse on board, then I hope you still feel you are able to cloth diaper even if it means most of the diapering duties fall on you.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Why Cloth Diaper?

Some people may need some convincing when it comes to cloth diapering, namely because of all the misconceptions that surround cloth diapers. There are a variety of reasons why someone may choose to cloth diaper, but the following are the main reasons why everyone should consider it:

  • Better for your wallet - Cloth diapers will save you money! (Unless you become an addict like me and then that's a different story). Keep in mind that with each change of a disposable diaper you are throwing away money. On average, one disposable diaper will cost you about $0.25/diaper. Each baby needs about 6,000 diapers in the first two years of life which comes out to be about $1,500 total or about $63/month. The cost of cloth diapers vary considerably depending on what type you choose. A full stash of prefolds and covers, for example, could be about $200, while a stash of organic, all-in-ones may run you $1,000. Either way, it's a savings compared to disposables! Remember, cloth diapers can be used for multiple children, so the more kids you have in cloth, the more savings.

  • Better for your baby’s health - Many disposable diapers contain some amount of synthetics and chemicals that have been linked to cancer or other long term health issues. By choosing cloth diapers, you are providing your child with a healthier start to life!

  • Better for the environment - Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer product in landfills today and can take anywhere from 250-500 years to decompose. Every baby wearing disposable diapers can generate as much as one ton of landfill waste before the age of two! Some argue that cloth diapers aren't much more environmentally conscious because of the water consumed in all the washings, but the manufacture and use of disposables actually ends up consuming more water than cloth diapers.

  • More convenient than ever - Cloth diapers have come a long way since the pins and rubber pants that our grandparents used to use. They are now offered in easier than ever snap or hook-and-loop (i.e. Velcro) closure that make them just as convenient as a disposable. Cloth diapers are also offered in a huge variety of colors and prints that will look so adorable on your little one's bum!

Statistical facts taken from Real Diaper Association and can be found at

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Cloth Diaper Evangelist

"I think that you think that a certain something is not all that it could be, when, in fact, it is all that it should be... and more!" - Jerry Seinfeld

Cloth diapers, in some circles, have such a bad reputation. In all reality, it just comes down to peoples' misconceptions and misunderstandings about it all.

When I first started cloth diapering I vowed to myself that my decision to cloth was my own decision and that I wouldn't for one second judge people who made decisions otherwise. Wrong! I judge. Whenever I see the three inch white, plastic sticking out the top of a baby's pants, I cringe. It takes all self-control not to get on my high horse and start lecturing the parents on the adverse effects of disposables and the wonderful benefits of cloth. I give them the benefit of the doubt, however, and tell myself that they need a little education. So, I tug my daughter's pants down just enough so that her cloth diaper is exposed, thinking it may spark the interest of those around me and prompt them to ask questions. Wrong again.

So, let me digress as if someone had asked me a bunch of questions about cloth diapering...yes, I wash my diapers myself and don't have a diaper service. No, it really isn't that much more laundry. No, I don't use pins and rubber pants. Yes, I can throw breastfed poopy diapers right in the wash. No, I don't own a separate washing machine just for diapers. Yes, I'm saving much more money. Yes, I'm leaving less of a carbon footprint on this beautiful earth (while also teaching my children the same). Yes, my baby's cloth bum looks cuter than your baby's plastic, chemical bum. End of discussion.

I'm so pumped to be opening up Mulberry Street Diaper Co. My husband calls me the "Cloth Diaper Evangelist" so it seems fitting to start my own company doing something I'm passionate about and truly believe in. Thanks for following me along this exciting journey. Yes, you can ask me any questions you might have about cloth diapers. No, I won't judge (really, I won't).