Saturday, July 2, 2011

cloth diapers--me??

I must be going insane. I am going to cloth diaper. I just made an "investment" of GroVia cloth diapers and the strangest part is....I'm kind of excited! I'm not really dreading this at all. I didn't think I would ever EVER consider using re-usable diapers but this product changed my mind. I'm not sponsored by them or anything...I just think they're cool. Now, I haven't received them yet, or even tried the whole system...but I'm hopeful.

Okay, I'm new to cloth diapering, so I'll explain what I know. The top image is a diaper shell. It is good for multiple diaper changes because it has a snap in "insert" (second image) that you just change out when it gets dirty. Sounds simple enough, right? I think the hardest thing about cloth-diapering is going to be the laundry. Cloth diapers require special laundry detergent that is only available at Sprouts (not too bad). They also need to air-dry, meaning I have to figure out a way to hang up a clothesline in my backyard. I'm just using these on the baby, not the toddler as he hopefully won't be in diapers much longer and I didn't want to spend the extra money. These ain't cheap! I got 9 diaper shells and I'm hoping that'll be enough to get by on doing laundry every other day. i did the math and, while we buy the cheapest diapers available, we should end up saving around $400 over the next 2 years. I'm not really an environmentalist but since becoming interested in cloth diapering I've been noticing how much trash my youngsters generate! I will keep you posted on how it goes...pray for me!!


The Chuns said...

We love our cloth, you will also be amazed at how many less blowouts you have!! There is a bit of a learning curve, I only wash mine with Country Save- probably the one you got at Sprouts, that is where I bought it. We are not even 1/2 way through the box and I use it on other laundry sometimes. I use a 1/4 of a scoop. Oh and we do a hot rinse then hot wash, this is not what they suggest but it works better on stink issues. Let me know if you have any questions :)

Andrea said...

If you have any questions about cd you can ask me too! I have been cding for the last year and I love it. As far as laundry goes I use Country Save but I also have discovered Crunchy Clean aNd I love all the yummy smells that they have. Good luck!

Jessi said...

Thanks ladies! Nice to know I can count on you!