Fast forward 5 months to today, and you will find Tenley in cloth! Though we have only been doing it for a few weeks, we LOVE it. I happened upon a a link to a blog (which I now love and have mentioned on here before www.styleberryblog.com) that a friend had posted on facebook that showed one mom's system for cloth diapering. I have to say I was somewhat hooked from then on. I was very uneducated on "modern cloth diapering" and once I began researching everywhere I could and asking friends who cd I cautiously brought up the idea to Tim, who immediately though I was out of my mind. I took it in stride because I was expecting that reaction from him. I decided to show him bits and pieces over the next few days/weeks and soon he was on board too. His biggest thing was that we still have ALOT of disposable diapers from his diaper party and generous friends. This in mind we still will use disposables when we are out and about for long periods of time, when we are out of town, or when we leave her with a sitter who isn't comfortable with cloth. We first figured that we would have enough disposables to make it through her 1st year, now with the addition of cloth we may never have to buy disposables, just exchange sizes! LOVE THAT!
We made our decision based on a few factors. 1st, chemicals...there is alot packed into those thin diapers to allow them to hold so much. In doing research we found that they are starting to attribute early puberty in girls and other longer term problems to the continuous exposure to disposable diapers. Not only this but diaper rash is much less common when using cloth diapers. For us, we just feel better putting a soft layer of fleece next to her skin for the next 1.5 (ish) years. 2nd, in more research we found just how long a diaper sits in a landfill before it decomposes...up to 500 years!! Wow, now we aren't all about going totally green but that is a LONG time. This will be part of our step to reduce waste. 3rd, cost. Though we were blessed with a huge stash of diapers (which we are so thankful for) so we haven't had out of pocked expense yet the continuous cost of disposables mounts up quickly. With cloth we made an investment up front, but now have diapers to take Tenley though potty training. We chose Fuzzibunz one size diapers. They are called "one size" because they adjust in size and will fit her from now to potty training, huge savings. Not only will they fit her for that long, but will last for future kiddos. Yes, it is extra laundry, but we have a stash of cd that will allow us to do laundry about every 3rd day...I am doing her laundry that often anyway so it is not a big deal. There is a bit of a wash routine and they do have to be washed separately with a different detergent, but it is still so easy and worth it for us. And dare I say that they are so cute. Fuzzibunz has awesome colors to choose from and I love them all!
Here's a peek of some of our cute "fluff" more to follow:
My 2 favorite people!
Our 1st order, LOVE the colors
No swishing, swirling, or dunking!
For anyone interested...I will try and get a post up about our system in the next week and talk more about the whole process.