In my quest of “what’s crunchy?” I got a HUGE response… Actually my biggest one yet. A lot of women gave me their opinions of what makes a woman crunchy and why they choose to live that way. Some things REALLY intrigued me, and others made me think “No way!” I talked to my husband about a few of the ideas and one of them was the notion to try using cloth diapers. His answer was pretty much an immediate “no way.”
If there’s one thing I’ve heard over and over in my pre-pregnancy state it’s “diapers are expensive.” And “start stalking up once you know your pregnant.” Well unless I want to keep a towel around my baby or invest in a lot of carpet shampoo, I think I’m obviously going to with some form of diaper… But which is cheaper? I’ve heard people say cloth diapers are WAY less expensive more eco-friendly, and better for the bottom. And I’ve heard others say the water and energy you use cleaning them make up for the difference. Now time is money, so if I’m spending hours upon hours cleaning dirty diapers it probably will get old…(evil grin) But I do have a husband, and I’ve only done laundry a handful of times in my 4.5 years of marriage… So I’m counting on the fact that I won’t have to worry about that, if we so choose this path.
The next item to consider is appearance. When I imagined cloth diapers I pictured literally a soft washcloth-like material safety-pinned around the baby’s bottom. Something like this:Well little did I know things are more advanced nowadays, and cloth diapers can actually look like REAL diapers, and have nice velcro, patterns and tags, the whole nice yards! I recently learned how to sew. I learned because I wanted to make matching dog collars and leashes for Snoop. That’s all I can make though. The thought of sewing any kind of clothing item terrifies me, much less a cute diaper. But it would be SO FUN to make diapers for my kids… I think. Probably until they poop in them, then I’d probably want to throw it away.– Then again maybe I wouldn’t because of all the TIME it took me to make!– Now I’m on to something… If I MAKE the diapers I won’t want to throw them away (cause I’d probably throw away something I bought).
I came across Amber’s website DiaperKit.com and honestly, I think I could do this… And if I can do it, anyone can do it! What I hate most about sewing is all of the cutting, and what’s nice about these is that all the material is already cut and ready, you just sew it together! The kits start as low as in the $5 range. Imagine how many diapers you could make and wash and save and use on future babies! Hmmm… Whatdoyathink?
I know there’s quite a few women who read my blog who are ALL for cloth diapers. I’ve also connected with quite a few on Twitter and I’m really interested in why you choose (or don’t choose) this path.
Either if you do, or are considering it Amanda and I have a little gift for you. Anyone who purchases one of her diaperkits or pre-made diapers between now and May 21st will get a 10% discount. She also donated an adorable pre-made diaper that is so cute it actually made me think I am going to try these things… At least one. It’s worth a try right? How about you win it and give it a try! It’s a size small so it can fit babies 10-20 pounds. It’s white, 100% cotton, and super absorbent! You don’t need a diaper cover with this cause it’s all in one! It also has an adorable little tag on the front that says “I Love Cloth.”
So shop around, leave a comment here and let me know what kit or diaper you like best and why you use or would consider using cloth diapers. That’s your entry. I’ll draw a winner from randomizer.org on May 9th! If you don’t and don’t want to use them, still tell me why! I want to know both sides 🙂
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Please leave me a comment for each extra entry. Giveawat ends 5/9 Good Luck!