I would love nothing more than for other moms to think about what’s best for their children. I know we already do that as moms, but sometimes I tend to do things out of convenience. For instance, why did I choose to use disposables on my son? Convenience. It had nothing to do with the fact that disposable diapers were good for him. They were easy. Yes, there are environmental impacts with using disposables, and yes there are some environmental arguments on both sides of diapering (cloth vs disposables). But ultimately I decided to make the switch with my daughter because it’s what’s best for her. Not me. Not even the environment really (though I do care about it, and mostly try to be a good steward). But when it really gets down to my true motives, it’s my kids. Isn’t that what “mothering” is all about?
This summer’s “green” series is my feeble attempt to get moms to think outside the box a little bit. Question current practices, perhaps, research them and possibly find better alternatives for your family. Don’t just take my word for it. Research it for yourself. You might find that my research and opinions might not be what’s best for your family, but that’s for you to decide on an individual basis. However, if you do decide that switching over to cloth diapering or better products and practices is for you, don’t get crazy (like I have done a few times) and start changing everything about your life or you’ll get overwhelmed. Take baby steps.
[I know I personally have been mostly content in my state of ignorant bliss, but now that I’m “aware,” I am moderately uncomfortable with my “normal” routine. Okay, I lied. I am really uncomfortable and welcome the change wholeheartedly.]
Last time we talked about options in cloth diapers. Now I’ll address some questions I had when I was brand new to cloth.
How many do I need?
How often do you change them?
Diapering a newborn
What about at night?
You really have to experiment until you find what works for your baby. Since I figured things out, I haven’t had a single night time leak. I had leaks and blowouts all the time with disposables.