“Look at this,” she said. “It’s called a BumGenius One Size Diaper.”
“What is it?” I asked skeptically.
“It’s a cloth diaper,” she said. “Isn’t it neat?”
“Cloth?” I said disapprovingly. “That’s way too much work.”
She just looked at me and shook her head with a smile.
“No it’s not, it’s super easy to do, plus these things are practically leak proof.”
At that moment my darling four month old decided to play devil’s advocate and pee through his expensive disposable diaper right onto my jeans. Hmph.
So that night I got online and searched, searched, searched. What I learned surprised me. I wondered why no one had ever told me that disposable diapers have carcinogenic chemicals in them? Or that they required large amounts of trees, oil and energy to produce? And most disturbingly, the carefully wrapped little packages of poo would still be sitting in a landfill 500 years from now. Hmm, disturbing.
I called my friend the next day and very casually asked her where she’d ordered her BumGenius. It was really hard for me to admit that this first time mom knew something I didn’t, and she didn’t miss the opportunity to sneak in a couple ‘I told you so’s!
From that day on I began a love affair with diapers. Who knew diapers could be so much fun?
At first my husband thought I was crazy. But when he first strapped a BumGenius 3.0 on our wiggly baby he was an instant convert as well. “These are pretty cool,” he said. “Do they come in college football patterns?”
It really was a much easier switch than I imagined. The only snag I ran into was what to do with my disposable wet wipes. When you don’t throw away the diaper there is no good place to throw away pooey wipes. A quick phone call to my friend solved the problem.
“They’re called ‘cloth wipes’ Emily. Try them.”
So I did, problem solved. More Money Saved? Check.
My entire family including both Grandma’s are very supportive of our new ‘greener’ baby bum. And while I’m a stay at home mom, I’ve since learned that many childcare centers are now welcoming cloth bottomed cherubs with open arms.
The greatest part for us (aside from the obvious money saving benefit), is that our little boy wakes up dry and happy every morning. We have had no diaper rash, no messy, poo stained clothes, and most importantly he looks simply darling in the wide variety of cloth diapering choices.
I wish I would have figured this out with my first two kids, but hey, better late then never right? Recently our society has become much more aware of things like the environment, energy independence and of course the need to live frugally. These are uncertain times our little ones have been born to, but we all can do little things to make a difference. One thing I know for sure, is that cloth diapering has to be one of the most fun ways to do that!
Thanks Kelly for making cloth diapering so accessible to so many people!