Now 3 and half years later with 2 children I never imagined the impact that one simple choice would make in our lives. It changed the way I think of things and the way I look at our environment.
One of the major things was financially having 2 children 20 months apart using cloth has saved us thousands of dollars. What I had purchase for our first child I was able to use for our second so the amount of savings for us was huge. I also learned how great wool covers can be and started making wool soaker covers for our diapers to use, too.
We had never thought about recycling before using cloth diapers. It directly impacted that for us and helping us to see how much we use and what effects that will have on our environment. Not only did it help us save money it helped us realize how wasteful we were being. And has helped us learn slowly how to reuse certain items that we would have normally thrown away.
I love my cloth diapers. I love telling people about our cloth diapers and hope that by our story that will encourage others to use them as well. So far at least one of our friends has been converted to using cloth diapers with their new baby due soon.
It’s the best thing we ever did for our children. It makes me feel good that by using cloth diapers I am doing something good for them by protecting them from harmful chemicals, and that by our use of cloth diapers we are directly impacting our environment for the better.
Runner-up and new owner of 3 new bumGenius pocket diapers: AMANDA G.
Switching to cloth diapers & wipes has proven to save our family a bundle of money already and at every diaper change, those savings continue to grow. With the savings, we not only have extra money to put towards other necessities but, we also have a little more wiggle room for some fun stuff (like Baby Legs). Another great benefit to going cloth is that my daughters room no longer reeks of diapers. Going cloth has also made me (and my husband) even more eco-conscious than before, not only in helping the environment but, also in our food and personal care choices. Cloth diapering is part of this whole green movement and because of that, while visiting various cloth diapering boards, web pages and blogs (like Kelly’s Closet), I have found a wealth of valuable “green” information that I can use to improve our families lifestyle.
Not only have cloth diapers improved MY lifestyle but, also my daughters lifestyle. Oddly enough, while waiting for my first shipment of fluff mail to arrive, my daughter developed a UTI, which can be very common with disposable diapers. The doctors wanted to run all kinds of tests to rule out the possibility of the UTI being caused from something more serious, but I knew deep down it was because of the disposables. So we got the doctors to agree to hold off on any additional tests unless she had a re-occurrence. Since going cloth, back in August, there have been NO re-occurrence”s of a UTI. Also, prior to going cloth, my daughter seemed to have a rash 24/7. I tried several different creams/ointments to no avail. I could only use one brand of wipes that would not cause/worsen her rashes and it happened to be the expensive name brand wipes. Any other brand, then her delicate skin literally began to bleed. Once we started cloth, her rash quickly disappeared. Now, she rarely gets a rash and when she does it”s usually due to teething or a food allergy. But, I have found that using the Magic Stick ointment works wonders for both types of rashes.
So, as you can see, cloth diapering has changed our entire family”s lifestyle. I think the Change to Cloth Campaign is wonderful because I, myself am a convert and I am constantly trying to convince several of my friends to Change to Cloth as well. Even my husband excitedly tells other fathers about life w/ cloth diapering. Life is good with cloth!
Mom to Mikaela Faith, 15 Months Old