Do you use cloth diapers?

Since I had kids I have changed a lot. I think most people can relate to that sentence. But I often think about how pre-kids Michelle and post-kids Michelle would probably not be friends. Just the thought of these two personalities in the same room together makes me laugh. There is no way pre-kids Michelle would even recognize herself 10 years later.

Okay, enough talking about myself in the third person.

When I first heard about cloth diapering I scoffed at the idea. In fact, I am pretty certain I was repulsed. I remember someone showing me the “new” cloth diapers (probably an AIO: all in one) and thinking: why would you use that when you can just throw a disposable out?

I can’t pinpoint what exactly made me decide to check into cloth diapers. I am sure it was in the middle of my research on soap. What bothered me about disposables was the time it took for them to decompose. I have read everything from 250 years to more than 500 years. And you can’t recycle disposables. This is very disturbing to me.

Cloth vs Disposable Diapers

In 2013 Modern Natural Baby in Michigan used their store front to show the impact of disposable diapers.

The other factor was money. It was a hefty up front investment for sure. But when I ran the numbers I could not wait to go with cloth. No matter what numbers you run and how you run them, cloth diapers save money.

In the next few weeks I will be writing about cloth diapering and my experience with it. So if you have questions about cloth diapering please ask so I can address them.

Michelle Smith: Your EcoFriendly Guide