This was my 2nd year planning the Great Cloth Diaper Change. In the last year I’ve struggled to balance work with events and life. I’ve renovated a store, started a child in primary, moved households not once but three times, not to mention been pregnant and had a new baby. In the fog of post partum I’ve been holding cloth diaper workshops and planning a major event. Why? Cloth diaper advocacy.
In hosting the Great Cloth Diaper Change last weekend and a year prior we brought out enthusiastic attendees, some excellent sponsors and a lot of media attention. We celebrated Earth Day by organizing an earth friendly event. No one can deny cloth diapers produce much less waste that their disposable counterparts. The media love to hear this once a year and also look at how cute cloth diapers are on happy babies. The topic continues on, however, for my daily work at Nurtured and also my daily life with a baby in tow!
Years ago I sat on the other side of the fence and simply thought cloth diapering would be a lot of work. During that same time I also looked at a blistering, severe diaper rash, tried my best to cure it and was deeply disappointed in the outcome. If that’s you, just try one cloth diaper (or pick up our rental kit) and see for yourself. Cloth diapering options and benefits are very attractive even to the biggest skeptics.
What a beautiful bottom baby number 2 has had since day one…I dare say.
Here’s a few things I love about cloth:
1.) There’s always a clean diaper ready, waiting
2.) The cloth diaper creates a perfect environment for skin - Those that switch from disposables to cloth are amazed when they hear or see each diaper change does not require a barrier bum cream.
3.) Sunshine- just when I think the fabric/staining of a diaper is showing it’s age, sunshine and water prove me wrong!
4.) Health! Proven stories from customers and friends tote the health benefits of cloth diapering. From NICU babies to children with asthma cloth diapers keep a lot of chemicals out of your child’s environment. I’ll mind the bunnytrail and introduce talking about using wool, natural fibres and body temperature later…
5.) Cleanup is easy- breastfed baby’s stool is water soluble! Just toss into the wash! Other accessories make potential mess avoidable or simple. Also, since cloth provides a texture for mess to adhere to, notorious diaper blowouts do not occur.
6.) Affordability! Frugal moms say if you stash away a $20 bill each week of your pregnancy, you’ll have your diapers paid for even if you use the most expensive style. This is leaps and bounds better than the dollars you’ll spend each week/month running to the store to buy a pack of diapers. Financial experts say you can pay for university just by cloth diapering.
I’m never more proud of the parents that make the switch in the diapering years to cloth and live to share the benefits with their friends and health providers. I’m never more impressed by the parents that choose cloth before baby number one has arrived. The increase of cloth diapering enthusiasts out there impresses me. I am thankful you give me reason to stay busy and happily working as a small business owner and proud mom in the cloth diapering community. Thank you for joining the Great Cloth Diaper Change 2012. We look forward to hearing the outcome of setting a new Guinness World Record (TM). In the meantime, it’s business as usual, continuing with the daily work of supplying you with the best diapers for your baby, planning a flurry of future events and living a passion for cloth diaper advocacy. Hope you had a great Earth Day weekend!