Since we found out we were expecting, we debated going the cloth diaper route. I had read about it and had gone back and forth on my thoughts on cloth diapering. And then one morning, I saw a six-pack of gDiapers on babysteals.com and I just went for it. They were more than 50% off, and I kind of couldn’t give up on the deal.
And that evening, I let my husband know that we were going to try cloth diapering.
It’s kind of pricey considering each little “gpant” (the diaper cover) is $14.99 or more, so I’ve been using promo codes like crazy to stock up, and buying some of the covers on eBay.
There were a few reasons we wanted to at least try cloth diapering:
We already have an obsession with being eco-friendly.
I’ve read lots of blogs and the bloggers make it sound simple.
People I know have done cloth diapering in the past (even without the fancy gDiapers) and I figure if they can do it, we can too!
It can save money in the long-run.
The gdiaper covers are CUTE!
The best part of the gDiapers is that we can get the flushable inserts and they’re still more “green” than regular disposable diapers. They biodegrade within a few months, as opposed to 90 years. That part made me feel better about the disposable option.
I’ve been good about stocking up on some inserts when they’re on sale (and I have about 6 more weeks left of my discount with diapers.com. Must continue buying.) And I use Amazon gift cards and promo codes to help cut down on the cost. At the moment, I don’t even know what my goal is to be stocked up with by the time McLittle arrives.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know it’s going to be an adjustment, but having a baby is going to be an adjustment in our household. We don’t plan on cloth diapering the first week or so (in that case, we’re going to try to use the Huggies Pure & Natural diapers, which I’ve also been stockpiling.) When traveling, we’ll probably use the Pure & Natural diapers.
I did ask around on Twitter for some advice and I think we’re where we need to be as far as the covers go (but not the inserts.) I need to compile the tips so I have them in one place when the time comes and I really have questions.
I’ve had so many people tell me that we won’t be able to do it, which makes it even more of a challenge for me to prove that we CAN do it. And on the other hand, I’ve had several people who know we can do it. Our neighbors are also cloth diapering (though they’re using a diaper service) so I’m hoping to get some tips from them in the near future.
So there you go. We’re becoming ‘those’ people. (Though, in Asheville it isn’t that shocking that we would try cloth diapering.) We may fail miserably, but we won’t be able to fail unless we try, right?