Why Cloth Diapers & A Giveaway


storkWhen I was a baby back in the late 1960’s, I wore cloth diapers.  My mother used a diaper service which would periodically drop off a bundle of clean diapers and pick up the soiled ones.  If you live in an apartment with shared laundry facilities, it’s not that neighborly to be putting used diapers into the machines, so a service is a good option to have available.

And since I wanted to use cloth diapers for my twins back in 2007, I had to hunt around for a diaper service, much like my mother used, since we were apartment dwellers at the time.  After calling around and trying to find a service that didn’t use toxic detergents to clean the diapers, we found Brian the diaper service guy and his wife who used to run their service in Florida before they moved to another state.  Really nice folks, chock full of new baby advice.

Hyland's Calenula Cream - our fave diaper rash / skin rash creamHyland’s Calendula Cream – my fave diaper/skin rash cream

And we used that service for about a year until the twins were entirely too squirmy and the multitude of steps required to cover a baby butt with an older-style, fussy pre-folded cloth diaper (that the babies LOVED to disarrange) was a bit too much for me so we switched to 7th Generation disposables. (Sometimes you have to pick your battles… 😀  If I were having an individual baby today, where we live now with our own private washing machine, I would go back to cloth diapers and not bother with a service.)

That was 8 years ago, when the options for cloth diapers and covers were pretty…bland.  Nowadays though, cloth diapers are awesome! So many colors to choose from! And they have different configurations, inserts, etc.  Instead of hundreds or thousands of disposables, you just need approx. 30 diapers or so to get your child to potty training age!

That’s a lot less landfill than disposables!

Here’s some more input on the ‘Disposables vs. Cloth Diapers’ debate:

diaperOmg – does this one come with a matching mini-cape?

If you’ve been looking for a chance to either try cloth diapers out for the first time, or to add to your diaper stash, how does winning a $50 gift certificate** sound? Just comment below with any interesting or funny diapering stories, or what you think of cloth diapering vs. disposables ! (and don’t forget to add your email so I can contact you if you win) 😀

I’ll get the ball rolling:  When my mother-in-law came to visit our newborn twins, she was nice enough to pitch in with diaper changing duty. On one memorable occasion, we heard her give a startled shout from the babies’ room during diaper time and she called us over.  Apparently, baby H had gotten a…nugget…stuck, and had given a stronger ‘push’ to it and it had come shooting out of her little butt at ballistic speed until it hit the wall – NINE FEET AWAY! Since then, we were certain that baby H was destined for something interesting! 😀

**RULES:  Just one entry per person, and a winner will be chosen randomly from all who comment.  Entry period ends 10/21/16 at 11:59pm and a winner will be chosen on 10/22/16. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hrs to respond before a backup winner will be chosen. This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal, with a prize of a $50 gift certificate.  Open to US residents, age 18+.

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46 thoughts on “Why Cloth Diapers & A Giveaway

  1. i prefer cloth at home and disposable when away from home. i like the nobn chemical aspect of cloth, but i like the occasional convience of disposables when out of the house

  2. I would love to win this for my sister, who is expecting her first and plans to use cloth diapers. I don’t have kids yet so I don’t have any terrible diaper stories, but I did get pooped on sometimes when I used to babysit.

  3. When I found out I was pregnant, I had every intention of using cloth diapers. Once I found out I was having twins, that went out the window pretty quickly – along with making my own baby food and brushing my hair!

  4. Great article! I personally am a fan of disposable vs. cloth. I tried cloth for a short time and found it to be quite messy and time consuming. Would love the opportunity to win. Thanks for a fabulous giveaway.

  5. I love cloth diapering with my fourth, she’s the only one I’ve stuck with it. My husband uses mostly disposables on her because I have so many different diapers he can’t figure out which one he’s supposed to do what with. 😄
    mrsbrockavich48 (at)gmail (dot)com

  6. I think cloth diapers are better because there is less waste. And they are so cute!!! And plus it saves money too! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  7. I have enjoyed using cloth. It is a little more work, but nice to know I am helping the planet (a little) and doing something for the little one.

  8. The only thing I don’t like about cloth diapering is washing out the dirty ones. I once went to the library unknowingly wearing poop splatters.

  9. Bless my sons heart, when we brought him home from the hospital when he was born. I was so paranoid to change him. I guess I was scared I was going to break him. When he did his first poop, I used cotton balls and patted him to clean him my aunt stepped in and said your not going to break him and took a baby wipe and said this is how its done and cleaned him right. Thank goodness cause it would have taken us forever to clean him. lol I guess it was one of those you had to be there moments.

  10. I have always wanted to try cloth diapers, but something has always held me back. With baby #7 coming in February, I would love to finally give it a try.

  11. I remember my kids having a couple diaper “blow-outs” so terrible that I’d cut off the onesie they were wearing and throw it away instead of trying to pull it over their heads!

  12. I’ve been using cloth diapers for almost a year. I don’t have any funny stories but let me assure you that buying those liners for the diapers really helps dispose of poop quickly versus always having a diaper waiting to be rinsed in the shower or other place the dog might eat it.
    fossilgoth4sure @ gmail.com

  13. I love cloth diapers! But I can’t get my husband to even try them, and since he’s a stay at home dad, we use mostly disposable. We use cloth on the weekends and evenings, when I handle the bulk of the diaper duties, though.

  14. I think cloth has way more pros than cons vs disposables. The only hassle with cloth is that you have to wash them, and with modern washing machines that’s really not a big deal.
    The cost savings is enormous, and “blowouts” are rare, which saves on nasty messes and throwing clothes away.

  15. I really like cloth because of the fact I try to go all natural and green as possible since baby has such sensitive skin. Only time I ever use disposable is if we are out and about for a long period of time, and can’t make it home with the dirty ones.

  16. When we first decided to use cloth with our youngest , my husband wasn’t really on board. But we got used to it and one day I overheard him bragging to one of his friends about how much money we have saved and how great the cloth diapers are. Definitely a good idea and one I wish I’d done with all our kids.

  17. So one day we decided to go shopping at T.J. Maxx which is an hour and a half long drive from home..
    My son decided to poop all over himself in the shopping cart..
    The store did not have a diaper changing station!
    Soo I had to like, rinse off baby wipes and get as much use out of them as I could since I only had a few in the diaper bag, and it was like 2 pounds of the messiest dookie…while holding onto my baby with one hand the entire time as he’s on the changing pad over a tiny sink..rinsing off his clothes as women keep coming into the restroom glaring at me and definitely loving the smell.
    Horrible experience. I contacted T.J. Maxx as soon as we got home begging for them to install a changing station.


  18. I loved cloth diapers with my twins! I only used disposables for trips outside the house. Washing and reusing just makes so much more sense!

  19. I have not tried cloth diapers for my little one yet but I heard a lot of good comments about them. I would love to win and try them for my little one, too
    Thank You

  20. I have used both. I prefer cloth diapers at home because they are less expensive. And when the diapers are too worn out for their intended purpose, they make great car washing cloths! But I prefer disposable when traveling, etc.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  21. I absolutely love cloth diapering. It is so simple and easy. Plus it is much more affordable than the disposables, in my opinion.

  22. I love using cloth diapers. its not always easy but its worth it for me. I like the fun prints and saving so much money

    skhayes15 at gmail dot com

  23. We use cloth diapers. A lot of my family thinks that it is weird, but we are going on 2 kids and 4 years of cloth and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They are so much cuter and gentler on baby’s skin.

  24. Present day cloth diapers are so much more easy to use than the older style foldable diapers. I still have some of the foldable diapers we used on our kids that will also be used as burp cloths for our grand baby.

  25. The best diaper story I have is the time my mom couldn’t find a cover, so just used a prefold. My girl fell asleep on my mom…and my mom woke up quite soggy. That’s love from grammy! And, not surprisingly, keeps a couple covers for backup now

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