When 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.
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:
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+.