This post is an entry in Jennifer Labit’s All I want for Christmas… Is to Tell the World About Cloth Diapers Contest. I haven’t received any sort of compensation for this, but if I do happen to win the contest, myself and 1 lucky reader will will 12 bumGenius diapers!
Our home is a busy one with a toddler and an 8 month old. I am a stay-at-home Mama and as such, I’ve gotten to be very frugal with our one income. In the time since we had our son, I love that the initial investment in our cloth diapers through shower gifts and following Cotton Babies’ sales has really benefited our wallet. I’m not buying crates of diapers on a monthly basis only to have them pooped in and thrown away.
I was on the cloth diaper track before we were even pregnant with Liam. My cousin in Canada and I used to chat online late at night and pass links back and forth with our thoughts. She settled on the bumGenius brand and when it came time for me to pick my cloth diaper brand a year later, I could hardly wait to see my sweet baby in Clementine and Moonbeam. We used the diapers faithfully for months. I washed, dried and folded and used that time as a cathartic break in my hectic life, juggling a job and a family. Then, one night in April, my son woke with a horrible poop. That diaper was the precursor to a week of a stomach bug that I had no previous idea even existed. We had 22 diapers. I used them all in the space of just over 24 hours. While those diapers were in the wash, I put him in a disposable diaper and let him crawl around the house. I will never forget him looking at me with this sad, sad look as the diarrhea hit him again and it ran out of the diaper, through 2 layers of clothes, all over the floor. As soon as my diapers were dry, he was back to wearing them. I don’t care how “leak proof” a disposable diaper claims to be, nothing beats my bumGenius diapers for containment!
The original diapers have been used regularly for 29 months. Now they are divided by color so that the blues and greens diaper my son, while the whites and yellows joined the sweet pink diapers for my daughter. I love knowing that my diapers have now successfully diapered 2 children of different sizes and body structures. While my son grew through the sizes quickly and had to have the snaps let out every few months, my daughter is still in the smallest of our One Size diapers.
The math can be overwhelming. To think of the number of times I changed our son on a daily basis in the first few months of his life, I know I did laundry every other day at that time. When we added our second child, I added some Econobums and a few second hand gDiapers to the stash so I wasn’t always doing laundry. By my calculations, a total of $529 has been spent on the diapers, all 3 styles included. Let’s say that I change 12 diapers a day between the 2 kids. Therefore, in a 1 year period, I’ve done roughly 4380 diaper changes. That makes each diaper change worth 12 cents. I see Amazon diaper deals all the time with the individual diaper cost being around 12 cents. Which is great. But those 12 cent diapers still get thrown away while mine go in the wash for another year of use.
The way I look at it, I’m already doing laundry, what’s 2 more loads a week? To tell you the absolute truth, our water bill hasn’t changed at all except during the summer months when I’m watering the garden and keeping the kiddie pool full. And really, a diaper is a diaper: they stink no matter what brand you use and how you choose to handle them. I’d rather wash away the stink and use them again and again for the next years to come than keep buying more. I love to hang them on the line in the Spring, Summer and early Fall and see the rainbow they create against the sky. I love that because of the colors, I get to have one more method of teaching for my son.
Cloth diapers work for us. The work for our routine, for our children, and for our wallet. They are easy to use, I don’t have any chemicals on my sweet babies’ bottoms and they keep what needs to stay in, in. Even when we have a babysitter, they are still simple enough that there’s never been a complaint. I love our diapering choices and yes, there’s a great deal of fuss about the fluff in this house, but I think it’s worth it!