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When I was pregnant with Finley, I literally researched everything. Down to the materials that were going into products and making list after refined list of the necessity items for a little baby, and the things we could go without. I don’t know if I ever achieved my “perfect list” but I was satisfied and felt pretty prepared with the main things once baby came. While researching, purchasing and registering often I would choose quality over quantity. Health for my family, was becoming more and more important to me, as well as the value of longevity of a product and how well they could stand up to ware and tare. We hoped to have more then one child! And I didn’t want to be purchasing certain products all over again a few years down the road. Through this process, ya know what I began discovering? How MUCH chemicals, and toxic materials find their way into our products- specifically our baby products. It was disgusting!
So, I began a quest to find some of the best brands, with a price-tag I could live with that offered the most organic/ less chemically/toxic materials. Within this quest, I looked at diapers, and did some research on disposable, as well as cloth. A friend of mine, Becky – who was raising 4 beautifully sweet, and active young kiddos introduced me to cloth diapering, and we’d have many conversations about them. She used Soft Bums diapers- and I was immediately intrigued. Knowing how well they held up through 4 kiddos, and how much $ Becky and her family saved just by using cloth exclusively made me excited about using them for our family. They were also economical and healthiest, for my baby and the environment.
At that, it was pretty much a no-brainer. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about throwing poopy diapers into my washer, but I figured if other moms were doing it, I could do it too. (and honestly, it wasn’t/isn’t as bad as I thought it would be!)
There were 3 things that I weighed out when I chose to go with cloth diapers:
I did look at a few other diaper brands, but chose Soft Bums for reasons I will share below. Honestly, hands down they were the best option for our family- and they have proven that over time, now that I’ve been using them for over a year and a half. I chose to jump all-in to Soft-bums instead of ‘testing out’ a few other brands, as I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on brands and then not use them. It was obvious to me after researching it myself that again- they would be the best option for our family. I’m going to be talking about Soft Bums primarily. But these 3 reasons I’m sharing as to why I chose Cloth diapering- would apply to anyone looking at getting into cloth diapers, Soft Bums or not. (but seriously, Soft Bums may just rock your socks off, too!)
- Quality. I’ve said it before, and I’d say it again. I will pay for quality over quantity. Certain brands by reading reviews, and talking to other moms-seemed to wear out faster, would leak, weren’t adjustable, pods didn’t absorb or fit well, and you’d end up buying more then saving more because you were constantly replacing damaged, leaky, or not-working-for-you diapers. Soft-bums will ware out eventually. But there longevity is impressive. Even when the velcro, snaps or elastics on the shells start to go, you can replace them! And they won’t start to wear for a loonnnggg time.
- Cost Effectiveness. For one child in diapers, depending on the disposable diaper brand you go with, you will probably spend about an average of $1000 dollars a year for one child, in diapers. If you have more then one child in diapers for 2 years, you could spend thousands of dollars on disposable diapers. Now you could spend this amount in cloth diapers but you wouldn’t need to probably even come close to spending those thousands of dollars if you didn’t want to. There would be an initial upfront cost to build up your cloth stash right away. I did this by purchasing some new shells and inserts, and purchasing some used; waiting for lightly used, well kept shells and inserts on a Soft Bums Buy/Sell/Trade site I am a part of. I have spent under $500 so far on cloth diapering and I am a year and a half into this journey, and have 2 littles in cloth now. Another way to save some $ is using cloth wipes- or making your own wipes, using paper towels and a combo of natural ingredients. You can make your own cloth wipes, or buy them. This methods not only cost effective but convenient as far as diapering. You don’t have to worry about accidentally washing a disposable wipe with your diapers, and making a mess in the washer or dryer!
- Family Health/Environmental Friendliness: Eco-friendly, safe, and gentle on your baby! I love that the materials that go into making Soft-bum cloth diapers are eco-friendly, and gentle on baby’s skin. Soft Bums micro-fleece on their inserts wicks away moisture from the babes bum, which results in less-to none diaper rashes. We have had few to no diaper rashes thus far from our cloth diapers. The washing process is simple, and although you may be spending a little more in utilities (I truthfully haven’t sat down to try and figure out how utilities factor into our diaper expenses) in the big scheme of things you are still probably saving. If nothing else, you know what your diapers are made of, and you know what kind of cleaning process they are going through. You are in control of what’s going on your baby! Theres a lot of satisfaction for me, knowing what I’m putting on the bums of my babes is economical, healthful, and natural. I wouldn’t want less!
I would love to hear from YOU what you love about cloth, questions you have, thoughts you have, etc. Whether your a Soft Bums loving mom or not, what are the reasons why you chose to go cloth? If you would like to checkout Soft Bums please click HERE. If you have questions about our cloth diapering journey, Please comment below, E-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or message me on instagram @christy_kangas15.