Did you know that the average baby will use 6,000 disposable diapers from birth to potty training?! That’s a lot of diapers! But, they’re a necessity, right? No one wants an un-diapered baby. 😉
We use cloth diapers with both of our children for three reasons.
1. It reduces our carbon footprint.
The best way for my daughters to learn to care about the Earth and the environment is for me to show them how I tried to live sustainably. Maybe because my girls follow by example, they’ll use cloth on her babies someday to keep the tradition, who knows? But what it really comes down to is when you cloth diaper, you’re reducing that high number of waste.
2. Less diaper rash.
Disposable diapers have tons of chemicals in them, including dioxins, TBT, and Sodium Polyacrylate (those little crystals you seen in the diapers when they’re left on too long). Luckily, my disposable diaper of choice, Bambo Nature, does NOT contain these harsh chemicals! More on Bambo, and why I love them below!
3. You save money.
We’re using the same diapers we used on my first daughter on my second. We don’t have to buy diapers often, unless we’re traveling, or have a newborn. Keep reading for more info on that!
My diaper of choice when traveling:
Of course, I’d love to be able to take my cloth everywhere! But the reality is, I won’t always have access to a giant wet bag, and a washer and dryer when we are traveling. Even if we go somewhere to stay with family where there is a washer and dryer, the trip out there definitely warrants disposables. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a mama of two now, it’s that sometimes convenience is key.
Why I use disposables with my newborn:
Using cloth with a newborn is not an easy feat. Since this is my second daughter, I decided to use disposables for the first few months of her life for a couple of reasons. The first is that she uses probably 15-20 diapers a day. That’s almost my whole cloth diaper stash, which leaves me doing laundry EVERY day in addition to washing clothes, blankets, etc. for two kids! The second reason is that my cloth diapers don’t usually fit until around 3-5 months, so they’re way too big, and the blowouts she’s having (almost daily) would be a hot mess. For this reason, I’m loving using my Bambo Nature diapers with my new baby!
Why is Bambo Nature your favorite disposable diaper?
Many of my mama friends and I are intentional about the products we use. I heavily research ingredients in food, beauty products, cleaning products, so diapering is no different! Like I said above, some diaper brands contain harsh chemicals that lead to diaper rash, skin irritation, etc. I love Bambo Nature because they’re free of harmful chemicals. I love that they’re eco-friendly and latex-free too. Lastly, every time I use a diaper (which isn’t often) that isn’t from our Bambo stash, I can’t get over how scratchy and papery it feels. I like that Bambo diapers are super soft, and the three-layer design makes them super absorbent too. Basically, this cloth diapering mama is sold, and I know you will be too 😉
Larissa is a loving wife, and crunchy mom to two beautiful girls, Gracie (3 years old) and Norah (2 weeks old). You can find her sporting a wide-brimmed hat, drinking an iced chai almond milk latte, probably with a baby on her back. When she isn’t spending time with her family, she’s either reading a good book, or blogging about all things motherhood. Visit her site, Living in Color to learn more about her!