Cloth diapering has gone beyond a simple way for our family to save
money. Cloth diapering has become almost like a hobby for our family.
There are just so many reasons for us to love cloth diapers in our
household, and today I'll share a few of the less obvious reasons we
love cloth diapers.
Cloth diapering brings us together:
One of the main reasons I
love cloth diapering so much is that it's something that brings my
husband and I together. That may sound a little weird, right? However, we are both highly trained in specialized work
fields (him: Actuarial Science/Life insurance, and me: Genetics/Cell
Biology). We have zero chance of having an understandable conversation
with each other about what we do during a normal work day. However,
cloth diapering has become the subject of some complex and interesting conversations . We love talking about the business side of cloth
diapering: be it discussing the controversy of cloth diaper knockoffs or
analyzing a marketing strategy from a leading diaper company. We also
love troubleshooting cloth diapering problems that other people are
having, and usually one of us will think of a solution that the other
hasn't considered. Additionally, cloth diapering has helped us make new friends
locally and nationally, and has brought us into a wonderful community of
parents (just check out our Facebook page).
Cloth diapers make us "greener"
When we started cloth diapering
over two years ago, we weren't even considering some of the "green"
lifestyle changes we currently use on a regular basis. Cloth diapering
was a gateway to getting us thinking about natural cleaning products,
biodegradable laundry detergents, composting, and gardening. Once we
succeeded with cloth diapering, we realized that mainstream marketing
was really hurting our family and creating an attitude of "need, need,
need" when we didn't actually need any of those products. We ended up
making some great lifestyle changes and started encouraging our child to
play outdoors or with found objects instead of cluttering our home with
toys. We have discovered that simplifying our lifestyle has made our
lives richer and more satisfying.
Cloth diapers are our cause
There are many families struggling to
stay afloat financially. During my early years in graduate school, our
family had some tough financial decisions to make. We were on such a
tight budget, that we would record every purchase made during a month so
we could be accountable to the other person for the $4 coffee we'd
splurged on. Thankfully our years right out of college weren't
complicated by having children to support, yet those difficult years
prepared us for the financial changes we'd experience when we eventually
did have children. The expense of caring for children can be shocking
for a family. Cloth diapers represents an easy and realistic way for
families to save thousands of dollars without sacrificing the health or
well-being of their children. We are advocates for cloth diapers
because 1 in 3 American families has
had to cut back on basic household necessities to afford disposable
diapers. We want people to know that there is an alternative to
What are some things you have gained through cloth diapering?