My daughter just turned 18 months old. It is hard to believe, I mean I still have a hard time believing that I am a mother, let alone that I have a one and a half year old. In the past 18 months though I have made many decisions from how to feed her, what to feed her, to vaccinate or not, and what diapers to use.
In that time I have even changed some of the choices I made. I started out breastfeeding and after a few days I switched to formula feeding. I thought I would work full time and I became a stay at home mom, then a work at home mom. I thought I would make my own baby food and I didn’t make one thing of baby food. Well, the time has come for me to change my mind on another thing, diapers.
My daughter has very sensitive skin. We have went through many brands of diapers and in the end she can only use Pampers Cruisers diapers. These were the only diapers that didn’t break her out every time I used them. Because she has sensitive skin, I have to change her diaper almost as soon as she uses the bathroom or she starts breaking out. The only issue with this is they are so expensive and it never fails, I change her diaper and she poops.
I felt like I was just throwing money away. We went through a whole box of diapers a week, that’s $40 a week. The worst part is that because my daughter has sensitive skin, even using the pricey diapers didn’t help. She would still break out on her hips, legs, back and belly where the diaper would rub.
With all of this I decided to try cloth diapers. Now, I have looked into it for several months now and there is a lot of information out there. There are many different types of diapers to choose from and I was overwhelmed. Thankfully I found Not Quite Crunchy Mommy, who was nice enough to compile YouTube videos that explain the different types of diapers and how to care for them.
It was after watching these videos that I decided cloth diapering may just work for us. There are many things you need to start cloth diapering, so it is an investment up front, but it will pay off in the future. So far I have spent about $400 on 30+ diapers, each with 1-2 inserts, a travel wet bag, a wet bag for home, deodorizer spray and cloth diaper safe cream. I may need more diapers, depending on how often I do laundry. If I do not need to purchase any more diapers, they will have paid for themselves in just about 10 weeks. The bonus, I can save these for the next child and even sell them for almost what I bought them for when I am done having kids.
So, there are two reasons I switched to cloth diapers, my daughter’s sensitive skin, and to try to save money.
I really think that in the end I will save money and help with my daughter’s sensitive skin. So, you are hearing about the start of my cloth diapering journey with my 18 month old. I will let you know how it goes and share my experiences.
Are you thinking about using cloth diapers? What is holding you back?