Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Cloth Diaper Stash

I own two cloth diapers which seem like not very many, right? However, if you know me you know I don't have any kids and they aren't in my near future.  The reason for my cloth diaper stash is to help advocate for cloth diaper use.

As someone that isn't a parent I may seem like a weird cloth diaper advocate but over the last several years of being an environmental blogger/activist I have an increasing number of parents ask me about green parenting. This has led me to learn a lot about cloth diapers, breast feeding, homemade baby food, green school supplies, healthy toys, etc...

Since I don't have kids my bear models the cloth diapers.
This is a FuzziBunz diaper.

I was joking the other day with my mom that I likely know more about cloth diapers than a lot of parents. I have learned all about prefolds, pocket diapers, all-in-ones, one size diapers, wing droop, hip snaps, snappies, and all that good stuff. I feel this is very important so I can answer my readers questions about these issues.

Also I believe cloth diapers have a bad reputation for being bulky, ugly, and gross. They really aren't. They have changed so much over the last several years and now are really quite cute and easy to use. I plan to bring my cloth diaper stash to green events to show parents what new cloth diapers are all about.

My bear sporting an Itti Bitti Tutto diaper.

Since I'm not a parent I need feedback from parents on cloth diapers. I have set up a survey about cloth diapers for parents to fill out. Click here to fill it out. It's both for parents that have used cloth diapers and those who didn't. Let me know what you think about cloth diapers.

Also feel free to share your stash below, thoughts on cloth diapers, blogs about cloth diapering, etc.


mb said...

believe me, i whoop and cheer every time i see cloth diapers promoted, however, it is almost always a fuzzi buns i see touted, and this is a bummer for me. i do realize that even fb are doing a great job in the department of reducing landfill bulk, but they are so totally synthetic fiber all the way (especially against baby's skin, but environmentally speaking, they are just so much more plastic) that i want to turn people on to more natural-fiber brands. just my little cd pet peave, which i'm sure as you have traversed the internet chaos of the cloth diapering forums, you've run across a time or two before. ;) i am especially loving wool diaper covers/soakers, longies and shorties and such, to avoid even the need for PUL on the outer regions. i don't mean to be negative- i think it is beyond awesome that non-parents are hip to this stuff!!! rock on.

Julie said...

What a great way to share the knowledge of cloth diapers and how they are great for the environment! Before I had my son, I always knew we would use cloth diapers. I love that they are so cute, and very easy to use.

Lisa Sharp said...

mb: I agree, I just want to make sure there is every option possible shown to people because no matter what they are better than the chemical filled disposables.

Check out the Itti Bitti Tutto diaper, they use some synthetics but also use natural fibers. They are really nice.

Julie: That's great. I hope someday cloth is just the norm and people look at disposables as the gross option.

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

I'd like to say that I'd use pure cloth diapers when I do have kids but to be honest, I don't want to deal with the cleaning. Instead I'd probably go halfway with gDiapers: cloth diaper covers and compostable/bio-degradable inserts. http://www.gdiapers.com/gdiapers101/our-products/biodegradable-diapers

Betsy (Eco-novice) said...

I switched to cloth when my first child was one and have cloth diapered my second child as well (now almost 2). I prefer cloth for a whole lot of reasons - but the most important is that I actually know what the diaper is made of. That thing is against your child's private parts, for heaven's sake! It's also just part of my attempt to move from disposable to reusable in all areas of life. I think it's awesome you've educated your stuff about baby stuff, Lisa! I blog about cloth diapers (as well as other baby/kid topics) a fair amount:

My favorite cloth diaper is the humble prefold -- 100% unbleached cotton, with a waterproof cover. I've been using Thirsties, but I'd like to try the Imse Vimse wool cover (which is washable) for a 100% natural fiber diapering system.


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