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Choosing Cloth Diapers | Frugal & Simple

Choosing Cloth Diapers

About 2 1/2 years ago I started to become more environmentally conscious and began recycling, using cloth napkins and replacing paper towels with rags and kitchen towels.

During this time I also started researching cloth diapers. I knew we were a couple of years away from having children but I wanted to be educated about cloth diapering! I visited numerous websites, watched videos and read other blog posts about cloth diapering and John David and I decided then that we would cloth diaper!

After my initial researching I stopped looking into diapers since we weren’t expecting. Once we found out we were expecting I thought about my plan to cloth diaper but at that point I wasn’t 100% committed!

Then we kept my 4-month-old niece for a week in October and saw how many diapers a baby goes through! Honestly, I felt guilty throwing all of those disposables into our trash! Our weekly trash amount doubled (we rarely go through a kitchen trash bag a week due to recycling everything that recycles and composting!) Then there was the smell…John David had to take off those stinky diapers to the dump that week (we typically go dump our trash about once a month because there isn’t much and since there is no food waste it rarely smells!)

Once the baby left we began talking about diapering. We decided that based simply on the cost of disposables and the fact that he would have to go to the dump once a week that we were going to cloth diaper! This was not even considering the fact that cloth is better for the environment and that we would be able to save a lot of money by using cloth diapers on our other children!

Once we decided we were going to cloth diaper the research began again! I read good reviews about Bum Genius, Happy Heineys and Fuzzi Bunz! I asked for recommendations from cloth diapering Mamas too. Sidnie at Green Enough for Me recommended Fuzzi Bunz. One of my friends from church, who cloth diapered her boys said she liked Bum Genius the best.

Since we were going to visit my family (and my niece) I decided we should purchase some cloth diapers and do a little diaper experiment! It’s one thing to read about a diaper and look at it but it’s an entirely different experience to actually test them out!

I looked into the Bum Genius 3.0 One-Size first and discovered that the maker of Bum Genius (Cotton Babies) were also making 2 other cloth diapers, the Econobum and the Flip so I decided that we would start by trying out those 3 diapers!

Econobum


Bum Genius 3.0 One-Size


Flip Diaper


To be continued…Choosing Cloth Diapers: The Econobum

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