I am at Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Fall conference today presenting about this little blog of mine! So excited to tell other educators and parents about what I have been up to. But it is a LONG day and I just didn't think I would have time to also bust out an activity and post. SO you are in for a treat! Emily from Family and Life in Las Vegas is stepping in to fill the blog for me today. And I am very excited that she wanted to write about cloth diapers. We didin't go the cloth diaper service route and after reading this I am SO wishing that we had!
Why I use a cloth diaper service.
Hi, my name is Emily and I use a cloth diaper service. No, I am not lazy, no, I am not rich, and yes, I did my homework.
When Squishy was 4 weeks old, the Hubs and I went to a 4th of July celebration in the park. We sat down, and while the Hubs stayed with the baby, I went off to get some food. When I came back there was another young couple with a baby close to Squishy’s age. My Hubs told me that they owned a cloth diaper service. We talked a bit about that, I took their card, and pretty much woke up the next day and started researching cloth diapering.
I guess I didn’t look into it before I had Squishy, because I thought it was all rubber pants and safety pins. Little did I know there was a whole world of cloth diapers out there. My Hubs is a stats kind of guy. He wanted to know the black and white of it. So I researched, and posted on a community board. Everyone told me diaper services were a waste of money, and was the lazy person’s way to cloth diaper. But if that was the case, why was what I was reading was telling me differently? Here is why using a cloth diaper service was the best option for us.
Using a diaper service is one of the greenest ways to cloth diaper. The services use extremely high efficiency machines. They use less water and waste less fuel by washing a lot of diapers at once. They use a specifically formulated soap system, and a PH-balanced wash cycle that is more extensive than those used for hospital linens. The soaps are fragrance free, biodegradable, and phosphate free.
The routes are designed and laid out to use the least amount of driving time and gas possible. Water where I live is getting to be pretty scarce, and isn’t exactly cheap. In fact I don’t ever remember paying near as much for water in Chicago as we do in Las Vegas. By using a service I feel we are really reducing our carbon footprint as best we can in the area we live.
Not laziness. My husband is deployed frequently for his job. And until recently we didn’t have any family in the area. We were both worried that there would be days were I wouldn’t be feeling well, or Squish would need extra attention, and laundry would be the last thing on my mind. While I can always find another outfit for us to wear, not having a clean diaper is a bit of an issue. Yes, this wouldn’t happen all the time, but it was a thought. Also as a single mom 1/3 – 1/2 of the year, I honestly knew I was going to have enough on my plate, adding washing diapers to that list could have easily put me over.
Yes, washing your own cloth diapers is the most cost effective way to cloth diaper, but using a service will save you money. Typically, children who are cloth diapered potty train up to a year earlier than children who wear disposables. And in the beginning when they are first born, it seems like they poop every two minutes. So you are in essence saving money at the beginning and end of your diapering days.
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESS:
I really liked the fact that the company was run by a husband and wife team. I liked that they saw a need for something, and got it taken care of. I liked talking to them, and the way the answered my questions. I liked the fact that our money was going to a locally owned business instead of somewhere ½ way around the world.
THE EMILY FACTOR:
I may or may not be known to start something and then decide it isn’t right for me. I know – it is an awful personality trait. I wish I wasn’t known for that, but I am. So the Hubs wasn’t ready to shell out a whole bunch of money to start a stash only to find out that CDing wasn’t something we were going to be able/want to do full time or at all. So it made sense to at least try the service since it was the least expensive way to go. Yes, there are places that have trials of different kinds of cloth diapers for you to use. But honestly, two weeks isn’t enough time for me to decide if I like something or not. If I love it, I know right away, but if I am unsure, it takes time to figure out why.
These were the reasons we decided to go with the diaper service, there were smaller reasons too, but these 4 was enough black and white to make the decision. And let me tell you, I am so glad we did.
The company delivers the diapers in a biodegradable trash bag, which we than use to line the diaper pail. The diapers come off, and go right into the pail. No rinsing or soaking, no extra work for us. They do get a little stinky towards the end of the week, but I just pop an extra biodegradable, completely edible deodorizing disk in, and no more stinky.
The diapers are delivered right to our front door in the middle of the night. Put the old ones out, and new ones magically appear. It’s like the diaper fairy comes and hauls away the poop so you don’t have to.
If we ever need more diapers, they get delivered with in 24 hours, no charge. If we have any issues, like my heavy wetter issue, they have worked with us to find a solution.
They also recycle the diapers after they have been used too many times, or have stains. They are sold to housekeeping business, or car washes, and many other businesses to repurpose.
I have not yet had one complaint about our diaper service. We absolutely made the right choice for us, our son, and the environment. And his bunz are happier as a result of Happi Bunz diaper service, and we are too!
Thank you Abbie so much for letting me guest post on your fantastic blog. I love reading about your adventures in greening your children. You are definitely an inspiration to a new greenie like me.