I have to tell the truth here that I did not think about eco-friendly when I decided to use disposable diapers (Huggies, Pampers, etc.) for my son. He was my first, I was in a new country without friends and family, didn’t even have babysitting experience until then, so choosing disposable diapers was a no-brainer. I did consider cloth diapering because of the green I could be saving.
By green I meant cash and not “saving the earth green”. I was not sure if I would have the time to clean the stuff when I have a newborn and a hundred other things to take care of. Another thing to consider was, I was living in a rental apartment then (and now too), without an ensuite laundry. So I thought that I would be literally living in the laundry room washing the dirty diapers.
While I was picking up diapers and a diaper pail (this was even before my son was born) in Toys’R’Us, I saw another lady getting diapers and approached her to ask some questions about the best brand etc.
She mentioned that she used a diaper service. I had not heard that word until then. She was in such a hurry that I couldn’t ask her what it was. So picked up something in the store (after my son was born, I found that the diaper was way too big for him), came home and that night I went in labor (10 days earlier than the specified due date) and I forgot all about the diaper service.
Then after coming home from the hospital, a couple of days later, I searched information about diaper service; but by then I had got so used to the disposable diapers that I did not want to try anything else.
Now 4 years later, with little experience, I’m off to find information about cloth diapers and other eco-friendly options of diapering. I’m going to record here some interesting and useful information/links about the same here.
One website I stumbled across while searching about cloth diapers is AllAboutClothDiapers.com. It’s not an overstatement when I say that it is the bible for all present and would-be cloth diaper users.
Autumn Beck, the site owner is a SAHM (stay at home mom) and not a SHAM. She gives truthful information about the various products in the market along with her experience. So if you are considering cloth diapering, you can’t miss her blog.
Stay tuned for more interesting information on cloth diapers and more.