Friday, April 2, 2010

To Cloth Or Not To Cloth

I have been considering cloth diapering for a while now. Since I had a few boxes of diapers I thought "well, I've got some time to decide"
Those boxes went quickly. We are dwindling down towards the ends of them and it's decision making time.
There are lists and lists of the benefits of cloth diapering, and only ONE benefit of disposables: convenience.

So it really boils down to asking myself this question:
Would I rather save a lot of money, be better on the environment, better on baby's skin, etc and sign up for a lot more work...or spend a lot of money for a very justifiable convenience?

I DON'T KNOW!!!!

8 comments:

Leslie McDaniel said...

The ones in that picture are really pretty!

Well, you know me well enough to know what I would choose.

If you have the energy/time to do cloth, that is AWESOME! Good for you. It will be a HUGE savings.

Maybe you could do half and half??? Best of both worlds. Like cloth at home on lazy days and disposable when you're life in crazy and you're out and about.

Brittany said...

Well maybe you could do a trial period? See if you can borrow someone's cloth diapers to see if they're right for you. Whatever you decide there is no right or wrong answer...just what's best for you.

jessica kiehn said...

Leslie...I like the 1/2 and 1/2 thing for a while. Smart cookie!
And yeah, cloth diapers these days are not like the big fat cloth with the huge metal pins, they are cute like the ones up there!

And Brittany, I think I may just buy like one cover and a few inserts and try it out for a while. I don't know anyone that cloth diapers that I'm close to other than my sister in Syracuse, NY!

Molly Carman said...

If you want someone to show you all about them, I bet you could ask Bernice, the lady who owns Terra Tots. And then, you could come over and see Brady and Annie and I! (We live across the street from Terra Tots.)

Anonymous said...

Why don't you use paper plates and plastic cups/cutlery exclusively? Because: it's wasteful, eating on ceramic plates and drinking from glassware is nicer, you don't have to buy new plates/cutlery/cups every time you're at Walmart (expensive and time consuming), and finally, you don't because no one else does this!

This is a great analogy because people could make the same argument they do about cloth: "but the disposable tin baking dishes are $1.99 and the Le Creuset dish is $150! and it's so much more work! you have to rinse them off before you put them in the dish washer and then run the dishwasher and then take them out and put them in the cupboard, ugh, too much work - I'll just stick with my Solo cups and paper plates!". But that would be culturally embarrassing because everyone would think you're a slob and not a grown up. Somehow the majority of parents in our culture have created buying diapers on a weekly basis and throwing away urine and feces soaked balls of plastic/chemicals the "norm".

Sometimes we do things without thinking about them because everyone else does it (like using reusable mugs and glasses and silverware). But you're thinking about something different! That's awesome.

Shannon

katy sears said...

i'm totally with leslie on this one. i think if you are interested in it, then do a trial run. and even if you dont like them, but still feel the financial crunch, then do them at home when you have the time. i dont think that there is anything wrong with using disposable dipers, and i think also there is a great pride in being able to use cloth ones. but, its not like you'll use dipers for 5 years..or even 4, or 3, albany is potty training and shes only 23 months. so i only used disposable dipers for 22 months? just a different perspective then previous ones. but i am totally for everyone having an opinion and i enjoy hearing others views!!!
bottom line is always what works for you in parenting!!

Larsen Family said...

Do what works best for YOU!!!! Not anyone else. Because no one else is YOU!!! That's my 2 cents, not sure it is worth much. But we don't live in your house and take care of Ruby, only you and Kevin do. If you want to use cloth then do it, if you want to use disposable do it. And don't let anyone make you feel bad about your decision ! :)

Anonymous said...

Remember when you wrote this?!

Friday, April 2, 2010

To Cloth Or Not To Cloth

I have been considering cloth diapering for a while now. Since I had a few boxes of diapers I thought "well, I've got some time to decide"
Those boxes went quickly. We are dwindling down towards the ends of them and it's decision making time.
There are lists and lists of the benefits of cloth diapering, and only ONE benefit of disposables: convenience.

So it really boils down to asking myself this question:
Would I rather save a lot of money, be better on the environment, better on baby's skin, etc and sign up for a lot more work...or spend a lot of money for a very justifiable convenience?

I DON'T KNOW!!!!

8 comments:

Leslie McDaniel said...

The ones in that picture are really pretty!

Well, you know me well enough to know what I would choose.

If you have the energy/time to do cloth, that is AWESOME! Good for you. It will be a HUGE savings.

Maybe you could do half and half??? Best of both worlds. Like cloth at home on lazy days and disposable when you're life in crazy and you're out and about.

Brittany said...

Well maybe you could do a trial period? See if you can borrow someone's cloth diapers to see if they're right for you. Whatever you decide there is no right or wrong answer...just what's best for you.

jessica kiehn said...

Leslie...I like the 1/2 and 1/2 thing for a while. Smart cookie!
And yeah, cloth diapers these days are not like the big fat cloth with the huge metal pins, they are cute like the ones up there!

And Brittany, I think I may just buy like one cover and a few inserts and try it out for a while. I don't know anyone that cloth diapers that I'm close to other than my sister in Syracuse, NY!

Molly Carman said...

If you want someone to show you all about them, I bet you could ask Bernice, the lady who owns Terra Tots. And then, you could come over and see Brady and Annie and I! (We live across the street from Terra Tots.)

Anonymous said...

Why don't you use paper plates and plastic cups/cutlery exclusively? Because: it's wasteful, eating on ceramic plates and drinking from glassware is nicer, you don't have to buy new plates/cutlery/cups every time you're at Walmart (expensive and time consuming), and finally, you don't because no one else does this!

This is a great analogy because people could make the same argument they do about cloth: "but the disposable tin baking dishes are $1.99 and the Le Creuset dish is $150! and it's so much more work! you have to rinse them off before you put them in the dish washer and then run the dishwasher and then take them out and put them in the cupboard, ugh, too much work - I'll just stick with my Solo cups and paper plates!". But that would be culturally embarrassing because everyone would think you're a slob and not a grown up. Somehow the majority of parents in our culture have created buying diapers on a weekly basis and throwing away urine and feces soaked balls of plastic/chemicals the "norm".

Sometimes we do things without thinking about them because everyone else does it (like using reusable mugs and glasses and silverware). But you're thinking about something different! That's awesome.

Shannon

katy sears said...

i'm totally with leslie on this one. i think if you are interested in it, then do a trial run. and even if you dont like them, but still feel the financial crunch, then do them at home when you have the time. i dont think that there is anything wrong with using disposable dipers, and i think also there is a great pride in being able to use cloth ones. but, its not like you'll use dipers for 5 years..or even 4, or 3, albany is potty training and shes only 23 months. so i only used disposable dipers for 22 months? just a different perspective then previous ones. but i am totally for everyone having an opinion and i enjoy hearing others views!!!
bottom line is always what works for you in parenting!!

Larsen Family said...

Do what works best for YOU!!!! Not anyone else. Because no one else is YOU!!! That's my 2 cents, not sure it is worth much. But we don't live in your house and take care of Ruby, only you and Kevin do. If you want to use cloth then do it, if you want to use disposable do it. And don't let anyone make you feel bad about your decision ! :)

Anonymous said...

Remember when you wrote this?!