Cloth Diapers

Why Cloth Diapers?

I’ve been using cloth diapers with Isaiah for several months. I started out with disposables because I was given hundreds. When I was almost out, I decided that I’d really like to make the switch.

There are several reasons to choose cloth and what makes them good for one person may be very different from what makes another person like them. I chose cloth diapers because they’re cheaper. Isaiah was big enough that I could buy cloth diapers once and not have to buy more sizes later. I did some math and determined that if he potty trained (completely) on his second birthday, which seems extremely unlikely, I would spend at least $1,500 on diapers. When I determined how many cloth diapers I would need and added up their cost, it was just over three hundred dollars and they will last me until he potty trains, whether it’s tomorrow or two years from now. They can even be used on the next baby if I want.

This is the kind of diapers Isaiah

One reason I’ve heard stated by many cloth diapering moms has to do with what the diapers are made of. Disposable diapers are made from several layers, just like cloth. Some of the things used to make these diapers include traces of dioxin, which is a toxic byproduct of the bleaching process used on the diapers; Tributyl-tin, which is known to cause hormonal problems and sodium polyacrylate, the main part of the absorbent layer. Sodium polyacrylate turns to a kind of gel when it gets wet. It was included in some tampons until the 1980’s when it was linked to toxic shock syndrome. Another thing to note as far as materials is that the things in them are not biodegradable. Nobody knows just how long it takes for them to degrade, but the guess is anywhere from 250-300 years! And think about how many diapers a baby goes through. That’s a lot of diapers building up.

This is what the inside of a disposable diaper looks like when it gets wet.

Cloth diapers can be made of a variety of materials. Isaiah’s diapers are made from microfiber and PUL (a kind of polyester). It is possible to get completely natural diapers, using materials such as wool, cotton and other similar materials. Something I didn’t think of before starting cloth diapers, but was very pleased to
learn was that they are less likely to cause diaper rash. Within a matter of days of switching to full-time cloth, Isaiah’s nasty diaper rash was gone and hasn’t returned. If this were the only plus to using cloth, I would do it! Isaiah is so much happier in general when his little bottom doesn’t hurt all the time. This
could be due to an allergy to something in the disposable diapers or simply because cloth does a better job of keeping his skin dry.

Sources: Cloth Planet, Real Diaper Association

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I’m Addicted!

…to buying stuff from eLeMeNO Pee! It all started with listening to my friend, Laura, raving about her adorable cloth diapers. Then, she started posting pictures of her toddler in them! They were so much cuter than the disposables Isaiah was wearing. I hadn’t really even considered cloth diapers because I didn’t know there was anything but the old fashioned ones my mom had used. I had so much to learn!

Pretty soon, I had decided that I was going to buy some cloth diapers for Isaiah. I got my first batch from CutiePoops because eLeMeNO Pee hadn’t started doing online sales yet. I was instantly in love! If I could afford it, I’d buy a ton more diapers and try out every style there is. Thankfully, thanks to interest of several people online, eLeMeNO Pee has started online sales with their reps. Laura was happy to help me find some new overnight diapers when Isaiah’s couldn’t quite handle twelve hours before being changed. I absolutely love his night diapers! He hasn’t had a single leak since they got here. Isaiah just loves being in cloth, too. If I try to put him in a ‘sposie for a while (usually so he can go in the church nursery) he gets upset with me and doesn’t want it put on. He’s happy to bring me a cloth one, though!

May 9, 2011

Sleeping in his DryBee's overnight diaper

There’s so much other stuff that I’ve gotten into ordering from eLeMeNO Pee now, too. I saw online that amber bracelets are good, not only for teething babies, but also for a million other aches and pains. I decided that I should give it a try for my carpal tunnel. I wasn’t sure if it would help or not, but it was a lot cheaper and less invasive than surgery! With no medical insurance, I can’t do surgery and then there’s the small problem of the surgery not always fixing it. I waited as patiently as I could for my bracelet as the pain continued getting worse. When the bracelet arrived, I put it on immediately and just left it on. I take it off for showers and to do dishes, but any other time, it’s on my wrist. The difference is incredible! No pain at all after a couple days wearing the bracelet. Now I can keep right on writing my blog, playing piano and speaking sign language. I’ve let Isaiah wear it on his ankle this week because he’s getting his one year molars and it seems to really help him, too. I even got my mom an amber necklace for Mother’s Day to see if it would help with some of her chronic pain. She says that it seems to be making a difference.


Me wearing my bracelet. I love that it's so pretty as well as helping with pain!

Isaiah says he’s also extremely grateful for the teething balm. It’s great for his teething pain and also seems to be generally soothing. I’ve been putting it on his cheeks at nap time and before bed. Today, I’ve put it on him several times because his mouth is hurting so much. Once I put it on, he seems to feel drastically better for quite a while.

My most recent purchase was a new mei tai for Isaiah. I had a wrap for wearing him, but I wanted something that would be easier to put on quickly and wouldn’t take as much space when I’m taking it places. I got the coolest, custom mei tai with horses on it. What could possibly be better? Isaiah likes it so much better than his wrap because it only takes a few seconds for me to put him in it. We’ve used it for some walks already and I’m looking forward to hiking trails at nearby state parks this summer with it. I figure Isaiah will get tired long before I’m ready to stop hiking and this will be the perfect way to keep going on trails that are too rough or narrow for a stroller.

New Mei Tai

Isaiah in the mei tai (I really need to get a better picture of him in it because it's gorgeous!)

Mei Tai

Added: A shot of the picture on the mei tai (with Isaiah in it)

I am going to go broke if I keep buying stuff, but I can always think of a reason I need to get something. All the cute diapers, accessories, teething stuff… The list just seems to go on and on! “Hi, my name is Elisabeth and I’m addicted to cloth diapers and amber jewelry…”

Check out eLeMeNO Pee for yourself! They have a website and they’re on Facebook. It’s easy to get hooked up with a rep who can answer all your questions. Laura would happily attest to the fact that I’ve asked a lot of questions! She always answers them for me, too.

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