Guess what? We have decided to go ahead and switch to cloth for our babe's bum! We are officially on day 3 and I'm loving it..I honestly don't even mind the extra work! We picked up some Gro-via cloth diapers from a sweet little (sometimes overly expensive) boutique here in town, and boy it was not cheap! BUT as soon as we got in the car we rationalized amongst the two (or three if you count Harlow) of us and decided this was the best for her health wise, and the best for us financially, and finally the best for our planet, which will be hers to explore sooner than we can even imagine. So far so good and we've only had a couple hiccups, but it gives me something to giggle about with her during the day. 

So are you curious as to why we chose to cloth diaper? Because I have to admit, I've been given some stink eye looks over the past 6 months when I excitedly exclaimed that we were for sure going to go green with her diapers. Here are a few reasons that made us ultimately decide this is the way to go.

We chose Gro-via brand after reading reviews and talking to a few other parents, and also because they have disposable inserts in case we are on the go and run out of cloth inserts.. or if I fall behind on laundry. That being said I'm going to contradict myself a little here below.. oopsie! I really am going to try to steer clear of the disposable inserts though.

Our Environment 
18 billion (holy Sh!t) disposable diapers are added to landfills every year
Cloth diapers can be used over and over again, obviously
Most disposables are not biodegradable, it is estimated to take 250-500 years to decompose. So imagine Christopher Columbus' diaper still chillin in the landfill.
Disposable diapers for one baby for one year requires 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine. (Yikes!)
Nasty Chemicals
Disposables diapers have traces of Dioxin which is extremely toxic
They also contain Tributyl-tin. It's toxic and known to cause hormonal problems
And what about the material that makes "superabsorbent" diapers so absorbent? Superabsorbent diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, which absorbs up to 100 times its weight in water. Sodium polyacrylate is the same substance that was removed from tampons in 1985 because of its link to toxic shock syndrome.
The Dolla Dolla Bills Ya'll
Disposable Diapers for one child cost about $2000 from birth to potty training, however, cloth diapering can cost as little as $500 and be used on future children or sold.
Potty Training
Disposable Diapers give children the illusion of dryness and that makes it hard for them to know when they have to go or if they go.
Before parents were able to easily acquire disposable diapers in any warehouse store across the country, the vast majority of children in the United States were potty trained prior to blowing to their first birthday. In other countries children are usually potty trained between the ages 6 months and 1 year.
(info above from various sources across the world wide web)

So you see where I'm going with this.. call me a crunchy/granola/hippie momma if you like. I LOVE the choice we've made, and hopefully it treats us kindly.

Just to get us started

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