Guest Post by Rebecca
As most of us know, times are hard! So hard- families can’t afford diapers (well, disposable diapers to be exact). Before disposable diapers were invented, how does everyone think kids were diapered??? OR for that matter- washed?!
When I first started cloth diapering, my Baba (Grandmother) reminisced about the flat cloth diapers she used with my father and his 2 sisters. I remember her describing how she hand washed them, then hung them outside to dry. She also remembered how she potty trained her children around age 1 using- Elimination Communication! She then used all the diapers as cleaning rags, which she says- were the best cleaning rages she ever used. She didn’t have “those fancy cloth diapers“, as she put it, but she wished they had them when her children were babies.
|No Sew T-Shirt Diaper by Sara W Harding
Well, just because some cloth diapers ARE fancy- doesn’t mean cloth diapering is out of reach for families who have no extra money. Sure, they may not be pocket diapers, fitteds, flats, prefolds and covers that you buy from a cloth diaper company- it may be some old t-shirts or receiving blankets! But, ANY family can cloth diaper! There are cloth diapers and cloth diapering accessories out there for every budget.
You could basically diaper for free. Just check out the NO SEW T-Shirt Diaper on HubPages by Sara W. Harding !
By just using No Sew T-Shirt Diapers for a month- you could save enough money to buy flats, some prefolds or a pocket diaper or two, for your baby!
To diaper for less than $50.00- you could purchase Flat Cloth Diapers and a few diaper covers. The options and diversity just keep climbing from here! You can choose from Prefold, Custom, Pocket, Fitted, One Size, All in One, All in Two and Hybrid cloth diapering systems! There are diapers available for all different prices. Cloth diapering can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.
Through proper encouragement and support, more families will come to cloth diaper their kids again. However, families who do cloth diaper need to be willing to share and educate those who only know disposable diapers. If everyone can see how frugal, simple, easy, cute and healthy cloth diapering is- more people will choose to do it! Myself and two friends, just started a Non Profit cloth diaper education and lending organization for our county. We are hoping to involve our local hospitals and government groups to support the promotion of the benefits of using cloth diapers. We are also here to help anyone who needs help where we live! We are trying to show families that you CAN cloth diaper on ANY budget and help families accomplish it.
Let me tell you- I teach approximately 5 random women (whom I have never met before) every week about modern cloth diapering. Do you think they ask me about what is on my baby’s rump? Maybe once a month that happens. What usually happens is me being in a store or out with the kids, I start up a conversation with a stranger and then I slip in cloth diaper talk. I teach close to 20 different women about cloth diapers every month! If every cloth diapering family could do this- all those sposie families will soon know about modern cloth diapering and HOW COOL it is. So, fellow cloth diaperers – get friendly, put a smile on your face, (don’t forget to explain HOW CHEAP it COULD be) and share cloth diapering with those who don’t cloth diaper!
About Rebecca: Rebecca is a Christ Follower, Blogger and Stay at Home Momma to 3 children, ages 4 1/2 years, 2 1/2 years and 8 months. She and her family are modern but highly embrace natural living. She started cloth diapering over 2 1/2 years ago. As a complete cloth diaper advocate, she has started a non-profit, cloth diaper lending charity, in her local area. She also introduces strangers to cloth on a daily basis. Rebecca has been through major cloth diapering adventures, giving her insight and advice into the world of cloth diapering!
I’m Julie, a former cloth diaper retailer who discovered a passion for the industry. Now, instead of selling cloth diapers, I advocate them and promote small businesses I love who sell and manufacture them.
I’m the wife of a fireman and mother of three. I have a daughter and identical twin sons.