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Cloth baby diapers used to be what everyone used...until disposables came along, and everyone switched to using them. Disposable diapers were more convenient and easy to use. Of course, at the time no one had any idea how harmful they were to the environment.

Today, people are making the switch back to cloth because it's become obvious that disposable diapers cause more harm to the environment than their convenience merits.

Learn more about the negative impact of disposable diapers, what cloth baby diaper options are available to you, what they cost, and what disposable diapers to use when you need them.

What's Wrong with Disposable Diapers?

It's true - disposable diapers are easy and convenient. However, today disposables account for about 2% of the total trash in landfills today.

Even worse is the fact that they can take up to 500 years to break down. That's not really the legacy I want my kids to be leaving on the earth starting the day they are born.

Another problem with disposables is that the creation of them causes toxins to be released into the environment. One of those toxins is dioxin. Dioxin is formed as a by-product of the manufacturing industry and is one of the most toxic organic chemicals out there.

What Are My Other Options? Once you've made the decision that you don't want to use disposable diapers, you've got to find another option - because for the next few years, you're going to need some kind of diaper.

Your "other" option is to use cloth baby diapers. Beyond that, you can choose to use diapers that you wash yourself or you can choose to use diapers that are delivered to you via a delivery service.

That same delivery service will pick up all of your soiled diapers at the same time as they deliver fresh. Let's look at each of these options in a little more depth.

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Cloth Baby Diapers - Delivery Service

Cloth Baby Diaper Delivery Service:

There are diaper delivery services in nearly every city of the United States. Setting up service is as simple as calling your local service and letting them know that you are interested in using cloth diapers.

The service that you choose will deliver diapers to your door along with a diaper pail to hold all of your dirty diapers until your next delivery.

They will also supply you with directions on storing the used diapers in between their pick-up and delivery days. You will typically have a set delivery day each week. If you aren't home, you can easily make arrangements with your driver to pick up used diapers from your garage our outside your home.

You can also arrange for a location where clean diapers will be left. You'll also be able to contact your diapering service in order to make changes to your order.

For example, if you consistently run out of diapers in between delivery days, you can call the service and request a greater amount of cloth baby diapers be delivered each week. If you always have too many diapers, you can ask them to reduce the amount that's delivered.

Washing Cloth Baby Diapers Yourself?

So, what if you want to buy your diapers and then wash them yourself? It's really not that hard and yes, it can easily be done at home.

Our grandmothers used to wash diapers truly by hand - before the days of disposables and even washing machines. If you'd like to use cloth and wash it at home, your first order of business will be choosing the diapers that you'd like to use - we'll discuss your options in a little while.

Next, you'll need to purchase a diaper pail to hold dirty diapers until they are ready to be washed. Our favorite is the Safety 1st Easy Saver Diaper Pail. It's cheap, compact, and comes with a deodorizer disk that will help to deal with smells.

We also like that it has a locking top - because there's really nothing worse than a toddler bringing you dirty diapers out of the us on this! Last, it uses standard plastic bags for the liner, which means that you don't have to purchase special (read: expensive) bags to use it.

Last, you'll need to choose a detergent that's safe and won't irritate your babies skin. Remember, the cloth baby diaper will be against their skin at all times, so you want to choose your soap carefully.

It's best to stay away from all the well-known commercial brands - and that includes the brands that are marked as "Free" or "Clear." After much field testing, we've found the very best and safest product on the market to deal with baby diapers is Charlie's Soap.

It's cheaper than Tide and all of the detergents that are made especially for babies. Made with biodegradable ingredients that are completely water-soluble, this stuff works amazingly well and won't irritate your babies sensitive skin.

Ready To Start Diapering

Now that you've got all of your materials, you're ready to start diapering your baby in cloth. When your baby soils a diaper, simply throw it into your diaper pail.

Babies who are breast fed will have feces that is completely water soluble. When you begin your baby on solids there may be a little more cleaning required for soiled diapers - many parents just dunk them in the toilet before placing them in the diaper pail.

After about two days, or when you have close to 24 soiled diapers, you're ready to wash them. Most people find that running them through the washing machine twice works best. First, wash your cloth baby diapers on a cold cycle. Follow with a hot cycle and an extra rinse and you're done!

Quick Tips: Add a small amount of vinegar to your wash. It helps soften clothing without the chemical softeners and the acid cuts through the soap to make sure your diapers are completely rinsed of soap residue.

Quick Tip: Make a stain solution out of Charlie's Soap and water. Spray the diapers that are REALLY soiled - you know what I'm talking about, before you throw them in your pail. Dry the diapers and they're ready to use again.

Choosing Cloth Diapers:

Once you've decided to use cloth, you're next big decision is going to be deciding what diapers to use - and there are plenty to choose from. Luckily for you, we've tried about all of them and chosen our two favorites.

Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Baby Diapers:

FuzziBunz is a two-part diapering system that works great and is easy to use. It comes with an outer shell that and inner pads. While both need to be washed after each use, we like these cloth diapers the best because: ~ The inner pad area can hold more than one pad. That means that you can add an extra pad for overnight use or if you'll be in a car or something where you want to avoid the possibility of any leaks.

The exterior shell is the best made we've found. The leg openings like those on disposable diapers and fit tightly without being restrictive to baby.

We love that these diapers have snaps instead of velcro which can scratch a babies sensitive skin. You can pick up these diapers quite reasonably - you'll pay about $190.00 for a set of 12 and you'll want to have at least 24 diapers.

Now, $400 may sound like a lot for 24 diapers, but let's do some math to see what it really costs compared to disposable diapers.

The Fuzzi Bunz small diapers last until your baby reaches 18 pounds - which typically happens around 7 - 8 months. If you use the same diapers for 8 months, you'll have spent $400 and put nothing in a landfill.

However, if you bought disposable diapers and spent about 20 cents a diaper, you would have spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $575 on diapers. In the end, switching to cloth will save you money.

BabyKicks Hemp Diapers:

We don't like BabyKicks quite as much as the Fuzzi Bunz Diapers, but they are good diapers overall. The biggest draw to these diapers it the price - they're just over half the cost of the Fuzzi Bunz brand.

However, you will need to also purchase covers to go with these diapers. Here's what we like about them:

They are made from hemp, which is super absorbent and doesn't irritate baby's skin.

They hold a serious amount of liquid very well.

In all of our trials, they didn't have any leaking problems. Again, you should cover these with a diaper cover!

They hold well with the Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners and the fasteners work over and over again.

They wash well and are soft to the touch. We think these feel good on a baby's bottom. These diapers will cost you $20 for a pack of three.

Remember, you'll want to have at least 24 cloth baby diapers in each size, maybe more depending on your schedule and how often you'll do laundry.

When You Need Disposable Diapers

Sometimes, due to traveling or a busy schedule, you need to put your baby in disposable diapers. We aren't opposed to ever using disposables, but encourage you to use cloth as much as possible and to choose disposables carefully.

Our favorite disposable diaper is called Tushies. We like these diapers because they don't contain any toxic chemicals, nor do they contain the gel that almost all diapers have. They are made of a natural cotton blend, which we really like.

They are actually the only diaper company that contains real cotton. At just under $44 for 160 diapers in size small, these diapers are not cheap. However, if you are using them as a back up to a cloth diapering plan, the overall cost isn't that high and should not be that big of a deal.

In the end, the diapers that you choose for your baby will depend on your lifestyle, your budget, and your personal preference.

At Green Living Made Easy, we encourage the use of cloth baby diapers, but you have to try different methods to find out what works best for you.

We hope that you'll at least try cloth before making up your mind.

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