This weekend I visited family in Montana. It was a wonderful trip full of apple picking, deer watching, carousel riding, and even some Notre Dame football. Living hundreds of miles away from family has really caused me to appreciate any time I get to spend with them. I'll post some pictures soon.
There was one part of the trip I didn't like. And maybe I'm a bit ashamed to admit this, but here it is. We do not travel with cloth diapers. It's something I secretly (well, not so secretly anymore) feel really guilty about. But the thought of driving 500 plus miles with a bag full of poopy-urine filled diapers is enough to send me running for the disposables. After using disposables all weekend, I feel inspired to write about my top 10 reasons for loving cloth.
1. They smell good. My cloth diapers, currently being washed with lavender laundry soap, smells better than any chemical, paper/plastic disposable.
2. A cute, colorful cloth diaper looks way cuter on Nate than any sagging, cheap disposable ever could.
3. No guilt! Every time I tossed a disposable diaper into the trash can, I cringed with guilt. Another addition to an already over-flowing landfill.
4. The cost. A 31 pack of store-brand disposables cost me about $8. It doesn't cost me anything (except a bit of soap and water to wash them) to reuse my cloth diapers.
5. Nate seems more comfortable in cloth. He's just starting to try to walk, so he falls on his butt a lot. Cloth diapers provide more cushion and padding for those unexpected falls.
6. No poop-leakage. This one is kind of gross, but this weekend, Nate had an exceptionally full diaper and some spread up his back and onto his cute, white onesie. Not so cute. I've never had that happen with cloth because of the elastic that hugs his back.
7. For some reason, Nate starts to get a little red when using disposables. I'm always worried that he is going to get a diaper rash at any second.
8. My cloth diapers are chemical-free. Disposables contain a bunch of chemicals (known and unknown). I'd rather him not be exposed to them.
9. Call me crazy, but cloth diapering is fun. I can color-coordinate his diaper to match the t-shirt he's wearing. It's silly but it's more than I can do with disposables (unless you count those weird jean disposables).
10. Did I mention that I don't feel guilty when using cloth? A guilty conscience is one of the worst feelings ever. Cloth lets me skip the guilt and do my part to make the environment a little better.
It's a win-win situation for me, Nate, and the environment.
This post is being linked to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Oh Amanda.