You’re about to be parents. Congratulations!
Now about all that research and advice you’re probably trying to absorb — it’s overwhelming. Your friends, family, and strangers in the coffee shop all have opinions. The internet has loads of terrifying statistics. How do you wade through it all?
We can help.
We’ve done the research, tested the products, and collected advice from new parents just like you. We can recommend natural, safe products right from pregnancy, through those blurry first few years, and beyond for baby and mom. Where do you want to start?
Let’s Talk About Poop: Why Choose Cloth Diapers
This is the first question from soon-to-be parents. They want to know why they should choose cloth over disposable.
Cloth diapers have come a long way over the years. When I was diapering my kids, the options were few and far between, and forget about diapering a petite baby! Now there is a cloth diaper out there for every size and shape of baby. So, why wouldn’t you choose cloth?
Because that’s a lot of poop! And that means a lot of laundry.
One time I was helping someone decide the best option for cloth diapers for their new baby. The excited parents came in to talk about diapers forever. They did their own research on the side, and came back 5-6 times before they committed.
Then they realized the diaper had to be washed, shell and all, every diaper change.
Every. Diaper. Change. They switched to disposable.
Now, whenever it comes up, I have to talk about washing the shells and liners.
Of course it’s a lot of laundry. But that shouldn’t make you shy away from cloth diapers.
- We’re not wearing disposable underwear, so why do babies wear disposable diapers?
- As a new mom, you’re already doing loads upon loads of laundry. Babies spit up on their clothes and yours, not to mention bedding, towels, the dog. A couple more loads of diapers isn’t much in the long run.
It’s not all or nothing either. I always tell new moms not worry about going the cloth route until baby is about 6 weeks old. You’ve got enough to worry about in those first amazing weeks, you don’t want to be fussing with diaper choices. Start with disposable, then transition to cloth for the long haul.
And because we like convenience we went with the Grovia Hybrid Diapers. They feature a 2 part system that lets you wash the linerless often. And they have a biodegradable disposable insert for when you’re on the go! That’s disposable done right.
Crunch The Numbers: Cloth Costs Less
The arguments against cloth diapering are usually about cost. You have to purchase a full set of diapers to fully outfit your kid from the time they’re born to the time they’re potty trained.
This could set you back $700.
But maybe you want to diaper a second kid with them. Or a third. You’ve still only spent $700, and you’ve gotten years of use out of these diapers.
Then you can resell them! We’ve heard from customers that resell their cloth diapers for as much as half their original investment.
Or you could go disposable.
- It costs $3000 to diaper one baby.
- They don’t break down, spending a lifetime in the landfill.
- Their magic absorbing power is made up of heavily fragranced microbeads. The same microbeads that are polluting oceans and our water supply. And so many children are allergic to them.
- The same microbeads that are polluting oceans and our water supply. And so many children are allergic to them.
We love that cloth diapers are not only best for your baby, and the environment, they’re also best for your wallet. Numbers don’t lie.
Don’t Forget About Mom
With all this diaper talk it’s easy to forget about mom! You’ve got the best for baby, but what about you?
It happens all the time, people will buy up the whole store in natural and organic for their new bundle, but continue with toxic chemicals for themselves.
Toxic chemicals in your creams, soaps, hair products, and cosmetics can be transferred from you to baby through breast milk.
We make sure to take care of mom and baby. From the cream you put on your growing belly to the detergent you wash your maternity wear in. And anything else you may need to keep you, your baby, and the environment happy and healthy.