Have you made any New Years Resolutions yet? January is a great time to assess different areas in your life that you would like to make changes and improvements in. Why can’t that resolution involve cloth diapering?
5 Cloth Diaper Resolutions to Keep You Committed to Cloth in 2012:
- Use cloth diapers at least part time. I know this sounds like an odd resolution for those of you who are dedicated to cloth diapering 100% of the time but for some parents just making the resolution to try cloth diapers is a big commitment. Why is it that our community is so adamant that you must choose either cloth diapers OR disposable diapers? Even changing just three cloth diapers each day will still keep over a thousand disposable diapers out of the landfill each year – and that’s per child. Even small changes can make a big impact (and it may just give you the confidence you need to make the change to full time).
- Try cloth wipes. Even those parents who have committed to full time cloth diapering can be timid to switch to cloth wipes. When our family began our cloth diapering journey a few years ago I stuck with disposable wipes for several months. I’m not sure what I was afraid of since I was already washing poopy diapers every week but it took me almost 6 months before I decided to try cloth wipes. The easiest way to try cloth wipes is to purchase a pre-made cloth wipes solution and a pack of cloth wipes. You simply spray the solution on your babies bum and wipe. The dirty wipe goes right in the wet bag or pail with the dirty diaper.
- Try a new brand or style of cloth diaper. If you are having problems with your current stash maybe it’s time to try something new. Tired of stuffing pockets – try an all-in-one (like the new ones & twos) style of diaper and reduce the time you spend on laundry each week. Have a heavy wetter who is always waking up wet – try a hemp insert behind a microfiber insert at night to increase the absorbency. I find that with cloth diapering especially, variety is the key to success.
- Join (or start) a local cloth diaper support group or playgroup. It’s never too early to start socializing with your baby and meeting other moms who share similar interests. There are several places to look for groups including; Real Diaper Association Diaper Circles, forums, Yahoo! Groups, and Facebook Groups. You can also post a question on our Facebook Fan page to see if there are other parents in your area. If you can’t find an established group you could start your own – all you need is a few babies and a few moms.
- Share your love of cloth diapers with others. Many parents actually become strong advocates for cloth diapering along the way. Our passion can be very powerful and we may even convince another parent to try cloth diapering, even if only part time. The new book, Changing Diapers, The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering by Kelly Wels, is an easy way to share cloth diapers with others. I have a copy I keep at home and a copy I carry in my diaper bag that I lend out to friends who ask me questions.
What would be your cloth diaper resolution for 2012? Visit us on Facebook and finish this sentence, “My cloth diapering resolution for 2012 is…..” We’ll be happy to help you stay committed to cloth diapering and achieve your goal.