Taking care of a baby produces a lot of waste. Like a whole lot. If you think about the fact that they go through anywhere from 6-14 diapers a day, and of course you’ve got to use wipes every time you change them, as well as diaper cream…it really adds up. Then there are the plethora of lotions and potions meant to make your baby clean, soft and heavenly smelling.
As someone who almost has their beauty products down to about three items, I just didn’t see myself approaching our baby’s skin care any differently. Sometimes less is more, at least for me. So for now here is what we’ve been using.
We cloth diaper. I understand how it can be a bit intimidating, as well as a little gross in perception, but in reality after using disposables for the two weeks we were in Germany, and now having used cloth for just over a week, I’m an even bigger advocate for the cloth.
- The cotton feels and breathes much better on baby’s bum, AND lessens the likelihood of diaper rash.
- You never really run out of diapers – they are just a load of laundry away from being restocked.
- They save money. I think we (well the people who gifted them to us) initially invested around $300 to start off with 18 pre-fold size 1 diapers, 18 pre-fold size 2 diapers, 3 size 1 one covers, 3 size 2 covers, 2 all-in-one one size fits all diapers, a 3 pack of snappis, 2 10 packs of cotton wipes, and a wet bag. This should last us until she is about 30-35 lbs, or potty training time. Considering we were paying $9-10 for around 30 disposable diapers (if you’re doing the math, that’s only about 5-6 days worth), in the long run they pay off…and they can be used for future siblings.
- You have to do laundry every other day – which does use water, and thus also creates waste and uses resources.
- There are times when you have to carry around poopy diapers until you can get home and wash them.
- They’re not ideal for travel.
I feel like using cloth diapers has been really easy, and not as much work as it would seem. I’ve also been drying most of them in the sun instead of using the dryer, which not only saves electricity, but also “bleaches” any residual stains out in the process (I am amazed at the power of the sun for bleaching!).
- 1 capful Witch Hazel (optional)
- 1 tsp. body wash (recipe below)
- Water (to fill bottle)
- Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle (I used a 4 oz bottle for this recipe).
- Spray on cloth wipe and use.
- 1 c. Sweet Almond Oil (what I use)
- 1 c. Coconut Oil, melted (what I use)
- 2 c. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (I like to use the lavender scent, but I also have the unscented to use – you could also use the unscented and your favorite combo of essential oils)
- Combine all ingredients in a glass container and shake to combine.