Ever since Evie was born nearly 7 years ago we have been a cloth diapering family. While I suppose cloth diapering might require a modicum of extra work (two loads of laundry a week, that’s it), it has never been a decision that we’ve regretted or lamented.
Perhaps one of the best lessons cloth diapering as taught us is resourcefulness. With cloth diapers, we are never “out” of diapers – there are no late-night runs to the store for diapers or need to stock up on hundreds at a time. Cloth diapering has shown me that – in a pinch – anything can be used as a diaper.
I’ll never forget when Evie was about four months old we took her to a fancy party at a fancy restaurant. When it was time for her diaper change, I realized that I had forgotten to replenish the diaper bag with clean diapers! Instead of freaking out and sending Chris to the store in a panic, I improvised. A nice cloth napkin from the restaurant folded and twisted in just the right way worked just fine. My sister Colleen, who was 5 years away from having a baby of her own to cloth diaper, thought the whole ordeal was comical and fascinating so she took pictures! (And, no, I didn’t return the napkin!)
Right now, 10 month old Ben’s diapers are finishing up in the dryer. Rather than reaching for a disposable, I just tied his footie pajamas around his adorable bum. He’s been crawling and climbing and smiling all over the living room, none the wiser!
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