Many of you are aware that we made the switch to cloth diapers when our son was about 10 months old. We switched for several reasons, but the main reason was to save us some money. Disposables cost thousands of dollars per child if you count newborn to potty training. That's a significant amount of money, especially when you are a young family just starting out and living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. And even more so when you've decided to be a stay at home mom and need to live off one income.
The specific type of diapers we chose to use are called Tender Tushies, which is a local company. We looked into several typical cloth diaper brands and the average price per diaper was about $20-30. It would still save us money in the end, but with Tender Tushies the prices were in the $9-15 range. Much more affordable!
Before I made my purchases I did a test run for a few days with my cousins already bought diapers. I was brand new to cloth and wasn't sure how much work it would be or how well the diapers would hold up to leaks. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was! The actual diaper changing process was no different, except that instead of putting on a disposable with tabs I would snap on a cloth diaper. If the diaper was wet I simply tossed it into the water proof bag, and if there was poop I'd walk it to the toilet and dump in the waste first. The only real difference to my routine was having one extra load of laundry to do every few days. That I could easily live with if it meant saving money! And besides, it was a lot easier to wash a load then to drive to the store and spend another $50 on diapers.
At the end of my trial I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked the Tender Tushies brand best! The quality was great, they didn't leak and I found the other brands to be too bulky on my child. And bonus, they were the cheapest! So, hubby and I decided to take the plunge and go with cloth diapering full time! I said in the beginning that I would still use disposables when I went out, but I quickly learnt that these diapers could hold up no problem when we were running around.
Why am I telling you all this you may wonder? Well, it's because I have decided to join the Tender Tushies team! I have become an independent consultant for the company and will now be selling all their wonderfully adorable diapers and products from my home! As a stay at home mom I feel as though I could use a little hobby. Cloth diapering has become something that I am passionate about and I love to talk to others about it too. Many people (and I use to be included in this group) are so intimidated when they hear the words cloth diapering that they just shoot it down and don't really give it a chance. I'd love to change that perspective!
So, I invite you to ask me questions about cloth diapering. About my experiences with it and about how I've converted from full time disposables to full time cloth. If you are a sceptic, I'd love a chance to change your mind! Ask me about how you can save some extra money to put towards your goals and dreams (we call it our Disneyland fund.) Or how it helps the environment (Do you KNOW how long a disposable takes to break down in our land fills?) Or simply about how it'll keep your little ones tushie at it's healthiest (We have seen way less rashes since the switch!)
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I am currently in the process of putting together a Facebook page which you and your friends can view product at and LIKE here . Please check it out, I'm going to need the support of my friends and family as I tackle this new adventure!
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to hearing from you :)