While I was still preggy with my firstborn, I did my research on the type of parenting I will have with my baby. On this journey, I learned about the benefits of breastfeeding, babywearing and cloth diapering. And my priority is as respectively mentioned, again, it is:
3) Cloth Nappying
As you may have noticed, I am writing about the least of my priority.
REAL STRUGGLE OF CLOTH NAPPYING
Let me tell you why I decided not to cloth nappy my baby as soon as I gave birth.
1. Adjustment to Motherhood
I don’t know yet how it is to become a mom, well, to be exact how time consuming it could be. I just know that sleepless nights are inevitable. Hence, I want to KNOW first if I still have time to wash the diapers. I want to be SURE about my decision. Investment in cloth diapers is no joke. If I can’t stand by my decision to cloth nappy, I will be wasting money. Yes, I can resell the nappies, but not at the same price I bought it.
2. Postpartum Healing
I want to prioritize my health to be able to take care of my baby, very well. I had a C-Section. Hence, the healing process is longer. In order to do that I have to rest as much as possible. Washing the nappy omits me rest.
3. I have no helper
I have no helper. I only have my husband who works a 10 hour job plus 3 hours travel plus prep time. So, I can barely ask him to do laundry chores for me. We have somebody to take care our laundry for us, but a cloth nappy is, of course, a different thing. And that is just once a week. Cloth Nappy is recommended to be washed everyday. Maximum of 3days. So, it is too much of an effort.
4. Cost of Water, Detergent, Electricity
I need not elaborate it further, but I just want to stress out that washing a nappy consumes more water than a usual laundry. Pre-rinse, washing and rinsing a lot of times to make sure that no detergent is left on the cloth diaper. Otherwise, baby’s bum is most likely to get rashes. Some OC moms rinse their Cloth Diaper 7x if they are using the washing machine! Woah. That’s just too much water. And not to mention… electricity.
This is the very reason why I decided not to cloth nappy in the first place. You might say that the cost of water, detergent and electricity is still way cheaper than buying disposable. I have to agree with you on that. But heard about the saying Time IS Gold? You probably do! Washing nappies takes a lot of time and I’d rather spend it with my family.
What’s with the title of this blog?
Yep, you read it right. From disposables, I am in the middle of my journey to exclusively cloth nappying my 5mos old (going 6mos in a few days).
What then changed my mind?
THE REALITY OF A WASTED EARTH
Did you know that One Diaper takes 5000 years to decompose? Have you ever wonder how many babies are born everyday and use disposable diapers? That’s tons and tons of accumulated waste!
I cannot imagine where does those diaper goes. Not to mention the toxicity it causes to our landfills. No wonder we are experiencing climate change.
Hence, albeit of wasted time in washing nappy, I believe, it is worth it. As this change will impact future generation of less waste, cleaner earth.
This humble stash is a stress reliever of mine, very pleasing to the eyes.
This change might not be too much to change the world, but just like what Mahatma Gandhi said —
‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’