It’s time to talk dirty – dirty diapers, that is.
Lately, I have started to feel guilty about the hundreds? Thousands? Of diapers my family has contributed to landfills. My six-year old was in disposable diapers until he was potty trained at age three. My 16-month old has been in disposable diapers since he was born and has about a year to go. We are going to make a change, but it has to be economical, with respect to money and time.
I am researching some green diaper options, including more earth-friendly disposables, and of course, cloth diapers. Readers, please join me on this journey.
My first attempt is going to be with cloth diapers, but I do not anticipate that I will be able to keep up with the extra laundry (since this single, working mom can barely keep up as it is). With the aid of a Google search, I discovered BA Cloth Diapering, a diaper service that is available to Lawrence and Kansas City area residents.
The diaper service works like this: for $20 a week (about the cost of a jumbo pack of disposable diapers), BA Cloth Diapering will provide a week’s supply of Chinese prefolded cloth diapers. Every week they will return on the same day and exchange the dirties for cleans. BACD provides five waterproof covers – that’s it. It is up to you to launder those at home as necessary. According to BACD, “If baby frequently has messy diapers that leak up onto their clothes, this is a good sign that they are ready to move up in size.” Several other accessories are included in the weekly price.
BA Cloth Diapering is a locally-owned family business, even boasting a picture of the owners’ children on the site. The company’s website describes an earth-friendly laundering process as well: “We use completely green washing methods to sanitize our diapers. Using only soft water, baking soda, vinegar, the sun, and the sanitary setting on our washing machine, you can be sure that your environmental contribution is genuine. Other diapering services use bleach and fabric softener, which … can do harm to the diapers and to baby's skin.”
So I’m giving it a try. I’m calling tomorrow to set up my first home visit. I feel very noble in this attempt to set a better example for my kids and to do better for my planet. I’ll let you all know how it turns out!