Making Cloth Diapering “Doable”

May 17, 2011

2 cloth diapered babies: pampered bottoms and happy smiles!

If you think that “doing cloth diapers” is a real hassle in an urban setting like Brooklyn, think again. Not only does Brooklyn have a well-run cloth diapering service but also an online retailer for cloth diapering and accessories called Doable Diapers.

Brooklyn mom, Andrea, started Doable Diapers in 2010 after using cloth diapers with her newborn. After falling in love with cloth diapering, Andrea decided that she wanted to make cloth diapering “doable” for other parents out there.  She blogs about diapers with the precision and detail of a Consumer Reports testing expert.  She compares brands, relays her own experience using them (from when and why to use which brands) to their materials and feel.  Andrea and her husband have even gone so far as to make “Diapering Packages”.  Like the best kind of personal shopper, they bundle all your essentials into one “Diapering Package.”  It includes everything you need to begin cloth diapering from soup to nuts. They offer the packages at a large discount so you can jump right in without breaking the bank!

One of their Diaper Packages: this one includes a wet bag, pail liner, cloth wipes, diaper sprayer and detergent.

On Doable Diapers, Andrea also offers a selection of everything from diapers to changing pads and everything in-between. Her best-selling diapers are from well-known brands FuzziBunz and Rumparooz. With names like those, how can you not want to get your baby’s buns in them?  With patterns of polka dots, batik, robotronics and colors like pumpkin, rootbeer and platinum, Seventh Generation’s plain jane disposables don’t hold a candle to any of the cloths.

You can forget the notion that cloth diapering is still comprised of those old foldable flat diapers with safety pins and rubber pants (I grew up with those!). With modern diapers you get a contoured fit, snaps and velcro instead.  Below you can see some Damien Hirst-type polka dot covers that are not only hip, but economical. In the diagram, check out how buying one diaper will actually carry you through 4 sizes with its adjustable snaps and elasticized legs.

Check out how different modern cloth diapers are from the old school flats and rubber pants!

When I asked Andrea why cloth diapering is so great, she gave me her top 4 reasons.

1. Cloth Diapers are better for your baby. Disposable diapers are filled with chemicals.  They even contain traces of Dioxin, which is an extremely toxic chemical (banned in most countries).  Cloth diapers come in an array of fabrics and fibers from organic cotton to sustainable fabric.

2. They are cheaper. The average cost to use disposable diapers from birth to potty training starts at $1500 and ranges to $3000.  Per child! To get a full kit for that same lifespan of diapering, you can spend $600 on cloth diapering.  And you can use them again for your next child- so $600 is it…for, forever!

3. Cloth diapers are easy to use. Yes, really, they are! One of the most popular styles today is the one-size pocket diaper.  They diapers don’t require a diaper cover and the outer layer is waterproof.  With either velcro or snaps, you can customize the diaper to your baby’s size.

4. They are better for the environment. Cloth diapers are reusable and anytime we can reuse something, you are helping the planet.

If you are intimidated by the learning curve, Andrea created a “Cloth Diaper Primer” in 3 posts on her blog. She breaks it down so simply that it makes it a no-brainer to get started.

Doable Diapers offers free shipping on on all U.S. orders and ships within 24 hours of your order. And best of all? Andrea is on hand to answer any of your questions, walk you through the choices and in general, making cloth diapering “doable.”

Fluffy and fun on the clothesline!

Disclosure: I was paid to write about Doable Diapers, but all editorial and opinions are mine.

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