- Eating fast food every single day.
- Letting the water run unnecessarily the entire time you brush your teeth.
- Always eating off of paper plates.
Those things just seem wrong.
In my opinion, using disposable diapers could also be added to that list, but I do it anyway.
When I was pregnant with my daughter I thought about using cloth diapers. I had 3 close friends who were in love with cloth diapering. I loved the idea of keeping disposable diapers out of landfills. Plus with long term use, cloth can save you money over using disposables. Don’t even mention the chemicals used in disposable diapers. It makes me cringe to think about it.
Still I chose disposable diapers over cloth.
My 5 Excuses for Not Using Cloth Diapers:
1) The Laundry Situation – I used to hate to do laundry in our old apartment. We were lucky to have a washing machine, but it was in the basement and we had to go outside and down the steps to get to it. (Wow. What a first world problem, huh?) The idea of doing diaper laundry in that situation really turned me off.
2) Overwhelmed with Start Up Cost – Yes, it can save you money. Still, I was hesitant to dish out the necessary dough.
3) “Every diaper is disposable to me.” – My husband said that to me once when I asked him what he thought of using cloth diapers. Of course he was joking, but the message was still pretty clear. His preference was to go with disposables and since I lacked the passion for using cloth, this was just one more thing that made saying “no” to cloth diapers easier.
4) My Daughter Poops A Lot – I remember several occasions when I was thankful I didn’t have to wash her diapers. It wasn’t because the poop grossed me out, but because she did it so often! I didn’t see how I would have kept up with all the diaper laundry. She still goes several times each day.
5) Discounted Disposable Diapers – This just might be my number one excuse for not using cloth diapers. I can buy disposable diapers through a family member at a really good discount. I’ve also found excellent prices on disposables through Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program, which includes free shipping. I’ve never had to pay full retail price for diapers. I’m pretty sure that cloth would still be cheaper, especially when used with multiple children, but this certainly helped push me towards disposables.
Those are understandable reasons to be resistant to using cloth diapers, but really they are just excuses.
The real reason I don’t use cloth diapers: I simply don’t want to.
Everyone I know who uses cloth diapers seems to be in love with the process, so maybe if I tried it I would fall in love too. Still, I just don’t have the desire.
There are hundreds of things we can do to improve the earth. There are thousands of ways we can make positive choices for our children. Yet, we can’t do it all.
Call me lazy, revoke my green blogging license, scorn me in the comments… Cloth diapering seems right to me, but just not for me.
Are you a lover or hater of cloth diapers? Is there anything in life you feel like you should do, but just don’t?
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