Green Confession: I’ve Never Used a Cloth Diaper

by Chrystal Johnson on January 17, 2013

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Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren’t as “green” as they may want to be.


I think most green living mamas have something in our lives that doesn’t quite jive with living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Whether it’s secretly clinging to a favorite beauty product with less than ideal ingredients or continuing to use paper products when there are reusable alternatives – we all have something to confess.

Our progress towards living an eco-conscious lifestyle has been a gradual transition that started when I was diagnosed with melanoma in 2007 – and rapidly progressed after Zoë was born in 2008.

Becoming a parent sparks a whole new level of consciousness that most of us never knew was there before. As soon as I knew I had life growing in my body, I wanted to only do the best for her.

Being the research junkie that I am, I began searching for the best and safest baby products for Zoë. The first thing I did was invest in safe skincare products for her from Earth Mama Angel Baby. I didn’t want chemicals touching her skin!

I bought two baby carriers – one sling and one Moby Wrap – because I knew I wanted to wear her. We got a good pump because I knew I wanted to breastfeed and had planned on going back to my corporate marketing job (that never happened).

cloth-diapersAnother area all mamas evaluate is diapers. For some, cloth diapers are a given. For others, the question is Huggies, Pampers or another disposable diaper brand?

I really wanted to cloth diaper. I did. It seemed like the best choice for the environment. However, when I approached hubby about the idea, he was adamantly against it. There was no way his clothes were going to be washed in the same machine as poopy diapers!

It was the only thing he pushed back on, so we compromised and agreed upon biodegradable diapers (Nature BabyCare and Bambo Nature). They were definitely more expensive than traditional disposables, but they were better for the environment (and we thought they worked better too).

Since Kaylee was born in Uruguay where all things baby are three times the price in the US (no exaggeration), she was also a sposie baby. There was no way I could drop $50-60 per cloth diaper!

Most people who know me are astounded to discover we didn’t cloth diaper, and you may be too! In fact, I’ve never even put a cloth diaper on a baby!

Luckily both girls are completely potty trained (and we’re done having babies), so we’re past that phase and I no longer have to feel guilty every time I buy a pack of diapers. I have chosen to focus on continuing to make green changes in the future rather than looking back at what I used to do.

What Green Confession do you have? Do you want to change that habit or is it something you’re comfortable with?


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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Leigh
Twitter: greenforu
January 17, 2013 at 6:41 am

I also wrote about my green guilt of not cloth diapering. Like you mentioned when you were in Uruguay you could not cloth diaper or get green alternatives. I think today it is easier to cloth diaper than it was a year ago when I had my second and much easier than it was 3 years ago with my first. Once it is an easier option for people I think new mom’s will not be met with the guilt we share!
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2 Abby January 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

We cloth diaper (no judgement against those who don’t!). Funny thing, my husband LOVES IT! He hates when we have to buy a pack of sposies when we go on overnight trips, they just don’t work as well as cloth.
He was skeptical in the beginning though. My convincing argument was the cost of cloth versus sposies. And I’ll admit that I though cloth wouldn’t work as well as sposies, I was happily surprised when I realized how much we actually preferred cloth!
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3 Sarah Jane
Twitter: wifemummynurse
January 17, 2013 at 11:45 am

My green confession is that I use Tide and store bought cleaning products. I’ve tried using natural laundry detergent, but have found it does not get my clothes as clean as Tide. The same with store bought cleaning products; a bathroom cleaner helps get the shower much cleaner without the same elbow grease. Ultimately, I think you have to do what works for you.
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4 Mandi
Twitter: stblessings
January 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I never really thought much about the environment or “green” products before my daughter was born. In fact, I thought “crunchy” people were weird. I was so wrong. Thanks for sharing your confession. I don’t cloth diaper either, but use more eco-friendly brands as well.
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5 godscharacter January 17, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Before my son I thought I would never have used cloth diapers like those “people in the old time days”, but I did. Hubby was not too bothered by my decision since I was the one who would be doing the diaper changes and washing them ( I came from a family who for some reason or the other believed that baby clothes should now be washed in a machine but hand washed so I did that too! Strange huh?!
Anyways, mama cloth is a whole other ball game. He is totally against it. I think for sure I will have to hand wash those ones lol! Unless he has a drastic change of mind.

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6 Chrystal Johnson January 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I do use mama cloth! Those are washed all by themselves though. Femme Rock does a great job of cleaning them.


7 Rachel
Twitter: wifethenmama
January 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I am totally for mama cloth (wait I am not a mama is it still called mama cloth?), but family cloth kind of weirds me out. I would do it if my husband were on board, but only for pee. I am not dealing with grown up dirty “diapers”.
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8 CelloMom January 17, 2013 at 5:09 pm

We had disposables until they could tell us that a big stinky was coming, and we reliably made it to the toilet in time. Then we switched to cloth. They were surprised at the change: disposables can _feel_ dry even if it’s totally sogged down, cotton feels wet at the first drops. They were in regular underwear in very little time.
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9 Brittany Thomas
Twitter: PistachioProjec
January 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

That’s always a good thing to keep in mind. Often times we would be as green as possible but sometimes you have to consider those living with you as well (particularly spouses). Sometimes you can push your choice but sometimes you have to let relationship trump lifestyle.
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10 web design January 17, 2013 at 7:35 pm

It is good that you are an eco-friendly person. Just like you, I don’t use things that I know it could harm to our environment.


11 Elisebet F January 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I actually am surprised that you didn’t use cloth! I’m the only one of my friends and relatives that cloth diapers though, so no judgment from me! :) We looked at the more eco-friendly brands of disposables, but decided they were too expensive.
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12 Barb @ A Life in Balance
Twitter: BarbHoyer
January 18, 2013 at 7:36 am

I didn’t cloth diaper with my first. I didn’t even think about it even though I was getting into frugality at the time.

I think everyone needs to do what works best for them. If cloth diapering doesn’t work for you, it’s better for marital harmony to find something else to work on. :)
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13 Rachel
Twitter: wifethenmama
January 18, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I plan to cloth diaper (at least at first) when I have kids, but for all the thousands of diapers I have changed, I don’t think any of them have been cloth, so it should be an interesting experience…
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14 Martine Shoemaker
Twitter: WheyBeyond
January 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

It is funny how some men take to it and some men don’t. Now that I have said that I suppose that could apply to mothers as well. I am just so surprised that it is usually the father that is the biggest obstacle. It’s great that he was at least willing to compromise on the brand and bring you some peace of mind.
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15 Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children January 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Sometimes the resources it takes to bring “green” products to us is more detrimental than using other items.
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16 annie @ montanasolarcreations January 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm

We almost had the same issue with cloth diapers but I was eventually able to convince my husband to try it. It’s great there are the more “green” disposable diaper brands out there for folks who don’t cloth diaper which I think is a great alternative to Huggies and Pampers!
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17 Natural Intuition
Twitter: NIntuition
January 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

As someone who has used cloth diapers on two babies now and a HUGE cloth diaper advocate.. even I don’t use them full time! You’re right, we all do have our green confessions, but like I’ve seen in all of the blog posts in this carnival, we are all conscious of our choices and are doing the best we can in creating a healthier home for us, our families, and the earth. That’s the most important part… right!?
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