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?


Visit Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival!

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