I bought cloth diapers. Yes, cloth. I have to wash them. *deep breath* Me, washing diapers. Yikes! I’ve been thinking about it for a while. Asking about them on Twitter. Well I finally found some affordable ones. I ordered them. I half hoped they would never arrive. But they did. And I’m taking the plunge.
I’ve learned quite a bit in these first two days. First if I want to use them on both boys I need more diapers. I really have just enough to get through a day and a half for Caleb alone. Second, there is no diaper, cloth or disposable, that can handle a two year old with diarrhea. Third, I’m not nearly as grossed out by washing diapers as I thought I would be.
The funny thing is I’m hesitant to tell people. I almost want to cloth diaper in secret. You see, I’m not “green.” We recycle. But that’s about it. It may just be me, but I don’t sense a whole lot of interest within the Christian community to take care of the environment. While those outside of the church seem to be much more proactive. I’m thinking that maybe it shouldn’t be that way.
I understand that our hope is in Christ and that the Earth is a temporary home. I also understand that a soul is eternal whereas the Earth is not. In everything I do, the salvation of one soul must take precedence over being “green” or doing good things for the Earth.
That being said, my main reason for trying to switch to cloth is that I began to imagine how big of a pile of diapers we go through in one year. I only ever see half a week at a time. The trash truck comes and takes them out of sight and mind. But when I try to imagine how huge a pile of trash and chemicals it is, I don’t like what I see.
I may not be able to be totally “green” and for now am only cloth diapering Caleb. And only when we are at home. (I’m still waiting on some wet bags I ordered on Etsy before I try venturing out of the house with cloth.) It may be a small thing, but it’s something. And it’s more than I was doing before.
I have secondary reasons also, like there’s less chemicals on baby’s skin, saving money, they are super cute! And now that I have them I LOVE how super soft and cozy they are. Every time I change him he smiles when he feels that soft fleece next to his skin! Caleb is loving cloth.
In the end it was all summed up in something my son brought home from church this week. It really says it all.
God blessed them: "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth." Then God said, "I've given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth And every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food. To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food." And there it was. God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good! It was evening, it was morning-Day Six.