Why We Chose Cloth Diapering

Little joeys are made specifically for preemies and tiny newborns, channing is only 4 pounds in this photograph ( PICU, CHOA ).

Little joeys are made specifically for preemies and tiny newborns, channing is only 4 pounds in this photograph (PICU, CHOA).

While CD cloth diapering may have been the norm prior to Johnson & Johnson's disposable diaper marketing campaign in 1948, it's practically unheard of in my circle of friends. Because my mother chose to cloth diaper my younger sister Avery, I was exposed to the how-to's at an early age; in fact, I remember my mom tossing Avery's diapers into the washing machine when she was little bitty and her reminders to discard diaper waste in the toilet prior to putting them in the hamper.  How could something as simple as tossing cloth nappies in the wash become such an enigma - mass-marketing is a powerful thing.

Between 1948 and 1970 disposable diaper usage amounted to 350,000 tons and made up .3% of municipal waste, and by 1980, American babies had worn 1.93 million disposables accounting for 1.4% of the nations municipal waste. Despite all the diaper pails specifically designed to keep the dirty diaper stench at bay, proper diaper-disposing etiquette, even when using disposable diapers, recommends dumping waste into the toilet before tossing diapers.

From Pampers Website:

  • As the Pampers bag recommends, you'll want to dump bowel movements in the toilet. Then just roll the diaper into its backsheet, using the tape or fasteners to keep it closed, and dispose of it in the trash. http://www.pampers.com/en_US/changing-diapers#one

No one, and I mean no one, I know who uses disposable diapers does this.  Human waste is actually biodegradable; however, disposable diapers are not.  Consider that our landfills now contain biodegradable human waste preserved forever.

If I haven't made a good argument and you're still on the fence about cloth diapering, perhaps an extra $2,500 in your pocket will help you decide. Assuming you potty train your little one at 18 months, you'll have spent a minimum of $3,000 on disposable diapers. Even if you were to buy quality newborn and one-size cloth diapers, $500 would be more than enough to create your stash.  Because Channing was born weighing 3 pounds, we have a larger newborn stash than most. Unless you have a really small newborn (less than 6 pounds), you can probably get away with skipping newborn size CD's and jump straight to one-size.

Our family is committed to reducing our carbon footprint one step at a time.  Stay tuned: next week I'll be sharing a new post, Cloth Diapers Worth Buying.



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Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!