When we were thinking about how we'd care for our baby, we knew we really wanted to go the hippie route and cloth diaper. All I could think about were disposable diaper chemicals touching precious baby bottom skin, and that was enough to turn me off to paper diapers. And my husband couldn't get over the environmental effects of solely disposable diapering.
So we were in agreement: We would cloth diaper.
But what I wouldn't admit is that I secretly wanted to use disposable diapers. I felt like a bad mom saying so, so I didn't. Still, my mind was consumed with nasty visions of scooping poop and rinsing diaper blowouts off in the toilet, the countless hours of laundry I'd likely be doing, and the hassle of managing a diaper-cleaning schedule in the midst of all the other schedule changes I'd be encountering.
I talked to my mom about my concerns.
She suggested I look into a diaper service.
"Mom," I said, "This isn't 1952. People don't send out their laundry." Regardless, I mentioned it to my husband and he did a little research. Turns out there are tons of cloth diaper cleaning services just in the Denver-metro area, and others scattered all over the country.
We ended up going with a local service that costs just $20 a week. For that fee I get the full benefits of cloth diapering without the mess. Each week, a delivery man brings me 50 clean cloth diapers — Iris has 100 to her name, and they just cycle 50 from the same pile to me every week so that we're always using her diapers. They supply a pail, plastic bags, and odor eaters too. At the end of the week, I just plop a blue bag of dirty diapers on my front porch, and a few hours later, clean ones magically appear! It's sensational!
(For all sorts of reasons for cloth diapering, see my friend Betty's great post.)
Anyone else out there use a diapering service? What are your thoughts?
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