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Choosing cloth diapers - Elin shares her experiences

Choosing cloth diapers

Discover Elin's journey towards more sustainable parenting with cloth diapers. Gain insights, tips, and inspiration to make the transition to cloth diapers simple and rewarding.

Welcome to a new post on our blog, where we aim to share experiences with cloth diapers – a world full of patterns, function, and sustainability.

Today, we are thrilled to share a real parent's experiences and insights into choosing to use cloth diapers. Elin, a mother to two wonderful children, Lennon and Presley, generously shares her journey from disposable to cloth diapers in her family life.

Her story is a reminder that every small step towards sustainability counts and that the path to finding the perfect choice for your family can be unique.

Join us on this inspiring journey through Elin's words, and discover how cloth diapers can become part of a sustainable everyday life.

 

Choosing to use cloth diapers - Elin's Words

My name is Elin, and I am a mom to Lennon (born '19) and Presley (born '22). We started with cloth diapers when Lennon was 7 months old. With Presley, we began right after coming home from the hospital.

My tip for you considering starting with cloth diapers is not to put all your eggs in one basket regarding brands and models, but to experiment and find what works for you. If your budget is tight, there are diaper packages available for loan from Blöjupproret if you are a member, to find a brand that suits you.

Something to consider, as your child's body shape changes, there may be periods when certain diapers no longer work. They can later become functional again...

Misconceptions about cloth diapers include that they need to be washed all the time. Currently, we do one to two cloth diaper laundry loads per week. Of course, there are more at the beginning when more diapers per day are used, but it's not like it needs to be washed all the time (depending on how many diapers you have, of course).

Another thing is the poop. Where does it go? That you're poking around in it with your fingers. There is rice paper that catches the poop once food has been introduced. Then you can just throw it away along with the poop.

With breastfeeding alone, the poop dissolves in water, so it can be washed away in the machine without any preparation.

It's not worse than dealing with soiled clothes, which often happens with disposables. Cloth diapers are much more likely to be poop-tight!

We chose cloth diapers because Lennon got a red bottom from disposables, they smelled so bad before he even peed in them, and they crumbled apart.

The advantage of cloth is that they don't smell, and the skin is much healthier. And they look nicer, both in appearance and so the child doesn't get the "hanging bum" that disposables give 😉

My favorites at TimeAhead are the diapers in Dalaskog and Dalablomster. Such wonderful prints! All models of their diapers fit us so well, but I would say that the older model of the 5-17kg pocket currently fits best of all here 🙂

 

 

I am Emelie, founder and blogger here at Time Ahead Sweden. I am a mother to three children and driven by a passion for the environment and sustainable parenting. I have a great interest in making sustainable choices in everyday life, where my journey within sustainability really took off when I became a mother for the first time. I found it challenging and actually difficult to find good choices for a sustainable lifestyle as a parent.

My ambition is to inspire about the benefits of sustainable lifestyle choices. At Time Ahead Sweden, I share my insights and experiences on how small changes can make a big difference, from sustainable alternatives for diaper changing to minimalism in everyday life.

 

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1 comment

Loved this blog post. Cloth diapers are not as scary as many think! I started cloth diapering my baby. What laundry detergent brand do you recommend? We have Tvättex tvättmedel.

Much appreciated!

Isabella L.

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