The Diaper Dilemma
Posted May 11, 2009on:
I thought I should get this posted before I, oh I don’t know, go into labour.
anytime, kid, anytime.
One of the dilemmas I’ve been having is diapers. I’ve been reading quite a bit about cloth diapering here and here. And I like the idea of cloth diapering. I really like it. Its good for the environment. Its better for your baby. The diapers are cute beyond belief. But I am lazy and it just seemed so much easier to throw out a disposable diaper, than to spray down diapers, wash them put in any inserts and how to use the damn things. And I was overwhelmed anyways because of a various ISSUES that made me want to drink, but oh hey, pregnancy and CAN’T.
Ice cream is a good substitute, however. Until your intestines disagree with this.
Oh and the scariness of Braxton-Hicks contractions didn’t help.
But I digress. Sort of.
I went out and bought some diapers because hello, baby on the way and I had coupons.
And then I had a shower and got a diaper cake, lovingly prepared by Sunshine. Which leads me to the current stash of disposable diapers:
And I thought, that’s not too bad – should last awhile. And then I realized that newborns go through up to 10-12 diapers per DAY. And my inner green person started feeling guilty. Because all that plastic and shit (Ha! get it?!) equals billions of years of biodegrading. Or something like that to my pregnant brain.
And there’s an extra half pack of diapers in the hospital bag along with some loose samples I received from various companies.
And so cloth diapering reared its head again. But again I am lazy and cheap. And when you’ve got more than one kid who will be using diapers, I’m positive cloth diapering is cheaper when you buy your own diapers. One kid? Not so much.
I was at the doctor’s office. There’s this counter I go past on the way to the bathroom – and there was a pamphlet for a diaper service and a sample of the diaper they supply. So I took a flyer, fondled the diaper (soft, cute, yellow) and showed the flyer to Darren, who as usual was exceedingly helpful when it came to making a decision on diapering: “So how do you feel about cloth diapering?” “You’re the one who’s going to be home. Its up to you.”
So I crunched some numbers: disposable diapers = about $20/week. Diaper service = about $25/week. Oh and they pick up and deliver clean diapers once a week. THEY CLEAN THE DIAPERS FOR YOU.
I think it goes without saying that it appealed to my inner green lazy person.
So I ordered the diapers. They have this pre-birth delivery that consists of this:
Diaper pail with charcoal filtre.
And inside is a wetbag with diapers. You line the pail with the bag, put the diapers in your changetable and done.
And they’re yellow and adorable.
Now I just need some diaper covers.
This shipment arrived the day I was writing my last post about how adequate and accessible pre- and post-natal care for expectant mothers and their babies make for healthier communities.
In the industrialized world, we’re very much aware of the environmental impact of our actions. Its just unfortunate that the costs of making better environmental choices, community choices (and if you want to get all political-sciencey, choices in the interest of the public good) are a damn sight more expensive than the disposable choices. If you’re having to pay for medical insurance, or god forbid, medical care because you have no insurance, you’re not able to make those choices.
That $5/week difference may mean the difference between:
- cloth diapers and food on the table
- cloth diapers and medical insurance
- cloth diapers and medical care.
This may be a bit of a weak link, but I can tell you now that if I had to pay for medical insurance vs. cloth diapers? I’d choose the medical insurance.
Because I don’t have to worry about medical insurance, I’m in a position where I can make the choice that is better for my community – I can afford that extra fee and make it easy on myself to make that choice.
There are many direct and indirect benefits of providing accessible medical care. And this might just be one of them.
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