Cara outed me to Ann last week. It's true. I'm crunchy. It all came out in a debate over whether Ann could toss a bagel crumb out Cara's car window. Cara wouldn't allow it, and Ann thought she was nuts because the crumb would be sweet manna for the hungry pigeons in winter, not refuse on the side of the road. So Cara asked what I thought - and of course I was horrified that anyone would toss anything (even a breadcrumb) into our already polluted environment. But then Cara revealed that we use cloth diapers on X at home, and Ann - smart cookie that she is - suspected that Cara set her up for chastisement by asking the opinion of a treehugger like myself.
So, yes, we do cloth diaper. But before you think I'm sloshing dirty nappies in and out of a toilet bowl all day, I have to say that these ain't your mother's cloth diapers! There aren't any more pins on which to stick your finger, either - snappis are revolutionizing cotton pre-fold diapering everywhere. When the baby is older and you need to spend a minute toilet-side with a dirty dipe, consider using a modern mini-shower to replace that old-fashioned dunking.
Some disposable diaper information:
8.8 million babies in the U.S. are using 27.4 billion disposable diapers each year.
Disposable diapers generate 60 times more solid waste and use 20 times more raw materials like crude oil and wood pulp.
Americans spend 7 billion dollars on disposable diapers each year.
Mainstream disposable diapers contain Dioxin, a carcinogenic listed by the EPA as the most toxic of cancer related chemicals.
Swedish and German studies have linked the worldwide decline in sperm count to the rise of disposable diapers.
If that weren't enough to think about cloth as a diapering option, consider the cuteness factor. Cloth diapers are just darn cute nowadays - with all kinds of prints to choose from it adds a bit of fun to each diaper change. Seriously.
But my favorite knitterly reason to consider cloth diapers is most definitely wool soakers. Soakers are woolen knitted diaper covers used over the top of absorbent but not waterproof cloth diapers. As most knitters reading this blog will already know, wool is an absolutely amazing fiber - it's hollow cores are absorbent at the same time that the lanolin is water resistant, both of which contribute to an excellent diaper cover. Moreover, wool is breathable, which helps maintain proper body temperature. Check out Why Use Wool? for more.
Check out what's on my needles for some soft woolen goodness. It's a wool soaker knit using (yes, I'm extravagant) Malabrigo in color Carrot Top. Pattern is the Original Soaker from Little Turtle Knits:
That's the shaped butt side, created with the use of short rows. Speaking of which, when knitting this up and following the wonderful appendix of instructions that accompanies all of the LTK patterns, I realized that up until now I've always done my short rows incorrectly without wraps. That wrap technique had me a bit confused for a bit there, but it's all under control now.
I have quite a bit of knitting time on my hands right now as sweet little X has a respiratory infection. He probably picked up the cold I had last week, but having spent New Years with his 13 cousins, it could have been something
those buggers my most wonderful nieces and nephews seem gave him. Since he's still so little (but growing! He was 9 lb 6 oz yesterday!, his pediatrician is staying away from medications unless absolutely necessary, but instead had us set X up in his crib with a nebulizer of saline solution, and then the crib tented over in plastic to keep the environment moist for him to breathe. He's supposed to be in there for 20+ hours a day, so the pug and I are camping out in the recliner here in the nursery through Friday, when X gets rechecked with the doctor.
So the soaker will probably be finished soon. I have to say, though, that knitting with Malabrigo is always a treat. As Cara said with the last Malabrigo soaker that I knit (and which still needs buttons), "I want one for MY ass!". Hey, C, if for some ungodly reason you end up in cloth diapers, I'll knit you a Malabrigo soaker. :-)