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Modern Conveniences: Disposable or Cloth?

A few days ago one of my daughters asked me what type of car did people drive in the Bible ages?  I laughed and explained that cars are a very recent invention, and most people that have lived on the earth made it without cars.  I wondered, “How would we make it without a car?”  Not really sure about that–in fact, many families (us included) need 2 or 3 cars just to get through the activities of the week!  So with all the research in the world at my fingertips, I read through some blogs of families that exclusively bike.  I admire their courage.  It seems like a good cure for obesity that plagues America, and I know it would save us the $500 (and climbing) monthly gas expense.  When I was in law school, before becoming a “Mommy”, I would bike to school.  I loved our beach community and my daily bike ride to and from school.  However, fast forward 10 years and add 4 kids to the picture, and I’m not really sure how to accomplish that.  Okay, so if we had to bike everywhere–how would that work?  One we’d homeschool, the morning rush would be impossible if we were biking to school everyday! Two, I’d have to go to Publix alone (no way could I get 4 kids and groceries home).  Three, we would for sure stay in Florida because there is NO WAY I’d bike in the snow.  The only thing I couldn’t really figure out is how we would get to church.  Our church is about 17 miles from our house, and the sidewalks do not connect point A to Point B.  So maybe our “day of rest” would include driving a car to church (because I don’t think horesback is a solution either)!  Anyways it was a fun little “life is simpler when” adventure–all spurred by the sweet curiosity of my Anna Mae!

 This neat little bike has a carrier made w/ seatbelts for up to 6 children!  (I would have to get into much better shape to pull something like that off!)


In my random Internet explorings, I ran across a fun blog a few friends created a few years back “Owl Bee” and it explored their experience into cloth diapering.  I thought to myself: “How do people give up the convenience of disposable diapers, for cloth”.  There is still a pretty big monetary investment to get started with cloth, so why do it?  I know that there is a serious environmental reason for cloth diapering, but as compelling as that may be, I’m not sure it’s enough to convince me to spend my days hand cleaning the 12 diapers that newborns go through daily.  But as I read their stories and their experiences, a little part of me started to see the adventure in connecting to natural parenting.  I asked my sister this morning, and she said cloth diapering is one of the hardest things in natural parenting.  I get it if the baby shows allergies to disposable diapers, then it is a necessity–but is it something to choose “just because”?  Maybe it is.  Maybe there is something fulfilling in living life a little differently from the norm, finding peace as a steward over the natural beauties of our planet, and nurturing our children through the service of caretaking.


So I wanted to ask the readers of this blog:  Cloth or Disposable–and Why?  I have less than a month to delivery and it’s time to figure out if it’s worth it.

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By | 2017-10-05T20:40:54-04:00 March 3rd, 2012|Green Living, Pregnancy, Uncategorized|4 Comments

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I am a mother of 3. We eat nourishing and traditional food at home. We use natural healing successfully with essential oils, herbs, and homeopathy. We love being in the outdoors and living the "green" life.


  1. Green Boot Kaley March 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    the thing I love the most about cloth diapers are how cute they are! they have the coolest designs. Brittan you can do it- I think u should try it on your sweet little Addie

  2. Annette Whitwam Johnson March 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I loved cloth for my 1st and 2nd. With 3 and 4 I have been working, so it has been harder. #3 came to work with me until 10 months, so he was cloth at home and some disposable at work, until he went into school..then all disposable. 4 was only with me 3 months, do he was much less cloth. Working and using cloth was just too much for me. If I am not working when we have a 5th, I will surely use clth again.

  3. Green Boot Kaley March 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Sorry Annette- I just realized your comments went to spam. Don’t know why~ but I moved them over. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  4. greenbootgoatfarmer March 16, 2012 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your comment Annette. I am working right now –so I have been leaning to disposable. However, I thought I would get a few cloth diapers just to try them out and see how they work.

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