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I’ve been cloth diapering for 5 years now! I love cloth diapering and am so glad I decided to use cloth diapers when I was expecting my first baby.

9 Reasons to Love Cloth Diapers 

1. Saves Money

Cloth diapering saves money. After the initial investment of $100 to $500 in cloth diapers, you only need to budget for detergent. Cloth diapering frees up money for other household expenses.

2. Environmentally Friendly

Regardless of the method of diapering your baby, there is an environmental impact. If you choose to cloth diaper, you use water to wash those diapers. However, there is no waste going to a landfill from cloth diapering!

3. Better for Baby

Cloth diapering reduces a baby’s exposure to chemicals that are prevalent in most disposable diapers. There are chlorine/latex/fragrance free disposable diapers on the market but they are more expensive.

4. Prevent Blowouts

If you’re exclusively breastfeeding and use disposables, your baby will have blow outs. Cloth diapers do a better job of containing the mess (specifically up the back). After cloth diapering three exclusively breastfed babies, we’ve never had a blow out in a cloth diaper.

5. No Stinky Trash

We live in a rural area and do not have weekly trash pickup. We carry our trash to the landfill once every 6 weeks (thanks to recycling, cloth diapering, and composting, there isn’t much trash.) If we were using disposable diapers we’d probably have to go weekly due to the smell and amount of waste that the diapers would create.

6. No Worrying About Running Out of Diapers

If you’re running low on diapers, just wash a load. This eliminates those quick trips to the store because you’re almost out of diapers.

7. Cloth Diapers are Cute

Forget boring white diapers with cartoon characters printed on them, cloth diapers are available in bold colors and prints, making diapering a little more fun.

8. Your Child May Potty Train Earlier

Cloth diapers tend to make babies more aware of being wet since they don’t contain absorbent gels and your child feels the wetness more. This awareness may lead to earlier potty training.

9. You May Be Able to Diaper Subsequent Babies for FREE

All of our cloth diapers were still in good condition when our third baby was born so we had to spend absolutely nothing on diapers for her! (I did sell a couple blue diapers so I could buy her a couple pink diapers because baby girl needed a little bit of pink.) We’ve diapered her for FREE!

Want to Learn More about Cloth Diapers?

Are you interested in cloth diapering your baby but aren’t sure where to start?

You may be interested in my eBook, Cloth Diapers: A How-To Handbook on the Basics of Cloth Diapering. It is a guide for those who are new to the idea of cloth diapering, are full of questions and want to know the basics.

Giveaway

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Win a 2-ounce container of Earth Mama Angel Baby Angel Baby Bottom Balm!

‘Angel Baby Bottom Balm is a safe, effective, herbal diaper cream that’s made with Earth Mama’s proprietary blend of naturally antibacterial and antifungal organic herbs, Shea butter and pure essential oils.’

This diaper cream is one of my favorites and it’s SAFE FOR CLOTH DIAPERS!

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I’m so excited to finally share my new eBook with you!

Cloth Diapers: A How-To Handbook on the Basics of Cloth Diapering was written to answer questions for parents new to the idea of cloth diapering. It covers the different types of cloth diapers, changing cloth diapers, handling dirty cloth diapers, cloth diapering a newborn and more.

Here’s the table of contents so you can see what’s covered in the book:

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I started working on this project in January 2013 and was almost finished when I found out I was expecting baby #3 – then morning sickness and tiredness hit and the eBook was pushed to the back burner for months. At the beginning of 2014, I was determined to finish the project before baby arrived!

I officially finished the book on March 2, just 18 days before baby Cecilia arrived! After finishing, I decided to wait to release the book. One reason was due to the fact that I was expecting a baby any day.

The main reason I delayed the release is because it is a part of The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

Instead of selling the book at $5.99, I wanted to wait and give you a chance to purchase it as a part of this bundle and receive 78 eBooks along with 2 audio files, 2 Ecourses and 2 printable packs for $29.97! Plus, there are some great bonus offers worth over $200. This homemaking bundle really is an amazing deal!

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I’ll be sharing more about the book in the weeks to come. If you purchase the bundle, I’d love to hear what you think about my book!

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You can enter to win an iPad mini & Amazon gift card at the bottom of this post!

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bumGenius Leg Elastic

Replacing the leg elastic in bumGenius 4.0 diapers is super easy and helps you get more wear out of your diapers. Most of our 4.0s were purchased before the birth of our second son over 2 years ago and have been worn and washed many times. Being worn by toddlers, repeated washings and age caused the leg elastic to relax and it was time to replace the leg elastic in preparation for the arrival of baby #3!

The bumGenius 4.0 diaper is my favorite diaper, which is why my diaper stash primarily consists of them. We do have several bumGenius 3.0s that are nearly 4 years old, have been worn by 2 babies and have already had the leg elastic replaced.

Replacing the leg elastic in the bumGenius 4.0 is simple since they are designed for easy leg elastic repair. (This is not the case for the 3.0s, the leg casings are completely, making  this process a little more difficult. I’ll be replacing the elastic in our 3.0s for the second time to get some more wear out of those diapers too).

Supplies Needed:

Supplies

  • Elastic (1/4″ elastic, cut in 4.5″ strips)*
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

*I purchased 1/4″ elastic which will cost me about $2 to replace all the elastic in my diapers.

Directions:

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Step 1 – Turn diaper inside out.

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Step 2 – Locate one end of the elastic.

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Step 3 – Pull a bit of the existing elastic out of the seam.

 

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Step 4 – Take a new piece of elastic and sew onto the end of the existing elastic.

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Step 5 – Make sure your stitches are tight and the new elastic is secure on the old piece.

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Step 6 – Sew the opposite end of the new elastic onto the old elastic to prepare to pull it through the seam. Be sure this stitching is secure. You do not want the stitches to come apart while in the leg casing.

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Step 7 – Snip the old elastic near where the new piece is sewn on.

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Step 8 – Once the old elastic has been snipped, prepare to pull the new piece through the casing.

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Step 9 – Go to the opposite end and pull on the existing elastic which will pul the new elastic through the casing.

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Step 10 – The new elastic is through the casing and ready to be sewn on the other side.

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Step 11 – While holding onto the new elastic that has been pulled through (so it doesn’t fall back into the casing), snip off the end of the old elastic. Remove the stitches holding the new and old elastic together.

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Step 12 – It’s now time to sew the new elastic onto the small piece of old elastic.

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Step 13 – Securely sew the new elastic onto the end of the old elastic.

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Step 14 – Once the new elastic is securely sewn onto the end of the old elastic, you’re finished! You’re replaced one side of the leg elastic!

One Side Replaced

The elastic on the left has been replaced while the right side is the old elastic. You can see the difference replacing the elastic makes.

Replaced Leg Elastic

This shows you the difference replacing the leg elastic can make. The diaper on the left just had the elastic replaced while the diaper on the right has not. Over time and after many wears and washes, the elastic relaxes and makes the diaper bigger. Replacing the leg elastic gives new life to your diapers and makes them able to fit small babies.

It takes me about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on distractions, to replace the elastic in each diaper. It is well worth the time to extend the life of our diapers.

Replacing the back elastic follows the same steps as the leg elastic. The back elastic tends to wear slower so you may not even need to replace it.

Once I finish replacing all of the elastic in our diapers, we’ll have like new diapers ready for our new baby and will only have spent $2!

These diapers have been well worth the investment, 10 of them are nearly 4 years old and the rest are over 2 years old. We haven’t had to purchase any cloth diapers at all for baby number 3 since the ones we already have are in such wonderful shape.

I hope this tutorial helps you replace the leg elastic in your diapers and extend their life!

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How to Replace bumGenius 4.0 Leg Elastic