Thursday, January 21, 2010

What's covering your sweet cheeks?

Our best friends first introduced us to Applecheeks when they had their little girl 5 months ago. After much research and weighing the pros and cons we have decided that our little Bunny will also wear cloth on their bottom.

So what are the pros?

You save 300 lbs of wood if you use reusable diapers on your little one. That’s because it takes that many trees to produce enough diapers to throwaway-diaper one child!

You’re helping to slow the growth of our landfills. It is estimated that in Canada we throw out 4 million diapers PER DAY.

You’re helping to reduce the amount of waste that sits in a landfill. In ideal conditions it would take 250 - 500 years for a single throwaway diaper to decompose. The conditions in our landfills are unfortunately not ideal, so decomposition takes much longer than that, even. Your cloth diapers will last you through two to three babies, at which point they can be used as cleaning cloths. After that, cut them up in small pieces and throw them in your compost and they can be helping to fertilize your garden the next year!

You are saving a TON of money: From the moment your child is born until 30 months of age, your baby will go through approximately 5400 throwaway diapers. This can cost you anywhere from $1500 - $2500. By choosing cloth diapering, you can spend as little as $500 for the entire diapering experience. AND...not only does this represent significant savings for one child, but the SAME cloth diapers could last through two and even three children! You will be saving a minimum of $2000!! Think of what you could do with the money... a family vacation comes to mind...

Modern Cloth Diapers are EASY To Use. Cloth Diapers today are designed to be very easy to use, utilizing durable and quick snaps and body hugging elastics. New advances in textile technology allow for amazingly trim fitting washable diapers. Gone are the days of bulky plastic pants and saggy, wet bottoms. Pins and Snappis are a thing of the past!

If you are concerned about how much washing your diapers at home is going to affect your Hydro bill, consider the following:

How much does it cost to wash my diapers?

Based on 2008 Hydro Quebec rates it will cost you:
• $0.38 for a hot wash
• $0.18 for a warm wash
• $0.03 for a cold wash
A dryer cycle (and we only sell products that will dry in one dryer cycle) will cost you a grand total of $0.17 cents!

So washing your diapers every three days will raise your energy bill by a grand total of approximately
$68.80 per year!

The kit we got comes with the following:
12 - Apple Cheek Covers
36 - Bamboo Inserts
1 - Size 1 Storage Sac
1 - Size 2 Storage Sac
10- Bamboo Wipes
2 - Bonus Bamboo Boosters

So in a few weeks we will be in full swing of using cloth diapers. I'm 30 days away from my due date and we are glad to report we are finally ready for Bunny to arrive. The diapers are all washed and folded in the drawers. Along with all clothes, blankets and linens. The car seat is installed in the car and our bags are packed and ready to go. Our list is all checked off and we can't think of anything else left to do. So for now we sit and wait. Hopefully this will give me some time to blog a bit more.

Here's what to come
Maternity Photos
My Baby Shower
Kids Photography Class
Our Favorite Baby Items
Bunny's Quilt
Nursery Reveal


Oonafey said...

Wonderful post! Was that information all available on the website or did you actually research to Quebec water rates? Very thorough...

SweDaisy said...

LOL - the stats were on the Apple Cheeks website.