New Moms: Diapers

By Ash Stevens

Diapers may not be the most exciting thing about motherhood, but since babies basically double as human poop factories, they are both needed and appreciated. Diapers are an especially important topic for Green Mamas, such as myself, because mamas want a non-toxic diaper that’s as gentle on baby as it is on the environment. This gets tricky when it comes to gifting diapers because the green movement has sparked all sorts of new and misleading labeling. So, we’re here to spare readers the pain of remorseful purchases and hours of dim-light online reading by sharing some quality diaper deets.


 

Disposables

It’s fairly simple to navigate the world of commercial diapers thanks to price and fellow mothers, but green disposable diapers take extra homework. Before you buy, spend some time reading comparisons like Baby Gear Lab’s disposable diaper review. Another great way to find the ultimate green disposable is to buy a variety pack like Diaper Decision’s Eco Diaper Sampler. A variety pack is a fantastic option for first-time mom’s because it gives them the chance to see how diapers fit and perform. Finding the ultimate diaper may end up saving mom both money and — most importantly — public blowouts. Now that gift is priceless.  

If you’re buying diapers as a baby shower gift, turn mom’s favorite dipes and wipes into a flashy (and functional) DIY diaper cake. Three layers of diapers and baby basics are ribboned, wrapped, and stuffed with baby goodies to create the loveliest mass of diapers you’ve ever seen. Diaper cakes are so lovely  stands to be the ultimate shower gift.

Cloth

For green mama’s pondering cloth diapers, check out Baby Gear Lab’s top picks. You can find them on Amazon — like pretty much anything else in existence — but even stores like Target are getting in on cloth diapers. If your tree-huggin pal is into reusing and upcycling, you might want to give Craigslist a look. You can also search Facebook for cloth diapering groups. Mamas will often post outgrown diapers they have for sale, and for great prices. They can also offer valuable tips and advice, like what eco-friendly cleaning solutions work best, and how they manage dirty dipes between washings.  

Maybe Cloth, Maybe Not

If your lovely mom-to-be isn’t sure about the cloth diapering gig, there’s a perfect gift for that too. Jillian’s Drawers has a Changing Diapers, Changing Minds cloth diaper kit that offers parents a twenty one day trial to try diapies out. If they like cloth life, then can keep on diapering and washing. If they don’t, they can send the diapers back. Stained or not, they’ll accept returns in exchange for store credit. And since they offer other baby gear and maternal products, you end up giving them a gift they can use either way.


Do you have tips or tales with any of the diapers above? Be sure to share in the comments below!

Happy diapering!

Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 2.36.46 PMAsh Stevens is a gardener, a writer, and a fan of all things green. Her love for health and sustainability began with her journey into motherhood, and it’s grown exponentially ever since. She’s passionate about living a healthy lifestyle through gardening, cooking, and spending time outdoors. If she isn’t writing or reading up on exciting green trends, she’s probably playing Connect Four or swimming in the river with the kids. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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