Welcome to the January 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Confessions. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about areas of their life where they aren’t as “green” as they may want to be.
Notice that this blog is called Going Green with the Grizls? It means I’m definitely not claiming to be the greenest person out there and that instead, my family is in the process of getting to a place that we would be happy at. All of us start somewhere and when we make a conscious decision to start making changes in our lives for the better we have to begin with baby steps. Along the way, we find that there are some conveniences in life that you just might not be ready to fully commit to leaving behind. I’ve recently found that for us, it’s the baby wipes.
I know, you crunchier mamas will say it doesn’t really make sense, does it? We are already cloth diapering so it’s not like there isn’t some level of poop or what not getting into the wash already so that can’t be the drawback. Plus, I’m a mama cloth convert as well so that kinda contributes to my previous point. For us, it really just was the sheer inconvenience of the cloth wipes that did them in.
We tried the cloth wipes. I made up a few batches of different fabric match ups, hoping to find a combination that would not only be gentle on Natalia’s bum, but also be tough enough to get the job done. Jake felt they didn’t work as well and although I will never, ever complain about him helping out and changing diapers, the poor guy does use more wipes than I’d like to. In his defense I also have to add that even though Natalia is 2 now, her diapers don’t get filled with the easy plop-into-the-toilet poops. They are everywhere and no matter which wipes we used, whether with a solution or water, pre-soaked or adding solution as they were used, we were still having to use a hefty amount per dirty diaper and it was hard to keep up on the laundry. Neither of us wanted to tackle diaper changes and we had the added time into each one for getting the cloth wipes ready to use. With a wiggly toddler, it just isn’t working. (Plus, since Jake is a work at home dad and I’m pregnant with our second, it’s really nice to have him be more willing to tackle diaper changes.)
Back to disposables we went.
I have, however been looking into DIY solutions for disposable wipes to come to a compromise. Maybe you’ll see more info on that in the future. 😉
What non-green habit or product do you still find yourself unable to give up?
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