Mom to Mom Monday, Diving in to the New Year! Don't over commit.

Posted by Julie on 12/31/2012 to Green Living
New Years often comes with over optimism. At least if you are me! I fall totally off the wagon with whatever I am doing and plan whole heartedly to start the new year off right! I take off doing the Scooby Do run, so fast I can barely get moving at all!

I think it's great to be optimistic and I have always been. But I have a habit of setting my goals too high and then when I don't meet them I feel disappointed in myself.

Take baby steps

It feels good to meet your goals and the more you meet them the more you're inspired to keep going. I think it's important to start small, especially if your goals are cloth diaper oriented.

Perhaps your goal is to go from part-time to full-time cloth diapering or from disposables at night to cloth overnight? Start by picking a few days to go full-time or cloth diaper overnight. Maybe you can try Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Once you get in to the swing of things try adding another day or night.

It's important to know that you don't have to be an all or nothing cloth diapering mama. You can start gradually. Don't beat yourself up if you still use disposables.

Don't over think your reasons

I had a hard time starting cloth diapers because I was doing it to both save money and to produce less waste. This led to me feeling guilty over spending too much on a cloth diaper and even guiltier when I had to buy disposables for whatever reason.

Keep your reasoning simple.
  • Cloth diaper because it feels right.
  • Cloth diaper because it DOES save you money in the long run.
  • Cloth diaper because it's CUTER! Yes, that's a valid reason too and it's okay to admit it!
  • For every cloth diaper you change you DO save one disposable from ending up in a landfill. Even at one per day, you'd save 365 per year from going in the trash.
  • Cloth diapering is more natural and safer for your baby. Rest assured that your baby is more comfortable in cloth and will be exposed to less chemicals.

Eco-friendly New Year Resolutions are often on the list of things to do. What worked best for me was achieving my goals little by little instead of trying to go from light to dark green all on January 1st!

Most importantly, don't feel bad if you aren't as green as you'd like. If you're anything like me, and I think you are, then you know that one green thing leads to another. For me, cloth diapering led to recycling, recycling led to composting, composting led to gardening and so on.

So what are your New Year's goals? Are you diving in head first starting tomorrow or are you planning on taking things slow?

Make sure to read Becca's post on Tuesday January 1st for in depth tips for how to be successful at achieving your Fluffy New Years Resolutions!

Comments

Date 12/31/2012
Eve
My resolution is to start using cloth sooner on our second baby (due in January) than we did with our first. With our first, we waited until he was 7 months old to switch, mostly because the prospect of switching seemed complicated and overwhelming. It was easier to just keep buying paper. But now we are experienced with cloth, and although we don't have any NB-sized cloth, we've got a stash to fit from 8-10 lbs and up! The only barrier is that we haven't ever used cloth on a baby who wasn't
Date 12/31/2012
Christiana Colon
Date 12/31/2012
Celeste meely
We love cloth diapers!! Almost 2 years we have been using them. We use fuzzy bunz and have most of all colors! I try and match with her dresses! They look Soo cute! I'm usually a full time cloth diaper user! I make sure I wash every 4th day but reasoning with my friends who don't use cloth seems like they just wasting money and not earth friendly!! I can't believe we save so much for past 2 years and they grow with her! Adjusted a couple of times. Well we will continue to wear them until she is
Date 12/31/2012
Jessica B
My cloth diaper resolution is to start using cloth when out and about and not just at home. I am loving cloth diapering my four month old. I was a little intimidated about using cloth on the go, but as I gain confidence in the world of cloth I feel ready to take the next step toward CDing full time.
Date 12/31/2012
Sarah T
My goal is to continue making an effort to be more green with my baby care habits. We switched to cloth full time about two months ago, when my little one was two months old. Next I would like to build up my stash a little more, and make the switch to cloth wipes as well. We won't be starting solids until around six months, but I am hoping to make everything for him and avoid prepackaged baby foods! Happy New Year!
Date 12/31/2012
Christiana C
To help my sister you who is due in August to use only cloth when my niece or nephew arrives. We have used cloth on my 18 month old son since he was 6 weeks. She knows all the ins and out with him, I feel if we built up a good stash for her there will be money saved, less waste, and fluffier bums in the world.
Date 12/31/2012
Jennifer Falbo-Negron
For my New Year's cloth diapering goal, I am continuing to see what fitteds and wool covers work the best for my guy. Other goals are to get myself back in shape by working out 3-5x's per week (at home and at the gym) and start composting little by little. I agree about healthy/green choices leading to more. Happy New Year!
Date 12/31/2012
Tiffany pedone
My New Years resolution is to incorporate cloth diapers into my daughter's daycare routine. Originally the daycare teacher liked at me like I was crazy when I said I still BF her at 22 months and use cloth diapers. They said " it's unsanitary." However I would really like to in service the daycare staff about the different cloth diapers out there and show them that they are the same as disposables. In my personal life I would like to save money buy bringing my own lunch to work, and decrease spe
Date 12/31/2012
Tiffany pedone
My New Years resolution is to incorporate cloth diapers into my daughter's daycare routine. Originally the daycare teacher liked at me like I was crazy when I said I still BF her at 22 months and use cloth diapers. They said " it's unsanitary." However I would really like to in service the daycare staff about the different cloth diapers out there and show them that they are the same as disposables. In my personal life I would like to save money buy bringing my own lunch to work, and decrease spe
Date 12/31/2012
Tiffany pedone
My New Years resolution is to incorporate cloth diapers into my daughter's daycare routine. Originally the daycare teacher liked at me like I was crazy when I said I still BF her at 22 months and use cloth diapers. They said " it's unsanitary." However I would really like to in service the daycare staff about the different cloth diapers out there and show them that they are the same as disposables. In my personal life I would like to save money buy bringing my own lunch to work, and decrease spe
Date 12/31/2012
Megan C
My goal is to cloth diaper full-time. Right now we are only part-timers (honestly, due to convenience - with three kiddos and zero support system locally, I found myself falling behind on laundry). I think organization and scheduling are part of that for me. Would also like to further reduce waste by making all of my son's food (and avoid the packaged stuff) as he moves into solids (again, something I'd only done part-time with my older two kiddos). Would be nice to be able to say I have a waste
Date 1/1/2013
Brittany R
My New Years cloth resolution is to stop making excuses to use disposables. I'd like to eventually do away with disposable wipes and cloth even when we visit home! And I'm hoping my hubs will hang me a laundry line so I can line-dry when it's nice out instead of lining them on our deck! Lol
Date 1/1/2013
Sara Parise
My New Years resolution is to switch to cloth wipes. My mom and a friend made me a stack. I would like to use them, but with a newborn I've been so overwhelmed it has seemed easier to just reach for the disposable wipes I got at my shower. I love my cloth diapers! My stash is still growing so I wash every other day. My husband and I are becoming big fans of pocket diapers, but I don't think there's anything better than the thick flannel prefolds my mom made us for overnight. I tuck them into th
Date 1/1/2013
Laura LeGaux
My goal is to use less electricity; line-dry more and use wool dryer balls.
Date 1/2/2013
Susie B
I have used cloth diapers on all four of my daughters, so I have the diapering part down. But I am new to using wool covers this time around. I resolve to use wool more consistently. I want to get into a regular washing & lanolizing routine, instead of feeling timid and overwhelmed about use and care of our woolies! I like how breathable and natural wools are compared to PUL.
Date 12/30/2014
Peta-Gaye Daniel
This post is 2 years old, yet timely :-)

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