Before Maggie was born, we already knew we would be moving to Kenya before she was potty trained (way before). So it seemed logical to use cloth diapers for her, as we were unsure what the availability of disposables would be. As it turns out, there are plenty of disposable diaper options in Nairobi, although they are quite a bit more expensive than in the States. While I was researching cloth diapers, I found that the days of the traditional "pre-fold" cloth diaper and rubber pants are long gone, and in their place are a myriad of options for cloth diapering. We ended up selecting what I like to call the cadillac of cloth diapers, BumGenius 3.0 (that's the official name, yes). BGs are a one size option that, because of a series of simple yet ingenius snaps, fit babies 8-35 lbs. Maggie has been using them since age 2 months (we received a diaper service as a gift in Ann Arbor) and they are still working great. Although, we have high hopes that she will not be using them much longer. :) All the McCropders kiddos who use diapers have at least a few Bums. Shown below was a photo shoot of Maggie, Abi, and Micah in their matching "grasshopper" colored Bums, maybe 8 months ago or so.
All this to say, when we knew Ben was coming along, it was only logical to continue the Bum trend. We debated about if 20 diapers would be enough for a newborn and a toddler and wisely decided, no. I had heard about a company in the US called Cotton Babies who offers diaper grants to missionaries. I emailed them and, what a blessing, we received 15 more BumGenius diapers, plus some wipes, diaper bags, "bum spray" and detergent samples for FREE! If you are at all interested in cloth diapers, or you are a missionary who wants to apply for the free diaper grant, or you just want to check out these nice people, the website is www.cottonbabies.com

Here is Ben sleeping next to his giant pile of clean diapers (to be fair, some of them are Maggie's):
Thanks, Cotton Babies!


Megan Shirley said...

Kuddos to the Tenwek Moms for cloth diapering! We are all disposables in Kijabe. Due to chronic water shortage and high electricity costs they encourage disposables which are actually the same price as the US really - except no coupons of course! Ben's a doll. The countdown for potty training Gus is on at our house. What will I do with no diapers?

Kristen said...

I was just at a baby shower for my niece, and she had registered for Cotton Babies diapers and baby things. I got to see the multi-snap pants that grow with the child. Really neat! Seems like CB has a lot of nice things. The initial cost is pricey, but I'm sure it's a lot less expensive in the long run. Sooo glad you heard about their donations to missionaries. What a blessing!