This post is sponsored by Esembly, a diapering system for sustainability.
We’re two months into diapering our third baby in cloth and I’ve never been more glad to proselytize. If you haven’t yet converted to cloth diapers, consider this my most earnest recruitment. In even the best of times, I’d opt for cloth diapers over disposable, but in a moment when the supply of disposable diapers and wipes is disrupted, when hours spent at home are abundant, and when uncertainty about the future feels especially acute, cloth diapers make even more sense. In fact, I have a feeling they might just be having their moment of glory.
Since Calder’s birth in mid-February, we’ve had the chance to test-drive the new Esembly cloth diapering system. Esembly is the brainchild of Diaperkind, the cloth diaper service we use, which exists for New York City families like ours who don’t have a washer and dryer of their own. Esembly is a new wash-at-home system for cloth diapering that lets families enjoy the convenience, sustainability, and considerable cost savings of cloth diapers, no matter where in the United States they live.
There are approximately 11 million diaper-age babies in the US right now. Each of those babies uses, on average, 55 diapers per week, resulting in the consumption of over 31 BILLION diapers every year. That means that from birth through potty training, the majority of babies use an astounding 7,000-plus disposable diapers each. But for babies using Esembly, that number plunges to just 48 and those few diapers have the potential to save families thousands of dollars.
After the initial purchase of Esembly diapers and accessories, the only recurring costs are running the laundry twice per week and purchasing a bag of washing powder every two months. If the diapers get used for an additional child or two, families see even greater savings. For folks who find the initial investment of Esembly out of reach, the company offers an interest-free monthly payment plan making Esembly less expensive than disposables in the long term and the short term.
While our apartment and building is without the washer and dryer we’d need to be able to regularly wash all of our cloth diapers at home ourselves, we’ve been using Esembly inners and outers along with their skincare line and accessories and loving them. (I even ran a few loads of diapers through a borrowed washing machine and dryer to see the process from start to finish myself.)
The Esembly products and system include all of the innovations and thoughtfulness that I’d expect coming from folks who have been running Diaperkind and washing nearly 15,000 diapers a week for the past 11 years. From navigating the Esembly website to select supplies and gather information, to snapping inners and outers onto a tiny baby on her first night home, all the way through pulling my first freshly washed load out of a dryer, the experience has felt both seamless and sensible.
Esembly provides everything a family needs to diaper sustainably: blowout- proof diapers, organic skincare that’s also cloth-friendly, storage bags in various sizes, and a line of laundry essentials. In the Esembly system, diapering is as simple as using a fitted organic cotton inner paired with a blow-out proof, waterproof outer cover made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. Cleaning is as straightforward as using a patent-pending laundry detergent and following a foolproof step-by-step wash process based on more than a decade of experience in getting cloth diapers clean.
For me, using Esembly feels like having an exceedingly well-qualified and very cheerful friend around to help me along. In all things having to do with taking care of babies, it’s a balm to feel taken care of yourself and I think that’s the thing about Esembly that I like the best. They worked out the kinks, and fussed over the laundry science, and powered through the leak tests, and developed the washing system so that we didn’t have to. In the process, they’ve not only made a cloth diapering system that works, but also one that feels modern and fresh and optimistic.
As an added incentive to give cloth a go, Esembly is extending a special 10% discount to Reading My Tea Leaves readers. (To apply the discount to your order, follow the link above or use the code TeaLeaves10.)
This post was sponsored by Esembly, a diapering system for sustainability, designed to help families live less disposably. All opinions are my own. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.