ATLANTA - Times are tough and saving money is starting to be the number one goal of every family - even a growing family. More and more moms are looking to the past when it comes to raising baby and that includes reuseable, or cloth, diapers.

Do you remember your mom telling you how you were raised in cloth diapers and how easy everything is for new mothers these days? Well, in exchange for that convenience many moms are paying a hefty price. So in this economy, some new mothers are thinking maybe mom did know best.

Katie Williams is your typical mom. She has four children: 7-year old twins, a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old.

Willams has her hands full. But it's what's on her babies' bottoms that gets the most reaction from people.

"It's anywhere from, 'I don't want to do that, I don't like the poop factor, I don't like the pins' and then I tell them how easy it is," said mother Katie Williams.

The Metro Atlanta mom uses cloth diapers instead of disposables.

"You slide the inserts in and that's it. That's your diaper and very simple, you're just going to snap it," said Williams.

She says most moms are turned off by the "eeww" factor.

"When you have a baby, you're going to have the "eeww" factor. Cloth or disposable you're going to have the "eeww" factor. And honestly it's not that bad. You got the poop in there, you dump it in the toilet, it goes in the wash and you let the washer do its job," said Williams.

Cloth diapers are also better for the environment. But Williams says her main motivation is saving money. While cloth diapers can run between $200 - $300, disposables could cost you more than a $1,000 a year

For an older baby, you'd go through about 20 disposable diapers in about a week. For the same aged baby, 20 cloth diapers are all you will would need from the time they are born until the time they're potty-trained. So basically by buying disposable diapers over and over and over and over again, this is all you're doing to your money.

Now, instead of just saving money, she's making it. Five months ago, Williams started her own cloth diaper business and says her customers have doubled each month.

She says each mom must make their own decisions about how to raise their babies, but a little old school goes a long way.

"People are wanting to save money. Right now it's tough times. Everybody's trying to save a dollar where they can so why not give cloth a try," said Williams.

And if cloth diapers aren't old school enough for you, Williams is one of a growing number of moms making their own baby food. Again, it's a cost-saving measure. Instead of buying a .60 jar of carrots, you could buy a .99 bag of carrots and have a weeks' worth of the same food.

For more information on Williams' business, click here.

 
 
 
 

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