There are many things that indicate I am crazy, and you can go ahead and add cloth diapers to the list if you want.
Before we were pregnant, I had a friend who told me she was going to use cloth diapers on her new baby. I called her a hippie.
Fast forward however-many months, and my husband and I went to visit my friend when her baby was born. She showed me her cloth diapers and gave me the low-down on how she reached that decision. Then my hubby and I decided that maybe it was pretty smart. When we got pregnant, we were pretty sure that we would use them as well. It made sense to help the environment and save some money along the way.
Fast forward to our 19 week ultrasound when we got the shock of our lives and discovered we were actually carrying TWO babies. Once we recovered from that, we thought it was obvious that we would use cloth diapers. Why, you ask?
Who doesn’t want to save money?!?! It is estimated that parents will spend up to $2000 diapering their baby in disposables from birth to potty training. Unlike some things that come with multiples, diapers are not things your babies can share, so you can go ahead and multiple that cost times 2 (or 3….or 4…) with your multiples. I have spent approximately $700 on cloth diapers and accessories, and I have purchased one-size diapers which are good for up to 35 pounds. We do not have a monthly diaper line item in our budget!
Did you know that a disposable diaper takes up to 500 years to decompose in the landfills? Diapers make up 1/3 of the US’s trash. That’s a lot!!
3. Better for baby
I definitely feel better about having nice, clean, soft white cloth next to my babies’ skin rather than chemically-filled paper. That’s just me. Diaper rash is very rare because they get changed often enough to prevent it.
That’s it! They are just CUTE!
The Four Basic Types of Cloth Diapers: (taken from kellyscloset.com – my favorite online cloth diaper retailer/resource!)
|1.||All-in-One Cloth Diapers (also known as “AIO”s) – These diapers are the easiest and most leak proof diapers to use and have a built in diaper cover sewn into the cotton or fleece layer. They fasten with snaps or velcro and work like the ease of a disposable. NO diaper cover required.
Examples of All-in-Ones:
|2.||Fitted or Contoured Cloth Diapers – These diapers are fitted with snaps or velcro and do require a diaper cover. One of the reasons why customers choose these diapers is because they dry faster than the All-in-One diapers.
Examples of Fitted/Contoured Diapers:
|3.||Pre-fold and Flat Diapers (old-fashioned diapers) – These diapers are wonderful for not only diapering but are used as burp cloths, household clean-ups, and so much more. These diapers need to be fastened with pins or a Snappi and used with a diaper cover. Most of the covers we have available do NOT require the use of pins.
Examples of Pre-fold or Flat Diapers:
|4.||Pocket Cloth Diapers
What is a Pocket Diaper? The three main components of the pocket diapers are: first, a waterproof outer barrier fabric that is sewn to the second component, an inner moisture-wicking fabric that keeps the skin feeling dry. These two fabrics form a pocket for the third component, an absorbent insert. However, the term “Pocket Diapers” is so much more than just two layers of fabric sewn together! Pocket Diapers function in a way that no other diaper has in history. They use special materials against the baby’s skin to keep the baby’s skin dry resulting in numerous benefits for the mom and baby, not to mention the elimination and treatment of diaper rash … which is why this style diaper was created in the first place.
Examples of Pocket Diapers:
(Most of my stash are pocket diapers)
Common questions I am asked:
1. What do you do with the poop?
I have a diaper sprayer that is hooked into the water line of the toliet. I spray off the poop and flush it away and put the diaper into the pail (which is just a trashcan from Walmart lined with a pail liner) We have no issues with stink.
2. What about the laundry?
I have enough diapers that I wash twice a week. That is not so much that it feels like a ton of work, but it’s often enough where the diapers don’t stink.
My babies, in their cloth diapers, at 9 months old
A stack of clean, cute, fresh cloth diapers
If you have any other questions about cloth diapering, let me know! You can leave a comment here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you still think I’m crazy? I hope not!