“So, what’s it like to cloth diaper?”
I get asked this a lot… by family members, friends, acquaintances, even women in the public restrooms when they see me change my daughter.
The truth? It’s amazing.
No seriously, I really love it. The patterns and colors, the savings, the ease of use; it’s not as scary as one might think.
I initially looked into cloth diapering when I found out I was pregnant. I wanted to determine if it was the right path for me, but I was extremely overwhelmed at first by all the information. And let’s not even talk about the acronyms! AIO, AI2, EUC, etc. I felt like I had fallen into alphabet soup.
A little digging on Pinterest, as well as some chats on Facebook groups, got me into a place where I felt somewhat informed.
Then I had to choose my diapers. I was most interested in cloth diapering for 2 reasons: Saving money and the environment (yes, I’m one of those people). Cost was the main factor; it can get pretty expensive to buy a “stash”, or full set of diapers. They last you through potty training for multiple children, but can clean you out up front.
This led me to two-in-one systems. These types of diapers have a cute cover made from a leak-proof material and snap-in liners that catch all the business. They are more cost effective because you buy less of the expensive part (the cover) and reuse it for multiple diaper changes.
I have to admit, I was still nervous. But my mom convinced me to put them on my registry and have a diaper raffle for my shower. So I did. And man did my family and friends show up! We got enough diapers and inserts for a full rotation!
Then my daughter was born. We had to wait a little while to use the diapers because she was under the minimum weight and extremely skinny. Once she was big enough, I dove in. And I haven’t looked back! I use them everywhere, both home and away. I used them camping back in May and for a weekend trip out of town in June. They’re so easy! I even switched to cloth wipes about a month in because it’s easier. I don’t have to separate garbage from laundry when I change my daughter, and a full blow out usually only takes 2 wipes.
You read that right, two.
And cleaning them is pretty simple too, at least while she’s still exclusively breastfed. No need to scrape or rinse anything; I just dump my special laundry bag out into the washer, throw the bag in, add detergent and go! I bought some recommended detergent after having some issues with my normal stuff, but it wasn’t too expensive and available online.
So to answer that question: cloth diapering is like regular diapering, except I’m not literally throwing money away. And the diapers are much cuter, too.