I didn’t cloth diaper Michael & Connor. I thought it was gross. My mom cloth diapered my youngest 2 brothers, who are now 17 & 16 years old. Back then, she used, I guess what would be prefolds & plastic pants. They totally grossed me out! I was 12-13 then & I remember her using them on my youngest brother the most. Mainly, because she would change them, then give the diapers to me or my brother (who is 2 years 9 months younger than me) and have us rinse them (if poopy) or if not, put them in the washer. She got all her diapers & plastic pants from Walmart. My brother & I got this system down to where we would hold them by the corner & flush the stool down the toilet. I didn’t want to touch someone else’s poo! When we had to take them to the washing machine, which was down the hall, through the dining room & in a corner of the kitchen (we lived in a tiny tiny house.) we would keep extra plastic bags from the grocery store in the bathroom & place the diapers in there so we didn’t have to wring them out lol.
From the time we found out that our attempts at a 4th pregnancy were successful, RC and I had decided that we wanted to cloth diaper! We wanted to do everything we could to save any extra money. (I am also breastfeeding to save on having to buy as much formula!)
Cloth diapers sure have come a long way in the past 17 years! Now they aren’t only better for the environment, but they are cute too! I wasn’t sure how much I would like cloth diapering, so I didn’t buy a whole bunch of diapers before Rosalie was born. Now that I am using cloth though, I will say that I love it! I have found things that I love about using cloth, and very very few things that I don’t like!
- They’re Soft; Cloth diapers are much softer against baby’s skin than disposable diapers! Rosalie is a much much happier baby when she is in cloth, than when she is in disposables!
- Free of chemicals; There are no chemicals in cloth diapers, which is awesome! In most disposable diapers, there are many chemicals. I like knowing that I am not putting a ton of nasty chemicals on Rosalie’s cute little bum!
- Reusable; Yeah!! This part is just plain awesome! Want to quit filling the landfills around the nation with diapers that will stay there for years to come? Cloth diapers are able to be used 200 or more times in their “life-span”.
- Less Rashes; In all of Rosalie’s 5 months alive, she has had 1 rash. And, in all actuality, it wasn’t a rash, it was a yeast infection from the thrush that she had had about 2 weeks before, and it just made it’s way down from her mouth to her diaper area.
- Cost; This is the biggie for me! Most babies will go through over 6000 diapers in the first 2 years, and that is only if they are ready to potty train at 2! (Neither of my boys were really interested in trying to potty train at 2, and I wasn’t going to push them to have them rebel! Michael was out of diapers by his 3rd birthday & Connor at 2 1/2 years – I’ll do another post soon on potty training!) The brand of diapers that I used with the boys were $17.97. I got 120 or so diapers in a box (*I think*) We went through between 2 & 3 boxes a month because they were both such heavy wetters! That’s between $35.94 & $53.91 a month, for something you are just going to throw away! Calculate that to a year – and you have between $431.28 & $646.92 a year for disposables! Depending on how fancy you want your cloth, you can spend anywhere from $300 to $1000 for your child’s entire time in diapers. They will also last for 2 or more children!
- Cute; They are super cute! You can get many many different prints & colors also! Look at my cloth diapered princess!!
Do you cloth diaper?
Do you have a favorite brand or type?