If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever consider cloth diapering, I would have probably laughed. In fact, I remember specifically saying that I would never cloth diaper. It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve actually considered it.
After doing some research lately, I realized that it doesn’t have to be as difficult or time-consuming as I had assumed. Gone are the days of folding diapers and securing them with pins..unless you want to, of course. Many people love prefold diapers and flats (though I don’t think many people use pins any more.)
Another misconception I had was that in order to cloth diaper, you had to dish our several hundred dollars to build a stash. That just was never possible for us and still isn’t.
While there are some more expensive diapers that are $20+ each, the ones I got are $7 each…and I paid even less, since I bought a package deal. I ended up with 13 diapers for $83 (the package deal was 12 for $76, but since I would get free shipping over $80, I picked out one more diaper.)
I don’t plan on using only cloth diapers, but I figure I spent so little on the diapers that even just using them part time will save us money in the long run, especially since I’ll have a new little one to use them with besides Josiah.
Cloth diapers now are so simple now! There are so many different kinds to choose from.
I decided to go with one-size pocket diapers. I like that I won’t have to buy different sizes (although the ones I got do say they fit from 8lbs and up, so they probably wouldn’t fit a newborn.) I also like that I can stuff them with just 1 insert for the daytime, or with 2 for overnight. The diapers I got, Kawaii Ultra Soft One Size Snap Diapers, come with 2 microfiber inserts each. Pocket diapers also dry faster because they aren’t as thick.
So far, I’m really liking them. I only have been using them a few days, but no leaks so far! Annie even has been wearing them over night!
And aren’t the colours great? There are many colours and patterns to choose from; the patterned ones cost a bit more as do the minky ones; I just went with the less expensive solid colour diapers.
I thought that the wash routine with diapers would be confusing. There are some differences in washing cloth diapers as opposed to regular clothes laundry, but it really isn’t bad. It’s basically just using less detergent (and making sure the detergent you use is OK for cloth diapers–some detergents leave a lot of residue on clothes, which will cause them to repel liquid instead of absorb it), adding an extra rinse, and making sure not to use fabric softener or dryer sheets. You’re also supposed to hang diapers to dry if they have a waterproof layer.
But since we have been hanging our laundry anyway, the only real difference is that I have to run down to the basement to add a rinse cycle. Not bad!
Do you cloth diaper? Would you ever consider it?