I realized the last time I wrote about cloth diapers Gabe was still a wee tiny baby. So! I wanted to update on how the whole cloth diapering thing was going now that we’ve been doing it for 2+ years. I’ve learned a thing or two, but that post from when he was 2 months old still largely remains true.
What I Love About Cloth Diapers:
- The savings. Period. Exclamation point. I would cloth diaper for this alone. We hardly spend anything on diapers. (I’d do a cost comparison, but the washing costs us nothing extra since it’s included in rent and we got many of the diapers as gifts. It’s a landslide win for cloth diapers in the cost.)
- The reduced waste. Aside from the fact that diapers would stink up our kitchen trashcan, disposable diapers take 550 years to completely decompose. That is a long, long time.
- Never running out of diapers.
- The bulk. Gabe’s diapers make his little booty bigger and hold his pants up.
What I Don’t Love About Cloth Diapers:
- Poop. I will not go into this any further. There is no way to sugarcoat the fact that you will have to deal with it. (Though there were *blowouts* in disposable diapers, so I was still dealing with it, just on his clothes instead. YAY CHILDREN.)
- You have to change cloth diapers more often than with disposables.
- Stripping them. Apparently some people use dish soap or special soap or the dishwasher or OxiClean to get their diapers super stripped of all soap residue. I don’t do this and worry I’m doing something wrong. So, I guess this bullet point is more ‘Lack of confidence in diaper caring abilities’ than actually stripping them since I don’t really try to do that.
What I Thought I Wouldn’t Love but Don’t Mind:
- Extra laundry. I do an extra load every other day or so. It’s really no big deal and requires the most minimal amount of effort.
What I Would Do Differently Next Time:
- Double up on inserts sooner. I spent several weeks trying to figure out why the diapers were leaking when the fix was rather easy.
- Try fitteds with covers. Prefolds are more of a pain than pocket diapers, so I’d love to try fitteds for a cheaper and easier middle ground.
- Learn about flushable liners sooner. We use them when we’re out and about so we can still cloth diaper away from home without fear of #2. We also use them when we have to use diaper cream so they protect the diaper from non-compatible creams.
- Not buy any diapers with velcro. Some of the velcro diapers (hook and loop, whatever. I hate when stuff like that is a name brand) are already worn out, and we hoped to use them for multiple children.
My Favorite Things:
- Pocket diapers (FuzziBunz one size or perfect size + BumGenius)
- Prefolds + covers (Bummis + prefolds)
- Nighttime diapers (Hemp inserts + Blueberry diapers)
- Traveling + using diaper creams: Flushable Liners
- Diaper sprayer.
- Diaper pail liner.
- The Try It kit from CottonBabies. (Cannot recommend enough!)
- An insanely supportive spouse. If Mike wasn’t 110% on board with being an equal partner in taking care of Gabe (including washing diapers and using the diaper sprayer!), this would be a much less enjoyable endeavor.
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