When I was pregnant with J, four years ago, I spent a lot of time thinking about our finances and looking into how much money it costs to take care of a baby. I was appalled at the cost and became determined to find ways to reuse and spend less money. I made the decision to breastfeed until 1 year (unless there was no other option), and to not use disposable diapers.
I had heard a bit about cloth, but didn’t know much. After a ton of internet research, I quickly became overwhelmed with all the jargon (snappies, doublers, AIO’s, pockets, stripping, etc.). But, I dove into it and asked a lot of questions and learned a lot
I ended up buying 24 prefolds, 5 covers, and a couple snappies, and my cloth diapering adventure began. Since then I’ve added 24 larger prefolds, 24 doublers, 5 larger covers, 5 pocket diapers, and a couple cute wet bags. *Pictures below are links to the products I use so you can learn more about them*
- My boys don’t have issues with diaper rash.
- Cloth doesn’t smell like disposables do. I really can’t stand the smell of wet disposables…maybe that’s just me.
- We have never had a poopy blowout in cloth. Both my boys have had major blowouts when wearing the occasional disposable when we travel. These cause stains and ruin clothing…and I hate them.
- I don’t have to run to the store for diapers…ever. Sure I have to stay on top of diaper laundry, but if I do run out I have different sized diapers I can use until I can get to the laundry.
- I have spent around $400 on diapers from birth to potty training, for 2 boys! Now, that’s what I call cheap!
- I use prefolds and covers because they are cheap and they are easier to take care of than diapers with a bunch of elastic. Plus, they can be reused as rags when we don’t need diapers any more.
- I have a few pocket diapers that I keep stuffed for babysitters and family who aren’t used to cloth. They are easier to take off and put on than the prefolds.
- It is better for the environment. Sure you use more water and detergent, but I feel good knowing that I’m not contributing to the billions of disposable diapers sitting in our landfills.
A couple downsides:
- Sometimes they leak. But hey, I’d rather have pee leak than poop that stains clothing and and super messy. I have fixed leaks with adding doublers, usually just for naptime.
- Poop dumping. By far the worst part of cloth. Breastfeeding poop can be washed away in the washing machine. However, once they start solids, that poop has to go in the toilet. It’s a quick dump most of the time, and I’ve heard that a diaper sprayer helps.
- Laundry. Honestly, the diaper laundry isn’t near as bad as I thought it was going to be. Because I use prefolds, I just stack up the clean diapers and don’t really have to fold a thing, which is the part of laundry I hate the most. I wash diapers every 2-3 days.
Here’s a pic of my current stash that takes me from newborn to potty training.
When I was pregnant, it was totally overwhelming and confusing, but once I started actually doing it, it was easy!
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