When we shared the decision to use cloth diapers with our parents, they were shocked; horrified might actually be a better word. Even after explaining how today’s cloth diapers are not the same as the ones they know, they remained perplexed. I’m pretty sure bets were placed about how long we’d last before joining the disposables wagon.
To be fair, we did start by using disposables. The mere thought of parenting a newborn was overwhelming enough; we didn’t want to add any potentially complicating variables right at the beginning.
Nonetheless, we’ve been cloth diapering now for about two months, and I feel like an update is appropriate, especially for our parents…who also happen to be the primary readers of this blog. Hi guys!
So, why do we do it?
I was first exposed to the more modern system of cloth diapering when I babysat for some friends of ours years ago. While quite a bit of time had passed between then and becoming pregnant, I remember being fairly nonplussed by the cloth diaper experience as a babysitter. Tyler and I also happen to respect and admire many other parenting decisions these friends have made, so I figured why not investigate if it could work for us.
Tyler was initially very skeptical, but after getting him to read this article, he was quickly convinced. Cute colors/design? Check! Easy to find/buy? Check! Environmental benefits? Check! Save a significant chunk of change? Check! Check! Check!
What Type We Use
We chose to use the Flip Hybrid system, which was awarded “Best Value” by BabyGearLab.
Aside from the benefits listed above, I think there are two other components of cloth diapering that we’ve really come to appreciate. The first is that I cannot remember H ever having a blow-out with our cloth diapers, which did happen regularly when she was using disposables. In addition, H does not get diaper rash with cloth, ever. While I probably have four or five tubes of diaper cream at the ready, it’s so nice NOT to have to use them. Finally, one of the potential advantages I’m really looking forward to is early potty training. Our friends, same as above, mentioned that they’d read, on average, cloth diapered babies get potty trained earlier. I don’t know if this will actually transpire, but I’m all for the possibility!
Honestly, I am not exaggerating when I say there isn’t really anything we don’t like about them. Sure, we have to do laundry more often than usual, but everything else about cloth diapering has gone pretty smoothly. The one caveat I will give , though, is that they do have be “broken in”; this really just means that you have to wash the inserts several times before using them to maximize their absorbency. I didn’t find this out until a little too late…
Will we use them should we have more children?
P.S. I know this post is quite broad, so if you have any more specific questions about cloth diapering, please leave a comment. I’m definitely not an expert, but I’d be happy to answer!