Yes, I said it, I am a cloth diaper addict. I am at 36 hours without purchasing a diaper. You think it’s funny? I promise, you go on Etsy and look up cloth diapers, and the WAHMs will blow your mind with cuteness. As is the store bought brands weren’t cute enough! I could cloth my baby girl in second hand without blinking an eye. Clothes or diapers. Just so that she can have (ok, so I can have) an amazing selection of cloth diapers! They are like kittens, soft and fluffy (and sometimes, full of poop). They grow, just like kittens (one size diapers with an adjustable rise fit from 8-35 lbs, roughly). They are comforting, like kittens, well, they are softer on the bum. And let’s talk how much they soak up. Like a kitten soaks up the sun, a fitted cloth diaper, with a fleece or wool cover, can withstand all night on the baby. I think the diaper has the kitten beat there. I haven’t seen a kitten lay in the sun for twelve hours, yet. This performance is done without any butt cream (there are few you can use with cloth, unless you use a barrier, but we’ll save that for another day), and without a rash. That’s right, a soaking wet baby, who isn’t cranky and no red bum. A dry diaper in the morning, and all is well with the world. And like kittens, you feel like you can never have too many of them (other than the expense). And that leads us to the next hot topic.
Expense. Such a horrible word. And if you use disposables, it’s a weekly word. With cloth, it’s a start up word. Sometimes, a fill in here or there, but think about it. For under $500 (under $100 if you’re a really thrifty mom or pop), you can cloth diaper your LO from birth to potty training. One case of sposies cost $18 on sale. At least it did the last time I bought a case of Luvs. One case lasts about 1 1/2-2 weeks at best. Mind you, that is not really changing them when they need it, but when the diaper is full. many parents to be start stocking up before baby. So, if you were to put aside enough to buy a case of diapers every check (twice a month), that would be $50/month. If you start doing this with the start of your second trimester, you would have approximately $300 for diapers, which is plenty to get started with the finest of diapers. You can look for the deals, and pick one of this and that (don’t buy all one kind until you see what works for you and baby). Or, you can purchase a trial, which means you pay up front, and return the diapers you don’t like for a credit. It only costs about $30 if you don’t like any of them. Or, buy used to start. There are so many options, and they are all an investment, because, like clothes, you can sell them (but the hold their value better). I recommend shopping at a diaper store (whether in person or online) over a chain, as you will be able to get free shipping on most orders, and a free diaper in some cases. So the finance doesn’t outweigh the work?
Are you sure about that, I mean, how much work is three loads of laundry a week? Seriously, that’s all there is to it. No cleaning off poop until baby starts solid foods(did you know you are supposed to do that with Pampers, too?). Once baby starts solids, you can swish and flush(the old way) or use a diaper sprayer (and preferable a splatter shield). Fun and easy! And no one will complain if your diapers don’t get folded, so you can stuff (if you choose pockets) and go as you need! I promise, you don’t have to do it the way Granny did(though you can if you want to). Think about it!