As promised, today I’m going to talk about our experience with cloth diapering. The main reason we decided to cloth diaper instead of using disposables was financial. While cloth diapering necessitates a large primary financial commitment, most experts state that cloth diapering saves around $1600 over the time your baby is in diapers. That’s a lot of money. Then, if you use the same diapers on the second child, you double that! My first car cost almost that much–it was $2400. So yeah, money played a big part. Secondly, cloth diapers are better for the environment, and also for your baby. No chemicals to wick away moisture. The other advantage of the lack of chemical moisture wicking is that cloth diapered babies tend to potty train earlier because they can tell when they’re wet. Another advantage of heard but have yet to experience, is that there are far fewer blow outs with cloth diapers than with disposables. All of this equals two Tubbs on board with cloth diapers!
In line with my training, and obsessive nature (you know it’s true friends), I did a lot of research about the types of cloth diapers, how many we’d need, when to start using them, etc, etc, etc. Luckily, a local baby store here does a cloth diaper trial that allows you to try out a bunch of different types of dipes so that you can figure out what you and your baby like best. There were a variety of dipes in the trial pack: Bum Genius shapes and hook and loop, Rumparooz, Bummis EasyFit, some prefolds and covers, and some old fashioned ones like our moms used to use. After about 5 minutes, Isaac declared that he hated anything with snaps and that his favorites were the Bummis. The Bummis are super cool because they’re an AIO diaper with an insert that’s attached so you don’t have to find it and match it up. We both like them the best so we decided that we’d get these for our stash.
There’s a lot of discussion about how many cloth diapers you need. People say anywhere from 12-24 (some people get carried away and buy more). I knew 12 would be too few because babies pee a lot. A LOT. So I thought 18 would be enough. We got 15 of the Bummis and 2 covers with 3 inserts. We were still doing laundry every day, so we decided to up the stash to 24. We just got 6 more (thanks Aunt Kim and Uncle Gary!), so now we have 21, hopefully that will do us.
Right now, washing them is no big deal. Breast milk poop is pretty liquidy, so we don’t have to spray anything off. Some friends who also cloth diaper have recommended disposable inserts for when Ben starts on solids. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Right now we just throw the diapers in the wet bag and when it’s full, we toss the whole thing in the wash with some Charlie’s Soap. They’re dryer safe (though I’d like to get a line in the backyard so we can dry them outside), so it’s pretty sweet. We’ve been doing it for 5 weeks now and we’ve had no staining or stink issues.
In addition to them being better for my pocket book, my baby, and the environment, they’re super cute and Ben looks adorable! We are 100% on board. Now if only I could convince Isaac that cloth wipes are the way to go.