Friday, September 2, 2011

lessons in cloth diapering

I've spoken to several parents recently who had lots of questions about cloth diapering. Some said "I wish we talked to you all before we had so and so." Most people don't realize how easy and awesome cloth diapering can be! So, here are my lessons in cloth diapering!
First, Sophia has been a cloth diapered baby from the start. The first thing we learned is, even the most reluctant parent can love cloth diapering! That would be my husband. He was not convinced until we started using them on Ms. S and now he is totally sold. It's just EASY and CHEAPER.
Second, have a variety to start with. We started with some prefolds, some pocket diapers, and some all in ones. We found that prefolds (the old fashioned type) were the best when she was a newborn. Now that she sleeps 12 hours at night and has solid food poop we prefer the pockets (rubber type outside with microfiber insert to absorb wetness). All-in-Ones (sort of a combo of the 2) are on my list of, don't waste your money, but others may love them-you have to find what works for you and your baby.
Third, cleaning cloth diapers is very easy. Every two days or so we toss the bag of diapers in the laundry run a cold cycle and a hot cycle and dry them in the dryer. They come out looking and smelling brand new! and no our laundry machine is not filled with poop... I know some of you were wondering. ;)
There is so much more to know about diapers but the last thing I want to leave you with are some final thoughts on why I am totally convinced (even more so now than I was before!) that cloth diapers are better for Ms Sophia. We used disposables on a few trips this summer and found that 1. they smell awful 2. they gave Sophia diaper rash and 3. they leaked a lot! All problems that we don't have with cloth diapers!
Cloth diapering may seem...gross, a lot of work....only for the green, granola type....but it's not! Just ask my husband! :)

1 comment:

  1. I'm so excited to try cloth diapers with baby #2! I can't say that we're 100% there {I'll be needing a more detailed tutorial!} but I really think it's something I want to try. Thanks for being so inspiring!