Quick thoughts on Cloth Diapering 10 months in.Wednesday, September 16, 2015
That's all you really need to know.
Want more details? Okay. Here's why I love it.
Prior to having Silas there was no doubt in my mind that I at least wanted to try out cloth diapering. We first started out with using disposables until Silas was a little over 8lbs and could fit a prefold and cover. Slowly over time our cloth diaper collection has expanded to include pocket diapers, freetime diapers and more covers and prefolds. Some are brand new and others are second hand (maybe even third hand).
I love how colorful cloth diapers are and how laundry fresh they always smell (with the exception of the dirty diaper after Silas is done with it).
Cloth diapering saves money. So does cloth wipe(ing). On my due date, I thought it would be a good idea to make my own wipes. They're still holding up very well!
Apparently it's good for the environment. (bonus)
You never run out. The biggest annoyance I found with disposables was that we were always making trips to the store to buy more diapers. Also, those things plump up way too quickly and sometimes cause a diaper rash.
*speaking of diaper rash. I use Burt's Bees cream to powder on occasion when Silas gets diaper rash. You can't use just any diaper cream with cloth diapers, unfortunately. I have had no issues with this particular cream repelling.
There is a learning curve with cloth diapers and unfortunately every baby is different. What works for my friends and their baby doesn't work for Silas. However, I am happy to say that we use cloth 99.9% of the time. Even at night (disposables were leaking at night and I finally figured out the perfect combo of inserts to handle Silas' 12-14 hour stretches of sleep)
In closing, if I had to recommend my favorite cloth diaper, it would be the BumGenius Freetime. They have plenty of cute colors and the inserts are SEWN in, so there's no stuffing involved when you put them away after a wash. Brilliant!