We spent nearly 8 months using disposable diapers for Ryan. Now that we use cloth, we wish we had converted earlier… we wish we had known then what we know now. So to anyone interested in trying out cloth… whether you have a baby now (it’s not too late to switch!!!) or are pregnant or trying to conceive… here are some things we have learned:
*cloth diapers are big and bulky and it will be hard to fit clothes or pants over them*
Nope. I admit this was totally a concern of mine. Ryan grows out of clothes fast enough as it is, I didn’t need big diapers making the job any harder! But really, the cloth diapers aren’t that bulky and onesies or outfits snap over them just fine. Sure, maybe they make the booty look a little bigger, but it’s cute
*you have to soak dirty cloth diapers in a wet pail before washing*
Um, no. I guess when I was preggo and trying to google cloth diaper info, this was something I kept reading that scared me away. Leaving a big pail filled with water in the bedroom (or laundry room) that poopy diapers are soaking in? That sounds gross. And smelly. And messy. I think some people do actually do this… but I still don’t know why. As long as you’re washing ohhh, every other day? it’s ok. Sometimes I run an extra rinse cycle in the washing machine before washing with soap (with poopy diapers), but that’s about it.
*the cloth diapers are going to stain and look dirty and then who wants to use them?!*
Only ONE of my diaper inserts has stained so far… even though Ryan has covered many more than that in poop. Sure, it happens. But not often–I mean, it’s not that much of a problem. And? There’s this magical thing called sun-bleaching. Seriously, magical. You take stained cloth, lay it outside in the sun and viola!! Stains GONE! I told you, magic.
*my husband can’t get the hang of it*
PLEASE. Does he also claim to not know how to iron his clothes or start the dishwasher? Cloth diapers can be just as easy, if not easier, than disposables. There are AIO (all in one) diapers that don’t require any inserts–and you can even buy ones that velcro shut instead of snapping. There… EXACTLY like using a disposable, you just throw it in the washer when dirty instead of in the trash.
*there are way too many types of cloth diapers, I’m never going to figure this out!!!*
Believe me, I feel your pain. I was way overwhelmed at first and it’s probably a big part of why we didn’t start out with cloth–I tried to google information. AH! You’ll get a million ideas and opinions that way and end up with a headache. Check out these sites:
Cloth Diaper Dictionary at Diaper Pin (also a great How To section)
Kelly’s Closet – LOVE this site for buying diapers. Each section has info and suggested brands. (And? SUPER fast shipping)
Diaper Swappers – forum for questions and a marketplace to buy/sell
Cloth Diapering Bloggers – just a fun ning community site for chatting!
*dealing with poop and the extra loads of laundry are too much of a hassle*
Most surprising thing about converting to cloth: how EASY it is. We don’t have to do any poop scraping yet because Ryan is still mainly breastfed (which equals watery poop) so we just throw his diapers right in the washer. Once the poop gets a bit more solid, we got a diaper sprayer that attaches to your toilet… but lots of people don’t even use that–you can just shake it off into the toilet, dunk it in the toilet and flush (while holding onto one corner), etc. Get a wet bag to throw the dirty diapers in and the whole thing can go straight to the washer–wet bag and all!
*dude, cloth diapers are cheap and hard to put on and I’m not putting pins near my baby.*
DUDE, where have you been. These are not your grandma’s cloth diapers. Sure you can still use prefolds with covers, but you certainly don’t need safety pins. If anything, you can use a fastener called a Snappi. But I prefer other types of cloth diapers: pockets, AIOs, AI2s… which are just like putting on a disposable.
And they’re CUTE.
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Have any misconceptions to add?? Or if you’re undecided about using cloth, what’s holding you back?? What are your questions?!