I'm not sure what got me interested in cloth diapers...I thought about it several months ago when Cam was still pretty small, but I watched some videos while I was researching (I pretty much can't do anything without thoroughly doing my "homework," as my dad says :} ), and, eww. No thanks. However, recently, more and more of my friends have started cloth diapering, and they love it! I've never heard of anyone who has regretted using cloth diapers. And, since my stomach is somewhat stronger now, I decided to look into it again. The general consensus is that cloth diapers are a cheaper and more eco-friendly way to diaper your kids. I read that families save about $1,000 on diapers if they use cloth for one child, and even more if they continue using the same diapers for subsequent children. Nice. I also read that a family goes through an average of 60 diapers a week per child until they are potty trained. Now, I'm not great at math as we all know...but I think that means you would use 6,240 diapers, assuming your child is potty trained by age 2 (most take longer!). That's a lot of garbage! Literally! And apparently it takes between 100-500 years for non-biodegradable diapers to decompose. I watched Captain Planet. I know that's not good for the environment. We gotta bring pollution down to zero, people! Ok, that's a little dramatic...but, all that info got me to at least consider giving cloth a chance. And so it began.
Holy AIOs and diaper sprayers, there's a lot of info out there!! It is incredibly overwhelming to try to figure this stuff out. I tried to educate myself on every single brand and style and try to determine the best option, which is impossible, and finally decided to take the plunge and just buy some darn diapers. You gotta start somewhere! The only brand I could find that is easily accessible to buy at a physical store as opposed to online was gDiapers at Babies R Us. They look like this:
My friend let me use some of her FuzziBunz brand diapers so I could see how we liked them. Here's what they look like:
These are pocket diapers. That means that you stuff cloth inserts into the outer shell. (there is no disposable option). When you change the diaper, you have to put on a whole new one...there is no reusing these multiple times. You will have more laundry, but these also seem to be more effective and less "fussy," shall we say. If you have your shell stuffed with inserts and ready to go, it takes exactly the same amount of effort as a disposable diaper. I like that. No dealing with a plastic liner, no bunching issues. The ones I tried had a snap closure (as pictured), which will take some getting used to, but I think this brand also has the Velcro option. They are bulkier, but I don't really have anything bad to say about this brand. However, we didn't try them overnight.
Speaking of, last night was the first time we tried to cloth diaper overnight.
5:30pm- put on a BumWear brand pocket diaper that I just purchased used from a military wife. It looks like this (same super cute dinosaur pattern any everything!):
A $27 diaper, by the way. No, I didn't pay that much...it was included in an assortment of brands she was selling. Anyway, I stuffed it with two gDiaper cloth inserts. Good to go. Ha...haha.
1:00am- Cam wakes up. Nothing unusual about that (unfortunately). I go to check on him. Well, shoot. The two cloth inserts: soaked. The BumWear diaper shell: soaked. His pajama pants: soaked. His sheets: luckily, just damp. Umm, yeah...fail. I just put a Huggies Overnite diaper on him after that. We might just be daytime cloth users for this guy :/
So these three brands are the only ones I've tried so far. I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the brands I got yesterday. *sigh* Trial and error...and a lot of patience. We'll see how it goes! It'll be worth it, right?