Thursday, May 5, 2016
Cloth Diapering: 21 Months Later
I've been meaning to write this post (among many others) for a while now. We've been cloth diapering our boy since he was two weeks old and now he's almost 21 months old. I'm no expert, but I can confidently talk about and offer my advice on cloth diapering. For starters, I think cloth diapering is awesome for a number of reasons. I definitely do not think it is a perfect system, but for my family, it's well worth it with the pros and (minor) cons. Please also know that I absolutely understand that cloth diapering is not for everyone - judgment free zone here :)
I think that cloth diapering can seem like a way bigger deal than it is. It may sound like a lot of work. I can tell you as a full-time working mom that it is the least of my worries on a day-to-day basis. It's just doing another load of laundry and we're at the point now with Sage that I really only need to wash diapers every two to three days. Yes, when he was a newborn, I was definitely washing diapers daily. When I went back to work after maternity leave, my husband or I had to make a point to wash diapers each night so they would be ready for the sitter the next day. Put the diapers in the wash at night, then the inserts in the dryer, and hang the diapers to dry overnight. Stuff the inserts into the cloth diapers in the morning and we were set. I promise, no big deal.
If you haven't read my first post, I encourage you to do so because I talk about the type of diapers we use (Bum Genius 4.0) and basically our system. It has evolved a bit over time, but the basics are the same. I still love Bum Genius cloth diapers and recommend them to others.
Things I love about cloth diapering:
Cost savings = More $$$ for other stuff
Better for the environment = Hurray!
Better for the baby's bum = Happiness
I mentioned that we've made some changes in our system since my first post. The major one being that we now use disposable diapers (I like Seventh Generation and Earth's Best) for the night and nap time. We made this change because Sage was having some leaks in the night and during nap time. Maybe it was just the way he was sleeping at certain times that caused a leak, but we started using disposables during the night and haven't looked back. I've also heard of moms saying how much better cloth diapers work in the night than disposables so it's totally a matter of opinion and your experience.
Cloth diapering was a little easier when I was just breastfeeding. All we had to do was throw the whole diaper in the wash and not worry about cleaning out any poop. Sage has been eating solids for the last year so with the addition of solids, that changed our method once again. Now when he has a poop diaper, the poop goes into the toilet, and then the diaper goes into the wash. A quick extra step. That being said, there are messy diapers that are really no fun to clean out, but I've become immune. All part of the cloth diaper experience I suppose. I wouldn't give up cloth diapering just for that reason.
We're starting to enter a time when potty training might be around the corner. Not sure how close that corner is, but we'll see. I plan to follow the same cloth diapering system with our next boy. Right now we have 20 or so cloth diapers and I'll probably accumulate a few more for the new baby. My plan is to use disposables for the first month with the baby and then take it from there with cloth. That was the plan with Sage though and we ran out of disposables at two weeks so we started the cloth. We'll go with the flow.
Let me know if you have any questions about cloth diapering!
What are your thoughts on cloth diapering?