52:3 | Motherhood is: Diapers |
If there is one thing involved in being a mother, it’s diapers.
If the average baby uses up to ten diapers a day, over two or three years, that adds up!
We made the decision to go cloth when Sophie was maybe around eight or nine months old. I had thought about it quite a lot leading up to her birth, but decided against it, figuring it would be much easier to go the disposable route. Of course, disposables are easy, but after reading more about it (and realizing how much I was putting in to the landfill on a weekly basis), I realized that in this day and age, cloth is just as easy too.
After some research, we decided to go with Bum Genius, and their 4.0 one-size pocket diaper. They aren’t cheap (around $22 per diaper), but they are well worth the money. They are easy to use (velcro or snap enclosures, adjustable to fit the size of your baby, and easy to wash), and they fit from 7-35+ lbs.
Now, since making the decision to go cloth I’ve heard everything. I know they aren’t for everyone, but they are fantastic for me, & I wouldn’t go back. Ever.
Yes, you have to deal with the mess (but flushable liners make this quite easy), yes, you have to wash and fold them, and yes, it does increase your laundry. BUT, no, it isn’t jacking my hydro up enough to cost the same as disposables, no, I’m not constantly covered in baby-body-fluids, and no, it is not impeding my child’s growth and development (yes, I have heard such concerns).
I would suggest that if you are in the market for cloth diapers you do your research. There are tons of brands out there (cloth diapering is on a come-back!), and there are amazing web sites and products (such as this detergent…It’s the most amazing product EVER) out there to make it easy for you. Since you’re going to be stuck dealing with diapers anyway, maybe look at what options are available to you. You might save money, help keep unnecessary waste out of landfills, and
have fun somewhat enjoy doing it.