I've mentioned on other parts of this site that we cloth diaper Connor. I got all of our diapers from http://sunbabydiapers.com/ and I love them!! They have so many different patterns: seasonal, holiday, themes, even superheroes! I'm so glad I decided to go this route and I think my husband is happy about it too, despite his complaints about having to deal with the poop.
So, why do I love cloth diapers? Aside from the adorable looks, I know exactly what is going on my child. There are no chemicals. Now, yes, these diapers are not as absorbent as their disposable counterparts, they are also a hell of a lot cheaper and safer for my baby's skin. I can count on one hand the amount of times we've had to treat diaper rash since switching to cloth around this time last year.
We've done both. For the first 4 months (ish) of Connor's life, we used all the disposables that we got as gifts from the baby shower. When those ran out, we switched to cloth. In those 4 months, we dealt with more diaper rash than we have in the year since we switched.
We do have to change him more often than I think disposables need, but I'm ok with that. If we don't change him, he will leak. It's true in disposables too, so that's not special, but he gets a new diaper every 3-4 hours, unless he's drinking juice (for some reason that just goes right through him like a damn filter). It took some time to figure out the system, but every 3-4 hours isn't bad at all. And it's not like they're being wasted, because I just wash them and they're good to go!
Poop. Yeah, everybody poops. We've all heard it, and I'm sure many of us have even read the book. It's fine. Shit happens. The way we deal with it is very simple. We have a spray attachment on the toilet in Connor's bathroom. It's like those on kitchen sinks, but it hooks up to the water line for the toilet and you just spray the poop off and flush it away. "Wait, you mean the poop goes in the toilet instead of a trash can in my baby's room?" I know, right?! What a concept...
Luckily for my husband, Connor usually poops in the mid-afternoon, so dear hubby misses it. I can't remember the last time he changed a poop diaper.
Oh! I know! My washing routine. It's very simple, actually. I end up washing diapers about every 5 days. I've programed the washer so that "My Cycle" is just for diapers: hottest water possible, rinse twice, extra spin. Toss the inserts in the dryer; lay the shells on the top of the washer to air dry. It usually takes about 3.5 hours to get all the washing and drying done, then another 20 minutes to stuff them and get them ready to be used. Simple! Toss them in the washer. Push "My Cycle". Add soap. Idk why people make sure a big deal about it, honestly. Then, once their washed (usually while the inserts are drying) I run a "power wash" on the empty washer to cleanse it before throwing in any clothes. Just in case ;)
In 2 years (I bought the diapers when I was pregnant) I've spent approx. $200 on 50 (I think) diapers. That's less that the total cost of all the disposables we used in the first 4 months of his life.
Personally, I'd call that winning.
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