I’m sure by now it is pretty obvious that we cloth diaper our little munchkin. The most common response to this news is, “Why in the world would you cloth diaper?”
I get it, I really do.
I used to be the incredulous person asking that question. I mean, in this day of convenient disposable diapers and diaper genies, what could possibly persuade you to choose the antiquated, stinky, and gross task of cloth diapering.
The answer is simply: the reality of cloth diapering is nothing like that! In fact, modern cloth diapering is simple, less-stinky than disposables, and anything but gross. Not to mention earth-friendly, wallet friendly, and baby-bum friendly!
It was exactly a year ago when I first heard that people still cloth diapered. My first response was “yuck”! I didn’t give it any more thought until several other of the blogs I regularly read starting posting on the subject. Every time I heard something new about it my original questions (and fears) were quickly answered and put to rest. After several months of research and talking with hubby, we decided that this was the way for us.
We started cloth diapering when Parker was 2 weeks old. Anyone who has had a baby knows the reason why (ahem, meconium!). Parker was an average size baby, but gained weight like a superstar. By 2 weeks, he was ready to fit in the One-Size fits all Happy Heiny’s with snaps with no problem. OK, so they look huge here. But that’s what cloth diapers look like on a newborn. Hello fluffy bum!
I bet these diapers look nothing like the image you have of cloth diapering. No pins, no waterproof pants or covers, no square (and un-baby-shaped) cloths. The new cloth diapering looks a lot like disposable diapering, without the waste. They are shaped like disposables and have snap or velcro closures. They are super adjustable–to size and absorbency. You stuff them with inserts that help hold in all the moisture.
Any parent knows that having a baby means dealing with mess. Regardless whether you choose disposables or cloth diapers, you will have to deal with the big “P” word. In my experience, blowouts and leaks have been way less with the cloth, so overall, you’re dealing with poop a lot less. That’s a plus!
All right, this is a little TMI in the baby department, but I just want to share my love for cloth diapering and hope you’ll consider it too!