Ah, a question that plagues many a modern parent. Or possibly not…probably just the moms. And mostly likely not all that many.
But it should! As parents, we should at least think about our diapering choices (among the thousands of other choices we’ll make as parents) and know what our options are. It seems like the responsible thing to do, at least…
Granted, I waited until O was 18 months old before we dove in, but ok, I was a little scared of the commitment guys. I’ll admit it. It’s more laundry, it costs a few bucks up front to get going, and there’s most definitely a learning curve. I’m still learning!
If you’re considering the cloth diapering route, let me give you some pros and cons:
- You will save money in the long run. It costs around $800 a year to diaper with disposables…we’ve spend around $300 for cloth total.
- You’re being kinder to the environment – do a little research on this.
- Cloth diapers are way cuter, don’t have that funky “diaper” smell that sposies have, and don’t get that unsightly diaper sag. Babies really hate that look.
- There’s a huge resale value for cloth diapers kept in good condition.
- You’re exposing your baby to fewer chemicals.
- You don’t have to go cloth 100% of the time. Mix and match. Do what ya gotta do.
- I’ve read in multiple places that toddlers who are cloth diapered will potty train more quickly. Um, SIGN ME UP FOR THAT.
- I’ve not cloth diapered a newborn yet, but everyone in the cloth community says that you do not have blowouts with cloth. Magic.
- More laundry – obviously.
- Figuring out the laundering routine – Click here to learn more ’bout that.
- Up-front cost – unless you’re Mabel Moneybags, you may have to do some saving to get started.
- Deciding which type of cloth to use can be overwhelming and intimidating. There’s a lot of lingo the cloth diapering community uses so research, you must.
- Poop. There’s no getting around the fact that you get a little more up close and personal with your little love’s, ahem, waste products.
- Disposables take up less room when out and about.
- Jeans can be difficult to get on over a cloth diaper. We do a lot of sweatpants and stretchy pants and no pants.
This list is by no means comprehensive, but they’re the issues I found to be either most exciting or most frustrating about the cloth diapering experience. Whatever you decide, I hope this was moderately helpful in your journey and do feel free to ask questions! Best of luck to ya.