When I was expecting my daughter, (almost 6 years ago!) I barely considered using cloth diapers. I was overwhelmed enough with the idea of being responsible for this tiny person and changing itsy bitsy diapers at all. I didn’t want to have to deal with washing them too. At the time, it didn’t really bother me but now I really regret not cloth diapering her. All that money down the tubes (or in the dump to be exact!) would have bought a nice fluffy cloth stash!
I was determined to cloth diaper my next child. I decided to just start out with a few diapers, so I didn’t invest too much money in a brand or style that didn’t work for us. That also helped me work cloth into my budget a bit more easily. Cloth will save you money in the long run, but the initial expense can be daunting. Keep in mind that it will only save you money if you resist buying every cute diaper you see and have to have. Hee hee.
I didn’t end up switching to cloth until my son was almost 5 months old. I’m a “rule follower,” so I didn’t want to use a detergent that wasn’t “5 star rated” on the “cloth safe detergent” lists. I couldn’t locally find a detergent, and buying and having it shipped would cost way too much. To make a long story short, I’ve discovered that diaper detergent is about as controversial as formula feeding vs. breastfeeding! Take it from me, don’t let detergent stop you from trying cloth!
I started out with just three BumGenius 3.0 one size pocket diapers. I washed them twice per day and filled in the gaps with sposies. When he had cloth on, his bottom was smooth and clear. Just an hour or two in disposables and his angry red diaper rash, complete with raised welts, was back in full force. I scrimped and saved as much as I could to buy more diapers, and once I had about ten, it was enough to use cloth full time, though I was tied to the washing machine! Since we’ve been in cloth full time, rashes are rare. His bottom gets a bit red when he dirties a diaper, but a little cloth-safe diaper cream fixes him right up by the next change.
I love cloth diapering. I’m totally addicted and I’m a little sad at the idea of not cloth diapering anymore when my son potty learns! Weird, huh? I missed out on all the cute ickle little newborn diapers, since I started late in the game. Oh well, we’ll just have to have another baby so I can review all the newborn diapers, right? Whoops, I think my hubby just fainted! Better go for now!