I've been called crazy. Hippie. Laughed at. Sarcastically wished good luck...when I proclaim I want to go with cloth diapers over disposable. I think one of the main 2 reasons that Matt first humored me with the idea is that a) it'll save us literally thousands of dollars and b) I'll be the one home changing the majority of the diapers and doing the laundry anyways.
A lot of people have been asking how we are liking cloth diapers. So I thought I'd give a lowdown on the subject.
Cloth diapers have come a long way in the recent years. Gone are the days of what I now use as burp cloths on babies bums. And I'm not alone. I think I know more people that do cloth diapers than disposable.
I did a lot of reading up on the subject when I was contemplating going this route. However, I got completely overwhelmed with all the information, options and suggestions out there. So much so that I didn't do a thing about it until after Maddie was born. And I've learned it's certainly not as complex as it appears.
I was advised to give yourself the first few weeks of disposables - it makes life a ton easier at the beginning. But goodness, we were going through about 10-15 diapers a day! It didn't help that every time Maddie had just a couple drops of wetness she screamed until it was taken off. We probably easily spent over $100 on disposables in just the first few weeks. Matt kindly suggested that we go ahead and start the switch...
So I went online and purchased a set. I could go into all the brands and my thoughts on them, but that is all over the internet and everyone has their own opinions. After stressing about it, I just picked one. I will say that we have 3 brands (FuzziBunz, BumGenius & GroVia) and I like them all - pros and cons to each. But they are all one-size fits all and will fit her until she's potty trained - and that I highly suggest.
I started with 21 diapers. And I was having to do the wash every 1 1/2 days. So purchased 6 more (which is why I ended up with different kinds, I wanted to try them out). We now have 27 and I think that is plenty. I probably still do a load every 2 or 3 days, but I figure as Maddie gets older that will slow down.
I set up the changing table in the 2nd bathroom - in between the nursery and our room. It just happened to have a perfect spot. It's nice to have the sink and toilet right there, though it wouldn't be completely necessary if in our next home it doesn't work out this way.
this website and here are my current ingredients: olive oil, baby soap, water and tea tree oil. I put them all into a spray bottle and just spray it on the wipes and throw them in the pail with the diaper when I'm done.
Matt and I love cloth diapers. We have spent about $500 in start-up costs for all the things above, but hopefully that will be all we ever have to spend. They are supposed to last through multiple kids, which will be awesome.
And seriously, how much cuter are they than disposables?