- We can save some big dinero. This is especially important in the long run of raising a family.
- We won't be putting our little babies into little chemical pouches aka disposable diapers.
- We prevent unnecessary waste. I feel convicted about this like I feel convicted about composting.
- And a bonus: babies look super cute in cloth diapers.
Here are some questions/concerns I have, but they aren't strong enough to keep from trying!
- How will my husband handle these diapers? Lord knows, he will definitely be changing diapers alongside me.
- How will laundry look in our household? Right now I do laundry once a week for the two of us. I know that will change, but how much will it change?
- Lord have mercy! The upfront cost! 'Nough said.
- Connected to all of these: what diaper should we go with?!
Danny and Diapering. I know there are options out there that Danny will feel comfortable handling. The good thing (and maybe the bad thing at the same time) is that there are many options with cloth diapering-lots of different avenues to take and methods to try.
Laundry will change. I might have to do diaper loads 2-3 times a week. And this will involve different detergent and sun-drying the diapers. I figure with a good method, this will be no different than just doing laundry on a Saturday morning. I expect to do laundry on Saturdays, so it is no big deal. I will just expect to wash diapers on certain days, and life will be good. Maybe a new normal, but good.
$$$. That is what I see when I look for cloth diapers. I have thought about buying some on Craigslist, but in all honesty, that weirds me out. I will buy furniture and supplies on CL, but I just can't bring myself to buy cloth diapers. I know there are cheaper ways of cloth diapering and more expensive ways of cloth diapering. So why not go with the cheapest? Seeing $ is way better than seeing $$$. Yes, yes, but that brings us back to concern numero uno. The cheapest form of cloth diapering is to use diaper covers and flats or pre-folds, but as much as I love my husband and my husband loves me, I do not see him doing this. Plus, I will be going back to work after my maternity leave, and I want to make diapering as easy as possible for my niece, Shiyah, who will be loving on our little girl while we are at work. I also know that while the initial cost is $$$, the overall cost for diapering is $.
The Choices. While there are lots of options, my three choices have been narrowed down to the following:
1. Flips and Flat
- Cheapest option for us, running us $125.7 for the diapers. (I would buy two packs since you need about 18-24 diapers for an infant.)
- Laundry seems like it would be the simplest process. As far as I understand, you only would need to wash the flat, since you can wipe down the flip (the diaper cover) pretty easily. Plus, if the baby ends up using a ton of diapers for some reason, that just necessitates more flats (which aren't expensive) versus a whole new diaper.
- One-Size Fits "All" capability. These covers have snaps so they will fit as the baby grows. The only exception is newborn size babies.
- We would all have more work to do when diapering. I wouldn't mind, but I want to make it as easy for Shiyah or for whoever else might be watching the little one.
- I think we will buy one set of these, so a dozen. These can be more of the weekend days off diapers that mommy will handle most readily. :)
- A little bit more dinero, but not the most expensive option. To buy six would cost us $86.90 ($14.48/diaper for a diaper that usually runs around $18).
- A little more daddy-friendly. This is almost like a disposable diaper in that you put it on exactly like a disposable. When it gets dirty, daddy can just take it off, put in the wet bag, and put a new one on the little toosh. Easy Peasy.
- Again, these are OS fits "all" so we can still use them as the baby grows.
- Both parts of this diaper, the cover and the piece you use to stuff the diaper, must be washed (unlike the flip). That means you "lose" a diaper once it is dirtied, unlike the flips where you just need a new flat.
- A little bit more work in that the pocket diaper has to be stuffed, but this seems manageable.
- I think we will buy at least 6 of these, since the deal is buy 5 get 1 free. So if we get a dozen Flip and Flats and 6 Pocket Diapers, that puts us at 18. What about the other 6 to get us to the necessary 24? That question brings us to our last option.
- Daddy-friendliest of them all. This diaper is most like a disposable. It literally is exactly like it in all ways except that it is cloth and you do not throw it away. Everything is sewn in so there is no stuffing of pockets or folding of flats.
- This diaper is the most expensive and would run us $117 for 6! That is quite the bullet to bite.
- The laundry is simple in that there is one step-throw the whole diaper in the wash-but it also takes the longest to dry since it is all sewn together. I know they created a new design to help this a long, but still. And a wet diaper is a wet diaper, whether it is wet from the wash or wet from a baby.
- I am undecided here. Originally I thought we would just do AIO, but the more I look at the cost the less I want to do it. Plus, a pocket diaper is almost an AIO....almost...and it seems almost as daddy-friendly as the AIO. So I am not sure. We might buy 6 of these, or we might buy 6 more BumGenius Pocket Diapers. Any thoughts?