It was when I was pregnant with Parker (who’s my first and only munchkin) that I realized just how much random people like asking soon-to-be-mom’s questions.
Girl or boy? Do you have a name picked out? Will you be going back to work? What do you think about breast feeding?
One thing that people in my immediate circle weren’t talking about was diapers. My mom used cloth with me and though it was far more common 30 years ago, she did it for basically the same reason that I do it now…cold hard cash! We made the decision to jump in with both feet. I ordered 22 cloth diapers (our current stash) with gift cards from our baby shower and haven’t looked back!
We bought Charlie Banana One Size Pocket diapers and have one Sun Baby Pocket Diaper. They both fit from about 8 weeks when we started using them. I do use disposable wipes but have contemplated using fleece/cotton reusable (would LOVE a little info on the wipes if you want to share!). I also love the idea of buying diapers from WAHMs and buying local. When we started using cloth we weren’t sure that we would see it through but we passed the 12 month mark a couple weeks ago!
- Saving Money. We spent around $300 on all of Parker’s diapers. Studies show that the average family can expect to pay $600 or more the first year on disposables. We do have between $5-$10 of increased utilities per month for washing and drying but it seems like a good deal to us! Her diapers look great after hundreds of washings and don’t stink, aren’t stained and look practically good as new.
- Comfort. Cloth diapers just seem like they’d be more comfortable to me. I have no way of truly knowing this…and it’s purely anecdotal but I know I like my hind end in cotton versus synthetic materials. No or Less Diaper Rash. Parker has never had diaper rash. We have been so lucky and I attribute that fact to her being in cloth.
- Cloth Diapers as an Accessory. With girls you know that all dresses come with a diaper cover. Cloth diapers are like a two-in-one!! I will purposely plan dresses or clothes to match our diapers. I bought mostly plain diapers with no pattern for that purpose and it’s really paid off! I’ve actually been asked by others where I got the cute diaper cover!
- Early Potty Training. Legend has it that cloth diapered kids train early. Maybe I can report back on this one.
- Fluffy butts are the cutest!!!! I just love Parker’s big diaper butt. It gives me an excuse to sing songs like “Too much booty in the pants” and “I like big butts, and I cannot lie!” We’ve also been known to sing the “Chunky” song from Madagascar!
Do you cloth diaper? What are your reasons for making that choice?
Stay tuned next week for Tessa’s reasons for choosing cloth diapers.