When I thought of cloth diapers, I envisioned having to fold a cloth into a triangle and use safety pins to secure them, then cover it all with rubber pants. Not to mention hand washing every last one. Boy has that changed!
I was lucky enough to see my sister-in-law use hers this past weekend and I was surprised at how easy it really is. As I said in my previous post, I have only used disposable diapers because honestly, I was intimidated by the process of going the cloth route. There are so many options these days in cloth diapers alone that it can fit anyone's lifestyle.
She uses Bum Genius cloth diapers, and even uses reusable cloth wipes. I had a million questions for her, such as, what does she do in public, and how often does she wash them, etc. She made it seem so simple that I felt ridiculous for not using them before!
Hers are adjustable so I would only have to buy about 15-20 and just change the size according to the baby's size as he grows. It has a washable cover, with a cloth insert that you slide under the flap inside. She uses a diaper sprayer (attached to her toilet) to spray off any poop that is in the diaper, and then she just throws it into a zippered lined bag. She waits until she has 3 full bags and then throws it in the wash. She washes a load of diapers twice a week with a newborn. Doesn't seem bad at all.
She even makes her own laundry detergent for the whole process, so she's truly an eco-mami in so many ways. As I mentioned, she uses cloth wipes and just sprays either the wipe or the baby's bottom directly. When she's out in public she carries a smaller zippered bag and puts the whole diaper in there, sometimes using disposable wipes and a disposable insert in the cloth diaper. It's all very doable and I'm intrigued to see if I am up for the challenge.
She's used cloth diapers for all 3 of her kids and still leads a very active lifestyle. Cloth diapers aren't just for hippies or homebound parents. It's also said that cloth-diapered babies tend to potty train earlier since they feel when they're wet. An added bonus!!
I say why not try it and see how it goes. I'd rather not throw yet another diaper in the landfill and worry about it never decomposing. Yes, cloth diapers require energy and water to wash, but I'd rather have that on my head than more waste. Plus, the cost is so much cheaper when you think of how many disposable diapers I'd have to buy in the span of 2 or 3 years.
I'll post an update once the baby has come and I've tried out this method, but I'm very excited to get started! Who knew changing diapers would be something I anticipated!
My sister-in-law is a mom extraordinaire and I'm always in awe seeing her parenting skills. She's happy, calm, and seems to have it all together, while I'm frazzled, impatient, and hoping to make it through the day most of the time. (Not really, but some days that's how I feel.) Check out her blog which has some great tips on parenting, not to mention this post about cloth diapering. Here's to you, Miche!!