As many of you know, I am the proud mom of two amazing children. Westley just turned 6 this week and Arwen is 2. As they get older, I naturally start to consider things I could have done differently – and one thing I often think about is cloth diapering.
When I was pregnant with Westley, I quickly decided that cloth diapering was just too complicated for my lifestyle – so I used disposable diapers with him. When Arwen was born, I made the same decision. And even though Huggies (my preference for Westley) and Luvs (my preference for Arwen) have performed well for us, I wince every time I think of my kids’ used diapers piling up in a landfill somewhere.
Honestly, I never considered cloth diapers an option for my family because I never did the research. I just assumed they were messy, leaky and too much work for me to handle. But what I’ve come to realize – thanks to the Internet and some friends/fellow mamas – is that cloth diapers have evolved so much from what I thought they were. Had I done a little homework, I may have chosen to, at least, try cloth diapers…or used them in tandem with disposables.
So if you’re reading this post because you’re trying to decide, allow me to drop this knowledge on you…
Fiction: Cloth diapers are a hassle.
Fact: Okay, let’s be honest. Disposable diapers are probably the simpler option. But cloth diapers, once you find the right style and learn how to use/clean them, can also be easy. Here’s some great tips to get you started. One of my favorite online destinations, diapers.com, has a bunch of different cloth diapers, liners, accessories, detergents and more – which makes this option even more convenient; and orders of $49+ ship for free and arrive on your doorstep in 1-2 days!
Fiction: Cloth diapers are a leaky nightmare.
Fact: I’ve heard that cloth diapers are arguably better at containing messes than disposable diapers – because they’re designed with a more adjustable fit and stronger, thicker elastic at the legs and back. But I’ve also heard that they need to be changed slightly more often than disposables.
Fiction: Cloth diapers are expensive.
Fact: According to Consumer Reports, disposable diapers will set you back at least $2,000 before your kiddo learns how to use the potty. Cloth diapers can cut that cost in half, especially if you wash them yourself. When you buy cloth diapers, you get your money’s worth because they’re yours to keep and reuse over and over again – even with a second child.
Fiction: Cloth diapers have to be folded and require dangerous pins.
Fact: Gone are the days of fold-and-pin diapers. Modern cloth diapers secure with snaps and Velcro. And they come is so many cute colors and patterns.
Arwen is getting ready for potty training, so I missed the boat on this one. But I hope I provided some helpful information for you moms and dads who are trying to decide. And whichever you choose, please know that your goodness as a parent isn’t dictated by what type of diaper you wrap around your baby’s bum.
What kind of diapers do you use on your children? Share your experience/wisdom in the comments below.