This blog post is a contest entry, but I think it’s a great idea to write about the benefits of cloth and my personal experience. Please comment and tell me about your experiences! I always love to hear from others!
I started using cloth diapers almost 12 years ago when I had my oldest son. Back then it wasn’t a choice, I had no money for diapers. NONE. So, for about $20, my mother got me a diaper pail, some pins, a few rubber pants, and made me some flannel flats out of an old flannel sheet. It started out as a way to cut down on my use of disposables, but quickly I found a love for those diapers that I never thought would happen. I started using them when I was out of the house (dirties went into a bread bag!), I only used disposables at night. He rarely had rashes, and the amount of money I saved was crazy!
Fast forward 8 years and I was pregnant again with my daughter. We knew that we would use cloth again, but were unsure if we wanted to go with flats again. We started out with flannel flats when she was little, then moved onto fitteds, pockets and prefolds. By the time she was a year old, we had way too many diapers and had never paid anymore then $250 for all the diapers that we had. We were so happy with the decision we had made!
A few years later and we were pregnant again with our son. The only things that we had to purchase were some small covers and prefolds, which were bought used. We might have paid $60 to get ready for him. Then when he outgrew the smalls, he went into the same diapers that his big sister was wearing. And we recouped about $40 from selling his diapers. Eventually we did have to replace some of our prefolds, but it was still worth every penny. The old prefolds were added to the rag-bag for cleaning. They are still super absorbent, just rough around the edges. Diaper Decisions has a great chart that explains the costs of each type of diaper for you.
Cloth diapers are super easy. Even to use flats and prefolds (the most economical choice), after you use them a few times, you’re an old pro. YouTube has some great videos that can help you out. Washing may take a little bit of a learning curve as well, but it’s still super easy. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, even the poopy diapers get thrown in the pail. (It’s water soluble.) Even if you have to rinse the dirties off, a diaper sprayer (a must have in my opinion) deals with it. I have never actually touched to poo on a diaper….EVER.
We have never once regretted our decision to use cloth diapers with our children. They have only ever had teething rashes on their bums, we have saved loads of money, and they are really easy once you get the hang of it. In fact, even my husband grabs a flat or prefold and a cover over the pocket diapers. If that doesn’t speak volumes to the ease of use, I don’t know what is!