In this post, I will tell you the story of why we decided to start using cloth diapers.
We became parents in 2016, and we started our parenting journey exclusively using disposable diapers. When our son was about 8 or 9 months old, we dipped our toes into the cloth diaper pool and then fell in headfirst. Now we have another baby, who we have been cloth diapering since he was a newborn.
My Original Thoughts on Cloth Diapering
I never thought I would cloth diaper. I think I was asked a few times before Desmond was born if I was going to cloth diaper, and I was like “heeeeeck no”. I thought it would be too hard, take to much time and energy, and just be way too much of a hassle. We stocked up on some disposables, and after he was born that was what we used. I didn’t think anything of it, until one day…
The Spark to Look Into Cloth Diapers
I can’t remember what it was exactly. I think I maybe was watching YouTube or something and saw someone using cloth diapers. I remember thinking “hmm that’s interesting.” It all began with curiosity. I didn’t want to USE cloth diapers, but I wanted to learn more about them.
Down the Cloth Diaper Rabbit Hole
Curiosity turned into interest. I remember watching a lot of videos on YouTube and searching for blog posts and forums to answer all of these questions I had about cloth diapers. They really interested me, and they sounded doable. I thought, if she (she, representing other cloth diapering moms in general) can do it, then I can do it. I decided to order a small selection of cloth diapers to try for myself.
Trying Cloth Diapers for the First Time
When I decided to try cloth diapers, my baby was about 8 or 9 months old. I had ordered a few different styles from Amazon because I wasn’t sure what we would like. I will admit, there was a little bit of a learning curve. I think this was especially true because I wanted to love the easy-on-my-wallet prefold diapers, but I had a squirmy crawler to practice on. Plus, I had no idea what I was doing. However, after a little bit of practice (and learning how much absorbency we needed-the hard way), I fell in love!
The Rest is History
By the time my son was just over a year old, I had built a stash of about fifteen diapers and we were cloth diapering full time! At the time, I was doing laundry pretty much every day. Since them, I’ve given in to my addiction and built a pretty decent stash (although I wouldn’t call it excessive…yet). We’ve come to really like the prefold and cover system, so that is most of what I have. However, I have a time and place for almost all of the different cloth diaper styles in my #momlife.
7 Reasons We Love Cloth Diapers (Reasons We Stuck With It!)
Since starting, we’ve discovered many reasons to love cloth diapers that have made us decide to stick with it! Below are some of my favorites.
1. Fewer Blowouts
I didn’t know this was a thing when I started cloth diapering. We’ve had SIGNIFICANTLY fewer blowouts with cloth diapers than with disposables. This is because the elastic gussets at the waist and legs do a great job of keepin’ it all in (if you know what I mean). We’ve had maybe 2 or 3 VERY minor “blowouts” with my second son because we use cloth diapers. That’s nothing compared to the extreme “up the back” blowouts we used to get with my oldest! Those days are over.
2. Saving $$$ Money
Dollar dollar bills y’all. Honestly, this is probably one of my top reasons why I love cloth diapering. It really saves us a lot of money. We use a cover and prefold system (mostly), and that is really a very affordable way to diaper. I would say my average cost per “diaper change” (because diaper covers can be worn multiple times per wash cycle) comes out to about $7. That ain’t bad! Plus, I know it can be done a lot cheaper!
3. Smaller Footprint
This is an obvious one. Cloth diapers are simply less wasteful than disposables, it’s just common sense. I really like that I’m not contributing tons of diapers to a landfill with each child. A baby goes through about 2,500 diapers during his or her first year. That’s a lot! Plus, most children don’t potty train until about three years old. Multiply that by a few kids, and you’ve got yourself a lot of dirty diapers. I just feel better knowing that our family isn’t putting that much plastic into a landfill when we can easily avoid it.
4. They’re Cute!
I love the way cloth diapers look! The different patterns and colors are really cute to look at, and fun to collect. And, there is something you just gotta love about those big fluffy diaper butts. Just sayin’!
5. They’re Less Stinky
This is an interesting one and something I didn’t expect. I have found personally (maybe not everyone agrees with me) that I smell a lot less stinky diaper smells when my baby is in a cloth diaper than when he’s in a disposable. Maybe this is because there are extra layers between my kid and the outside world? I’m not sure, but I swear it’s true!
6. Customized Absorbency
A lot of parents may have difficulties with leaks when they’re first trying cloth diapers because they haven’t learned the proper amount of absorbency to use for their child (although keep in mind there can be other causes for the leaking too). Once we got it down, I found that my cloth diapers actually did a better job of holding enough pee than disposables did! Who would have thought? When you use cloth diapers, you can simply add more (or try a different) material to increase the diaper’s absorbency. Neat!
7. No Poop in My Trash Bin
I love not having to keep a diaper pail full of poopy diapers in my house. With cloth diapers, the poop goes right into the toilet (although I think TECHNICALLY you’re “supposed to” do this with disposables too, but go ahead and try to find me 5 moms who do.).
Will We Keep Cloth Diapering?
Absolutely! We’ve been cloth diapering for long enough now that they are definitely the norm for us. We love our cloth diapers and plan on cloth diapering any future children we may have. Plus, I have a complete stash, so I technically never have to buy diapers again (although maybe I want to. I’m not addicted, you’re addicted).
Do you cloth diaper? Are you thinking of cloth diapering? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear about your experience, why you chose to or are thinking about doing it.