Part 1: Dr. Strangepoop: Preamble for Cloth Diapers

Alternate title: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Reusable Diapers

Photo of Little Miss sporting a red Wonderoos pocket diapeOur decision to go with cloth diapers for Little Miss was an easy one. We said, "We’re going to do this." The frustrating part was… figuring out how we were going to do it.

Why We Did It:

  • Versatile – I modify the type and number of inserts for heavy or light wetting (e.g., duration of expected use).
  • Soothing – softer and more comfortable to the skin
  • Prim and Proper – our reusables are much harder for an exhibitionist kid to pull off.
  • Stylish – Little Miss walks around in an array of colorful diapers. We often match her diaper to the color of her onesie, shorts or pants.
  • Feels Nicer – I wouldn’t have my child run around in a disposable diaper without a bottom cover. A reusable simply feels more sanitary. Later, I realized its extra padding also helped when the Miss began walking on our hard floors and falling on her derriere.
  • Less Stinky – Throwaway parents buy bizarre contraptions that try to contain the stink! Reusable parents dump poop in the toilet. My house smells better than yours!
  • Frugal – Saves gobs of money. Some say you save $1,200 to $2,000 over a 2 to 3 year period, and more if you have more than one baby.
  • Green – You send less trash to the landfill. For us, it was the difference between paying for curbside trash service for one instead of two garbage cans.
  • Safer – Reusables don’t contain sodium polyacrylate.
  • See: What is the crystaline substance found in disposable diapers? [howstuffworks.com]

For the first six weeks we used disposables while we experimented with a few diaper types. DiaperPin.com was a great resource for our research. Having done disposables, I am sold on reusables. They are simply more functional.

Comments

5 Responses to “Part 1: Dr. Strangepoop: Preamble for Cloth Diapers”

  1. Kristi Vega says:

    I found your column a couple of days ago and was intrigued to read a dad-blog. Today, seeing your posts on cloth diapering, I am definitely a fan! I’ve never heard a dad tout the cloth before. Haven’t tried wonderoos yet, but I’m thinking I’ll check them out now. You’ll definitely be on my blogroll!

    July 12th, 2005 at 12:11 pm

  2. AJ says:

    Thanks. If you use cloth diapers, feel free to share your own solutions.

    July 12th, 2005 at 10:26 pm

  3. Amy says:

    Fuzzi Bunz are also great. (I find they do better for my super-soaker overnight.) However, they aren’t a one-size solution, which means you need to buy the right size, and buy larger ones as the babe gets older. (You can resell them as they are outgrown though.)

    I also LOVE Green Acre Design diapers. They are a bit more expensive, but you can get a custom diaper in a variaty of prints on the outside and inside – you even get to pick the snap colors! http://greenacredesigns.com/

    July 14th, 2005 at 8:12 am

  4. wwbd says:

    Great that you use cloth. Have you heard of or tried g diapers? http://www.gdiapers.com. They are flushable inserts that go into a cloth diaper cover. I have used them for a year and love them. Many people also use cloth in the g diaper cover and flushables when out to avoid disposables all together.

    July 18th, 2007 at 11:09 am

  5. Bob says:

    I know this is a really old post, but I was wondering if you’d tested out gDiapers, and the search brought up this post..
    We’re using them full time on our 11 month old now, and will start our new baby on them at birth..
    They’re great! I HIGHLY recommend them, both from an environmental standpoint, and comfort standpoint for the child.

    FYI, the starter kits include 2 outers and 10 refills, Amazon has great prices on bulk diapers (including gDiaper inserts)
    We bought 2 starter kits ($26) and ended up with 4 outers so we can keep clean ones available (occasionally poop will creep out if its a big one) and that’s much cheaper than just buying their “designer” outers separately ($18 each)

    Anyway, thought you’d be interested, in case you needed a new product to review :)

    Bob

    September 18th, 2008 at 7:32 am

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