Monday, July 11th, 2005
Part 1: Dr. Strangepoop: Preamble for Cloth Diapers
- Part 2: Our Diaper Gear (of a 4-part series)
- Part 3: Changing Reusable Diapers: Step by Step
- Part 4: Washing Reusable Diapers
Alternate title: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Reusable Diapers
Our 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 â€“ I modify the type and number of inserts for heavy or light wetting (e.g., duration of expected use).
- Soothing â€“ softer and more comfortable to the skin
- Prim and Proper â€“ our reusables are much harder for an exhibitionist kid to pull off.
- Stylish â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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 â€“ 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.