Cloth diapering has changed in many ways since my own bum was swaddled in absorbent cotton, and this is a good thing. I planned on using cloth diapers from the start because that was what my mom used, but when I found out I was pregnant I realized I no longer recognized the cloth diaper landscape. I logged on to forums and saw terms I was unfamiliar with–AIO diapers? Pocket Diapers? Liners? Wet bags? It’s all so confusing!
Back in the day my mom wrapped me in cotton pinned together with actual metal and plastic diaper pins and topped the whole thing with a plastic cover that looked suspiciously like a shower cap for the butt. Cloth diapers have come a long way since then.
The next few posts I have lined up are all about cloth diapers. We’ve used cloth diapers since Isobel was two weeks old and I’ve had lots of people approach me with questions. I’ve written the same email over and over to friends who have wanted to learn more about them so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned here.
Using cloth diapers is not hard, it’s not scary, and it’s certainly not gross. What it is an investment up front (but major savings overall), a kindness to the environment, and a commitment to the wash and fold cycle.
The first thing people assume when I tell them I use cloth diapers is, “Oh! You have a diaper service!” It’s after I tell them that we launder the diapers ourselves that I begin to get the strange looks. It’s not as hard as many people think it is. In many ways, it’s not hard at all.
Let me just say that I am no cloth diapering expert, nor have I tried more than a couple cloth diapers. I’m not the end-all, be-all of diaper information, but I do want to share my experience incase you are thinking about cloth diapering and would like to know more.
If you have thought about cloth diapering, or just have questions about it in general, please add them to the comments section. I am going to wrap up this whole series with a Cloth Diapering FAQ and would like to address as many questions as possible. We cloth diaper, and we love it.