I can here the comments now “So complicated, so gross, so smelly”. I was actually told by some women in the hospital that after a month or two I’d stop using them and switch to disposables. 4 months down the line I am more sold on cloth diapering than ever. Why did I choose cloth diapers? Because they were simple, easy, cute, and no less smelly than disposables – but a whole lot cheaper!
I wash my diapers once a week, which dispels the idea that they waste more energy in laundry. Since Cloth diapering has now become the “thing” there is, of course, a huge market for anything and everything, so one can get caught up in all sorts of covers, liners, inserts, detergents, wet bags…however, pay no mind to all that jazz. 36 flats or prefolds and a handful of covers will get you set for the first several months. I rotate 2 covers a day (except with the poopy ones). I simply wipe down the present cover with a cloth wipe (more on those below), hang it to dry, use the 2nd one in the rotation to put the new diaper on, and keep rotating them that way. After he goes to bed I hand-wash both covers and by morning they are dry. I wash them in the machine once a week to keep them extra clean. The fact is that it is by far cheaper (thousands of dollars cheaper) to cloth diaper than to use disposables.
Update: My oldest is now 4 and potty trained, my youngest is 2. All together, I have cloth diapered for 4 years and am as sold on it today as I ever was.
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