Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cloth Diapers, Are you Crazy?

Typically, when I tell people that I have used cloth diapers before, I typically get reactions like "Are you crazy?", "Those are too much work!", "Isn't that really gross?", etc.  I am glad to tell you the answer is no.  Cloth diapers have come along way since your parents used them.  They make all kinds at various price ranges.  First off, I want to say that I am by NO MEANS a cloth diapering expert.  I have not tried all different brands so I can't tell you from personal experience what the benefits of each kind are.  I can tell you the reason why I have used cloth diapers and how they have made my life easier.
When my 4th child was a couple of months old and sleeping through the night, she would soak through her disposable diaper every night.  I tried lots of different brands of disposables all with the same result.  I was looking for another solution, so I looked into cloth diapers.  I was looking for something that would not leak at night and was easy to wash.  I also did not want to buy lots of different size diapers.  After reading reviews, I decided to try Bum Genius 3.0 one size diapers.  I bought one diaper to see how it went.  I was so pleased.  She did not have leaks.  I decided to go ahead and purchase a few more since I was washing this one everyday so she could wear them each night.  Once the new diapers arrived, I started using them during the day.  I would alternate cloth and disposable diapers as well with my 3rd child who was almost 2.  The great thing about these diapers is that they could fit both of them.  I just had to adjust the snaps to fit each child.  I ended up purchasing 12 of them.  I would use the cloths at home and especially at night.  I NEVER had a single leak.  Once my daughter was 7 months old, we moved.  In our current house, the washer and dryer is downstairs.  As silly as it sounds, I stopped using my cloth diapers because it was not as convenient to wash the diapers.  The disposables were not leaking anymore at night so I have been using them for about a year and a half.  Now that Gunnar is 8 weeks old, he is sleeping about 8 hours a night and he is soaking through every night like my daughter did.  I have been having to change his sheets and clothes every day.  I decided that it was time to get my cloth diapers out since I am doing the laundry either way.  A couple of months ago, Cotton Babies, the makers of Bum Genius diapers, sent out an email asking people to do an online survey in exchange for a $10 gift certificate towards a $20 purchase.  I did the survey so I was very excited to use it to get something from Cotton Babies.  I purchased a new Bum Genius 4.0 One Size cloth diaper with snaps.  It arrived today.  I am very excited to try it.  I currently have 13 cloth diapers(2 are pink), so I am planning on alternating a day of cloths then a day of disposables since Gunnar typically goes through about 10-11 diapers a day.  That way I can spend the disposable day washing the cloths.  I am interested in getting more cloth diapers, but like I said I have only tried the Bum Genius ones.  
If anyone reading this has another one size cloth diaper they recommend, I welcome your suggestions.

Celeste and Nana with the cloth diapers she got for Christmas 2008

1 comment:

  1. Yay for cloth diapers! I had a similar situation with my son - he is a really skinny baby, and disposables always leaked. I don't think we've had a single leak with cloth diapers!

    We love Fuzzibunz!


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