Yes, I use cloth diapers….and safety pins…and really loud plastic covers. Just like the kind I wore as a baby.
I figured this was an appropriate FAQ since I just threw in a load of diapers.
The truth is that I do use cloth diapers, but they are nothing like they were back in the day. They are awesome. And they save the earth. And they save my checkbook.
I had never really thought about cloth diapers until my nephew was born in August of 2011. My brother and sister in law decided to use cloth diapers for their new little babe and the more they told me about it, the more I thought it wasn’t a half bad idea. But at the time I didn’t have a need to think about it for myself.
A few months later I found out I was pregnant and honestly I still didn’t think about cloth diapers.
And then I found out I was pregnant with TWINS. And I immediately thought of cloth diapers. When we found out we were having twins I kept thinking “Oh my….one baby costs a lot, two babies are going to cost a ton.” So I visited a cloth diaper shop, The Little Seedling, with my sister in law and asked the owners lots of questions and left feeling really good about going the cloth diaper route. I felt like it was a good move on a number of levels, including saving thousands of dollars!
Now that we’re in the midst of cloth diapering, I can say that I am so glad that we made the choice to go this route! They are so easy to use, they are so cute on the baby bums, and they are nothing like the “olden day” diapers. Yes it takes some time to wash them, and yes the diaper pail does smell when you open it, and yes the initial investment to get started is more than buying a $20 pack of disposable diapers….
BUT, it’s easier for me to run down to the basement and throw in a load of diapers when I run out, rather than having to load everyone in the car and go to the store….and what diaper doesn’t smell? And biggest bonus, instead of paying around $6,000 to diaper our twins, we will only be spending about $500. And that will cover the cost of diapering any children we may have down the road. Amazing.
So yes, I cloth diaper. And no, I am not crazy. I guarantee ANYONE and EVERYONE can do it. I dare you!
And now I will leave you with some pics of my diaper models back when they were itty bitty and just starting to wear cloth!
sidenote: I do buy disposable diapers from time to time. Like for times when the babies are going to the nursery or have a babysitter and I don’t want the hassle of teaching people how to use the cloth diapers. Or for trips on airplanes when it would take 2 extra suitcases just for the cloth diapers. Or for when your babies are too small for even preemie diapers. So I am not against disposables, at all. I just like cloth better 🙂