Before I share our experience with cloth diapers, I want to say that I completely understand that every person is different, and every family is different. What works well for one, might not work at all for another. For us, cloth is a no brainer. Not only is it easy, but it’s fun and super cute! Because cloth has been such a great thing for our family, I wanted to share a little bit about it. This post is on how we chose cloth, which ones we chose, and how we feel about it now. I’ll do a follow up on our system for washing plus why we have now chosen to use cloth wipes as well.
Our favorite diapers – Bum Genius Freetime with snaps
When we first starting trying to get pregnant (about 100 years ago) I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers. I had heard about people using them, and it just made sense to me. Cheaper. Better for the environment. Softer on baby’s bum. Because it took awhile for things to happen for us, I had plenty of time to research the ins and outs, and it was a good thing because there is so much to learn and so much information out there! This post was really helpful to me and helped me solidify what type of diapers I wanted to use. Looking back, I could have saved a lot of time by just making a trip down to our local cloth diapering store…but I still think researching all the options for myself was really helpful. Also, the ladies at the store gave me the advice to get multiple different types of diapers so I could see what I liked. But in the end I did enough research that I knew which ones I would like, so we bought mostly those. The few we were gifted that were different get pushed to the back of the drawer and used only in emergencies, so I’m really happy we ended up with the one type that is best for us.
When I tell people that we use cloth diapers one of the first things they say is “with twins?!?” And my response is always the same “even more so with twins!” For the first couple of months of Vivian’s life, she was still too tiny even for the newborn sized cloth diapers, so we used disposables. While I was super excited to get her into cloth, it was good to gain a perspective of what it’s like to use disposables too. And even with just one baby in disposables, it was unbelievable how many we went through and how much they cost! At first we went through about 12 diapers in a twenty four hour period for Vivi. A pack of 80 diapers was about $20 and would last us almost a week. That’s almost $100 per month to diaper just one baby! So yes, when we found out we were having twins, my thought process went like this: twice the cost, twice the diapers in the landfills, twice the reason to use cloth. The cloth diapers were a bit of an investment; at about $20 each our Bum Genius Freetime stash cost around $400 for both babies (These particular cloth diapers will fit the twins until they’re out of diapers.) But again, knowing we’d be spending $200 a month (I realize this would decrease a bit with time) on diapering the twins with disposables, it’s unreal how financially worth it it is in the end. Plus, we were able to register at our local store, so a lot of our diapers were given to us or bought with gift cards.
Newborn Bum Genius. They were technically still too big for Vivi at this point, but we’d put her in them just for fun sometimes.
Expecting to have full-term babies, our original plan was to use disposables for the first weeks until the babies fit into the one size diapers. But once we realized Linc and Viv would likely be 3-4 lbs. when they were born, we decided to buy the newborn sized (xs) Bum Genius, used. We got a great deal on them and ended up with 20 diapers for about $100. I was freaked out about buying used at first, but once I saw that they looked brand new all reservations fizzled. The newborn size didn’t hold up as well as I had hoped because of the velcro closure; they only come in velcro, and after several months of washes they were looking pretty shabby. This definitely made our decision about whether to go with velcro or snaps for our one size diapers, and I’m so glad we chose snaps.
To be completely candid, once we had all our diapers washed and ready to go, I did have a few fleeting moments where I was a bit nervous about whether I’d be able to handle it. While I felt pretty confident, I also knew that I’ve never done this mom thing before, so there was a chance it would be a lot more stressful than I expected. But after being home from the NICU and using the diapers for over a month, I would honestly have said I would do cloth again a hundred times. While it did and still does take a little extra time out of the day, we don’t have to worry about always having diapers on hand or going to pick them up at the store. Plus, I hate the way the disposables felt, looked and smelled on Vivi. And the amount of soiled diapers that went into our trash can every day was disturbing to me. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, disposable diapers create more than 3.5 million tons of waste as around 20 billion diapers are relegated to the landfills each year (source). Knowing we were contributing to that just didn’t sit well with me.
they really do love each other:)
Cloth diapering has been one of the best decisions we’ve made as parents. Does it take a little extra time to wash, dry and fold? Sure, probably about 10 total minutes out of the day. But considering the financial benefits and environmental factors involved, 10 minutes doesn’t seem like much of a sacrifice to me. I know everyone has different situations and cloth definitely isn’t for everyone, but I’m so passionate about it because it has saved our family so much. Plus, their fluffy little bottoms are irresistible:)
Still to come – how to make cloth diapering super easy in day-to-day life. I’ll share more details about how our diapers work, all about our process of disposing of the waste, storage, washing and using cloth wipes (it sounds terrible, but really is easier!).
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