I wasn’t really sure how to react to the fact my wife wanted to use cloth diapers; it seemed like a hair-brained idea. We didn’t know anyone who cloth diapered. She just found a website that sold cloth diapers and decided right then to do it! She did a ton of research, but my first impression of cloth was something my parents would have used involving a big piece of cloth (flat diapers), some diaper pins, and plastic pants.
Then my wife started ordering cloth diapers before we were even pregnant, this didn’t ease my apprehension. However, I must admit now that our daughter is just over a year old, I feel like a cloth diapering veteran – and I would recommend cloth diapers to any dad!
Firstly, they are easy to use. We own two brands – FuzziBunz pocket diapers (snap closures) and Gro Baby One Size diapers (with the hook and loop aka Velcro closures). Both diapers fit my daughter well and have rarely leaked. After a year of using cloth my first-hand experience with diaper rash is minimal since we’ve never had a problem with it.
I haven’t found the extra laundry to be a nuisance at all. Although we do a considerable amount of laundry as it is, we haven’t been bothered by a couple extra loads. There hasn’t been any noticeable increase in our water bill either.
I tend to look at the financial side of things and that was one of the first advantages of cloth diapering to come to mind. All of the money we have invested will count toward any future children we have. No buying disposable diapers for every child, or disposable wipes (an added savings to boot). In fact the cloth wipes we have we received at our baby showers and they have lasted exactly one year!
It is nice to know our second and third child (or as many as we have) are covered – no pun intended. An extra bonus is we could possibly be able to sell the diapers when we are done with them, thus making them even more affordable!
As a side note, I am not a huge environmental guy but I do think people should make some effort to eliminate waste. Cloth diapers make a big difference since we are not throwing away thousands of disposable diapers. Also, you are technically supposed to flush poop when using disposables, but do you know anyone who does? I feel like cloth offers another huge environmental plus there as well! It is nice to know we have done something positive for our environment and the environment we leave to our children and our children’s children!
By Steve W. hubby to Gina W.