Side #1--Cloth diapers take a lot of water to make; they take a lot of water to wash; they take a lot of time to care clean and fold; they make your kids smelly ...
Side #2--Cloth diapers require less water to wash than it takes disposable diapers to be made; cloth diapers have no harsh chemicals; cloth diapers don't fill up landfills; cloth diapers help kids potty train faster ...
In true Reagan fashion, I'm gonna tell you what I think.
I had a friend tell me she was going to use cloth diapers and I told her she was nuts (sorry, Ami). Then I met Rene and Beth who used them and they looked comfy and sweet. Both of these gals shared a lot of information with me so by the time I found out I was preggers with Pax, I decided to look into using them. But then I teetered--would it be too much work? At that time, Molly lovingly reminded me that I have a washing machine and dryer so unless I feared getting carpel tunnel from turning on the machines' buttons, I should drop the purse and get the diapers. And I did.
Is Pax's 6 month old tushy bum not the cutest thing ever! I could eat it up!
I LOVE cloth diapers.
I think they are amazing.
- They rarely leak (because I treat them very well).
- They are super affordable (though it's a lot of up front cost).
- The laundry is not overwhelming.
- Pax's bum is always cushy and he has only had one diaper rash. (And anyone who knows M.E. knows that she was super allergic to the chemicals in diapers and had such bad rashes that her bum lost chunks of skin and bled).
I use BumGenius 3-n-1 cloth diapers. I got them from Kelly's Closet I literally got the package below in "boy" colors and got the Twilight baby legs. Super cute!
If you are interested in cloth diapers but scared about the prospect of trying them, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I'd love to chat with you about cloth diapers.
Oh ya, remember the gray area. You can cloth diaper halfway--use cloth by day and disposable by night!
What about you? Have tried cloth? Why or why not? What did you think? Love 'em or leave 'em?