We are officially a cloth diapering household! I’ve really looked forward to this. I first became interested in cloth diapers because they looked so cute. I was hooked when I found out how much money you save over the course of the child’s diapering years (spend an average of $2,000 for disposables, as apposed to $500.00 for cloth). I actually find cloth diapering just as easy as disposable. The laundry takes some getting used to, but it’s really not that bad. Josh is even pretty enthusiastic and I’ve heard dads are usually a little hard to get on board. Ya know, the whole poop thing and all.
Some of the benefits for us personally have been great. Squeaks actually tells me when she’s wet now. In disposables, for some reason, she was content to sit in a wet diaper for quite a while. In cloth though, I think she can feel the wetness more and makes some noise (this bodes well for potty training). Diaper rash has never been an issue for her, but now it won’t be an issue for sure. I also don’t mind the laundry. We have an HE washer so our water bill wasn’t really affected. It’s just a little time consuming. I need to be home a minimum of four hours (including dry time) in order to get it all done. This hasn’t been a problem for me, but I can see how it would be difficult for working parents. Looking out of my kitchen window at my laundry line covered in colorful cloth diapers is immensely satisfying. Plus, in the California sun, outdoor line drying is actually faster than using my dryer. Score! Drying in the sun has other benefits too. It bleaches out any stains and balances the diaper’s PH. The main benefit though is how flippin’ cute babies look with fluffy butts! The only down side is that all Squeaks clothes fit way tighter with a cloth diaper on.