I’ll be the first to admit it- when I first heard about the concept of cloth diapering, I immediately thought to myself that sounds absolutely gross! Mind you this was before I became a mom and learned what all of us moms come to realize- my baby’s poop (yucky as it may be) is still MY baby’s poop…. No biggie!
Despite my initial reservations, I was determined to make an informed decision on how we would diaper our new little bundle of joy so I began researching the topic. Problem was that the more I researched, the more overwhelmed I became with the plethora of information online. I visited tons of holistic websites, blogs and read what other moms had to say & I must have watched every YouTube video out there on the subject!
Videos like; “Top 10 Must Have for Your Diaper Stash”, “Best Cloth Diaper Brands” & what seemed like 50 million other videos- Cue this mom’s analysis paralysis! Well fast forward to 14 months of successful cloth diapering behind me and I’m ready to share with you a no non-sense secret I wish others would have shared with me about cloth diapers…..
“THERE IS NOTHING TO FEAR BUT FEAR ITSELF”!
–Yours Truly (Ok Ok- maybe that was Roosevelt, but who’s counting)
Reason #1: Today’s cloth diapers are SO much easier than your mom’s cloth diapers!
While I won’t lie- there’s definitely a learning curve to cloth diapering, I’d be remiss to not point out the obvious- for the majority of us the ENTIRE MOTHERHOOD PACKAGE comes with a learning curve! So don’t buy into all the hype that you need to be some sort of expert on all that cloth diapering lingo (“prefolds”, “covers”, “inserts”, “prepping”, blah, blah, blah) in order to make cloth diapering work for your family. That’s simply not true! Cloth diapering is totally doable and quite frankly pretty freaking easy once you get a few basics down.
Reason #2: Changing & washing is a breeze!
If your imagination is anything like mine, you probably have this awful image of poop being slung around everywhere during changes & your washing routine turning into a huge, nasty nightmare. Wrong… it’s actually pretty easy!
First let’s talk about the worse case scenario- A BLOW OUT! Yes, I know… those two words are enough to insight panic in most first time parents! Well I hate to break it to you mama, but an occasional blow out is probably inevitable regardless of whether or not you cloth diaper or choose conventional diapers.
Now to washing- This is where the magic happens! If you plan on nursing your little one, then that means their poop will be water soluble (and predominantly liquid). Therefore, it will be very easy to get your diapers thoroughly cleaned in your washer! And BELIEVE ME today’s washer are more than capable of getting your stinky diapers squeaky clean!
So once you’ve accumulated a good pile of dirty diapers, you then simply take your wet bag (wet bags are waterproof bags you use to store your dirty diapers… I have a small travel wet bag I bought on Easy & a big one for our nursery- links below) & you literally dump all of its contents (those stinky diapers) directly into your washer. Voila! You never even have to touch a single diaper if you don’t want to! I’m a bit OCD so touch ours because I like to spread them out nicely in the washer.
The size of your stash (diapers) will determine how often you have to wash. Last tidbit on washing- the only exception to my “no touch” rule above, is formula fed babies may require a sprayer (also linked below) to get the solid pieces of poop off your diaper and into your toilet.
Reason #3: Tons of options!
You never have to feel tied down to one system or brand. Today’s cloth diapers can be similar & affordable as your mom’s old cloth diapers or can be as seamless AND convenient as a conventional disposable diaper…. aka an AIO (All-in-One) cloth diaper.
So there you have it… My no BS approach to cloth diapering! To learn more about which bands we use and love, price comparisons of the top brands & and addressing washing issues please visit my other post on cloth diapering!
Wanna know how they measure up to disposables, check out my post, “4 Reasons You Should TOTALLY Consider Cloth Diapers vs Disposables”.