When I was pregnant and had a lot of time in hand, I did a lot of research about modern parenting techniques and was quite impressed with a few of those. One of those was Cloth Diapers (of course). Even after having done a complete research about it, my first Cloth Diaper came in when my baby was less than three months old.
Why Cloth Diapers?
Let me be honest, I have never been the kind of woman who would take a long way out to do any work. I am the one who would take the quickest way out to do any work and Cloth Diapers certainly don’t provide any shortcuts )unlike disposable diapers). Why then would I choose to use them?
Well, there are numerous reasons why I chose them, you can read them here. Today, I am exclusively Cloth Diapering, except for certain occasions like long outings or trips. Therefore, I can safely say, I have had a love-hate relationship with them.
My Journey with the Cloth Diapers
- When I started Cloth Diapering, it was quite easy (if I can say so). when Cookie was a small baby, most of his diapers would be filled with pee. And even the poop was easier to wash off. As the time passed, the pee became acidic and the poop became stinky, that’s when one starts hating the CDs.
- Cloth Diapering involves a lot of prepping and a lot of washes before they are ready with their full capacity. This is something that can test one’s patience. Hack: Wash them once they come in, before they dry, put them in the wash again. Do this over three to four days and you are ready to use them.
- If they aren’t washed well or with too little detergent, they start stinking! Yes, and they smell really acidic. Hack: Soak them in warm water and bleach for about an hour. Do a normal wash cycle without detergent and then another one with detergent. Ta-Da, deep cleaning is done!
- I am often told cloth diapers are expensive. Well, the first CD that I got in December 2016 is still with me, in good condition. Can you say the same for a disposable diaper? Yes, the diaper was expensive at INR 800 but then 18 months later I am still using it.
- With every use of a disposable diaper, you need to use a diaper rash cream because your baby’s soft bums have been affected. Cloth Diapers present no such problems. We have not used rash creams at all. Hence, the cloth has been easy on the skin and eventually the health of the baby.
- A disposable diaper lasts for 6-7 hours easily while most of the CDs need to be changed every 3-4 hours. This time can be used to give the baby some diaper free time and let his skin breathe.
- Cloth Diapers leak yes it does. But then, it gives me time to keep my child diaper-free for a few minutes.
- I have always detected Cookie’s cold/cough because of the mucus on the diapers. Yes, a cloth diapering Mom always checks the content before knocking off the solids into the toilet. Does this happen with disposable diapers?
- I have also recently used the pocket diapers without the insert at the beach. It proved amazing.
- I have taught Cookie colours, shapes, animals using the cloth diapers. To the extent, now the 22 months old chooses his own diapers.
If this doesn’t inspire you to switch to cloth diapers, well go on to read some more posts.