There were several factors we needed to consider when deciding whether or not to try out reusable diapers. One was cost. I almost immediately ruled out diapering services as these were too costly and didn’t seem worth it to me. I found this pretty good calculator that helped give me approximate numbers if we were to do everything ourselves.
The next question was ‘what type of cloth diapers should we try?’ There are a lot of options out there, and each has its pros and cons.
- Pro – Most cost efficient
- Con – Time-consuming to put on (requires folding, pinning, cover)
- Cost – $
- Pro – Has elastic around legs to fit baby and hold in messes
- Con – Requires pins and diaper covers
- Cost – $$
- Pro – No pins or diaper covers required
- Con – Requires some effort to prepare (stuffing inserts into pockets)
- Cost – $$$
- Pro – Easiest to use (no prep work before you put the diaper on baby)
- Con – Hardest to clean and takes longest to dry
- Cost – $$$$
In addition to the types, there are other choices like snaps vs. velcro, one-size vs. various sizes, etc.
We decided to go with one-size pocket diapers. To start, I purchased two of the best reviewed pocket diapers: BumGenius 4.0 and Fuzzibunz Elite. We’ll get a feel for what works best for us and then get more for our stash.
Here are some tips I picked up during my research that might help others looking into cloth diapering:
- Because brands have different fits, try out different ones before completing your stash.
- Expect to do laundry every other day.
- Have at least 2-3 dozen diapers to get you between loads.
- Dirty diapers from exclusively breastfed babies do not need to be dumped/cleaned before throwing it into the wash. The poop is all water soluble.
- Dirty diapers from solid foods do need to be cleaned before throwing into the wash. Liners help in these situations.
- Certain brands of disposable liners can be re-used/washed once or twice if it’s just a wet diaper change.
- Use disposable diapers for the first few days as the poop will contain meconium, which is sticky and not fun to deal with if cleaning a cloth diaper.
After all that, I’m super excited to give this a go. I will post an update after trying them out for awhile. Wish us luck!