Back in the pre-infertility awareness days of our lives I always thought that we would naturally get pregnant easily, have one child at a time and use cloth diapers. Well, fast forward over the past year and a whole new set of realities became our life. As soon as we saw those two little alien like shapes on the ultrasound screen, all thoughts of cloth diapering went out the window. All I thought was how much work it would be with two babies in cloth diapers.
Well, the online community has a strong opinion on cloth diapering and I received many comments from readers who were eager to encourage, coerce, nag.... me to re-consider. So a few weeks back I stopped at a local cloth diapering store and asked them to break it down for me, how does it work, am I insane for debating doing it with twins, etc. I left the store convinced that we could do this.
So Saturday we were in the neighborhood so I mentioned to Andrew that we should just stop by so he can learn more about it. We left with close to $300 worth of diapers, detergent, and diapering accessories, as well as a new found confidence that... yes we can do this... it is totally doable and will save us oodles of money.
What we learned.... when the babies are exclusively breast fed (please please please let this be our situation for a good long while), everything that comes out is water soluble and does not require any special attention (which really means you can take the diaper off, put it in the diaper bag and the next day just throw it into the laundry). If formula or solid food is introduced they have these wonderful liners that you just flush and then you wash the rest as usual. We also learned that there is no shortage of cloth diapering options. There are all in ones, pre-fold inserts with covers and the list goes on. The covers are very, very cute. We also received a little lesson on detergents. I am a bit crazy when it comes to not using chemicals so I already had a hunch that most of the so-called baby detergents out there were likely garbage, this hunch was correct. We ended up purchasing Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda and were reassured that this stuff is great for both diapers and all of the babies' clothes.
The $300 is the initial newborn investment. Once they outgrow the newborn diapers we will be back to buy the larger size for babies.
I feel good about this. If we start out using cloth, we won't know any better... ignorance is bliss!
|Bummis Super Whisper Wrap via The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe ... yes we bought this cover, it is soo cute!|
|Bummis Prefold Diapers..... these are the actual diapers that go under the covers... via|
|FuzziBunz Laundry Bag - it is washable and unzips at the bottom so that you never have to touch anything... genius!|
We also registered for two cloth diaper pails which we plan on using to hold the laundry bags that we purchased.
Have you used cloth diapers or would you consider it for your baby?