Posted by: Amber @ NotMommy | July 16, 2009

Cloth Diapers

When I got pregnant, Peter and I decided that we would strive to be as natural as possible when it came to the child rearing process. To us…that meant breastfeeding, cloth diapers, modified attachment parenting philosophies, etc.

When I researched all the cloth diapering options I was amazed. The cloth diapers of today are no longer the sloppy messes I was pinned into back in the day. They come in fantastic colors and look like fancy disposables (only you wash these). Meaning, you no longer need to fold and pin them. All you have to do is snap or velcro them to your sweet baby’s bottom.

I was sold on BumGenius because they had a One-Size-Fits-All version. All I had to purchase was ONE SET for her entire diapering life. Well, as it turned out…Lexie came super early and didn’t fit into these for the first 3 months or so, so we invested in a set of XS All-In-Ones to bridge the gap between the preemie disposables she was using in the NICU to the long term set.

I have to say, they’re super easy to use. I understand that some people are turned off by dealing with dirty diapers more than once, and if you don’t have your own washer & dryer they’re really too much work…but since we don’t have any problems there they’re perfect for us.

We’ll save a bundle while she’s in diapers, and you can resell them once they’re no longer needed. The benefits outweighed the cons in our eyes. They’re also WAY better for the environment.

We do use ‘sposies when we’re out of the house, because the BumGenius are a tad bulky to carry around in the diaper bag (and then carry home dirty, though some people use a “wet bag” to combat the ick factor there). When using ‘sposies we buy Seventh Generation because they don’t have all those nasty chemicals in them. Have you ever looked at that gel crap that’s soaking up all the pee? Not something I’d want near my girly bits!

All in all I’m happy with our decision. I have to do a few more loads of laundry a week, but really…that’s a pretty passive chore.

For those of you interested in cloth diapering, here are a few tutorials:

Cloth Diapering for Beginners: Types of Diapers/Diapering Accessories

Cloth Diapering for Beginners: Washing your diapers and covers (including wool!)

Cloth Diapering for Beginners: Diapering Your Baby & Dealing with Leaks

**this post was inspired by the laundry running in the other room**


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