8 years ago, I began researching cloth diapering as I was expecting my first child. This research was done using *gasp* dial-up internet, so it was a bit time-intensive. Ultimately, I decided to try it out and am glad that I did.
In a way, cloth vs. disposable diapers can be compared to silverware vs. plastic forks and spoons. I much prefer using the real stuff, but at times the plastic will just have to do. I almost always use cloth diapers at home, but if a child is going to be in the church nursery or with a babysitter, then I pull out the disposables. Or, as my older children call them, fake diapers.
I have tried tons of different types over the years, but my favorites are Fuzzibunz. If someone from Fuzzibunz wants to send me a check for endorsing their product, please leave a comment below:) I use cloth wipes and a cloth diaper pail liner and wash it as one big load. One of the most fantastic parts of cloth diapering is that I stumbled upon Charlie’s Soap as a laundry detergent. Now, I use it for all our laundry. It works so well on farm clothes. Charlie’s Soap is the detergent of choice for a huge number of cloth diaper users, mostly because it rinses clean and is free of scents, dyes, enzymes, softeners, and other additives.
I know some people who have tried cloth diapering and changed their minds. It certainly isn’t for everyone. Both Mom and Dad have to be on board. That being said, I have loaned out my newborn diapers to at least 10 people over the years, and quite a few have stuck with it.
When Vince was a newborn 7 years ago, the nurse at the doctor’s office saw his diaper and declared me a “brave mama”. I am certain it was the first time she had seen a cloth diaper. I know that nurse today as a fellow mom — I should ask her if she remembers that. Although that was ages ago….way back in the era of dial-up internet! I am confident that we will all see more and more cloth diapering in the future.
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