2. You will have to touch poop. What parent doesn’t? Yes, you do have to get the poop into the toilet after the baby starts solid food. But did you know that every box of disposable diapers I ever purchased instructed me to dispose of solid waste via the sewer system as well?
Besides, as a parent, you quickly become inoculated to bodily fluids as you get covered in them regularly.
The silver lining? Cloth diapers contain those newborn blow outs MUCH better than disposables, so you might touch poo more later, but you’ll get covered in it much less at the start.
3. You’ll have to do more laundry. It can’t be denied! Cloth diapers will add two to four loads per week to your schedule. The good part is that you don’t really have to fold the loads, and they’re small and not time-intensive. The laundry thing was a major concern for me but has turned out to be the easiest part. Thank goodness for main floor laundry!
4. You have to change the baby more often. Alas, this one is 100% true, and I can’t even make it sound better. Unless you have a super bulletproof diaper like the Motherease all-in-one you really can’t go more than three hours in one diaper. And you shouldn’t, even in the heavy duty ones, because the urine touching baby’s skin isn’t very gentle for them. Disposables, on the other hand, wick that moisture away and you know you can sometimes get away with four to five hours when you’re out and about and not thinking about diaper changes. Bummer.
5. Cloth diapers are an expensive investment. It can’t be denied that there’s an initial investment in cloth diapers, but it definitely doesn’t have to be more than disposables over the long run. You can spend more on cloth than disposables if you get fancy dancy kinds and buy more than you need to, but there are frugal routes, too.
Looking back, I do wish I would have started cloth with my oldest child when I considered it at eight months old. I worried so much at that point that we would end up spending more on cloth than ‘sposies if we didn’t have a third child, but I’m pretty confident now that we would have saved money, third child or not.
6. You won’t be able to figure out which diaper to buy. There are SO many kinds of cloth diapers out there these days. , “If you were starting from square one, which ones would you really buy?”
I tried my best to answer the question of the “best cloth diaper” and ultimately, there’s no perfect answer. Every family will have different needs, like quickest, least complicated, most frugal, or chunky baby/thin baby.
In the end, you just have to jump in with both feet and know that, even if there are bumps in the road, you’re making a good choice for baby and the environment.