Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Cloth Diapering

Has anybody out there cloth diapered?

My mom used cloth diapers on most of the kids in my family, but they've come a long ways since the days of prefolds, diaper pins, and plastic pants. {thank goodness!}

I wanted to use cloth for LMS, but we couldn't afford the initial investment to do so. It would have saved us money in the long run, but we just couldn't come up with the money to get started.

Now that we're expecting another little one, I've start thinking about how we'll handle certain situations, the gear we'll need, and so on. Which brought me back to the cloth diapering question.

I've done some reading about it, even purchasing an e-book that was very informative and encouraging about cloth diapering.

But... I'm still hesitating. I'm just not convinced it's for us.

- Cheaper in the long run
- More eco friendly

- I do laundry once a week and have no desire to do it more often. Cloth diapers would need to be washed every other day at a minimum.
- Can cause clothing to not fit properly. I like a nice trim diapered bum- they fit in all styles of clothes without a problem. Cloth diapers can result in large "fluffy bums".
- Can be a pain to deal with when out and about.

I've considered using cloth diapers at home and disposable diapers when we're out and about, but that seems like it'd still be a lot of work and would require extra planning on my part. I'm just not sure that would actually happen. {just being realistic here}

Have you used cloth diapers? Was it a positive or negative experience?


  1. http://mooshinindy.com/2012/06/27/everything-i-know-about-cloth-diapering-i-learned-from-the-internet-or-by-messy-accident/

    this is my cousin-in-laws website. She has this and a few other articles on cloth diapering that might be helpful.

    I've never done it. I figured any saving of the environment would be undone by the amount of water and bleach I would use.

  2. I tried it with both kids...I lasted about a week each time because I detest doing laundry! I have about 5 diapers total, so laundry had to be done every single day to keep up (and disposables were used in the meantime!) I thought it was a good idea, but I just couldn't ever get it to work for my particular life plan. Corri (from BYU) wrote a lot about diapers on her old blog (http://sweetandsimplethingsblog.wordpress.com/category/diapers/) if you need more info. If you do decide to give cloth a try, I'm happy to pass along the few diapers I do have--better they get used than to sit in storage! :)

  3. We love cloth diapering - but I recommend having a stash of about 22 so you only have to do laundry about every 3 days. I highly recommend Dirtydiaperlaundry.com and Allaboutclothdiapers.com. Kim and Autumn are excellent resources if you have questions and are just starting out. Buy gently used to save on the initial investment. I have several used cloth diapers (in excellent shape) in stock at www.jaxinthebox.com. @jaxintheboxkids