I honestly cannot believe that we're cloth diapering at home. If you'd told 17-year old me what my laundry pile would look like at 27, I would be all like, 'Whaaaa...?'
But here I am, snapping on reusable diapers on my firstborn and not even thinking twice about it.
After just two months of disposables, I can tell you that they are a) expensive and b) oddly smelly. Not just what goes inside, but the diapers themselves.
Plus, look how cute this kid is in his new duds. They're like a part of the outfit!
take a look), but this is the easiest and least-intrusive type for us. We went with Bumgenius Freetimes, which are not only super cute, but should fit him up to over 30 lbs! I love the adjustable waist, and how many color options are available.
Our CD stash consists of 15 diapers and lots of cloth wipes. This is our set-up downstairs: changing table on top of our Chicco Playard, diapers prepped in a little basket, spray bottle with water, and CD-friendly diaper cream.
Rockin' Green detergent in lavender-mint. It smells amazing. It's just a cold pre-rinse, warm wash, cold rinse, dry. Once a week, I dry everything in the sun to bleach stains.
Mia is confused by the process, but I promise that it's easy. A few extra loads of laundry a week, but with our new HE washer/dryer, it doesn't add up to much with water or electricity.
It's kind of amazing how easy the transition to a mostly-CD lifestyle has been. I thought it was going to be much more intimidating and scary, but it's just a matter of finding what works best for you and your daily routine. There are people who are really into it, and more power to them; I can see how this fits in perfectly with a very green lifestyle. For our small family, it's more a matter of being cost effective and easier in the long haul, while not stressing about being completely rigid. My motto for parenting so far is basically, 'Be flexible.' If I'm out and didn't restock the diaper bag with cloth, I'm not beating myself up for using disposables.
I'll post another update in several months to let you know how we've been keeping up with it. To be honest, I'm curious about how it will work out once he starts solids; we'll find out!