By Nicole Germany
These days babies’ bottoms are getting an upgrade thanks to cloth diapers, and people are starting to take notice. With the increase in popularity, a debate has sparked comparing cloth diapers to disposable. The big question is, which is the better pick? For starters, always stick to what works best for you and your baby, but if you’re looking to take the plunge and try something new, cloth diapers could be your new best friends!
Experimenting with cloth diapers starts first with understanding the basics. Test out a few options before spending a fortune on something that doesn’t end up working. When it comes to cloth diapers, there are a few different kinds: prefold, pocket, fitted and all-in-one. Each is slightly different in terms of the benefits it offers.
• Prefold – If you’re on a budget, these flat, rectangular cloth diapers just require you to fold, shape and add a cover over top.
• Fitted – These diapers consist of multiple absorbent layers and fasten on with hook and loop closures.
• Pocket – Made up of a waterproof cover, this option allows you to insert an absorbent pad or prefold into the pocket.
• All-in-one – Consisting of a set of absorbent layers, the all-inone diaper makes quick changes more convenient and is great for overnight use.
Other factors to remember are how many diapers you’ll need to invest in and how often you’ll want to do laundry. Heather Montes, mother of three, suggested buying about a dozen diapers per size. “I do a few loads of laundry every day with Arm & Hammer Wash or Borax and air dry the covers and throw the inserts in the dryer with no fabric softener.” Also consider a mix of disposables and cloth when traveling, but make sure to always pack enough! Kathy Anderson took a week vacation and only packed cloth. “I brought enough to last the whole trip and did a wash before my return home. They aren’t easy to pack so using space saver bags in my luggage was a lifesaver! Companies also sell wet bags that hold dirty diapers between washes, which contain the stink.”
Anderson admitted it gets tricky, stinky and yucky at times, but it’s important to her to use cloth because her mother did it for all 11 of her children!