I started out diapering with disposables when my son was born but he ended up being allergic to them. After many months of desperately trying to get his diaper rash under control we made the switch and in ONE DAY his rash was gone and never came back. I have nothing against using disposable diapers. They are convenient and easy. That can make a world of difference for people. But I thought I'd give you my top six reasons for using cloth just in case you were thinking about trying it out.
1. Money: This is especially true if you are planning on more than one child or diapering two kids at the same time. We bought a few extra diapers for Plum when she arrived but that was it. There are a ton of affordable diaper shops. You can even make your own if you sew. Second hand diaper swaps are everywhere. You don't have to buy the really expensive diapers but even if you do, it's still cheaper in the end.
2. Diaper rash: Mr. Pants was allergic to the disposable diapers. But Plum is not. She has had two diaper rashes in her whole life. One when we discovered her milk allergy and the other from antibiotics. We have never had to use a diaper cream on her beyond those two times. It's kind of amazing.
3. The environment: It's better for the environment.
4. They are so cute: When my friends were telling me that it's addicting to cloth diaper I was all, "Mmm-hmm, suuuure, dudes" but it turns out that fluffy bums are the cutest darn thing you will ever see.
5. Its Easy: This is the biggest fear that people have, I think. That there is so much work involved. There really isn't, though. You let the poop roll off into the toilet and then toss the diaper in a pail. Rinse, wash, rinse and dry. I find that never having to run to the store to buy diapers makes up for the twenty seconds of holding your nose when you dump the pail into the washer. That's as gross as it gets.
6. Poop Neck: You know what I'm talking about, right? When they literally poop all the way up to their necks? Those poops that have to end with a bath? They almost never exist with cloth diapers. The poop actually stays IN the diaper. This is especially exciting when your family is all hit by the stomach flu one week before Christmas.
What do you think about cloth diapers? Would you try them out? If you do use them- Do you love them or hate them?
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