Monday, June 18, 2012

Pros and Cons of cloth

Pro:
Diapers are re-usable and don't end up in a landfill.
Con:
You have to wash them. Frequently.

Pro:
They come in the cutest colors and designs!
Con:
Numerous options can be overwhelming and you might not know which system you like until you try it.

Pro:
You save money by buying cloth. Some designs and sizes allow you to use them for your baby's entire diaper years. Resale value is good!
Con:
Diapers and covers cost as much as one pack of disposable diapers, so there is a bigger cost up front.

Pro:
Some cloth diaper systems are super absorbent.
Con:
Unfortunately, cloth diapers are much bulkier than disposables. Sometimes you have to go up a size in pants so clothes will fit.

Pro:
My baby looks super cute in cloth diapers.

Con:

Oh, come on. We all know there isn't another side to THAT statement :P

Seriously, though...

I never used cloth with Jaina. I honestly didn't know it was an option. I didn't use cloth with Jayce because Brian threatened to never change a dirty diaper EVER if I used cloth. How was I to know that he wouldn't really end up changing any of his dirty diapers anyway?

This time around, I thought I'd give cloth a try. I had some covers handed down to me and I got some pre-folds to use with them.

And quickly discovered that I hated prefolds. I'm much more of an All-in-One kinda gal. (AIO's for those who speak the lingo) Except that AIO's are the most expensive diaper you can buy. I own two newborn size. That's it. And Jocelyn outgrew those in a matter of weeks.

I have my sight set on some Thirsties AIO's for Jocelyn. I just can't justify spending the money right now. She is a heavy wetter and she goes through 8-10 disposables a day. I'd need probably more cloth than that to get through 1 day. (That's why covers and prefolds make more sense... you can buy a whole pack of prefolds for little money and just reuse a few covers in a day. But I hate prefolds, remember!?)

I might end up getting some Thirsties covers from my blogging friend and then buying some bamboo inserts that go into the covers.

So many options!

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