|Tiny cloth diapered (with no cover) Mavry on Aunt Laura.|| |
|Little bottom with a wool cover.|
I never considered disposable diapering, so I don't really know how much disposables cost or how much we are saving. I decided to cloth diaper because I want to do all I can to be more natural and cut back on waste. In my opinion, it's not much more work than disposable diapering. (Colin definitely does his share of changing and pottying, especially when we are out. I am lucky that he is fully supportive!) Besides the cost and waste issue, we also wanted to cloth diaper because we are doing elimination communication (EC).
There's hardly any stink involved (at this point) and not too much mess. It's just a little more laundry every week. There are many cloth diapering options these days with all the different kinds of covers, all-in-ones, etc, but I didn't really look into them. I chose to use prefolds with covers because it was the cheapest way to go and also because I heard it was the best method to combine with EC. We got almost all our diapers as gifts through our amazon registry, so for us there was very little upfront cost.
|Laundry drying in the sun|
For nighttime, we use these since we don't usually get up to change her at night and the velour top helps her feel more dry. I have considered getting these and these also look pretty great but are expensive. What we have now seems to work well most of the time. One time she completely soaked through and once she woke up in the morning completely dry!
As far as other helpful gear goes, we have a diaper sprayer, which I think is great, but not completely necessary, a hanging wet bag (good for us since we don't really have space for a diaper bucket) and a travel wet bag that also has a dry compartment for clean diapers (this bag looks much larger in the picture, but is really just the right size for a few diapers). We use this changing mat in our bathroom next to the sink since a regular changing pad is too big for our space. (At first, we just used a towel, but now we keep a towel underneath this - it's nice to have a nonslip, wipe-able surface.) We like having the changing station in the bathroom since we use homemade flannel wipes and warm water instead of throwaway ones.
|I made an extra clothesline outside since sometimes I am drying a lot of laundry!|
I'll post next about EC, which is a big component in how easy it is for us to cloth diaper.