Cloth diapering – the question of should we, shouldn’t we.
With my first born, we used the traditional langots when he was born but beyond a point, him getting disturbed because of constant nappy changes led us to go down the disposable diapers path. I found out only later about the Modern Cloth Diapers and then we did a mix of both. With my second baby, I was sure I wanted to be more eco friendly and not get into the trap of the convenience of disposables!
Asking friends and some research helped me plan my new born stash. For all the new moms starting out, here is what I got ready before my baby arrived and I am still building on that as per my requirements at every stage.
I started out with 2 dozen muslin flats (square pieces of cloth) + 6 snappies to keep them in place. What I leant was, I didn’t need as many snappies so my advice would be to buy 2 or 3 so that you aren’t frantically looking for one if you happen to forget where you kept it last!
To make the flats waterproof, I had 6 covers. Again it can be reduced to 3 or 4 if you plan to wash on a daily basis. I changed the covers only if they got dirty with poop.
I added 4 pocket diapers and 5 AIO (all in ones) for doctor visits or outings. These were a blessing for night diapering too because I didn’t have to spend too much time in diaper changes.
The brands I bought were Bumpadum, happy flute and babyland. All worked very well for us.
Now comes the part of how time and energy consuming is cloth diapering. Well, I won’t say it is easy, but it is not so tough either! What I figured out was that setting up a washing routine helps keep them from rotting and smelling the bathroom up. What we typically do is, if there is poop, clean it off the diaper, wash the stains off and store in a bucket. If only pee, then rinse and store in bucket. I usually wash my diapers at 40 degrees along with all my normal clothes in a normal wash cycling in the washing machine. I have been using Tide soap and so far I haven’t faced any problems where the diapers smell soon after one pee.
Over the last few months I have added to my already existing stash from my first son, a couple of more Aviva and Duet diapers from bumpadum which I find fit the best on my baby and work for 2-3 hours without any leaks or worries. These are the one size diapers which can be used from 3 months onwards.
Cost wise, even though I must admit I found cloth diapers to be a bit expensive (around 800-900 Rs. each) I have realised they turn out more economical in the long run. Not to forget much more comfortable for your baby’s skin and well being and being great for our environment.
We have even taken a week long holiday where we cloth diapered through most of the days with just a few disposables for the long drives or day long outings. It is just a mindset that we need to change and things just fall into place!
We hope to continue using cloth for as long as we can and the cute prints these diapers come in is just the icing on the cake 🙂 So if you are in two minds, my take would be to give it a try and see if it works for you. You will realise in most cases it will and like us, you can always do a mix because every tiny step towards sustainable living is a step towards a better future for our kids!