I have to be honest....my initial feelings on cloth diapers were "no way! Who would use those now?"
But I have completely changed my mind! Yesterday was my Day 5 Cloth Diaper celebration! I just love them! I know...crazy right?!
When I brought up using cloth diapers to my husband, he asked if it would just be more work for me. I thought about it and said "I do a ton of laundry anyway...what is one more load?" But after I said that, I thought....ONE MORE LOAD?! But seriously....it is really no harder than using disposable diapers. One more step, sure, but not much more work.
I started my week with 2 Flip cloth diapers and 3 inserts. I also have 2 dozen Gerber Cloth diapers (used as burb bibs originally.) Now the Gerber diapers are not the best...I found I have to double up on those and they need to be changed more often than the Flip inserts. But they do work.
I had a difficult time figuring what to do with the soiled diapers, but I found this great website that helped BIG TIME! Every morning I fill up a big bowl with cold water and sprinkle in some Baking Soda. This serves as my Wet Bucket. Each soiled diapers goes in there to soak. Then at night, before bed, I fill our washing machine with cold water, mix in more Baking Soda and have the diapers soak in there over night. Then first thing in the morning I start the washer on the spin cycle. Then I use HOT water, a little detergent and do a small load. It really is so very simple! By the time they are done washing and drying, morning naps are over and it is diaper changing time.
I would say that my baby is a part time cloth diaper baby. She gets put into a disposable diaper at night and for the first morning change. But after that, she is all cloth baby! I am surprised how much I love the fact that she is in cloth diapers! I never thought I would be proud to say, YEAH FOR CLOTH DIAPERS!
What about poopy diapers, you may be thinking. Yeah, I was concerned about those too. But thankfully, Katelyn is a noisy pooper! She pooped in her Flip diapers 3 times so far and all I did was grab it with a wipey and flush the poopy away! And the insert was not stained!
So at the end of week 1....... Will I be using cloth diapers still? You betcha! In fact, I have already decided which ones I am buying next! Econobum Full Kit - One Size here I come!
I highly recommend Cloth Diapers to any mommy. I find myself saying the same thing other moms have said......"I wish I knew about these cloth dipaers with my oldest daughter!!!!"