So, I use disposable diapers and have for over 2 years now. But I am beginning to think I would like to try the cloth route.
Why, for heaven's sake?
1-My sons both poop out of their diapers every time they poop, so no matter what, I am doing laundry for poop covered clothes, so really the added washing of cloth diapers won't up my laundry bill or time.
2-Both my boys get really bad diaper rash and one of the moms I met down here said he might be allergic to the chemicals in the diapers. Though the Lansinoh Diaper Rash Ointment is great at fighting the rash and keeping it at bay, my friends comments made me think "gosh, perhaps I am buying a product with a chemical that is irritating his skin then I'm spending MORE money on a product to fight that irritation" Seems like a waste of money.
3-It hit me I have no idea what those chemicals are in the diapers and sometimes they get so soaked from over night wearing that little beads of something are rubbed all over my sons' skin. That kinda bothers me. What is that stuff?
4-I have found some really cute ones along with cute water proof bags to put them in.
5-I have figured the cost I will spend for these diapers (that I can use on both boys, so no multiple sizes, just one size that adjusts) and realized that it is only a little less than what we would spend a year in disposables.
6-If we are blessed with another child (which I can say right now we do want another)then if I switch to cloth, there will be NO ADDED COST. I will have everything I need. If we stay with disposable, we will roughly have to spend another 1000.00 dollars a year. And that is if Little Dude is completely out of diapers before the third child is born.
7-Also, of my mom friend down here was telling me that disposables have been linked to male infertility because they cause body heat to stay trapped. Hmmm. I have sons. And I do want grandchildren someday. :) I know that is probably a bit conspiracy theory and probably not true, BUT it did make me think-there have been times when their little bums have been sweaty and hot on hot days outside (like the past few summers) and I'm sure the plastic the diapers are made of aren't as breathable or comfortable as a cloth one would be.
8-Again, the cost. Though the cost for cloth will be all up front, it won't cost more than what we will spend this year on diapers (in fact, if we spend the same as we are now for diapers, the cloth will come out at 223.45 cents less in the long run) And remember, I already do kid poop laundry anyway. But that would not sway me completely if it weren't for the fact that we do want another child-if not two more-and the thought of saving a couple thousand dollars by using cloth is just mind boggling-think of how we could put that money in their college funds and let it grow...wow!
9-All the women I have talked to about it say kids using cloth are potty trained much sooner than those in disposable because, frankly, wet cloth is not comfortable and you can't ignore it the way you can with the disposables that still feel dry even after the children have wet.
10-I am somewhat drawn to the cute colors I could get the diapers in-I know, dumb reason, but gosh aren't they cute?
11-They save landfills, and the more I look at our world and what I am leaving for our children, I want them to have a clean, safe world to live in, and putting their poopy diapers in a landfill for all eternity to let whatever those chemicals are in there to sit and leak into the ground has suddenly hit me as not worth it vs. the time it would take to throw a diaper in the washer....
Hmmmm... so what do you guys think? Anyone have suggestions for good cloth diapers? Anyone know where to get them used? Any options at all?