I don’t really remember them, but I know what they are and let me tell you, you won’t catch me using a cloth diaper like this. From what I’ve been told by those women who didn’t have the option of disposable way back then, these diapers were a pain. They leaked, they were not so easy to put on, and they just didn’t hold much (see *leak).
If I had the choice between these diapers and disposable ones, oh yeah, I’d definitely stick with disposable. The wonderful thing is I have one more option. Cloth diapers that look like disposables. Not only that but there are many more options with cloth diapers aside from that.
You can have all-in-one diapers which are exactly what they sound like — the diaper is one single piece like a disposable, but it’s cloth, with the protective cover attached.
You can have fitted diapers which look like a diaper and velcro or snap, but you then put a cover over it. There’s also the pre-fold. The pre-fold folds up like the old-school cloth diapers did, but then you put them inside the cover and snap that on. It still looks like a disposable, just one extra step.
The pocket cloth diapers are similar to pre-folds, but they have a pocket to fit the thick, absorbent cloth that is taken in and out of the water-proof outer cover.
They even have some that are kind of a “one size fits most.” They have snaps all over the front of the diaper so depending on how big the baby is depends on where you snap it.
See? Like I said. So many options.
We used cloth pull-ups with Josiah (yes they were pull-ups not diapers, but the absorbency lacked after a month or two). I didn’t use cloth diapers because I was still in school and working a random job and I didn’t think I could do it.
With Samuel, I’m going one step further. You see, cloth diapers are around $10 a piece when you buy them online. Don’t panic. Typically you by 10-20, so $100-$200 worth and they last for several months. With disposables you’re going to spend $20-25 a week on diapers — so in two months you’ve made your money back. As far as I know, cloth will last for 3-6 months depending on how fast your baby grows. If you use pre-folds they’re going to last longer.
Oh, and don’t fall for that myth that says you’re going to spend as much in laundry. When you have a baby, you’re obviously going to have more laundry. Diapers are a couple of small loads a week (they advise that you wash your diapers every other day when used).
So what extra step am I taking? I’ve been making my own. Yes, I’ve been making my own cloth diapers. The journey has been interesting because until I started making the diapers, I had no clue what a bobbin was and had to Google how to thread the machine that I inherited from my step-mom.
This post is getting a little bit long, so I won’t keep you much more, but here’s a quick break down.
After I bought the supplies needed to sew, the cost of my diapers and covers (I’ve been making fitted and pre-fold diapers) have been less than $2 a diaper and about $.50 per cover. So I’m spending $2.50 a diaper. Making the diaper and cover together can take anywhere from about 20 minutes to an hour depending on what you’re doing (pre-folds and covers don’t take long to make, diapers take a little longer). The time has also decreased as I’ve gotten the hang of sewing.
So look for my next post and I’ll show you how I’ve been making my diapers.
- Reasons to use cloth diapers for your baby (babybeduga.wordpress.com)
- Why I Cloth Diaper (spruceandmain.wordpress.com)
- The benefits of Cloth Diapers (viviandiaper.wordpress.com)
- Cloth Diapering for Under $70 (efficientmomma.wordpress.com)
- Cloth Diapers (laurenfalber.wordpress.com)
- Prefold Cloth Diapers – a Tutorial! (msmomrules.wordpress.com)
- DIY Cloth Wipes (momgonecrafty.wordpress.com)