Go ahead and laugh, you read cloth diapers and immediately think I am a jerk and sucker. It’s okay, that is exactly what I thought when The Mommy hit me with her plan to purchase a boatload of cloth diapers. It would be a falsehood to say we had a discussion about the issue; it was a fight, plain and simple. As a baby in the early Seventies, I heard horror stories from my parent’s generation about the curse of cloth diapers, later in life. Sure you want to help the environment and perhaps save some schmoola, but it all came at a terrible price. However, in the end, The Mommy won the day (was there really any doubt?) and we now use cloth diapers. But these ain’t your daddy’s cloth diapers. It turns out in the last 30 years there have been vast improvements in the world of cloth diapers. For one thing you no longer need to use a diaper service and deal with a company’s schedule. I give you the Bum Genius 3.0.
The Mommy did a ton of research (as usual) and we started LTD out using the x-small bamboo diaper with an outer shell. When he got bigger we switched to the Bum Genius 3.0 version and we have 24 of them in a range of colors. The 3.0 Velcro shell takes either one or two cloth inserts that absorb the peeps and poops. We wash the diapers by themselves using the Bum Genius detergent, but don’t worry you use so little of it for each wash that the bottle will last forever. Besides saving money on disposable diapers, which aren’t cheap, one of the benefits of cloth is that unlike pampers the wetness can be felt by the baby and helps them potty train faster. Oh, and it’s a lot better than putting 7 diapers a day in a landfill.
And now the drawbacks. Pee is not a big deal at all, but poo is the enemy. It is in this regard that many people don’t feel comfortable using cloth. You have to wash the poo off the diaper into the toilet. You don’t technically need to use their diaper sprayer but I can’t imagine a good alternative. Sometimes it can be hard to get the diaper completely poo free. Also, you don’t really want to spray poo into the bowl at 4 in the morning. However, I will say that once you get used to it, it becomes just another baby related routine. Another challenge is the laundry, you really need to do it semi-daily and if you don’t have a modern high efficiency washer the job could become difficult. In the end, the cost and environment benefits out weigh the few negatives and we still use Nature Babycare diapers for when we know we will be out of the house for a long time.