To Cloth Diaper, or not to Cloth Diaper

This has been a question that has sort of nagged at me since we discussed having children…but now I guess it’s something I should really figure out.

I have seen one close friend cloth diaper and another not. These are pretty much the only people I have consistently been around who have had teeny babies since I have been an adult.

I can see lots of benefits, like economically and environmentally. But the amount of extra laundry makes me want to cry. That is BY FAR my least favorite chore on the planet.

However, after doing about six hours of research today, from reading articles to watching YouTube videos and browsing Pinterest and much more I finally decided that yes, that is what we shall do! Wes has been on board with whatever I have felt most comfortable with and is more than willing to participate and learn with me. I think he’s a keeper!

But I must say, sifting through all of the videos, research and sheer volume of information on cloth diapering is a bit daunting.

I was recommended to check out what I now think is a great video series called Cloth Diapering 101.

I found it very simple and helpful. She listed lots of pros and cons and all the difference between the different systems of diapering. It was broken down into 7 short videos, none were over nine minutes in length. She made it very simple and I could follow along easily, without having much prior knowledge about how exactly cloth diapers work other than the very very basics.

There were also some other really cool videos, I watched about 20 or so today. I sent this one to my husband – done by a stay at home dad who has gotten into the cloth diapering experience as well.

For those who do know a bit about this, I think what we will be doing is going with the pocket diaper system, specifically the bumGenius 4.0 series, along with some FuzziBunz. We will also have a couple prefolds with covers and some All In One diapers as well. I will be on the hunt for some good deals and will also check out different brands and systems but I think the pocket diapers will be what works best for us!

I say that now but I will definitely be checking them out and making sure I get to see them in person a bit. Everyone has said it is sort of a trialĀ and error process so I’m still working out how to put that into effect while being economical.

So far I’ve been look a lot at the Cotton Babies site and Kelley’s Closet. Kelley’s closet has a cool deal going on, that you get a free diaper when your order is over $39, so I thought that was pretty cool. It either gives you a chance to try a new diaper, you can re-sell it elsewhere if it’s not what you want, or it could be something you really wanted but didn’t order. So think that’s a great deal.

They also had a few brands on sale this weekend that I almost purchased because I apparently I have a very twitchy online shopping finger this week. But I just found out there is a cloth diaper store not far from me. They are close for a few weeks while the owner is on vacation but I will be checking them out in two weeks when they reopen!

After all this research today I am also quite interested in cloth wipes and will be working on some Do It Yourself wipe projects in the next few weeks!

I know there are so many other brands and types than the ones I was able to mention in the post, plus tons of different places to find them – so I still have a bit of work ahead of me.

It seems one of the biggest challenges I’ll be facing is weird comments or people telling me “I can’t” do it. I’m already running into that a bit. So to the nay sayers, I say…

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Leave comments below on what sort of cloth diapers have worked for you! What do you like and not like? Do you use cloth wipes as well? Any tips for a cloth diapering newbie?