Right after I graduated college, before I was married, I took care of a little boy several days a week, just for a few hours a day. When I started, he was around 4 months old, so out of the newborn stage but still just a little guy. His mom did things a certain way and I loved it all; everything from the homemade baby food to the chemical-free all-purpose cleaners she used. I was so impressed with her organic way of life, and certain parts of it stuck with me. The biggest thing I learned from his mom, though, has to be cloth diapering.
Before working for this family, I had no idea people still used cloth diapers. And when she told me about them, I was very skeptical. I didn’t want to deal with soggy diapers. Give me disposable and I’ll be done with them! But then I saw them. They aren’t soggy and gross. They aren’t difficult to deal with. They are actually cute!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a cloth diaper snob. I’ll be the first to tell you it isn’t for everyone. In fact, my mom doesn’t like using them, so she has her own stash of disposables she uses when she watches my baby. Ava actually wore disposables her first two weeks because she was too little for her smallest cloth size. Because we’ve used both, I feel like I can give a good review of both cloth and disposable. And by cloth, I mean the brand I use. There are so many different cloth brands, which is great because not every brand works for every baby. I am so thankful though that the brand we chose has worked so well for us.
Why we chose to use cloth diapers:
It’s plain and simple… It saves us a ton of money. When we found out we were having a baby, we were newlyweds, I had just started a new job, my hubs was still in college, and we had a ton of school debt (still do!). We considered the initial cost of cloth diapering and compared it to 2 years of disposables, and the difference was impressive. I think we spent a total of $350 on two sizes of cloth diapers and all the parts that go with them. I also made some of my own inserts, which helped, but it still wouldn’t have been much more that $400 had I not. Disposables were much much more.
I’ll go into more details later on why we use cloth. Honestly, the price was the initial spark that caught my eye, but it wasn’t the biggest benefit in my book once I learned more about them. I’ll also explain the pro’s and cons to both cloth and disposable, how our brand (gDiapers) work, and even a DIY on how we made those inserts ourselves. Oh, and I’ll also fill you in on what my hubby thinks of cloth.. After all, he’s the primary diaper changer around here!