We use cotton prefolds for SuperBoy and SweetPea (photo’d above in their cloth) during the day and a special rigamarole combo at night. We also use the local cloth diaper service: Do Good Diapers. They’re family-owned, fabulous, and affordable. Everyone has their own diaper feelings, but here are a few things to consider about the pro-cloth arguments:
Others have done my work for me: Cost of Cloth Diapers.
I cannot tell you the difference in our children’s skin using cotton versus disposable. On our trip to Italy almost two years ago now, we used the Seventh Generation Disposables. Yes, they were fine, and what we needed to use. But SuperBoy had diaper rash, general irritation, and just a speckled looking bum. We were anxious to get home for our diapers (odd, but true!). This has been the case anytime we’ve had to use disposables. Cotton breathes and is not filled with chemicals that “wick” away the moisture. What you see is what you get.
Skin aside, cloth absorbs better than disposable so you don’t end up with puddles piddling out the sides of the paper & plastic, nor do you have blowouts the same. I’ve been changing diapers for over two years now and I have had about 3 actual “blow OUTS” in terms of the cloth actually not containing all the poo. That’s it. Compare that with the sheer makeup of a disposable diaper–it simply cannot stretch and absorb and contain the way cloth can.
3) Ease of Potty Training.
This is hearsay, as SuperBoy is just beginning this phase. However, with that disclaimer, parents share that having the additional sensitivity that cloth provides makes it easier to potty train.
4) Renewable Resource.
You wash these instead of putting them in a landfill. You reuse them. You can use them for burp cloths. Do Good Diapers makes it so easy–if you live in the Twin Cities Metro, contact them! Hopefully they’re in business for many many years to come. Spread the word on the diaper service to keep them a renewable resource as well.
Washing your own isn’t so bad. I know tons of mamas and papas who do it. You double rinse them and use a strong detergent to get odor out, with the occasional stripping. You’re doing a ton of laundry anyway!