My love of cloth diapers

Cloth nappies are the bomb.

(Or cloth diapers, whichever you prefer)

A headgear is just one of its many uses.

Other functions? Emergency towel, picnic mat for baby, blanket.

I never leave home without a couple in my bag.

Seriously?

I love the feel of cotton on my baby’s/kid’s bum. For night-time and going out, I use some of those cool modern cloth diapers (BumWear, Bum Genius, GroVia, Rump-a-Rooz and Bitti d’Lish) – I love them all – but nothing beats the utter breathability of plain cloth.

Just hook ’em up with a snappi, and I’m all done.

Of course, with plain cloth (featured in the above photo), I have to contend with leaks as there is no outer cover. But I have learned to carry my babies in such a way as to minimize soiling my clothes.

Minimize, I say. Because I have soiled my clothes on occasions. Rather irksome.

There is also the washing, drying and folding to do, every 2 days. And changes are required often – every single time there is a toilet incident.

Now, that’s a lot of nappy changes in a day. Rather wearisome, when I’m already sleep-deprived. On such days, I resort to one of the fancy modern cloth ones that function much like a disposable.

So why do I still cloth diaper?

I figure that 100% breathable nappies are well worth the effort. (I’m talking plain cloth here.)

Toilet training came early on for the Bunnies (by the time they were 2 years old), and I think wearing cloth had something to do with it.

With plain cloth, I’ve learned how to read my baby’s body language, over time, when he’s going to have a toilet incident.

Incidentally, that’s helped me understand how a desire to toilet can be a contributing factor to fussiness during eating times. (Wouldn’t you fuss, if you wanted to go pee, but couldn’t because you were strapped to a chair?)

I’ve hardly ever had to contend with nappy rash, or creams.

(I somehow hate the idea of chemicals, or even “natural” creams, on my baby’s skin. Am I stiff or what?)

Cloth nappies are super cost-saving.

And then there is the environmental disaster of disposable diapers. Think of how many disposables just one baby goes through, and multiply that by the number of babies living today?

Here, I have to say – in all honesty, I do accept, with gratitude, gifts of disposables from friends – they have saved me in emergency situations, like when I’m super dead tired, so …. one has to balance! Life can be complex!

I’ve gotten used to all the nappy-changing, washing and folding. It’s a family affair. I do almost all of the changing and folding, Sweet Man dumps them into the washing machine, Puppy can now fold a whole laundry load of them, it’s that easy – and fun! for a 5 year old.

Once you get the hang of it.

On trips out, we’ve got used to carrying soiled nappies home with us in a wet bag. It really isn’t that disgusting!

Just think of one less contribution to a land fill.

Now, please do not for once think that I am implying that anyone who does not cloth diaper is a poor parent, or a wicked human being without a conscience. There is too much senseless and cruel mud-slinging that goes on in parenting debates nowadays.

To cloth diaper or not? Breastfeed or not? Attachment parent or not? It so happens that I love cloth diapering, breastfeeding and some aspects of attachment parenting, but really, I’d be the last to judge. Some of my best friends do things pretty differently – and they are wonderful moms.

It’s just that I love cloth nappies. For their comfort and breathability.

I have totally zero commercial interest in them. I’m purely a satisfied customer. Although I should probably start to think about it – they are one of those things that are saving our planet.

If you’re one of those who are ready to try cloth diapers, I’d say give it a shot, make it gradual – it takes time getting used to the effort – and don’t pummel yourself on those desperate days that you simply need a disposable.

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This post is inspired by all the cool headgears at Kiddothings, and linked up with Live and Love …. Out Loud and Project Alicia.

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28 Comments

  1. You sure love your cloth nappies! I use the ones with the covers – the cheapest I could find on ebay, they’re called Coolababy. It has worked fine but gave my baby a bit of a rash in the beginning. These cloths are still the best – once you get the hang of it, that is. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for linking up dear!

  2. Thinking back on it, if I had to do it again, I think I might have used cloth diapers…maybe for the first 2 kids and the last one at least. The third kid came and I had 3 kids under 3 all still in diapers, so that would have been a big challenge.
    P.S. Love that picture πŸ™‚

  3. I don’t know how long those modern cloth diapers have been on the market, but I can’t imagine cloth diapering in cold climates without them.

  4. Thanks for the opportunity, such fun! When Piglet was born my friends asked for a wish-list and the only item I had on it was cloth diapers, so my supply was guaranteed πŸ™‚

    I suppose plain cloth is realistic for tropical climates like ours. I can’t imagine them in colder countries without a cover on.

  5. You had 3 kids under 3 all still in diapers, and might have used cloth diapers?? You are brave! I’d stick with the disposables if I could afford them! LOL

  6. I like this. Good on you to share and stick to cloth. and they make for a lovely head piece too!!
    The only thing better then cloth diapers is saying goodbye to them for good. And your kid wipping his own bum with pride!

  7. I have some cloth diapers but I used them for burp clothes for my kids instead of diapers. I have always used disposable diapers because I’m a little lazy but I think it’s great that you took the cloth path. It is so much better for the environment.

  8. What’s the cost saving of not buying all the disposables versus the extra washing of all the nappies?

    Yes, they make the new disposables so comfortable now that it seems kids don’t even feel uncomfortable when one is “wet.” I agree, it seems kids with cloth diapers achieve potty training earlier.

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