July 19, 2012

To Go Cloth or Not To Go Cloth?

It's been a little over a month and I've got a better handle on the change that is coming to our family.

Shocking? Yes. 
Scary? Sort of.

I was chatting with Deuces Wild & An Ace in the Hole about...wait for it.....poop. Oh, the conversations of moms!

Her: if the babies are breastfed then their poop is water soluble and you don't even have to touch it - just stick it in the wash! but toddler poop- ewww! totally different story!
Me: well, you haven't seen 6 year old poop. just sayin' he lives on chocolate milk and bananas if you can imagine that. 
Her: Ewww! no...toddler poop looks like chocolate peanut butter...butt smells WAY worse! 
Me: I'm okay until it gets greenish and looks like floam 

The reason this topic came up was not because one of us was reading Everyone Poops to our children.  It came up because I'm trying to decide between cloth and disposable diapers. Little Man and Tween Girl both wore disposable. Honestly, because I gave it no thought. This time, with two, and the factor of cost and the environment, I'm thinking about it.

Pros to Cloth Diapers -

  • Saves Money
  • Better for the Environment
  • More comfortable for the babies....? Is it? I'm really asking, those that have used both, did your baby seem to notice the difference?
Cons to Cloth Diapers - 

  • More Laundry - the most evil task in a household. IMO.
Based on those factors it should be obvious but it isn't. I'm just not sure. Thoughts from anyone that uses cloth diapers or has thought about using them? Recommendations on companies to go with for cloth diapers?   

1 comment:

  1. I think it's hilarious that you copied and pasted our conversation to your blog! HA! Sorry no pictures - I wasn't sure you were serious!! LOL!
    To answer your question about more comfortable for baby - I would say yes. We had Hudson in disposables for the first week, then cloth for the next three, then back to disposables (when he outgrew the newborn sized cloth diapers). What I can tell you is that his little booty got much more red when using disposables than it ever did with the cloth. That said...wait for it...babies can go a bit longer between changes (IMO) in disposables. If you tried to leave the baby in a cloth diaper for longer then the moisture would be more against the baby's skin, and that could cause redness/irritation. That's not why Hudson's booty was red I don't think, but you could end up with the same reaction either way if you didn't play your cards right.
    ALSO, when we switched the girls from the disposables to cloth, Livvy's booty got red. I'm not really sure why, but it did. The disposables do a bit better job of whisking away the moisture, so I suspect it was just the increase in wetness by her skin. It went away within a couple of days of the switch. And we do still put the girls in disposables at night...so you CAN do both and still save a ton of $$ =). It doesn't have to be all or nothing.
    BTW, we use BumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers with the girls. With little man we have used BumGenius AIO newborn diapers, and G diapers hybrid with the disposable liner (totally different brand). We have liked all of the diapers, but all for different reasons. There are places online where you can do a diaper trial and try several different kinds. I didn't want to do that, but in hind sight I really should have!! Okay, that's all for now! I'm happy to chat with you any time! Love ya chica!