Well that would be a big fat O. The old zippo, nada, haven’t seen, touched, smelled and certainly haven’t changed one in my life. Now, I could say that about disposables too, but at least I have some experience throwing things in the garbage bin. I think when my wife mentioned she wanted to cloth diaper our future baby(ies) I probably looked at her like she had three heads and silently hoped that this too shall pass. However, being the forward thinking eco-concious guy that I am I started to look into the mysterious beast that is cloth diapering.
Hmm…less waste in our landfills, more breathable thus better for babies skin, no chemicals and a cost savings when you spread the use over multiple kids. This could be promising! Still…how do you put them on? Do they have some sort of built in self attaching mechanism? And oh God what do you do with the “stuff” once it is in there? For as many questions that I answered there was still a host of perceived challenges that left me doubting if this was something I could do. However, I kept digging and the more I familiarized myself with the types of cloth diapers, the methods of pinning (and Snappis!), and washing routines I slowly came around to the idea.
At first I figured I would only be okay with using some sort of all-in-one system where the waterproof cover and inner lining are sewn together. You basically remove the dirty diaper, throw it in the wet bag, and then snap a new clean diaper on. Then when I read about how AIOs can take longer to dry, I started thinking maybe a cloth fitted diaper with a Snappi (y shaped diaper closure) and a waterproof cover would work better. Lately I’ve been quite taken with the idea of prefolds. The simplicity and versatility of the prefolds really appeal to me. This is all in the abstract since our girl isn’t due until July. I’m sure we will end up with a mixture of various types until we settle on what works best for us and our baby.
Don’t get me wrong I am still not 100% comfortable with all aspects of cloth diapering. Pins scare the bejesus out of me, and dunking something in the toilet prior to washing? Seriously? Bleeding and sanitary concerns aside I do firmly think that the benefits outweigh the negatives. Just check back with me on that lets say around the end of July when I will probably be knee deep in poopy diapers, drenched with toilet bowl water, and bleeding from my finger tips.
Do any of you cloth diaper? Any tips or preferences to share? Were you or your spouse initially resistant to using cloth instead of disposables?