Navigating the world of cloth diapering can be confusing! Here are some common types of cloth diapers and how to use them.
What makes a prefold different from fitted? What kind of liner do I need, and how many? Should I choose these one-size-fits-all diaper system or something made for each stage of my baby’s growth? Do I really need to buy diapers and covers?
When I was pregnant, one thing I knew without question was that we’d use cloth diapers on our baby, but when the time came to actually choose and use them, there were a lot of confusing moments! And for some reason, cloth diaper makers don’t seem to be big on including detailed instructions with their products.
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For any parent concerned about the environment, cloth diapering is pretty much a no-brainer, isn’t it? Disposable diapers are such a waste! They pile up in landfills, and all of that human waste breaks down to create methane, a greenhouse gas far more harmful than CO2.
Plus, disposables are just expensive! Since my baby was early, he was too small to wear cloth at first: most diaper systems seem to start at 7 or 8 pounds, and Darrol was 6. Those weeks where we were using paper diapers were the pits! We were constantly running to the store for more. Over the first year of an average child’s life, you can spend around $500 on cloth diapers or $800 on paper. And those numbers are for cloth diapers that don’t grow with your baby. If you choose a cloth system that grows with baby, that $500 investment is it. You’re set until he’s potty trained! With paper, you’re spending that $800 every year that your child isn’t potty trained.
I ended up registering for a few different types of diaper, and when we signed up for a diaper service, they provided yet another sort, so I’ve kind of been through the cloth diaper ringer. Here’s what I’ve learned!
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