Monday, September 30, 2013

Three Simple Truths About Cloth Diapers

We used cloth diapers with Malik from birth until he was about 2 months old. It was a harrowing experience. We had to wash more than a dozen diapers a day. Malik woke up from his sleep every time he peed, which meant we did not sleep too. In the end, I didn't think the benefits outweighed the hassle so we switched to disposables until Malik was potty trained.

Our experience almost prevented us from giving cloth diapers a second chance. But I consulted a few friends about it, and those who used cloth diapers swear by it. So I rolled up my sleeves and went to work (meaning, I Googled). We've been using cloth diapers for Izik since that decision was made. And I speak from the bottom of my heart when I tell you, this stuff really works!

Buchokoy: Cloth diapering ambassador :)

To encourage other mothers to give cloth diapers a try, I wrote down these three simple truths.

Truth 1: Cloth diapering is simple. It is easy to be overwhelmed with the cloth diapering systems out there. That they are called by a lot of [different] names doesn't help. What I'd recommend is to try one that works for someone you know. That at least narrows down the choices. Once you've found a system that works, stick with it. There is no need to try every single cloth diapering system known to man. That's just a waste of time and effort. I personally like all-in-twos (diapers with pockets where you place inserts).

Truth 2: Cloth diapering is cheap. Sure you'll spend more at the beginning, while you're investing on your stash. You have to buy enough cloth diapers so you have some to use while others are in the laundry. But there are plenty of options in the market other than the branded ones. All but one of our cloth diapers are cheap Alva Baby diapers. They work perfectly fine. We spent around PhP5,000 while we were building our inventory but our diapers will last us around 2 years. We don't even have to do the math to realize how much we've saved. It's intuitive.


We have 17 diapers, 12 bamboo inserts and 17 microfiber inserts in rotation.

Truth 3: Cloth diapering is convenient. A good cloth diaper works as fine as any old disposable. Our AI2 (all-in-twos) with bamboo inserts last 4-5 hours. Microfiber inserts, that come free with the cloth diaper, last a decent 2-3 hours.


The thing that amazed me when I first tried AI2s is that the cloth that touches Izik's skin stays dry...



... no matter how soaked the insert has become. Amazeballs.

The trickier part, and I'm sure this has come to mind, is when your baby poops. When that happens, all we do is knock solids into the toilet and use the shower head or a bidet for what's left and we're set. Of course this takes longer than just removing a disposable diaper and throwing it in the bin. But the extra step isn't too bad considering your savings. Mother Earth will also thank you for it.


There's a cloth diaper under all that cuteness. Let's do this!
  

2 comments:

  1. Hooray for cloth diapers! :) So glad to know CD-ing is a breeze for you now. So were you able to use Malik's old CDs too?

    Try the Dandy Nappy covers too. It's very convenient since when it gets wet, you only change wipe it off a bit and change the insert and you can use the cover again. :) And just a tip, it also helps if you build on 10 more extra inserts for added absorbency to your CDs. ;)

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  2. Thanks Normi! Yup, we're getting the hang of it. Izik still has a few disposables pero inuubos na lang namin. We haven't had to buy disposable diapers since we got the Alva Babies.

    I would try the Dandy Nappy but I think the diapers that I bought are enough to last us two lifetimes. I got carried away. Heehee

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