February 8, 2012 by Gina
Let’s just get it on the table…we’re talking about poop today. And as parents of two little boys, there is alot of poop in our lives right now. So, how do we contain all that poop and pee until these boys are potty trained? Disposable or cloth diapers – which one is right for you? There is so much information available if you’ve ever considered cloth diapering. I never thought I would cloth diaper, but I do about 50% of the time. I mostly cloth diaper at home, but when we are out and about, I tend to use disposable diapers.
When Finn was almost one year old, I got a great deal on a gDiaper bundle of 6 gDiapers and their disposable inserts. I have been using the gDiapers ever since, including with Getty. Finn is now almost 3 and still wears his gDiapers. The gDiapers are adorable, soft and easy to use! It’s a hybrid system so it comes with a cloth cover over a water resistant liner. Inside the liner you can use either a cloth insert or their 100% biodegradable, compostable and flushable disposable inserts. I primarily use the disposable inserts with Finn and the cloth inserts with Getty. The gDiapers come in many colors which changes periodically and they are available online or in many stores, like Babies R Us. The downside to little Gs: you have to buy them in multiple sizes as your child grows. But Finn has been in the large size since I bought them and your little ones aren’t in the smalls for very long. Getty is in the mediums and he’ll be in them for awhile.
There are alot of benefits to cloth diapering. The diapers are often better for kids with sensitive skin or who have bad diaper rashes. In the long run, even figuring in the cost of laundry, cloth diapers are typically cheaper than disposable diapers. The initial investment in cloth may seem large but it doesn’t take long before you surpass that investment with what you would have been paying for disposables. Cloth diapers are better for the environment since there isn’t any waste going into the landfill (if you use gDiapers and throw the disposable inserts, they biodegrade within a few months).
I have alot of friends who cloth diaper (thanks MOMS Club members for giving me your opinions!). Many of them use all-in-ones like bumGenuis or Flips. Both the bumGenuis and Flip diapers grow with the child so you can change the size to accomodate your baby. You can also use cloth or their disposable inserts in these all-in-one cloth diapering systems. Others use prefolds with seperate covers. This allows them to wash the cloth diaper without washing the cover. You can use the cover multiple times before having to launder it.
If you are thinking about cloth diapering, borrow a few different kinds from friends so that you can try several types out before investing in a system and then finding out you don’t love it. There are also lots of resources available if you are new to cloth diapering: the Cloth Diaper Blog, the Cloth Diaper Whisperer and All About Cloth Diapers are just a few blogs that can answer any of your burning questions!
Whether you choose to cloth diaper or use the disposables (or do both like we do), find something that works for your family. Either way, there’s going to be a lot of poop in your life for the foreseeable future. As my husband often says, “Gotta be tough”!