We begin parenthood with hopes, ideas, impressions, goals and so much more. Part of our initial decision is whether we should go with cloth or disposable diapers.
For me, I went for cloth. I felt that it would bother me to be constantly throwing diapers out when I could use them over and over again by simply tossing them into the washing machine. Perhaps this was my rural roots taking their hold over me. I also felt that it was a little more natural to have the cloth diaper against the skin as opposed to whatever is in a disposable diaper.
Just like all of the other parenting decisions we make, I do want to say, you need to do what is right for you. Good quality cloth diapers do have a high initial cost but they will eventually pay for themselves; especially if you are going to be using them for more than one child. I stumbled upon this fantastic website diapersupply.ca when I was investigating cloth diapers and it has all the information you could ever need. A prominent detail I recall learning from this site was that bamboo was more absorbent then cotton – Huh!? I ended up buying many different types of diapers, cheaper Kushie diapers from Sears, several other types of all in ones, and bamboo or cotton with a separate cover. My final winning combination was:
Kiwi Pie diapers that I purchased from The Natural Baby Co. (U.S.) but they are available in Canada from Caterpillar Baby and The Cloth Diaper Shop. The kiwi pie diapers are bamboo so they are very absorbent, they fit from newborn to toddler so I didn’t need to repurchase diapers as baby grew, they are cute too.
Accompanied by the Wonder Wrap cover they are an excellent diaper that both my newborn and two year old used at the same time.
Wonder Wrap – A super diaper cover – fits from newborn to two (still wearing). The velcro and snaps are both reliable. I purchased mine from The Natural Baby Company (U.S. Company) but there may be a Canadian equivalent to this product.
I found I had less leaks at night time with the separate diaper with cover as opposed to the all-in-one diapers that I owned. I had only two kinds of all in ones so you may find positive feedback for night time use from other sources.
With two children in diapers, I find I switch back and forth between cloth and disposable. If I find a fantastic price on disposable diapers, I will buy them and use them periodically or if I’m going to be out and want to be able to just toss it in the garbage I will also use disposable. The feelings of not wanting to be always throwing diapers our has diminished as sometimes it is what is most convenient that overcomes all other emotions.
How did you choose cloth or disposable? Was it even a question for you?
Note: If you go with cloth, make sure you still sign up for pampers – gifts to grow and huggies enjoy the ride. You may eventually use disposable diapers and you do not want to miss out on your points. If you don’t end up using your points, you can always donate them.