Take a quick look at any list of "must-have" baby items, and you will see Pampers somewhere close to the top. Indeed, most people never question the need for disposable diapers. When I was expecting my first baby six years back, I was no different and a mega pack of disposable diapers was among the things we dutifully gathered for the new baby.
If you had told me that I would be using cloth diapers for my second baby, I would have told you that you were insane. But I did it anyway. Cloth diapers for babies have made a comeback, and are no longer something you might find in a magazine for housewives in the 1950s. They are cute, functional, and easy to use. More importantly, they can be cheap, and they can be very environmentally friendly. What gives something the idea to use cloth diapers in this day and age, you may wonder?
The same thing that may now give you the same idea: the internet. I heard all about modern cloth diapers when I was browsing a parenting forum with a due date club I belonged to, and I thought it was a great thought that was probably not practical at all. Vaguely convinced by the financial and environmental benefits, I decided to order a few samples.
We ended up buying many more cloth diapers, and my younger child (who potty trained by one and a half another nice side effect of cloth diapers) used cloth almost exclusively. Modern cloth diapers can be a little confusing, because there are quite a few different kinds. Whether you choose prefolds, all-in-ones, fitted diapers or pocket diapers though, using and washing them does not have to be a nightmare. The greatest things about cloth diapers were, for us:
- They save money.
- They help toward saving the environment. Disposable diapers take around 500 years to disintegrate.
- You never have to run out of diapers, and then run to the shop at inconvenient times.
- You never have to make trips to the trash container to get rid of those stinky sposies. Seriously!
- Early potty training.