I had to link to this article “A Look Inside Cloth Diapers” from Apartment Therapy Ohdeedoh, because I’ve just ordered a dozen diapers from sunbabydiapers.com. After going exclusively disposable with my first son, I wonder if I’ll have the discipline required to keep diapers laundered and ready to go. I plan to do a little bit of both and see how it goes before I invest in more cloth diapers. Popovich talks extensively about their choice of Bum Genius diapers, but at nearly $15 bucks a bumcover, it seems like a risky financial wager for a cheap girl with cold feet! He says they spent $425 dollars to start with, and in my house, it would take nearly a year of no disposables to recoup that cost for one child. OUCH! The diapers I ordered were $5 a pop. So, even doing cloth part time, I’m thinking I will come out even in three months. I also like the idea of just having cloth on hand. You know… in case there’s a nuclear winter or zombie attack and I’m unable to continue purchasing disposables.
Here’s what DOES annoy me about cloth diapering… A lot of people who cloth diaper tend to be extremely passionate… downright militant about it! It’s a pee and poop catcher for heaven’s sake! Relax!
However, and perhaps in reaction to the somewhat religious devotion of the cloth diaperers, those of us that do disposables (and I admit, I’m guilty, too) get pretty belligerent about those “hippies” and their cloth diapers!
As I’ve revealed to friends and family my interest in actually going the way of the hippie with our upcoming kiddo, most folks just laugh and say, “Oh that’ll last about three changes!” We’ll see. Just like disposables, cloth diaper innovation and technology has changed quite a bit, even since my 2 year old was born! It’s not the pins and plastic it used to be, so I’m thinking I might just have a shot this go around!