Before Zach was born I did a fair amount of reading on the whole cloth versus disposable diaper thing. I convinced myself that cloth wasn’t all that much cheaper once you considered the extra laundry, detergent, etc. And after all, doesn’t water waste and detergent contribute to environmental damage too?
Seven years, four kids later, having gone disposable is one of my few regrets. The thought of how many diapers I’ve tossed (and continue to toss) into landfills kind of sickens me. Especially every evening when I truck a load of them out to the garage to dispose of. Each week, after recycling, minimal or no shopping, and composting, I am impressed by how little garbage we produce – and that’s with two kids in diapers. Just imagine…. without diapers.
By the time Noah was born I was completely sold on the idea of cloth for financial and environmental reasons, but still told myself, “what’s the point now?” Would it still be worthwhile to invest in the supplies I need to convert? Well, I started doing a little research online tonight and I’m sure that I’m going to make the switch. Noah has at least another year and a half in diapers. If he follows Ben’s slow trek to underwear-hood, he’ll have a good two and a half years. Then if I have another baby….. well, let’s not even go there. And let’s consider Ben. Cloth diapers probably would help him move on to the toilet and underwear.
To be honest, after a little online browsing, all the options out there are a little overwhelming. How can I pick the very best diapers for my little Noah’s heiny? This is what I’m thinking. I’ll decided which type I want to use and then I’ll order a few. From there I’ll sew my own.
Now I’m asking you, my loyal readers, do any of you use cloth diapers? Share with me your expertise. What type do you use? Do you have a pattern that you love? Tell me what you know.