When the majority of my family hear me talk about cloth diapering my children, I either get a roll of the eyes or a “what’s the point?” And I get that. I TOTALLY get that. When I first heard of cloth diapering I didn’t understand why in the world anyone would want to do that.
For those of you who are on the fence or are getting the same reactions from your family or significant other, here are the reasons why I decided to cloth diaper Frankie when he was a baby, and continue to do so for little miss Adelaide:
She never, ever gets a diaper rash.
Just like Frankie, that sweet little bum never has had one diaper rash. Cloth diapers keep her rash free and the soft material doesn’t feel abrasive against that sensitive baby skin.
These aren’t old school versions of the cloth diaper, aka pieces of cloth strung together with a sharp clothespin. They are easy to close with buttons or velcro, and one diaper can adjust in size so that it fits from the time they are born to the time they are potty trained. They look just like disposable diapers, but are also neater than the old-school kind. Liners inside the diapers make changing super easy and clean.
Cloth diapers also encourage faster potty training. Kids don’t like to feel wet and uncomfortable, so it gets them out of diapers faster, which pretty much is a huge reason for me!
They also are way more economical than disposable. The average child will use more than 2,700 diapers in the first year alone, which can add up to more than $600 a year. So saving money is another awesome reason.
On a superficial level, I find cloth diapers to be SO darn cute. I mean…seriously:
Do I do this all this time? Absolutely not. Especially when I travel or visit friends houses. But when I’m home, it’s easy, adorable, and economical. My favorite brands are linked here:
**UPDATE – Since I wrote this post I temporarily switched to normal LUVs diapers and that SAME week she had the worst rash ever!! Back to cloth we go – they really work!