I used all disposable diapers with my oldest daughter. They seemed easy, non-intimidating. I knew how to change them already and I knew how to throw them away (remove, toss in trash, done!).
The whole cloth diapering business seemed overwhelming. There were so many choices (and I’m not talkin’ just colors!). All-in-Ones. Pre-folds. Pocket. Fitted. Even if I could decide on a “style,” there were dozens of brands and sizes and accompanying products.
That is why I used disposables: Information Overload. I also worried that the initial cost investment would be wasted if cloth diapering didn’t end up being my “thing.”
That said, I’ve often thought about switching over…
Thirsties sent me their newest diaper – the duo diaper, a two-piece diapering system combining an absorbent insert and a waterproof sleeve-style shell. The adjustable rise diaper comes in just two sizes…”to fit your baby without compromise from birth-to-potty!”
Here’s my take:
- The diaper is EASY-TO-USE. The duo is pretty much exactly like a disposable. I just add the insert, wrap around my baby, velcro-shut, and I’m done.
- The diaper is EASY-TO-CLEAN. When I need to make a change, I take it off and throw it in a warm or hot wash in my washing machine. Note: My daughter hasn’t yet had a #2 inside (Cloth diaper experts, what DO I do with #2?).
- The diaper is LEAK-PROOF. So far, it seems quite leak-proof – comparable to disposables.
- The diaper is BULKY. Judging from comments I’ve read from other bloggers, cloth diapers just add a little “extra”…and I definitely have found that to be true. Her bottom instantly expands to double it’s normal size with the diaper on.
- The diaper is CUTE. No brands. No characters. Just bright, happy colors.
From the little research I have done, it does seem that cloth diapering puts less pressure on our landfills and is better for the environment. It’s also a more affordable option because – once you have them, you can reuse and reuse.
I think every new mama should have a few cloth diapers in her home. When you’re in a pinch and you run out of disposables, you can use them. And, who knows? You may find that you like them enough to use them all of the time…
YOUR TURN: Do you use cloth, disposable, or a combination? Why?
WIN IT! One winner will receive a duo diaper ($18.50) by Thirsties. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, December 29th at 11:59 p.m. (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
* I received a product sample for review purposes.
*UPDATE* The winner is #15 Amber C. Congratulations!