As a new mom, I did a lot of research about using cloth diapers. I read many articles, both pros and cons, of using cloth diapers over disposables. I have since landed somewhere in the middle.
I was lucky enough to have my sister as my nanny for the first few months after I returned to work. Luckily, she was (mostly) amenable to using the cloth diapers. After much research, I choose the BumGenius brand of cloth diapers. These are really amazing and I have been very happy with each style I have purchased. My favorite is the fitted style, solely because they are easier to launder and put away. No inserts to stuff after they come out of the dryer! Also, I did buy some “seconds” from cottonbabies.com, and they still look perfect to me.
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The other key purchase I made that I would recommend to all new moms is the flannel wipes. These are the perfect size for not only as wipes, but also for all kinds of spills and spit-ups in the early months. They get softer with every wash, and it is a lot easier to through the wipes into the Wet Bag with the cloth diaper for the laundry. What is a “wet bag” you ask, well this is a waterproof bag for all the dirty cloth diapers. There are many pretty print options available, and I choose the bag over a pail as I think it’s easier to tote down to the washer. I also purchased a small size for the diaper bag.
We are now using a mix of disposable and cloth as my daughter now attends day care full-time. They are not able to handle the bulk of storing each child’s dirty diapers separately. It was a disappointment to me, but we still use cloth diapers at home and over the weekend. My husband still calls them “fake diapers” but it makes me happy to know I have made a contribution to reducing the use of disposable diapers.
About Emily Roach
Green Boston mom of three young children. Focused on family nutrition, wholesome recipes, and an eco-friendly lifestyle.