Why did I switch to cloth diapers especially when my husband is more than will to pay for disposable diapers for the twins and Malachi? I don't really know. They have intrigued me ever since I started looking at them about 4 years ago. I had decided to try them when I was potty training Lydia but when I found out my next child was actually twins, I decided against it.
But a few weeks ago I decided to take the plunge.
How is it going? WONDERFUL!!!
I was skeptical. But when a friend offered to sell me her stash for a great price, I decided to do it. If I hated it I wouldn't be "out" much. But I really love it. Its so easy and its really isn't that much more work. I'm using fitted diapers with vinyl panties as covers for the twins. I have a couple pockets diapers that I like and 3 Bumkins All-In-Ones that I really love. But even using the traditional pre-fold with a water proof cover is really no big deal and I can't believe the money we are saving!
What about the poop? Well, there is a good and bad. Poop is never fun. And I don't know about you but my twins blow out their disposables very regularly. A disposable doesn't really absorb runny feces very well. Basically a disposable just tries to contain it, of sorts. But a cloth diaper actually absorbs the runny feces leaving only the solid waste that gets dumped into the toilet. No MORE BLOW OUTS WITH CLOTH DIAPERS!! And with a breast fed baby, their poo is water soluble and there is no need to even dump anything in the potty. That is the good side.
The bad side is that poop is poop is poop and its just a part of life. So to compensate for dumping poo in the toilet, I'm going to buy a sprayer that attaches to the toilet so I can spray the poo off the diapers. Problem solved.
Is your washer stinky? Not at all!!! I do a pre-rinse, wash and then another rinse . . . DONE!!! Some cloth diapering mommas leave their diapers sit for 2 or 3 days before they wash them but I'm just doing one small load of diapers every evening before bed, stick them in the dryer and they are ready to go again by morning.
Why didn't I do this 6 children ago?