Yep, we’re one of those crunchy hippie families that uses cloth diapers…and cloth wipes, and coconut oil (instead of diaper cream). We even take our diapers down to the river to scrub ’em down before hanging them up to dry in the sun.
Well, ok, maybe we don’t do the river part….and we’re not really hippies either (though I’m seriously tempted to give birth on The Farm, and if you know what that is you might have a little hippie in your heart too). But we do take a pretty natural approach to the diapering thing.
When we tell people we cloth diaper, we get a whole range of responses. Anything from “oh, ok” (which is great, because it means it’s normalizing…or rather re-normalizing since it’s really what most of history did), to “ugh, I would never do that” (which is also great…you do your thing, I’ll do mine!)
Here are the most common responses we get:
“You mean, you throw poop in your washing machine?”
Yep – at least until we start the solid foods…then we make an effort to actually rinse or shake the poop off first. Breast milk poop is completely water soluble (it’s basically all liquid) and totally not gross. It actually doesn’t even smell bad…kinda like Cheerios if you ask me. A good washing machine will get it all off no problem. (Note, formula poop is a whole different story…that stuff is YUCKO and definitely needs to be rinsed off first.)
“Doesn’t it take a lot of extra time and effort?”
Not really…every few days we throw them in the wash and run a few cycles. Almost zero effort. When it’s warm and sunny, we will hang dry them outside (get’s them nice and white too!), but usually, we just throw them on a drying rack in our bedroom and let air do it’s thang. Easy peasy. As far as prepping, we don’t fold or pre-stuff them…just grab them when we change a diaper, so hardly any extra effort involved there. See? It’s really no big deal once you get in the groove.
“But they’re so expensive!”
Umm, I’m no financial analyst, but man, if you did an actual cost comparison, you’d totally come out on top with cloth diapers. Have you looked at the cost of ‘sposies lately? I have, because I bought some the other day (*gasp* yes, we actually use disposables too…but more on that later). We used our cloth diaper stash with Jay and are now using the same ones with Elle and let me tell ya, we’ve definitely saved money using cloth.
Cloth diapering may seem like a daunting undertaking, and back in the day it was. You had huge cloths, actual safety pins (yikes), and you might really have had to wash your diapers down by the river. But today? EASY.
No it’s not for everyone, and that’s totally ok. But if you’re considering cloth, I want to encourage you that you’ll probably love it…or at the very least think it’s worth the savings. Interested in learning more about cloth diapering? I’ll be posting Part 2 (the basic essentials) soon, but in the meantime, take a look at this roly poly…doesn’t it just take baby cuteness to a whole new level?