I have put a lot of time and energy into researching the various methods of diapering. Not only did I spend time comparing the pros and cons of both cloth and disposable diapers, I also compared the different types of and costs of cloth diaper systems, and researched what all was needed to cloth diaper, how to store cloth diapers and how to wash cloth diapers. I read enough product reviews to last a life time. Armed with knowledge, Ronny and I sat down, discussed the options and came up with a plan that was most cost effective and what we felt was best for our family.
We will be utilizing a combination of both cloth and disposable diapers. We will be using disposable diapers from the time Luke is a newborn until he can fit into the one size cloth diapers and his umbilical cord has fallen off. The one size diapers should start fitting him when he reaches 9-10 pounds. We will then switch over to cloth diapers during the day, and continue to use disposables at night and if we are going to be out and about for a while.
After comparing the various styles, costs, pros and cons of cloth diapers, we decided that the flip style diaper would be the best fit for us. We chose the flip style diaper because it is easy to use, is both size and absorbency adjustable, the cover can be used more than once before needing to be washed, and we have options as far as inserts go. We also decided to go with the diapers with snaps vs. Velcro because I have read that the Velcro on diapers becomes worn out quickly.
I did a bit of research and discovered I could make my own diapers for a fraction of the cost to purchase them retail (roughly $3 per diaper cover instead of $20 per diaper cover) and I could create my own soaker inserts from the Gerber prefolds found in store. Each insert would cost $1.20 to make instead of $4.97 each to purchase. All in all, we will spend roughly $80 to cloth diaper Luke until he is 2 and a half, and we should have enough disposable diapers from our baby shower to make it until he is potty trained.
While we are already using cloth diapers, it wouldn’t be that much more work to use cloth wipes. My husband and I discussed this and Ronny has put his foot down and said no to the cloth wipe idea. We have also chosen to incorporate biodegradable liners once Luke starts eating solid foods to make cleaning his diapers easier on us.
We purchased a small foot pedal trash can from Walmart to store dirty diapers in until laundry day. I will be using the dry pail method and washing the diapers every other day. I did make 2 PUL diaper pail liners so I can wash and reuse them, rather than waste trash bags. We will also be using a diaper genie essentials that was given to me for free by a woman at a baby consignment store that wouldn’t take her unused diaper pail. I bought 6 refill packs using $2 off coupons and will re-fill those with dollar store trashbags when we run out of the diaper genie ones.
I’ll let you know how it goes!