Do you have a newborn, or a baby on the way? Thought about cloth diapering? My wife and I decided to do cloth diapering with our second daughter. She assured me it would be a good way to save money. I like saving money, so we went for it. We purchased the small sized cloth diapers from the company gDiapers. They are environmentally friendly, unlike disposable diapers.
At first, we did use disposable diapers for a few weeks until the baby was big enough to comfortably fit in the cloth diapers. Once she was in cloth diapers, that’s pretty much when my diaper changing days were over. I had an extremely difficult time with the cloth diapers. The gDiapers, for example, have an outer cloth shell, that has a plastic type liner snapped in it. Then, in that liner, there’s another piece of cloth to catch the pee and poop. If you’re lucky, the poop stays in the cloth liner. If you’re not lucky, the poop goes everywhere. The advantage of this diaper is that if the pee and poop does stay in the liner, you can continue to use the same shell.
That’s all a lot of work for me to figure out. After all, I am a man. You have to admit guys, we may be handy, but when it comes to babies and diapers, we’re not the brightest. I had a hard time getting the cloth piece into the plastic liner. It would take me about 5 minutes just to change a diaper. If you have a boy, your face could get quite wet within those five minutes!
After gDiapers was Flip. These are basically the same thing, except snap instead of velcro, and a different material. So, I still wasn’t very good at them. So I didn’t do it.
The newest type of cloth diaper we have are these stupid giant pieces of fabric that you have to flip and fold and who knows what else. It’s like diaper origami. I have absolutely NO idea how to do these diapers, and will never learn. It takes some engineering skills to figure these ones out.
All in all, I am not a fan of cloth diapering. If I’m with the baby, and she takes a dump in her diaper, I have no idea how to change it! It’d be better off with a wad of paper towels and a roll of duct tape. If my wife is asleep, I have to wake her up just to change a diaper. She seems okay with it, but I sure feel bad. I wouldn’t want to be woken up just to change a poopie diaper. No thanks!
If you are a man, and your wife is considering cloth diapering, good luck to you, my friend. You will save money (and quite a bit, too) but you will be very confused. Google all the above mentioned cloth diapers, and study how they work. Trust me, you’ll need it. I do agree that they are better for the environment, as disposable diapers take something like 500 years to break down, that itself is a good reason for cloth diapering, but it’s just a lot of work.
If you are a female, and you want to cloth diaper, don’t expect your husband to change very many diapers! Try to be easy on the poor guy, too! I know all mothers are under stress after having a baby, but don’t be too hard on your hubby when he’s trying to strap these contraptions to your child’s crotch. All men get really frustrated, really quickly. Of course, if you’re a female, you know that already.
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