I know most of you could care less about this, but I do know of 3 people who specifically asked for this info ( Eli, Brittany, Robyn). If there are other people interested in this topic, please leave a comment and let me know!
So for now , I'll just speak straight to you ladies! Go ahead and do some research and learning before you have that baby! There is some science behind the diapering! Thankfully I had a friend mentor me a lot, and still answers my questions. Having someone answer your questions will save you money.
Many people either laughed or baulked when I said I was gonna try cloth diapers, and I think that is because they are picturing old skool cloth rags with metal diaper pins. Cloth diapers have come a looooong way since then! They work just like disposables now with the velcro tabs and all. They also will save you between $2500-3000 per child.
I started out with just 3 diapers and was using those and disposables to see how it all worked. I wanted to try it out before investing in a bunch of cloth diapers. We are using all cloth diapers now, except when we go out for hours at a time, like to a sporting event. It is ALOT easier than you think it will be. I was pretty intimidated, but once I finally started and realized how easy it is, I actually find it fun. But I also enjoy washing clothes so... ?
You should go HERE and read up on the terminology.. Also click above on my cloth diaper tab ( on my blog homepage) and read through some of those pointers.
Its important to know that you can not wash these with regular detergent/clothes. You need to purchase special detergent made just for cloth diapers. No dryer sheets either. Additionally you can not use regular diaper ointments with cloth diapers. All of the above leave residue on the diapers that will make them not wash all the way and retain odor.
Places you can shop around online for Cloth diapers would be:
My fav due to most selection and quickest shipping is Diaper Junction. You can also purchase sample packages with different types and brands so that you can see what you like best.
I think everyone will probably have different preferences on which diapers they like best and what type. Currently my fav diapers are all from ebay.
I like shinies in white because they are easy to take care of and put on and off and they are also easy for other people ( i.e. family and babysitters) to use. They are more trim than others as well and I prefer the plain look and the series of zippers instead of snaps.
For night time I put in an extra insert and my fav insert (so far) is Kissaluvs Diaper Doublers. This is something you slip inside the pocket of the diaper for extra absorbency so that there are no leaks when the boo boo sleeps.
The other diaper I like is "babyland" which is straight from china, and not especially pretty but I like the way the pocket is made, the price is WAY cheap ( 4$) and I am starting to like the diapers with snaps more now, because the velcro can get caught on everything in the wash. I buy blue ones and use these as my nighttime diapers because that way the drawer of diapers is all stuffed, ready and color coded so we always know which dipes to put on at night.
I also had been asked about leaks, and we do not usually have any problem with leaks, either disposable or cloth and I just recently realized that may be due to Piggy's big meaty legs.
Maybe skinny babies have more leaks because diapers are not as tight on them ? Unsure but just a thought. I change him every 3 hours at a minimum , except night time when he is sleeping and wearing his night time dipe.( as soon as I typed that we never have leaks, he had 3 blowouts in 24 hours)....
I also think there is a misconception about poop going into your washing machine. You spray the poop off into the toilet and just wash the diaper. So there is no poop in my washing machine lol...
Anyway any of you ladies that would like to know more or have questions feel free to email me! Those of you that use CD please leave comments with feedback and tips for me and let me know how it is going! I would like to see how many readers are CD Mommas!