The Beginning of Cloth Diapering

I ordered a total of 7 one-size all-in-one cloth diapers today (two 3-packs of Smartipants and one bumGenius one-size).  This is in addition to the gDiapers starter kits I already have, two additional gDiapers starter kits and a case of gRefills flushable inserts for the gDiapers arriving tomorrow, plus 10 g-Flapper bamboo inserts for the gDiapers I ordered along with the bumGenius.

Why would I order all these diapers when I already have three boxes of size-3 Pampers diapers sitting at home?  And why do I want to switch to cloth all of a sudden anyway?

In truth, I had contemplated going cloth since before DS was born.  I was talked out of it by the following reasons:

  1. It’s a lot of work.
  2. It’s messy (and icky)!

However, the people who warned me against cloth diapering were armed with outdated information.  My warnings on cloth diapers were from my own mother and my mother-in-law, whose cloth diapering experiences were 30 years old and consisted of flats and safety pins.  I am fairly confident almost nobody uses flats now–the closest to flats would be prefolds, and Snappis and diaper covers have all but eliminated the need of safety pins.

In hindsight, part of me was glad that I listened.  As DS was exclusively breastfed, he was pooping during every meal when he was a newborn.  That was a lot of diapers I didn’t have to wash.  However, things on disposable-land weren’t much of an improvement, as I had to deal with many blowout episodes anyway.

Lately, the part of me who wanted cloth diapers have found out about all-in-ones, which are as close to disposables as cloth diapers can be.  Then, yet other part of me who thinks DS will outgrow sized diapers too fast for them to be worth the money found out about one-size all-in-ones.  These two parts motivated me to make all the purchases I mentioned above.

I probably won’t order more diapers for now.  After all, I still have the three boxes of Pampers to deal with.

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