To cloth or not to cloth?............That is the question.
I enjoy using cloth to diaper my two youngest babes. I personally feel that the pros outweigh the cons. That may not be the case for everyone though, so it's important to know the facts. There are some downsides to cloth diapering that should be considered before taking the dive. Here are five reasons NOT to cloth diaper:
1.Your parents (relatives) might think you're crazy. There was once a day when their only option was cloth diapering and they remember it as a messy business involving painful, poky pins! Why CHOOSE to go through that when there's an easier option out there? They may roll their eyes at you when you whip out that cloth diaper instead of a convenient disposable. If that is going to bother you, then this may not be the best choice for your family.
2. It is more TIME consuming. Some enthusiasts will tell you that it isn't, but it is. Putting them on takes slightly longer. Some diapers require stuffing the insides into the outer cover which takes a few extra minutes every day. And the most time consuming part of all....... WASHING them! Most even require line drying which adds to the time it takes before they are wearable again. If you are pretty good at keeping up with the laundry then you'll do fine. If laundry gets done only once a week at your house and you're not willing to change that pattern, then you may want to reconsider.
3. You have to carry used cloth diapers around with you while you're out and about. There's no tossing them in the trash. Plus they take up more space in your diaper bag/purse than disposable diapers do.
4. They can be expensive! You may have to make a substantial investment in the very beginning to purchase whichever cloth diapers you choose to use. Somewhere between $100 to $600 depending on the brand of diaper, whether or not you buy them new, and how many you buy.
5. They SMELL. Even if you wash dirty diapers every day (which I suggest doing), you still have to handle them to get them from the pail to the washing machine. The ammonia smell from the urine can be quite strong, especially as your baby gets older. And then there's the poo! That's just going to stink no matter what.
And there you have it. My top 5 reasons why cloth diapering may not be "for you".
And that's JUST FINE!
I do hope you will also read about the positive things cloth diapering can do for you and your family before making your decision.
Please comment and let us know what your experiences with cloth diapering have been like!