I f you haven’t heard yet…This info is a golden nugget! I found a new and yes, basic way to diaper my son. After suffering a terrible diaper rash, I investigated other diapering options–CLOTH! Hmm, sounds old and out of date. I know, you are thinking, Grandma! NO! Cloth diapering is not what it used to be. Many people imagine that cloth diapering takes the form of a big piece of cloth that you have to fold and pin and pull on plastic pants. While those items are still available, modern cloth diapering takes on a new form.
There are all-in-one diapers, pocket diapers, fitted diapers, and more! All-in-one diapers go on and off easily like a disposable and usually fasten with velcro type closures. Some popular brands are Bumkins and Kushies. However, my life changed when I heard of the “Pocket” cloth diapers are my favorite and are easy to use.
Pocket/Envelope diapers are probably the most popular cloth diaper today. They feature a stay dry layer that is against the baby’s skin so the baby feels dry when the diaper is wet. On the outside of the diaper there is a waterproof layer. After washing the diaper an absorbent insert is placed into the pocket or envelope type opening. Then the pocket diaper is fastened onto the baby with snaps or a velcro closure.
While pocket/envelope diapers typically have a higher price tag, they do have a high resale value. Because the pocket diapers and the inserts come apart they dry much quicker than all-in-ones. Some popular versions of pocket/envelope diapers are Fuzzi Bunz and Bumgenius…in the photo.
Cloth diapers have come a long way in the past 100 years. While many people do cloth diaper for finanacial or environmental reasons there is a growing group of people who choose cloth diapers because it is best for the baby or for the cuteness factor. You can cloth diaper a baby until potty training for as little as a few hundred dollars or you could spend thousands.
You may have to do a little more laundry, but the pros will definitely outweigh the cons…Trust this! This is definitely a Back to Basics, but it is such a great ide–it makes sense financially, health wise and is environmentally friendly.