05 November 2009

Diapers - cloth or disposable?

For my first child, it was not even a question: I WANTED to use disposable diapers. My mother always told me how much 'fun' it was back in the day, and that they didn't have an alternative. So I was not going to try the 'fun' part of cloth diapering but chose 'Huggies for Life'!
BUT I was determined that my child would be out of diapers by the age of 2.... yeah, and then came cancer and a time when I couldn't take care of my own child.... and then I just didn't care anymore WHEN he will be potty trained.... (Don't worry, he is 3 now and almost fully trained!)

Then I befriended my 'green' friend A. She used cloth diapers and proved to me how much faster a child would be potty trained with cloth. SO now that I do (!) have another chance, I was much more willing to try it. I had 3 big (!) boxes of diapers left from Coqui that I wanted to finish up. Surprisingly, that took me over five weeks! Wow. Now that they are all gone, I bought a disposable back-up and try to use cloth during the day. I tried to use it at night, but the one time I did, Peanut leaked at around 3 am and was completely drenched, with clothes and bed sheets and all. So I have decided that I will use the super-duper absorbent Huggies for night time, and leave the cloth for during the day.

Now some may argue about the costs of disposables versus cloth (that need washing and such). Well, I read about it of course. And I came to the conclusion that everyone has to make their own decisions about what is right for them. For me, I do like to be more 'green' and considerate of the environment. I also like the idea of having my child out of diapers by 18 months or so. And with all those fun options in cloth diapers, the kid even looks fashionable with the cute covers they have these days. The washing is not an issue for me at all. I like to do laundry, so I wash every other day, a small load of the diapers with even other stuff.... (oh, I do hand-wash the ones with number 2 in it!).

What does Peanut thinks of it? Well, the Huggies are so absorbent that she never feels wet, and she never tells me to change her! When I put the cloth on her, latest an hour later, she tells me that she wants to be changed! And that, to me, is a good sign that potty training will follow soon! Yeah... Can't wait.