Several years ago, after a bad diaper rash, my son's pediatrician suggested that I try cloth diapering and using reusable wipes or wash clothes. I bucked at the suggestion and railed on its craziness. Mere months ago, a mom friend and I were talking about ways to go green. I openly denounced any possibility of ever cloth diapering my daughter. Crazy! Ludicrous! Just. Not. Happening.
So why am I changing my mind now? Cloth diapers aren't all diaper pins, waterproof covers and stinky messes after all... In fact, there are many choices that can be almost as easy as disposables.
Tereson Dupuy, creator of Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers, was also advised by a pediatrician to start cloth diapering her son. She decided to take the plunge. "I researched my options and tried a few of the 'best' brands on the market at the time. Overall, I found these diapers to be wet, soggy, cold - they did not keep my son dry or solve his rash problem. I researched other materials besides cotton that might work and invented a diaper that solved all my issues," says Dupuy.
But, others point out that it can be an everyday, everywhere thing.
"Modern covers and/or pocket diapers make it easy to keep your baby's clothes dry (often better than disposables). Just put a wet-bag (or an extra plastic bag… from the grocery store, or a zip-lock) in your diaper bag to hold any dirty diapers. A weekend trip is even possible, but a washing machine is recommended for more than an overnight stay. I even got my daycare to use cloth… and they loved it!," says Marni Matyus, the Natural Parenting expert at peppermint.com.
White says to look carefully for the right diapering system for you to help with 24/7 cloth diapering. "Once you have that in place, you won't worry about what to do if baby poos in public or that your diaper might leak. When you're out, you use your favorite brand, so you're confident, and then have a good time," White says. "If baby needs a change, you change the diaper and put the soiled one in a wetbag, take it home, and take care of it there."
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