The Art of Cloth Diapering
March 18, 2013
This post is written for the MCNP EB/Expo Blog Carnival with the theme “The Modern Cloth Nappy: The Practical Choice for Moms Today” We aim to share and spread the knowledge and encourage moms to switch to cloth diapers. Please scroll below to read the other carnival posts about switching to cloth, cloth diaper styles or preferred diaper for specific times.
There are so many different kinds of cloth diaper styles to choose from. For those that want to use cloth diapers or are at least interested in them, one has to immerse themselves in a cloth diapering world, learn the lingo and speak the language. I can understand how it may drive some potential users away because it can get really overwhelming. I think cloth diapering is an ‘art’ because it is a skill that requires practice and experience and there are multiple forms of expression (styles to choose from).
The truth is, you do have to do a lot of research if you want to use cloth diapers. There is a lot of trial and error involved because what may work for some families may not work for yours. The good news is that there are a lot of options to choose from and a lot of people on the Internet who have written blogs, reviews, and forum posts about anything and everything you would ever need to know about cloth diapers. It’s a fun learning experience to use some common sense and decide which ones will probably work for you and your baby. Once you have done your part and studied, you will easily be able to practice the art of cloth diapering.
For the first couple of months of Milo’s life, we mostly used what are called ‘prefolds’ and diaper ‘covers’. In layman’s terms, a prefold is a thick enough piece of cloth that can absorb pee and poo. A diaper cover is what keeps mommies and daddies dry from mentioned pee and poo. Yes, we love diaper covers.
I really like seeing babies who wear prefolds. The cloth diaper snob in me just thinks that there is just something so organically beautiful about a baby wearing a piece of cloth rather than a disposable diaper made out of paper and plastic.
Once his newborn chicken legs grew a bit (around 1 month old) we started to use our ‘pocket diapers’ and now, these are what we still mainly use. Pocket diapers are called this because they have a pocket inside the diaper where the inserts (absorbent layer) are placed and thus, you can adjust the amount of absorbancy you need as your baby grows. In layman’s terms – the more your baby pees, the more inserts you put in the pocket so mommy or daddy won’t get wet with leaks. Oh and since our pocket diapers are adjustable and ‘one size fits most’, the ones we have that fit when he was a newborn still fit him now that he is 1.5 years old!
We are now eighteen months into practicing the art of cloth diapering – and counting! We have saved thousands of disposable diapers from going into the landfills, we have saved a lot of money and, we have a ton of cute baby bum pictures to look back on. The benefits far outweigh the time and effort spent and I hope those that are considering using cloth diapers will choose to do so.
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