We've been looking into cloth diapers for Elizabeth and today we went to check out the options at a local cloth diaper place.
Cloth diapers are very appealing to us for a number of reasons:
- From what we hear, we're going to be doing lots of laundry anyway. What's another load or two every couple of days?
- Modern cloth diapers are cute and seem about as convenient as disposables. Our laundry room is also much closer than the store...
- Washing cloth diapers is cheaper and better for the environment.
- There is some evidence to suggest that toilet training is easier when using cloth diapers; modern disposables are so good that the kid doesn't feel uncomfortable and is therefore less motivated to learn to use the potty.
Ottawa Cloth Diapers is a home-based business run out of Rockland (20 minutes outside Ottawa). The owner Vicky has a dizzying number of different kinds of diapers in stock to look at and compare. A mom herself (she's actually due with her second around the same time as I am), Vicky really knows what she is talking about. We spent quite a bit of time going over the differences (it's like a whole new language!) and thinking about what would work for us.
Our options were actually quite limited by my need for natural fabrics - I was very glad we decided to go and look at what was there and checking out what it felt like! In the end we decided to go with prefolds, diaper covers and a disposable liner.
Prefolds are super cheap compared to the pocket diapers or "All in Ones" (equivalent to disposables) and the materials used don't make my skin crawl! We liked the idea of being able to use the prefolds as cloths - they seem more versatile. Plus some of the diaper covers have frogs on them. How could we resist? In addition to the Super Whisper Wraps we also got a few Polar Bummis which are a soft fleece.
The disposable liner idea is something I'd never noticed when researching options online, but the idea of having a flushable liner for poopy diapers was what really sold Brendan on trying out cloth diapers, and it sounds like a good compromise.
Since we're doing cloth diapers, we decided we would try doing the cloth wipes thing as well. A little less in the way of chemicals and garbage seems to make sense. We decided to try Ottawa Cloth Diaper's wipes sampler package since we have no idea which we'll find most useful.