I started to use cloth diapers when my son was a toddler because I wanted to cut down on garbage and give my baby a bit of circulation in his nappy area.
Since I was a full-time working Mum, I could only use cloth diapers in the evenings on weekdays or all day on weekends.
He was in MamyPoko at nights because they were reliable and I couldn’t fuss with inserts, doublers or soakers etc to ensure 100% soakability when I’m catching up on my ZZZs!
When I became a stay-at-home mother, I continued with this mixed system where he was on cloth diapers during the day and MamyPoko at night. Interestingly, it coincided with the time he’s ready for toilet training.
Cloth diapers are great for potty training because just after 3 months of being 100% in cloth diapers, my toddler was diaper-free during the day when he was 30 months old (We’re still working on the nights…)
Now that I have a second child and have also gone back to work, I have to admit that cloth diapering isn’t as easy as it was when I had ONLY one child and I was at home all the time:
a) There is more laundry to do
b) Having to clean dirty cloth diapers soiled with poo is quite tiring especially when you have to tend to an older kid’s demands and a toddler screaming for you to get out of the bathroom!
c) The helper isn’t as keen as the Mommy in cleaning off the poo.
Nevertheless, I still put the little girl in cloth diapers in the evenings when the helper has gone home. Even Hubby would choose cloth diapers. I think one of the reasons is because she looks cute in cloth diapers LOL. Hey, Mommy has good taste, ok?
Now that we have two kids, both of us can see the benefit of reusable cloth diapers vs disposable diapers. Can you believe that I have set aside a giant pack of disposables because the baby girl gets rashes each time she uses them?
Also, when you’ve used a disposable diaper, you throw it in the bin and you’ll have to dig into your pocket to pay for another and another pack of dispos! It’s just money down the drain…
With cloth diapers, you can wash them and re-use them again and again and again