So yeah, on the diapers? We still don't know what we want to do. I hear wild proponents of cloth diapers, and they definitely are an intriguing option, but we still don't know if they are right for us.
From what I've heard, cloth diapers have come quite a long way from the days of what was essentially a dishtowel with a ducky pin. I haven't done a whole lot of research on brands, but I have heard excellent things about FuzziBunz in particular.
Basically what is boils down to is this: we want to do what is best for ourselves and our child. We want to do what is simplest and most straightforward for us. If that turns out to be cloth diapers and we can have the added bonus of creating less waste, wonderful. But we are not going to make ourselves environmental martyrs on this issue.
Here are the factors that are more concerning to us, in no particular order:
1. Cost. My understanding is that cloth diapers are significantly more expensive up-front, but work out to be significantly less expensive over time. Also, I am wondering what kind of investment we would need to make in cloth diapers. Do the one-size ones really work, or do you have to continuously invest in different sizes as the baby grows? What about the ones with the disposable inserts--how much do those inserts cost compared to disposables?
2. Ease of use. I don't see how it's possible for disposables not to win here, but maybe I'm wrong. I've heard good things about Kirkland, the Costco brand, but I've also heard cloth diaper proponents say that cloth diapers don't allow for poop explosions, which sounds lovely. So, with that plus the advanced designs of some of the cloth diapers on the market, maybe it's a myth that disposables are more convenient? How frustrating is the laundry created by cloth diapers, and how many cloth diapers do you need to buy upfront to make sure you always have enough clean ones on hand?
3. Comfort and health of the baby. The incredible absorbent abilities of disposable diapers scare me a little bit due to the level of chemicals involved. On the other hand, I hear that cloth diapers can cause more diaper rash because they aren't as absorbent? But then I've also heard some people say that's a myth. And, if it's true that cloth diapers are less absorbent, does that mean they need to be changed more often? (This relates back to ease of use.)
4. Other considerations we're overlooking. What else is involved in the diaper decision that we aren't thinking of? Are there factors to consider when it comes to cloth OR disposable diapers that have escaped us?
Basically: HELP. What do all of you parenty types think about this? What decision did you make about diapers with your kids, and how did it work out for you? What do you typically recommend to other parents who ask? What do you think would work best for us given our particular set of considerations?
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