as i was walking out of the supermarket this morning i passed a man who was about sixty walking in. stuffed under his arm was an old, ragged, canvas bag that gave me pause. it was going to be the bag he used for his groceries. the pause it gave me was one of wonder and joy – because in other ways i would never have pegged this man as being someone who would be bringing his own well worn bag to put his groceries in. it got me thinking about why i started using cloth diapers. the reason is that i like to reuse things. it is good for the planet, it makes me feel good, i just like it. i am a dedicated cloth grocery bagger, most of my furniture is hand me downs, i am known to eat the food my kids reject, i have a cabinet full of glass salsa and tomato sauce jars, you get the idea.
i want to take a moment to say that i hold no grudge against parents who do not chose to cloth diaper. just like most of life’s choices i think we should all make our own educated decisions and assuming that the information was reviewed and a choice was made we shouldn’t judge others. that is just my way.
when the bean was about six months old i took the time to review the information i could find and make a decision that i felt best fit our family, and we crossed our cloth starting line. i never guessed i would have the stash i have now, i certainly didn’t need it (and don’t need it) in order to effectively cloth diaper and be happy that i am doing it. once i decided i wanted to cloth diaper, and that i was going to do it without a service, i simply had no idea which system to try so i took a leap of faith and bought some pocket diapers. specifically, some bumgenius one sized pocket diapers. at the time that i purchased mine they were making the 2.0, they now make the 3.0. these are what you see pictured in this post.
my bg’s (as i learned to call them on the diapering boards) were fantastic and they held up through most of beans diapering and have been used on the pea at times as well (with some elastic needing replacing). one thing i liked about them was how easy they were, how they fit him through several sizes, how they were very easy for other non-cloth diaper fans to use, and they were nice colors. i also had it in my mind that i would use the same diapers for our second child and so i thought it was fairly economical.
in truth, i probably could have used these on chickpea for the most part. but, by the time she came along i was well hooked into cloth diapering and i had discovered that for a variety of reasons i preferred another type of system – using prefolds or fitted diapers under wool.
i sold some of my bg’s and a fair amount of my babywearing stash to help me get started in the world of fitteds and wool and by the time pea was born and i had two in cloth it was what i was using. i still used my bg’s for overnight diapers, and occasional baby sitter care, but other than that i had switched camps.
some of the reasons i switched, in no particular order:
- the microfiber inserts that are generally used with pockets irritate my hands (when i use pockets now i stuff with prefolds)
- i really liked the idea of using all natural fibers on my kids bums – cotton or bamboo and wool achieved that for me
- once i started using wool i was totally obsessed with how cute it can be
- there are some fiercely cute fitted diapers out there too
- i like not stuffing pockets anymore
- i love wool!
- i am a sucker for fluff…
if you are a cloth diaperer, how did you chose your system and what is it that you love about it?