By Katie Mark
Hey, you! Yeah you, staring at your device reading this article. I’ve been where you are – on the fence about what type of diapers to use. I remember starting my research with visions of large flannel rectangles, intricate folding techniques and diaper pins that I was sure to skewer my future child with (accidentally, of course). Instead, upon googling the term “cloth diapers” the Internet rose up and smacked me in the face with so much information that I almost fell off my chair. Multiple times I had to shut off my computer and flee because I was so overwhelmed by the volume of choices and loudly voiced opinions.
Here’s the nice, calming news. Cloth diapering is not difficult. It is not harder or more work than using disposables. It does not involve excessive poop handling, ridiculous laundry techniques, or really any grossness beyond what any parent deals with on a daily basis.
Modern cloth diapering has come a long way. Instead of bulky, saggy, complicated things, they are now trim and fashionable! That’s right; they are downright adorable. They are super simple to use, with most going on in one step just like disposable diapers. Poop is a breeze to deal with with handy devices like flushable liners, and unless pushing a button is too challenging, the laundry is not going to have an impact on your social life.
And here are just a few of the many perks of using cloth:
I highly encourage any parents who have even had fleeting thoughts about cloth diapering to do some research. Attending a cloth diaper workshop is a great way to learn the basics without being completely overwhelmed, and gives you a chance to check out the diapers, ask lots of questions and make a confident diapering decision!