Reasons for Breastfeeding EXCLUSIVELY from the American Assn of Pediatrics-
Reasons for Cloth Diapering... well excluding the environmental stuff.. that's not the main reason. It's a nice plus but really didn't contribute to the overall decision. -
You will notice that all the info is FACTS, not personal opinion. Notice.. CITED!! WOW!
All in all.. I believe it is healthier for my child. If you want to do something different with yours.. then do so.
The other cloth diapering questions.
Don't they Leak?? - their not supposed to. If they do it is a detergent, diaper cream or fit problem.. all of which can be fixed. In general.. they leak about the same amount as disposables or less, but some systems allow you to change the absorbency (pockets, my personal fav) so it can be more absorbent at night.
Don't they stink?? - actually totally breastfed babies... not really. Disposables tend to smell more than cloth (I have heard this from ALL OVER the place, but have no facts because smell is an opinion.
Don't they take alot of work??- again.. not really. Throw 'em in a pail, throw 'em in the washer. wash, dry, fold, diaper, repeat.
What about scraping?? - Did you know it is ILLEGAL to put "poo" in the garbage?? Modern cloth diapers are made so that the poo does not stick, so it can be shaken off. Plus there are these great little diaper liners that can be flushed. And breastfed poo is water soluble, so it goes right in the wash. So if your using disposables & NOT shaking off, scraping off the "poo" your breaking the law.
Now from this point on.. I'm just going to refer everyone to this post.
Thanks, rant over.
Here is a list of various Cloth Diaper info. I have yet to try any yet.. (kinna hard when my son isn't due for 3 months..)
There are many diffrent styles of cloth diapers.
Prefolds- the closest available to what Grandma used to use. It has still gone through a bit of improvements & is the cheapest method. Requires a cover
Fitteds- Similar to prefolds, but there is no "folding" involved. It's shaped like a "regular" diaper & has elastic & velcro or snaps to hold it on. Also Requires a cover.
Pockets- My PERSONAL favorite. ALOT like disposables, but has a pocket to for the absorbent material to go in, so you can personalize it for your child/ time of day.
All-In-Ones- The most like disposables. It's all one piece. The problem with this is they require more drying time & you can't adjust the absorbency.
All-In-Twos- A mutint mixture of a pocket & an All-In-One.
Multi Size- These are the standard. This means the diaper comes in diffrent sizes, just like clothes. S, M, L and sometimes XS and XL.
OneSize- I love this as well. These diapers are made to fit multiple sizes. they have different settings that allow them to do so. This is great for families diapering multiple children. You use the same diaper from Infancy to Potty Training. The only problem is that very few One Size fit newborns, So another system is needed first. I'm planing on either using disposables (cuz I know some have already been bought) or a trial package which will allow me to try different styles before we buy the final one-size stash.
Some various pocket one size brands.
SmartiPants-my personal Fav, made in USA https://www.smartipants.com/
Bum Genius- the most popular brand, Target even carries them http://www.bumgenius.com
FuzziBunz- also rather popular http://www.fuzzibunz.com
Happy Heiny's- http://www.happyheinys.com/
Tweedle Bug- http://www.tweedlebugs.com/
Tiny Tush- http://www.tinytush.com/Tiny-Tush-Elite-Pocket-Diapers-One-Size_p_19-713.html
They vary in price from $11 up to as much as $26 depending on brand and "organic" or not, but keep in mind.. 12-24 diapers lasts all the way up to Potty training. The prices also vary from retailer to retailer as well. Personally I hope to end up with Green, Blue and White Diapers... but we'll see...