Frequently Asked Questions about Cloth Diapering
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are frequently asked questions about cloth diapering and my answer in article form.
Q: I've heard you can save a lot of money cloth diapering your babies. Is this true? What about how many loads of laundry you'll do in a two and a half year period? How many disposable diapers would you go through in that same time frame? Is it worth it?
A: Using Cloth Diapers can save you from 44-68% over the cost of disposable diapers - even considering home laundering costs. Read Doallars and Sense - Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers in the final smackdown of cost value!
Q: Are there chemicals in disposable diapers that might hurt my baby?
A: The health issues disposable diapers are creating are startling and surprising. Read an excerpt from The Diaper Drama by Heather L. Sanders, it's a great article that details the health risks associated with using disposable diapers on your baby.
Q: Why do YOU choose to cloth diaper your baby? Do you really believe all that scary health stuff?
A: Well, yes I do, but there are more reasons to choose cloth diapers for your baby, and some of them are just plain fun. Read my story, I'll tell you honestly what cloth diapering is really like and why the minor inconveniences are worth it.
Q: Fine, you have a lot of good points, But washing poopy diapers is grossss!! I don't think I could handle that part!
A: Oh get over it. Washing diapers is not only no big deal, it's actually my favorite chore. No kidding. Read all about how we deal with diaper laundry at the Wiseman household.
Q: But don't cloth diapers stink?
A: I find this common question hilarious, don't all dirty diapers smell? I've found that they do... but you'd be surprised to find out which smells worse, cloth or disposable?
Q: How many cloth diapers do I need to cloth diaper my baby?
A: Don't worry, it's not as many as you might think.
Q: Have you cloth diapered a newborn? Is it easier? More difficult?
A: Yes, and just like big kids differ in their diapering needs, so do newborns. Read about my experiences, maybe they'll help you prepare yourself to cloth diaper that hours-old baby in cloth.
Q: I'm starting to think things were simpler when all there was to choose from were flat cloth diapers and rubber pants! How on earth do I know what to buy or sew for my baby? All in one diapers? Fitted diapers and covers? Wool covers? Prefolds? Pins or snappis? HELP!
A: Believe it or not, there is no perfect system. Getting overwhelmed is easy, figuring out what you like can be just as easy. Let me help you break it down.
Q: How do you deal with cloth diapers when you are outside of the house? Going to the park even makes me nervous, what about camping trips or airplane rides?
A: With a few basic supplies, cloth diapering can be simple anywhere you go. Trust me, I've even cloth diapered on a camping trip!