Since I’ve already mentioned to you our potty training project (Yeah, I call it project because it is not a one-step process.), I’d like to tackle the diapering option that we took. Cloth, washable, gauze, disposable, cloth-like, plastic, velcro, tapes, whatever your diaper is made of, you need to choose one or more from them. Depending on which one fits your lifestyle the best.
By the way, had I heard about Elimination Communication (EC) (diaper-free) before, I would’ve taken this option just like how I have chosen to breastfeed my child. However, I wouldn’t be talking about baby diapers right this time if that was the case.
Since I chose the diaper way, I’d like to share with you what option I took for Jack Jack’s diapering. I planned on using cloth diapers at home while using disposables during nighttime and day-outs. My budget did not allow me to choose those imported cloth diapers (at the time, only imported ones are available in the market) so I bought the oldie but goody gauze diapers – the ones that was used by our formula-fed generation. I wanted my baby’s skin to be able to breath under his diaper even if it’s just in the daytime.
Anyways, that plan did not work. The first time I tried to put on the gauze diapers, we got poop spills! Well, maybe I needed to learn more about the art of gauze diapering but I never tried doing it again. I know. I know. I should have persisted. But I really can’t imagine how my Mom was able to get the stains out. It was so difficult. And so, I crossed it off.
Plan B: Disposable diapers. Okay, please don’t hate me. I commend all the moms who was successful on using gauze diapers. My Mom did that. The same with cloth diapering moms. I know I’m not helping minimize those landfills. But I just couldn’t seem to imagine myself with a Mount Washmore of dirty laundry. Also, traveling is so much easier when you don’t have to bring home soiled diapers from the trip. I was all for the easiest, cheapest and most efficient way. So I chose a really, really good quality disposable diaper brand for nighttime and another generic but good quality disposable diaper for daytime use. Then later on, we were using all generic disposable diapers. Please know generics cost half the price of the branded diapers so we really did save a lot.
I was told that it costs much more to use disposable diapers compared to using washable cloth diapers; but since the computation I got was from using a branded diaper and I used generic diapers plus the cost of laundry (water+detergent+electricity), I guess the costs are just about the same. Besides this computation, I still value the time I have to spend doing all the work. I wish they could invent disposable diapers that are environmental friendly.
Whatever it is that you choose for baby’s diaper, it all boils down to one thing: what works for you. In any case, this is the most important thing.
If we will be blessed with another baby, I’m totally going for the diaper free since birth thing. It sounds so much more cost-effective for me. Unless, somebody could show me a pretty good cost comparison.
Tell me about your diapering experience in the comments section below.
- Baby Diapers (thelazymama.net)
- Disposable vs. Reusable Diapers: How to Save (walletpop.com)
- The Baby Sherpa Diaper Bag (thelazymama.net)