Once upon a time, I was a disposable diapering mama. Shortly, after our second son was born the two worlds of disposables and cloth diapers merged in our home. My toddler was potty training at the time we began cloth diapering our newborn. Cloth diapers proved to be a real help to me as a mama to two little ones. I recommend getting a few cloth diapers and keep 'em at the ready. You may need them one day!
1. Potty Training:
Rather than investing in expensive, barely absorbent potty training underwear or pull-ups, try cloth! It's a cheap and cheerful way to potty train. A dozen or two baby sized prefolds and two cloth diaper covers will do you nicely, costing somewhere around $100. The cost can be reduced if you buy used.
Cloth diapers are known for helping children tune in to their bodily functions as they feel the wetness much more than in a disposable diaper. Prefolds are super absorbent so you won't need to worry about wet messes as your baby learns to express their need to use the potty. When potty training is complete, you can sell the diapers or keep the prefolds for cleaning!
2. Emergency Use:
You never know when disaster will strike. Either the natural kind or the kind where you just forgot to pick up more disposable diapers and it's baby's nap time. Your panic at the thought of a diaper-free baby will diminish when you remember that clean, folded pile of cloth diapers in baby's closet.
You can make your own emergency diapers with just a few items, here's how:
Receiving blankets, towels, and t-shirts work well as the absorbent part of a diaper.First, fold the material either into a long rectangle, bringing up one end behind baby and one in the front or fashion the material into the shape of a diaper.
To hold the the absorbent piece in place and keep baby from leaking onto their clothes, you’ll need a cover. Plastic bags make great emergency diaper covers! Next, either fold up the plastic bag, so it covers the diaper and tie like this example from My Frugal Baby. Or tear holes into the bottom corners of the bag, pull up over baby, and tie the handles. This method from Treasures from a Shoebox seems to be the most practical in a pinch.
3. Camera Time:
Many photographer's place a diaper cover on a baby's bottom for their newborn shots. That's because cloth diapers look cuter than disposables in photos. Baby's diaper can be matched to their outfit or yours! Super sweet! This level of fashion coordination is just not going to happen with a disposable diaper.
Have another reason why every diapering household should keep some cloth diapers around? Do tell!