Sunday, March 17, 2013

Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Skeptic

This post is written for the MCNP EB/Expo Blog Carnival with the theme "The Modern Cloth Nappy: The Practical Choice for Moms Today"  We aim to share and spread the knowledge and encourage moms to switch to cloth diapers.  Please scroll below to read the other carnival posts about switching to cloth, cloth diaper styles or preferred diaper for specific times.

I never considered cloth diapering when my son was born for several reasons.

I don’t like poops or handling poops, worse washing them off the cloth diapers.
I don’t like washing dirty nappies.  It’s hard work.
I’m scared of hurting my son.  I had a really bad experience with cloth diapers and clamps when my daughter was a baby.
It’s expensive.  Imagine buying one piece of diaper for 300-350php (around $6)?  And I can’t live with one piece of cloth diaper.  I need to buy a lot!
Using Cloth diapers would mean I'd have to wake up in the middle of the night to change my son's nappy.

Then my son got irritated by the waistband of a disposable diaper.  It was only then that we entertained the thought of cloth diapering.  We bought our first batch of nappies from the Fawn Shoppe – an online store owned by a real good friend of mine.  The first batch was seconded until I got hooked.  Someone from MCNP added me on to their Facebook group.  I didn’t know what it was but I immediately felt
That I belonged.

my very humble nappy stash (with some at the nappy pail)

MCNP – Modern Cloth Nappying Pinays – is an online community of cloth-diapering parents.  It is a venue where nappy mommies and nappy pappies share experiences and their knowledge about cloth diapering.  I love the group's interaction.  Everyone just jumps in and share which laundry or diapering system worked or did not work for them.  It became my go-to group when it comes to Cloth diapering. 

my happy baby rockin his cloth nappy

So what happened to the list of reasons why I should not use Cloth diaper? I found several rebuttals along the way.

Poop problem? Try running it under a running water or pressurized water and see them off.  Or soak the nappy in a bucket full of water.

Washing nappy a hard work? NAH! Get a fully automated washing machine. Drop all the nappies in the washing machine and you're free to do whatever.

Thanks to the snaps, I don't need pins or clamps.  I can fasten the nappy even with the lights off. 

Expensive? Think again.  I own a total of 22 cloth diapers and 40 inserts.  We spent roughly 6000 php (around $130) and stopped buying disposables regularly for more than a year.  Sometimes we use disposables when we leave the house.  If a disposable nappy costs 8php per piece and change them at least 6-7 times a day, that's 48php a day nappy expense.  Multiply it by 365 days, that's 17520 php diaper cost per year.  That would mean that we probably have saved almost 10000 php if we deduct some of the disposable diaper costs.

And thanks to the Cloth diapering veterans, all it took was just to put two inserts in a pocket diaper and you don't have to wake up to change nappies again. 

Cloth diapering is not really simple because there's a lot to learn.  You learn pretty much everything along the way.  But it is not so difficult either.  Even my husband who vowed never to wash a poopy nappy ended up washing the poop off because he feared it might stain the cute nappies.  I have to give him credit for that.  And you should hear him rave about how much we have saved in almost a year. 

Know more about Cloth Diapering at the MCNP Grand EB and Expo on Sunday, March 24 at the 500 Shaw Zentrum.

Other Carnival Posts:
Chronicles of a Nursing Mom - What's in Our Diaper Bag?
Ash 'N Boo - The Modern Cloth Nappy: The Practical Choice for Moms Today
Ms. Masungit - Cloth Diapering Away from Home
Buntis - The Art of Cloth Diapering
Kingdom Cow - Why We Choose Cloth: The Benefits of Using Cloth Diapers
Organized Junk - Cloth Diapers: Know Your Stuff
Changing Nappies in High Heels - Why Cloth Diaper?


  1. true, poops can be intimidating at first, especially if you breastfeed (runny poop!) but the cute designs make up for it.

    1. im so glad that my son's poops are more solid than runny so i am able to just plop it in the toilet. lol.

  2. So true that people get scared off by the reasons you listed and they think cloth diapers are gross. Glad you were finally able to try them though and realize that in reality, there's nothing scary about it at all! :)

    1. it was worth a try and i got hooked. it was mostly because of the cute designs.

  3. My kids are past the diaper stage but I did use cloth diapers when they were over a year old though I still alternate using it with disposable diaper. Using cloth diapers does save money, appreciate your doing the Math just to prove your point. It also helps save the environment.

    1. it does save a lot of money. i remember i was out on medical leave for almost 3 months and thankful that even if i am not getting my monthly salary, i dont have to think about where to get the money to buy disposables.

  4. thank you for posting my link on your blog site :)

  5. Well, that's our problem when using disposable ones... the budget. It's costly! Perhaps we'll try to switch to cloth diaper if my wife would agree to this.

    1. yes, switch SLOWLY. you can try CDing in the morning lang muna

  6. My kiddos never experienced cloth diapers. i wonder how efficient they are in terms of controlling the poo and pee of the kid.

    1. very efficient ron. just wash it right away para di magstain

  7. galing naman tyna!! you resisted the temptation!! pero yes, i agree with you na you can survive with 22 diapers!!

    1. sobrang pigil ko talaga jen kahit madaming sale at cute designs.

  8. nice. my mom wished that disposable diapers were available when i was born. after reading this, i realized that she was doing the right thing.

  9. Oh cloth diapering is a good idea! I bet it's healthier to the baby's skin, too. :)

  10. Cloth diapers are great and once you get over some of the drawbacks, it's cost effective too. ;-)

  11. It's great you're dispelling the negative notions against Cloth Diapering. Totoo talaga, pag gusto, may paraan. Pag ayaw, maraming dahilan.

  12. The cute designs are so alluring to cloth diaper. I have always wanted to do it. I cloth-diapered my eldest before, as in I used lampin with clamps, then my hubby said we use disposable nalang. If I knew about the modern type of cloth diapering, I would have used them long ago. With three little children and just me and the yaya, it may be a challenge. I hope to give it a try, I just need to build my collection. :-)

    Thanks, Tyna for liking my FB page. :-)

    1. i bought around 3-4 nappies in a month. minsan two para di masyadong mabigat sa bulsa. try mo next time :)

  13. Graduate na kami sa cloth diaper. One good benefit for us aside from savings is maaga napotty train ang anak ko. Naipamana ko na un stash ng anak ko sa pamangkin ko & my sister love it. Actually, ikinakalat nya na din sa kanila ang cloth diaper hehe. I still have two designs sa bahay that I love kaya ang hirap i-let go. hehe

    Mommy Maye

  14. Ahh, ito pala yun... intriguing and practical. Thanks for the tip :)

  15. Great you tried CDs and now you are hooked into it. Just like other parents, they are also hesitant for CDs with the reasons you stated. We also computed for the savings compared to disposable one, we are really surprised that you will save about 60K for three years by using 30 stash of CDs from newborn up to 3 years old.
    Now, we are selling CDs too.

  16. this a good idea, it's like lampin in a good and modern way.. :)

  17. Baby poop doesnt smell as bad if the baby is breastfed. I didn't use cloth diaper before, though...

  18. Oo nga noh. This post makes me reconsider my husband's proposal to use modern cloth diaper. Ang gastos nga ng disposable actually.

  19. we're a cloth nappy user too!!! :-) although im still mixing it with disposables but as long as the baby's just in the house it's mostly cloth diaper talaga... :-)

  20. i wish i can switch to cloth nappy for my 1 year n 4 month old baby. but its hard for me to let go of the disposable dahil i have too many things on my hand right now with my biz, with two older kids and my baby, with no yaya. sigh.

    but its really a nice post. :)

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