There are tons of false accusations about cloth diapers, ones even I used to believe:
1.Cloth diapered baby's always have rashes-FALSE. Scarlett has never had a full blown diaper rash, only a few spots here and there that were easily taken care of with the CJ's BUTTer and a few air drying sessions. In fact, the chemicals in disposable diapers are responsible for the majority of diaper rashes, because the babies are changed less often.
2.Cloth diapered baby's smell-FALSE. How many times do you see someone lift their baby in the air and sniff their bum to see if they need to be changed? That's because disposables stink like urine and chemicals. Cloth (especially when infused with our favorite CJ's BUTTer in Blueberry Crumble scent), does not (unless you find someone who does not clean their diapers properly). In fact, Scarlett often smells like a fresh baked treat, fresh from the oven.
3.Cloth diapered laundry is extra work-FALSE. A baby equals extra laundry, period. Spit up and food and drool cause more laundry then cloth diapers ever have in our home. We have enough diapers to wash them no more than every other day, and they all fit in one load; plus the majority of our diapers are All-In-One diapers so there are no separate pieces or stuffing involved (except the pocket diapers for nighttime, but she only goes through one diaper a night so there are only two of those in a load).
4. Poop is gross-TRUE. I'll give you this one. But so are regular blow-outs in disposable diapers, which very rarely happen in cloth. Besides, Scarlett is seven months old and just now starting to eat solid food, so we are only beginning to have to spray off her diapers which has proved to be easy and convenient. Plus, the kid only poops once or twice a week on average, so we lucked out. But the reality is that poop is poop. Disposables or Cloth, you have to clean it off the baby and deal with it either way.
5.Cloth diapers aren't that much cheaper than disposables-FALSE. Even my husband was on board when he found out how much cheaper cloth is than disposables. We started our complete stash for a little more than $300 including accessories (cotton babies has "seconds" sales that allow you to purchase diapers that have minor and often completely unnoticeable cosmetic irregularities, but function properly, for crazy low prices, and several of our diapers were gifted at our shower). And these diapers will last through potty training. $300 wouldn't last you more than six months in the land of disposables. So even when you add in the cost of the detergent and extra laundry, you still come out on top.
6.Cloth diapers-especially with snaps-are messy and hard-FALSE. Just to make it easy on him, I packed a few disposable diapers that we had left over from a camping trip into Scarlett's diaper bag for my father when he watched her a few days ago. He then complained because the disposables were messy and harder to put on a wiggly baby.
You didn't read that wrong. He thought the disposables were harder to put on.
My husband, my little brother, my father, and even my grandparents thought I was bananas for wanting to use cloth, yet each one of them prefer the cloth over disposables now.
And if that's not enough proof, I don't know what is.