Getting started with cloth diapers can seem overwhelming. You have many choices and the terms can be a bit daunting at first. So... let's start with the basics:
First of all, why are you interested in cloth diapering?
Many parents initially look at cloth diapering for environmental reasons -- and with good cause! Disposable diapers are the third most common consumer product in landfills today. A disposable diaper may take up to 500 years to decompose. I haven't met the scientist who stood there and waited for the diaper to turn into dirt -- but that's the theory. A biologist told me that landfills aren't meant to be friendly towards decomposing waste. Due to toxic waste and ground water contamination problems, most landfills are simply sealed capsules that don't allow any air or light to penetrate (both are needed for decomposition to occur). One baby in disposable diapers may contribute as much as one ton of waste to your local landfill. Amazing!!
Other parents are interested in cloth diapering because disposable diapers are expensive. Disposable diapers can cost an average family, diapering an average baby up to $2000 over the course of 2 years (that is assuming that your child potty trains at two). For some families, as it was with ours when we first started cloth diapering, disposables weren't even an option because we had to buy groceries, plain and simple.
Are you concerned about natural fibers?
Some families are very concerned about making sure that only natural fibers touch their little one's sensitive skin. This is an important think to know about your cloth diapering interest as you begin to decide what you want to purchase for your baby. Some products are made with natural fibers (such as the bumGenius Elemental Cloth Diaper). Other products are designed to be stay-dry and may be made with synthetic materials.
How important is convenience to your family?
If you tend to throw a pizza in the oven or bring home takeout, then go with something simple. We recommend bumGenius Freetime Cloth Diapers for being one-size. Most of our customers appreciate the convenience of a one-piece, one-step design, making the Freetime system our most popular product by far!
If you like to study recipes and take your time to create the perfect meal, then have fun buying a little of this and a little of that. Don't be afraid to try something. Exploration of the different cloth diaper styles can be half the fun of cloth diapering! If you go for bumGenius, Flip or Econobum, your purchase is based by a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. If you don't like it, send it back to us and we'll refund your purchase!
Finally, what is your budget?
We have a diapering system for just about any budget. If you have $100 to spare, you can easily buy enough prefolds and cloth diaper covers to last you through potty training. This is a simple, non-glamous solution -- but it gets the job done at a fantastic price!
If you're just interested in what most of our customers buy, we'd encourage you to look towards bumGenius. The brand has been give top ranking in the industry by independent surveys of consumers over and over again. The one-piece design of the bumGenius Elemental product is simple, one-size, natural fibers and absolutely stellar in terms of absorbency. The warranty, quality and resale value are unmatched.
Have questions? Feel free to give us a call at 888-332-2243. We have customer service people who have been helping new cloth diaper customers for years.