Most people assume that cloth diapering is harder than it really is. With modern diapers and modern washing machines:
You do NOT have to use pins.
You do NOT have to dunk in the toilet, nor soak in a heavy pail of water.
You do NOT have to use bleach.
You do NOT have to touch the diapers to put them in the washer.
You CAN get ones that fit like disposables.
Old Wive’s Tales
Reasons your mom might dread the thought of cloth diapers.
Our mothers’ generation often blamed cloth diapers as a source of rashes, due to excessive use of bleach and harsh detergents. Fortunately, we now know that you can trust mild, clean-rinsing products to get your diapers clean safely…better for your baby’s skin, better for your diapers, and better for the environment.
Reasons your friend gave up on the cloth diapers she got from her baby shower.
Be aware that if you know someone who has had a bad experience with cloth diapers bought in department stores, that diapers purchased online are usually much thicker and made from better materials. If you must shop at a retail chain or start with what you’ve been given, do try to look for 100% cotton – avoid store-bought cloth diapers which contain polyester padding in the diaper (as polyester fibers are NON-absorbent, only holding a little liquid in the spaces between fibers, if you’re lucky), consider doubling store-bought diapers if one is not enough, and be aware that vinyl and nylon covers found in stores may not be as reliable or easy to care for as PUL, fleece, or wool. Really, cloth diapering is not meant to be that hard! Ordering diapers that are designed to work well is worth the investment for only a marginal cost overall, you’l save tons in frustration and be more likely to stick with it.
Experience varies, but most moms today say they have fewer rashes and fewer leaks with cloth diapers than disposables (especially concerning runny breastfed stools).