I started cloth diapering the other day.
Y'all done gasping and fainting now? Good. :D
It's really not all that bad. We've definitely done more laundry over the last few days, but that's easily remedied by increasing our stock of diapers. I wasn't sure I'd like the diapers I chose, and I didn't want to buy a whole bunch then hate cloth diapering, but feel obligated to continue because I'd spent so much money. So I only had something like 6 or 8 diapers. (Someday, I'll count. But every time I think about it, they're in the washer.) With a newborn, those go really fast.
Really, it's not that bad. I'm using bumGenius diapers, which look and act just like disposables, for the most part. See the velcro? There's no pins, no folding, no scariness. Just treat them just like a regular diaper. Except, when you're done cleaning up, instead of throwing it in the trash, you throw it in a diaper pail.
There's also a pocket in there for liners, so if your baby is a heavy wetter at night, you can put extra absorbency in. Brilliant, no?
But, ew! The cleanup! I don't wanna touch a poopy diaper! Actually, the newborn cleanup is quite easy. Just throw it in the washer. It's once they start solids that it becomes more of a pain, I hear. If the poop is solid enough, you just pop it in the toilet. If it's not solid... well... this is where most people squeal and faint at the idea of cloth diapers. Choices? 1) Swirl the diaper in the toilet. 2) Get a diaper sprayer and spray the mess off. We'll see how I feel when I get to that point.
And yes, bumGenius diapers are rather pricey. I could save tons of money by going with pre-folds... but I'm a woman of convenience as well. Plus, I want people to be willing to babysit. Besides, even with the more expensive bumGenius brand, I'm still gonna make up my cost by around 8 or 10 months (depending on how many I buy) and then while all y'all poor saps are still forking out money for diapers, I'm gonna be pocketing that extra cash for Wii games or a Disneyland trip or something. (Ok, it'll probably be something more practical like paying off our mortgage faster...) For multiple kids. I think a little extra inconvenience is worth it.
So far, so good. I just bought 12 more yesterday, so we'll see if that's enough. And we'll see how I'm feeling about them in a few months, when I have more than a few days experience with them.
I'm optimistic about this.