Most families find washing their modern cloth diapers at home to be easy. That said, diaper services (usually only available for prefolds, covers, and hybrid shells) are gaining popularity all over the place. Whichever approach you choose, soiled cloth diapers will go into a dry pail (or waterproof laundry bag), which is emptied for washing an average of 2-3 times per week. That’s right, you should only expect 2-3 extra loads of wash per week when using cloth diapers!
(To learn about disinfecting your cloth diapers, read this article: What Do I Need to do to Disinfect My Cloth Diapers?)
Still unsure about cloth diapers? Don’t sweat it! We believe that there are some situations or times where cloth diapers may not be right the right choice. Some families find that using cloth diapers at home and disposables on the go works best. Others just can’t make cloth work every day. It’s also worthwhile to keep at least a few disposable (or hybrid) diapers on hand as part of your family’s disaster kit should you go without power or water for several days.There are some medical situations in which disposables might be recommended, so always check with your pediatrician if you have any hesitations.
No matter what you decide, using cloth diapers even just part-time will result in the same benefits as full-time users on a smaller scale. Give it a try… you’ve got nothing to lose!