Pros and Cons of Cloth Diapering

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One of the things I’m doing differently with our Daughter Madeline, is Cloth Diapers. I was on the fence about using them with Leo and loved the prints BUT ultimately I just chose not use them with him. So when Madeline was born I really wanted to start using them to replace using disposables.

She is 9 months now and we have been using them since she was 2 months old, just around the time we ran out of Newborn/size 1 diapers that we had stocked up on. I wanted to write this post for all the moms who are on the fence about using them like I did. There is a lot of “How to’s” but none really giving you the Pro’s and Con’s of using them. I hope this list may help to to decided if you are on the fence just like I was.

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PRO’S

  • Saving money. If you do Cloth Diapering correctly and don’t get swept up in it all it can be very money saving by time your baby is no longer in them.
  • Adorable prints. We use Mama Koala and I absolutely love all of their prints. They vary from different colors, themes, and even some Harry Potter ones come out sometimes.
  • Better for the environment. Ultimately Cloth diapers ARE better for our planet, because you don’t throw them away and they go sit in a dump for years.
  • Multiple methods. There are so many different ways to cloth diapers which gives you many options to find what will work for your family lifestyle and your budget.
  • They can last years. If taken care of cloth diapers can last you from birth till about 2-3 years old around potty training time.
  • You can match them with your child’s outfits. Honestly I find this part so much fun, I can match her to her outfit or if its a special holiday or something is going on I can dress her up in some cloth diapers that go with the day!

CONS

  • Takes time to get a routine. Other it is washing the diapers in the washing machine, or hand washing them, you have to find your routine and that can be a little time consuming.
  • There are a lot of rules to taking care of your cloth diapers. My best advice for this is add your self to a Facebook group that is just for taking care Cloth diapers. The experts there will give you EVERY detail what to do to improve your wash routine or what not to do. So sometimes it can be overwhelming.
  • Sometimes onesies and pants don’t fit. Because the cloth diapers are “bigger” it can make it where the clothes for your baby don’t fit. (Pro tip: Get knee high socks and onesie extenders)
  • Washing the poop off the diapers can be gross. Im not going to lie, it can get gross and you will probably get it on your hands more than once.
  • Adds more laundry. I know it’s not something you like doing but it’s a part of it.
  • Can be expensive. If you want the diapers that exactly like disposables called the AIO (All in Ones) it will be expensive. BUT Also seeing all the adorable prints on your baby bum will honestly have you on the shops pages looking to buy every single butt fluff you can get your hands on. I mean there are are many moms who have over 500 diapers and some will pay $75+ for one diaper if its a special limited print.. Sop beware it can get addicting.
  • People will think it’s gross. ” Oh my gosh ew I couldn’t do that, do you like wash it with your clothes?” I hear it all the time when someone asks about Madelines diapers and I explain what they are. People suck sometimes simple as that.
  • Disposables are easier. It’s not a secret, I am not going to lie they are, I mean you take it off your child and throw it away. Fast and simple.

We choose to cloth diaper because the pros just out way the cons for us. I love knowing we help the environment even just the little bit that we do, and already it has saved us money by not having to buy diapers every month plus I mean come on the prints are just to perfect and adorable.

Do what you feel fits your family first. If you choose to CD then make sure to find a few facebooks groups and do research to find which method is right for you!

We have found that the Mama Koala Diapers are amazing for us! They are always coming out with new prints every Thursday and are very affordable.

Going to Universal Orlando and Disney during covid.

This year has been crazy. I had so many plans for this page, we had our beautiful daughter and then shortly afterwards Covid happened and everything turned on its head. Hopefully all of my old readers didn’t run away and still are here to support us, and if you’re new here welcome!

Recently we were blessed with a chance to go and stay at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando for a weekend with out the kids. It was fabulous and I miss the peace and quiet. While here we visited a theme parks. Universal and Disney were closed during the pandemic but now open with moderations, safety precautions and rules. So I just wanted to go over what we thought and give you a little idea of what you could go through while at the parks.

Universal Orlando

We spent the morning at Universal and leaving around 12 Pm because of the crowd. By 11 every ride had a wait over 75 minutes and it was just jammed packed and it wasn’t worth it to us to wait in a line that long. We did ride Jimmy Fallons Ride through New York, Men in Black, The Simpsons and The Hogwarts Express to Islands of Adventure.

Masks

Everyone is to wear a mask from ages 3 and up. Per the Universal website you must wear a mask that covers over your nose and secures under your chin. However gaiters have been allowed through the temperature screenings. They just can’t be make shift gaiters such as bandanas. We all had gaiters and were told at the gate that they were fine to wear through out the parks as ling as we follow social dismantling guidelines. All masks must be worn at all times unless actively eating or drinking, or you are in the U- Rest area, which a place you can take your mask off and take a breath. But please make sure to still social distance.

Temperature Screenings

Before entering the area for security checks you must get a temperature screening. The Universal Orlando website states,

“Temperature checks will be required upon arrival, and guests with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater will not be admitted.”

https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/plan-your-visit/safety-faqs

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer is givin every where through the park, before you get on the ride, before you sit down to eat and some before you walk in to stores.

Excuse my husbands face, He doesn’t know how to smile.

Social Distancing

Universal does have markings on the ground 6 ft away from each other that you must follow while waiting for shows, in lines at stores, lines for food, and waiting for rides. Universal is doing the virtual lines for some rides, and ordering your food at sit down restaurants through the Universal Orlando app. Make sure to download the app prior visiting and make sure to pick your Virtual times early in the morning, especially for Hagrids Magical Creature Ride. For us by 10:15 AM there was no more rides available for the day. So just check right in the morning or when you arrive.

Disney

We unfortunately did not go into the parks them selves but we did explore Disney Springs which has the same rules and protocalls as the parks.

MASKS

Everyone ages 2 and up must wear a mask. Only masks that go over your nose and secure under your chin are a loud. Gaiters (masks that cover your neck) are not prohibited through out Disney Springs and Walt Disney World, so they won’t let you through the temperature screening if it is a gaiter. Make sure to bring the proper mask, You must Wear them at all times, unless you are actively eating or drinking. There are Cast members walking around and saying something if your mask was not on and if given a problem will escort you out of Disney Springs if must be.

Temp Screening

After parking in the garage you will have to go through a temperature screening. Per the Walt Disney World guide lines they state,

“Those with temperatures 100.4 F or above will not be allowed entry; those in their party will not be allowed entry either.”

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/experience-updates/

Hand sanitizer

Everywhere. Walk in a store, hand sanitizer. Go to the bathroom soap and hand sanitizer. I honestly laughed and thought no wonder why the world ran out the Theme parks took it all. But just be pre pared for dry hands by the end of the end.

Social Distancing

We didn’t walk through he Parks but Disney Springs did have you waiting outside stores in line to make sure the stores wouldn’t over flow with guests. We got there around 8:30 and most of the restaurants were at capacity and closing. We ended up eating at Earl of Sandwich and going through one or two store before finally leaving after being disappointed. Disney is keeping up with their earlier protocols and staying at the lower capacity.

All in all Disney was very strict while Universal was more lose with the safety protocols. Use your best judge meant when going to the parks, if you don’t feel safe going to the parks because of the potential of getting Covid please don’t stress your self out and stay home until you feel it is safe for you and your family. Use your best judgement.

Thanks for reading, We hope you have a magical day!