So far, the benefits seem to be:
- Cheaper. Which is good, but money isn't really a concern for us. And I can get 20 days+ worth of newborn diapers from Amazon for $25. Free shipping, and sent automatically so I don't even have to think about it. I know that adds up, but $25 is so little that I will probably spend it without even thinking about it on something I don't need and won't even remember a few days later.
- The environment. Which is also good. Definitely a factor in many decisions, but not *the* deciding factor.
- Fewer leaks and blow-outs. REALLY? I don't understand how or why this would work, but if it's true, that may be the thing that puts me over the edge. I HATE dealing with leaking diapers. Also, I'm planning to wear this baby more often than I wore my other babies, so less leaking into the wrap would be great!
- Needs to be changed more often. I think this is a positive. I'd like to get in the habit of changing this baby more often than I did with my previous babies. But the reason I feel like I didn't change them enough was because it was hard to tell when the disposables needed to be changed if they weren't dirty. Is it easier to tell when a cloth diaper needs to be changed -- and *before* it *really* needs it? Is this actually something that cloth diapers makes easier, or is it more like... like, when it's obvious the cloth diaper needs to be changed, it's already just as bad as if you'd waited until it was obvious that the disposable needs to be changed? I don't know if changing to cloth would help, or if I should just set a timer and change the baby every so many minutes, needed or not. (I feel so dumb asking about this. This is my EIGHTH child, and it seems like I should have a better grasp on diapers by now.)
(BTW, other baby wearers -- how often do you take baby out of the carrier just to see if she needs a change? If baby is sleeping in the carrier, do you just wait until she wakes up? I didn't wear my other babies around the house, so this wasn't much of an issue, but I want to do that this time.)
- Laundry. I already have to do about three loads a day just to keep up with clean clothes. It's pretty much the one thing that I feel like having a large family actually makes really difficult. I'm really concerned about not having clean diapers, and not being able to just run to the store. Store run takes 20 minutes -- load of laundry takes 90. Longer if the diapers have to be washed twice. (I just read that in this thread. More info?)
- There are so many options, and everybody has a different idea of what to buy, and all the explanations that people give sound confusing to me (because I don't understand the terminology). This is our last baby, and cloth diapers are a big initial output, and I don't want to buy a bunch of something and then have to go buy a bunch of something else. I really need to get it right the first time, or I probably would just give up.