Elaine - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )
I'm expecting my first baby in June this year. To be honest, I'd never even considered using cloth diapers until recently, but now I'm trying to decide which way I want to go - cloth or disposable. I like the idea of saving money and reducing landfill waste, but I'm concerned about being able to keep them clean, storing them once they get dirty, and what to do with them when we're not at home.
Currently, I'm working a full time 9-5 job, plus working evenings and weekends at a business that my husband and I own together. I do expect to cut back those hours some once I go back to work after the baby is born. But I don't expect to be able to quit either job entirely, so I know I'm going to have my hands full just trying to keep up with the regular laundry.
So, what can all you experienced mommies tell me about cloth diapers vs disposables when you're a working mom? Is it practical? How do I minimize the laundry time without having to buy dozens and dozens of diapers? How can I store the dirties cleanly? I have a dog that sometimes tries to get into the trash if we forget to secure it at night, so any tips on doggie-proofing the dirty diaper pail so I don't have nasty diapers dragged all over the house? Also, I have a front-loading washer - will that make it harder to get them clean? What are the pros of using cloth over disposable other than cost and reduced landfill waste? Sorry for all the questions, but this is still so new for me! So any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, moms!