Learning about cloth diapers has been great fun for me. Since I wasn't really able to shop for tack and horse stuff for a while, I just shifted my focus to shopping for diapers!
All of the diapers above were custom made by Work At Home Moms. Each fabric is chosen by me, and then the maker helps to select a soft, fuzzy inner fabric and snaps to coordinate with the chosen outer fabric. I really like supporting WAHMs. You can find websites that give reviews of their quality and customer service. Several of the WAHMs I got diapers from have long wait lists and are quite in demand! The peace sign diaper took upwards of 10 weeks to get!
You can also buy cute 'mainstream' diapers made in factories.
You may have noticed something... There are no pins or plain while prefolds. That is exactly right! Cloth diapers go on and off just like disposable diapers. They either have sewn in absorbent layers or an open pocket that allows you to stuff in the amount of absorbency your baby needs. They often have size adjustment snaps that allow them to 'grow' with baby. They are super cute. What more could you ask for???
Storing dirties is similar to disposables. Instead of putting them in a 'diaper genie' type receptacle to be thrown away, you put them in a hamper lined with a washable, waterproof liner. Every 2-3 days you just throw the whole hamper bag in the washer and do your wash routine. Wash, Dry, Reuse!
It only took a look at the cost savings for John to jump on board. He wasn't nearly as impressed by the cuteness factor. To start up with cloth diapers cost us about $600 including diapers, wipes, travel bags, laundry hamper, laundry detergent, etc. Disposable diapers generally cost about $1000/year. So, we are basically saving between $1400-2400 over the next 2-3 years. Plus they are cute. And put no chemicals next to the baby's sweet little bum. And they won't take 500 years to degrade in a landfill. And they are cute!
Here is a good website: The Real Diaper Association