I can't tell you how many people made faces when we'd tell them we were cloth diapering. I heard all kinds of comments from "Good luck." to "Let me know how that's going in about 4 months." All the negativity made me want to do was prove them all wrong.
We didn't use cloth right away. I wanted to wait until Kate's umbilical stump had fallen off and we had some disposable diapers that we needed to use up anyway. Sometime during week 3 or so the cloth diapering began. I wasn't really sure what to expect but I knew I was determined to make it work.So far, I love it! Not only does she look adorable in her diapers, caring for them is a breeze. I have a simple routine and so far it's worked wonders. Because she's still in that stage where she's going through 10-12 diapers a day, I have to wash dirty diapers every day but I'm thinking that once she slows down her diaper usage that will probably decrease to once every other day. I run the diapers in a cold rinse cycle to get all the initial icky out, then follow that with a hot wash cycle with detergent. I'm using All Free 'n Clear detergent because it has no dyes or fragrance chemicals and it was the least expensive of the "free" detergents. I follow the hot cycle with one more cold rinse to get the lingering detergent out because the detergent residue can affect the absorbency of the diapers. Then I throw the inserts in the dryer and the diapers themselves I hang on a drying rack. Voila! I've noticed some slight discoloration in places on the diapers, but I've read that on a bright, sunny day I can lay them out in the sun to dry and the sunlight will naturally bleach out the stains.
We've only had 2 issues with blow-outs, and I think one of those was our fault for missing a diaper change. The other I think resulted from the way she was laying when the explosion happened and the leg was not quite flat against her leg. But neither incident was terrible.
So to all those who were Mr/Miss Negative on my cloth diapering decision, I say you don't knock something until you try it. We are very happy with our decision so far, and guess what - we don't have to buy anymore diapers!