To cloth or not to cloth?

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Remember these?


Yes, the things that swathed our backsides when we were wee ones. White cloths, pins and the ability to fold a square into something to hold all the er, gross stuff in. I have two early childhood memories about diapers. The first is that of my aunt who was the default babysitter for her siblings’ kids. She was not only fantastic at that, she was also meticulous about hygiene and cleanliness. I remember vividly the buckets of cloth diapers she’d be soaking for hours before washing (by hand!). They were always blindingly white. The second memory is of my little sister and I ‘practicing’ folding diapers at her house. Yes, we had a fun childhood indeed.

My little one is already 15 months old, so what the heck am I doing, talking about cloth diapers? 

Before he was born, I wanted to cloth diaper. The idea of cloth diapering seemed so old school (and cool). I thought about what an awesome eco mama I would be. How much money I would save. 

Then the idea of handling runny poop sort of put me off. The idea of doing loads and loads of laundry was unfathomable. And when he was born, I barely got any sleep. Never mind laundry. So disposables it was. 

However, the idea of cloth diapering never really left me. The little Monkey is finally partially potty trained and has been for a few weeks now. He knows when he has to do a #2 and he says so (yay Monkey!). It would be easy to cloth diaper now – I don’t have to worry about handling poop hands-on, nor does he need to change in the middle of the night . And by golly, the new cloth diapers are so bloody cute! 

So these are my options:


This one’s made of bamboo and is apparently soft and feels like silk!

The hidden layer inside is made of heavy weight cotton flannel which will give added absorbency and breathability and a multi layer cotton terry soaker pad. OK, sounds like it’d do the job! A review I read claims that the Doodlez tape holds it securely even during laundering, which is a plus. 


Cost: RM86 each


I like the idea of 100% organic cotton on my baby’s bum. I also like bumGenius’ promise of easy diapering with stretchy tabs and snap fasteners, gentle and easy fit. The colours are pretty too.

Cost: RM105/ each



Apparently Dream Eze is favoured for heavier wetter babies and overnight diapering, which is an important factor in my decision. I also like the fact that they don’t require additional stuffing. Anything that’s easy, I like!  

Cost: RM75/ each

Decisions! Decisions! I’m tempted to get a couple of each and do a trial run. Perhaps a review to follow up this post then eh?

Go forth and cloth diaper!!


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  • April 5, 2011 Natalie

    Hi Alison! I have cloth diapered from the beginning, and it really isn't that bad. I would suggest not to do AIO due to the fact they take forever to dry. Pocket diapers are the way to go, and you can always stuff more inserts in them. I actually started with prefolds which is more like the old school diapers. Here's a post I wrote about those, and I'm about to do one about BumGenius and Fuzzi Bunz. I use the one size BumGenius 4.0 and then I have some fitted sized smalls of FuzziBunz. http://fromcorporatetodomestic.blogspot.com/2011/03/washing-machine-woes.html

  • April 5, 2011 Natalie

    Hi Alison! I have cloth diapered from the beginning, and it really isn't that bad. I would suggest not to do AIO due to the fact they take forever to dry. Pocket diapers are the way to go, and you can always stuff more inserts in them. I actually started with prefolds which is more like the old school diapers. Here's a post I wrote about those, and I'm about to do one about BumGenius and Fuzzi Bunz. I use the one size BumGenius 4.0 and then I have some fitted sized smalls of FuzziBunz. http://fromcorporatetodomestic.blogspot.com/2011/03/washing-machine-woes.html

  • April 5, 2011 Alison

    Hi Natalie! First off, thanks for stopping by! And thank you for your suggestion and your helpful post. It'd definitely help with my decision making. Prefolds with a toddler might be a little er, tricky, but I'd definitely take onboard your advice about AIOs and pocket diapers. I'll let you know how I go once I start!

  • April 5, 2011 Alison

    Hi Natalie! First off, thanks for stopping by! And thank you for your suggestion and your helpful post. It'd definitely help with my decision making. Prefolds with a toddler might be a little er, tricky, but I'd definitely take onboard your advice about AIOs and pocket diapers. I'll let you know how I go once I start!

  • April 5, 2011 Natalie

    Ha ha yeah prefolds probably are tricky for a toddler! Good luck and let me know how it goes! 🙂

  • April 5, 2011 Natalie

    Ha ha yeah prefolds probably are tricky for a toddler! Good luck and let me know how it goes! 🙂

  • April 5, 2011 Jessica

    Those are some cute cloth diapers but I don't think I can handle washing those things.

  • April 5, 2011 Jessica

    Those are some cute cloth diapers but I don't think I can handle washing those things.

  • April 6, 2011 Alison

    I'm sort of dreading the washing. But anything to ensure the well being of my Monkey's tush!

  • April 6, 2011 Alison

    I'm sort of dreading the washing. But anything to ensure the well being of my Monkey's tush!

  • April 6, 2011 lovejoy_31

    My DD is 18mo and I work outside of the home and I still think of CDing. I may try w/ my next (whenever that may be). If I can only get DH on board.

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  • April 6, 2011 lovejoy_31

    My DD is 18mo and I work outside of the home and I still think of CDing. I may try w/ my next (whenever that may be). If I can only get DH on board.

    Following from Bloggy Moms. Follow me at:
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  • April 6, 2011 Angela McNaul

    Hello, I found you via bloggy mommys. We are a cloth diaper family here too. Well we use both. I have to tell you the dream eze are our favorites! Good luck finding them though! I am also a SAHM of a 14 month old and a 11 year old. I quit my job as NICU nurse to stay home and I love it! I started being a WAHM when things got tight for us but I love being available for my children. My blog is http://www.thisfrugalfamily.blogspot.com and my other blog is http://www.princessandmypeaboutique.blogspot.com (it goes to my etsy store http://www.princessandmypea.etsy.com)

  • April 6, 2011 Angela McNaul

    Hello, I found you via bloggy mommys. We are a cloth diaper family here too. Well we use both. I have to tell you the dream eze are our favorites! Good luck finding them though! I am also a SAHM of a 14 month old and a 11 year old. I quit my job as NICU nurse to stay home and I love it! I started being a WAHM when things got tight for us but I love being available for my children. My blog is http://www.thisfrugalfamily.blogspot.com and my other blog is http://www.princessandmypeaboutique.blogspot.com (it goes to my etsy store http://www.princessandmypea.etsy.com)

  • April 7, 2011 Michelle

    I did exactly that! Well we did a combo of it in the beginning, then stopped, then started again when Finn was partially potty trained & for naptimes when he was fully potty trained. (He was only just turned two so nights + naps were still hard to control.) I loved G-diapers.

  • April 7, 2011 Michelle

    I did exactly that! Well we did a combo of it in the beginning, then stopped, then started again when Finn was partially potty trained & for naptimes when he was fully potty trained. (He was only just turned two so nights + naps were still hard to control.) I loved G-diapers.

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