This post is a bit different. I am looking for some feedback from any readers who have experience with cloth diapering systems!
My wife and I have been considering using a cloth diapering system — probably fuzziBunz. This is a one-size-fits-all (most) diaper. For us, this is not a environmental decision, but is mainly a financial decision. Our thinking is that this could save some money using these. They recommend about a dozen diapers if you plan to wash daily, putting the initial cost at about $250. The diapers should last through multiple kids for nearly the entire time that they wear diapers.
However, a good friend has indicated that even the most eco-friendly people he knows have given up on the cloth diapering systems. Apparently the inserts do a good job of holding moisture and preventing it from leaking, but they also do not contain dessicant (a drying agent) that disposables contain, with the result being that the baby needs to be changed more frequently. In other words, if a baby pees a half a teaspoon, the disposables whisk away the liquid and dry it nearly immediately, whereas with the disposables the baby can feel the moisture and begins to cry. My friend indicated that, from what he has observed, using disposables results in as many as twice the number of diaper changes per day.
If anyone has used disposables and cloth diapers, I would appreciate feedback!