Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: I’m a little old-fashioned, and I used cloth diapers with all six of my babies. When we went out, I put plastic pants on top of the diapers to keep them from leaking. Many people are scared to use them, but really it was easy. Plus, I’m sure I’ve saved thousands of dollars on diapers.
When I changed a diaper, I rinsed it off if it was dirty, then I put it into a bucket with a bleach solution in it. The bucket had a step on lid so it wasn’t open to air, nor accessible to the baby. We also kept it under a cabinet, or at least in a corner that was out of the way. Once I had a wash load, I dumped the diapers and bleach solution into the washing machine.
It was a lot of washing! But I think using cloth diapers really helped to prevent diaper rash. My kids probably each only had one rash.
Back then, it was actually hard to buy cloth diapers, but now there are lots of places to buy them.