As an expecting mother I had friends, family, and every stranger with a voice coming up to me giving unsolicited advice about how to raise my child. Everything from swaddling to breastfeeding, sleep schedules to shot schedules, but the one that seemed to be very polarizing was diapering. Cloth diapering vs. disposables. I have to be honest I really wanted to cloth diaper but my husband wasn't on board with it. It is something that is time consuming at the beginning and seems very expensive, and can be if you start having a CD obsession, but is generally much cheaper especially if you plan to have multiple children.
No matter which way you go, you're sure to expect a rash, leak and blowout at some point. Those first few months you bring your little bug home you'll be finding out which diapers you like and which diapers your baby can tolerate against their skin. We've had more blowouts and leaks than I have fingers to count on and they always come at the worst possible time in your favorite out, guaranteed. The one thing I was lucky not to experience often was rashes. I tend to think that breastfeeding for so long combined with Addie's tolerance to all foods, products, etc has made that happen. Her first bad diaper rash happened just last week at nearly 18 months old.
My opinion, for what it's worth, is be open to all options. I really regret not even trying to CD and the number of diapers we've purchased is astronomical. Be prepared for leaks, blowouts and rashes by having extra diapers, spare clothes and creams ready at home and on the go. Whatever you choose, be confident that it's your decision for what is best for you and your family and don't let any opinionated family member sway you!
Do any of you have any experience cloth diapering? I'm thinking about it for number two, when that comes along but I need to start my frugal shopping now and could use your guidance.