Let's talk about sustainability for a second. People argue against cloth diapers because of the use of washing machines. However, washing machines have become very energy efficient. Additionally, you can now use a cold water cycle. Others believe cloth diapers are complicated to wash. Generally, once you have figured out their pattern cloth diapers become much easier to wash. Additionally, you can hang cloth diapers up to dry. This is just like washing baby clothes. If you have any sort of staining on your diapers or breastmilk stains on an onesie, the sun is a great at getting rid of that stain. On the other hand, disposables diapers tend to take thousands of year to break down in the dump. As well, they are made up of numerous chemicals. Cloth diapers tend to last so future children can use them. In the end, if you have to do what fits in with your lifestyle. There are many 'greener' options for disposables. These can be a great alternative!
This company is based in China. Some people prefer only supporting North American companies for a myriad of reasons. Others have no problem supporting other countries and the Alva diapers are really good for the price. I got my Alva diapers second hand.
I use Alva pocket diapers. What is great about these diapers is that they are one size diapers. There are three rows of snaps designed to accommodate 8-35lb babies depending on the rise. There is an absorbent insert. These diapers are waterproof and breathable! I also admire the designs. Little bug looks adorable in them. I like how trim fitting they are. I can put pants over top. He doesn't like the baby legs that I own. They leave red marks and i think they are too tight for him. So he either wears pants or has just a shirt and diaper.
To wear overnight, I tend to put in an extra layer- I use microfiber insert in the pocket, and a flat rolled up in the diaper. Then I usually put on a cover, just in case.
How do you feel about cloth diapers? Would you use them? Do you have plans to celebrate Earth Day?