When I was first interested in using cloth diapers, I was drawn by all of the pretty colors and patterns. After all, isn’t the cute factor kind of part of the whole point of using cloth diapers in the first place?
My husband, however, is infinitely more practical than me. When I was getting ready to load up my virtual shopping cart with FuzziBunz at Cozy Bums, he insisted that I buy white. Lots and lots of white. In fact, sixteen of my first nineteen diapers were FuzziBunz One Size white cloth diapers.
I pouted, of course, because I wanted the pretty diapers. However, I’ve realized something: white cloth diapers are darned useful.
I love to match cloth diapers to the outfits. If a diaper is going to be peaking out of a onesie, it really needs to match. Or at least be unobtrusive. While I do have lots of colorful diapers in my cloth diaper stash, the ever so boring white cloth diapers are a safety diaper. It will always go with anything I put my kids in. I don’t have to worry about it clashing with any outfit, particularly if I’m doing a quick change because the baby barfed all over whatever she was wearing.
With a colored diaper, I have to be a little more selective in what I grab so that I don’t dress kids in anything that looks gross.
That’s not, of course, to say that colored cloth diapers are no fun and shouldn’t be in a stash. They are and they should. I adore my colorful diapers. In fact, every diaper I’ve added to my cloth diaper stash since that initial purchase has been colorful. But I’ve been thinking about adding a white Best Bottom shell to my collection.
I’ve read comments about how white cloth diapers stain easily, et cetera. I have to state for the record that I only have one white diaper with any sort of stain, and I believe that was from blueberries. Generally, I find that a quick spray of a stain treater on the cover and a good rinse will get anything out long before it hits the washing machine. If I don’t get it then, it will typically come out when I strip my diapers anyway.
I say this with white diapers that are over two and a half years old.
So don’t knock white cloth diapers. It’s a versatile thing.