Jill Duggar Dillard shared an Instagram photo of herself and her husband… and shared that they were considering cloth diapers for Baby Dilly.
Let’s be honest: I’m thrilled. I can’t think of a better way to #makeclothmainstream than for them to be a regular staple on a reality show. Of course, there’s more to it than just that. Cloth diapers for Baby Dilly is the way to go, and that’s largely because I’m quite certain that there will be dozens of siblings for that little one. (I don’t watch the show because I don’t do reality TV, but I’m not living under a rock.) However, the young Mrs. Dillard’s family members used cloth at one point and quit because it was “too time consuming.” When you consider that the young Mrs. Dillard grew up in a house with so many siblings that an in-home laundromat would be required to keep up, it’s not surprising that they’d give up on it.
But even still, I can’t help but cringe at the concept of roughly 60,000 disposable diapers ending up in the landfill from this one family.
Since Jill Duggar Dillard isn’t overly familiar with cloth diapers, she asked for information about cloth diapers for Baby Dilly in her Instagram photo.
There are three things to really take into consideration when suggesting cloth diapers for Baby Dilly.
Jill Duggar Dillard grew up with a very frugal family. I’m not sure if she’s going to be one to buck the trend and be a little less careful with her money (a sort of rebellion, if you will) or if she’s going to take lessons from her mother and do her best to keep costs down. If she’s out to keep the costs down, then the cheapest thing to do is prefolds, flats, or flour sack towels in covers. But that’s certainly not what I’d consider to be the most fun method of cloth diapering. If I’d tried to get my husband to use anything of that nature, I probably would not be cloth diapering today. He took one look at the prefolds I used on Eudora when she was tiny and said, “I am not using those. I don’t understand them.”
As awesome as he was with getting on board with using cloth diapers, I don’t think he’d have been so awesome if I’d pushed the prefolds issue. But they are definitely cheap.
Ease of Use
A reason that another Duggar used for discontinuing cloth diapers was that they were just too inconvenient. When you have enough children for two baseball teams (or you’re planning on having somewhere in the neighborhood of that many), there are times that easy is what matters. With that in mind, cloth diapers for Baby Dilly should be as simple as possible. The bumGenius Freetime and Elemental diapers are amazingly simple. No stuffing of any sort, not even an attached tongue.
But the downside: they aren’t going to be endlessly customizable for absorption like pockets, all-in-two, or covers.
Let’s be realistic: whatever she decides when it comes to cloth diapers for Baby Dilly, resale value is not going to be even part of the equation. The longer it lasts, the better, particularly considering she’s got 20-25 years of fertility ahead of her. So cloth diapers that she can keep using and replace or adjust absorbency is a must. For that, pocket diapers are phenomenal. If she wants a one size solution, then Blueberry or bumGenius 4.0 diapers are among my favorite pockets. If she wants a two size solution (considering there’s also a good probability that she’ll have to have cloth diapers for Baby Dilly and for 2.0 at the same time), then AppleCheeks pockets or Bummis Duo Brite all-in-two diapers are fabulous options.
Whatever she decides to do for cloth diapers for Baby Dilly, there are plenty of options. What do you think she should use?