In our attempts to be green, Dennis and I have decided to go with cloth diapering for Baby Swender(s). No, we are not having twins; the plural refers to subsequent babies that are likely to follow at some point.
There are A LOT of cloth diaper options out there these days. In fact, when I started looking into it, I was quite overwhelmed. Fortunately, we have a local cloth diaper company, Toasty Baby (www.toastybaby.com), that does in home demos. We had the chance to talk to them a couple times to get our mind around the different options and have now decided to go with BumGenius (www.bumgenius.com). It's bascally as easy as a disposable as far as changing goes. It's a pocket diaper that comes with cloth inserts. You just put the inserts in when they come out of the wash, and you're ready to go! It's also a one-size. There are little snaps on the front that adjust the height, so they fit baby from birth to potty training!
There's also an ingenious thing called the mini shower. It's exactly what it sounds like and attaches to your toilet. When there are poopy diapers, you just hold it over the toilet, rinse, and throw the diaper in your diaper pail.
Not only is this environmentally friendly, but it is cost effective. We need to buy somewhere around $700 worth of diapers and accessories. However, since we won't have to buy additional sizes, this should be the only diaper expense for all of our children! AND if they're still in good shape when we're done with diapers, apparently cloth diapers have a decent resale value!