There are things no one tells you when you start using cloth diapers for your kids. My youngest is nine months old and I've been using cloth diapers for six months now. Here's what I have discovered:
1. The minute you start washing the dirty diapers, your kid will poop. In my case, I have two kids in diapers, which means at least three poopy diapers, but usually four, the day I do the wash. Which means I will have poopy diapers sitting around until the wet bag dries.
2. Those wonderful cloth diapers make the poops flatten into oval disks, making them the perfect size to plug your toilet. You will need to keep a plunger in the bathroom where you rinse the diapers (which you will then use while your washing machine is working it's magic on a load of diapers!).
3. The wet bag does it's job of keeping the wet in, and also collects water in the washing machine. I know this because many a time after pulling the wet bag out of the washer, my pants have looked like I have an incontinence problem.
4. Baby clothes are not made to fit bottoms covered in cloth...they are made for disposable diapers. Your baby's cloth behind will be twice the size of a baby's disposable diaper behind, and therefore you will need the next size up in clothing. So, now the legs will be too long and the waist too big, but don't worry, that big bubble bottom will hold the pants up just fine.
5. You know that wonderful invention of the diaper sprayer? They take practice. Lots and lots of practice. While doing a great job of getting the poop off the diaper, they also do a great job at spraying tiny little pieces of poop all over the entire bathroom.
6. And speaking of the diaper sprayer - try not to drop it. That powerful spray can majestically fountain out of the tiled bathroom and into the carpet covered play room.
7. The best part of cloth diapers? They are much better padding than disposable diapers for when your little mover is learning to walk. And I must say, those bright colors are awfully cute on those little bums.