I can't tell you how much I love cloth diapering! Putting all natural fibers against my baby's sensitive skin is such a wonderful way of taking care of that silky soft tush. Disposables can be good for trips, but even when I put the disposable on my little girl, I don't like it--I can actually smell the chemicals permeate through her clothes. I much rather deal with a poopie cloth diaper! Here is my set up!
Honestly, I don't judge. What works for one mom, won't work for another. I am a full-time stay-at-home mom, I have the time to do it, and for some reason I don't get too grossed out dealing with stinky diapers. Cloth diapering is really not that difficult. For some reason they get such a bad rap. Maybe this is because we are a society that is on-the-go. Cloth diapering does take a little bit more time, but not a lot! In fact I do a diaper load every 3-4 days, isn't that reasonable? Plus, it feels good knowing that I'm not contributing to our landfills in that way.
We did end up purchasing a new washer and dryer. The day they came I couldn't wait to get started and see what these new mega machines could do--you really know your life has changed when you get excited about a washer and dryer ;) We had an old top loader which was a water guzzler--not good here in California! Our dyer was old and most likely using way too much energy. Once I started washing our diapers in the new machine, the process went faster and they seemed to get cleaner.
All in all, it has been an interesting learning curve for me, you wouldn't believe how many different types of cloth diapers there are out there, pre-folds, fitteds, All-In-Ones, flat diapers, Pockets, the list goes on and on. And different ways to put them on too--snaps, pins, snappies, velcro, side snaps, front snaps, . . .! What has been important has been learning what works best for me and my babe. And, . . . there is nothing cuter than seeing your little babe wander around with a huge diaper butt!