|my little fluff butt|
The thing is, it really isn't that much work. In fact, it's less work than I expected it to be. Maybe this is partially due to the fact that we chose the simplest diapers out there (as in, closest to disposable diapers), AIOs (all in ones), or maybe it's because, as I mentioned before, I'm already doing a ton of laundry so honestly, the laundry isn't much of an issue.
I'm not sure, but either way, I really don't find it that much work, nor that messy. I mean, really, your hands are already in the thick of things anyways with the wipes and stuff so really the diaper isn't any more messy in the grand scheme of things.
We did make some compromises. We use paper diapers when we're out. We used disposables for the first 6+ weeks (he was too small for the diapers we purchased and honestly, we had enough on our plate at the time). And we use disposable wipes. We have cloth wipes too though, so we alternate between the two.
In the entire diapering set up, I would have to say that I actually find the disposal of these wipes to be the smelliest part of the equation, which I'm sure surprises people. I guess that's because the cloth diapers linger for 2 days at most in the pail while the wipes stay until the garbage is full, which takes longer.
I've made diy odor eaters, but don't know that I find that they work that well. I think they were more work than they were worth, and they weren't really that much work.
All in all, I'm glad we're using our cloth diapers. The fluff butt (as in bulkiness of the diaper) is the only drawback because it makes his pants fit a little differently than the paper diapers do. But that's ok, he'll have more padding for when he falls while learning to crawl, etc.