Riddle me this Batman:
Why is it that a baby must poop only in a clean diaper? Answer? I have no clue, but no wonder these things are so expensive.
I firmly believe that if my son didn't have to do his number two in a fresh clean diaper every single time, we'd be able to afford that trip to Europe we've been dreaming about for years.
We delved into the whole cloth diaper movement when we first found out we were pregnant. We even went so far as to invest in our first round of re-usable diapers. I use the term invest, because that's truly what they are....if you use them. Once we had Emerson and reality hit us like a ton of bricks, we very quickly decided that cloth diapers was not the best option for us.
If you have the patience and the rock solid stomach to handle the "duty" (see what I did there?) of maintaining the diapers, then by all means. It will most certainly save you money in the long run. But as long as you're buying the diapers, be prepared to cash out a little extra for the disposable inserts (or additional reusable ones), and a little attachment that hooks up to your toilet to do a quick "pre-rinse" before tossing them into the wash.
While you're at it, go ahead and purchase some clothespins to pinch off your nose. Now you can work in blissful ignorance of the awful truth that insults every fiber of your olfactory senses. Of course there's always cheaper alternatives out their and you'll always pay more for the convenience of things. So for us, when it came down to it, we decided to just go with the disposable.
Don't get me wrong, I love our trees, I think whales are cute, and I try to recycle when I think about it. That being said, some things are just not worth sacrificing your sanity, or your lunch.