I wrote this as a guest post & it was featured last week on Recycle Your Day. I wanted to share it here as well & also encourage everyone to go check out the other GREAT cloth diaper guest post on her blog from last week.
I'm ashamed to admit that I used disposable diapers exclusively for my first 5 kids. Last year, I discovered cloth diapering & I'm now really kicking myself for not trying it sooner.
One of the big things I've encountered when talking to other cloth diapering Moms is a pervasive fear of diaper pins. I really don't understand what the big deal is about pins. Pocket diapers and All in Ones are very convenient, but it can be expensive to use them exclusively. Cloth diapering does save money, but laying down $400 all at once can be a budget buster for a lot of people. Using prefolds to pad out a diaper stash can really help when it comes to giving up disposables, on a budget. Pins are not the only way to secure a prefold, but if you've got an active toddler like I do, it is a GREAT option. Today's diaper pins have a locking head that prevents the baby from opening it. Pinning is the one closure method that always keeps my 2 yr old's diaper on. Pinning also allows for the ultimate snug fit. I do understand the fear of poking the baby, but if you put your hand between the inside of the diaper & the baby, you only have to worry about poking yourself. My daughter is old enough that she understands that she must hold still when I'm pinning her diaper. With a younger baby, I would recommend having somebody else hold baby's hands out of the way the first few times, but once you get the hang of pinning a diaper it is super quick & easy. The snappi is a cool new invention for fastening a prefold, but beware before buying one, there is a warning on the package that it is not safe to use without a cover. This means, if your baby can take off the cover, your baby shouldn't wear a diaper fastened with a snappi.
Pins are really inexpensive, give them a try! You may just find that they are the Diaper Houdini solution you've been looking for!