Changing a cloth diapered baby is pretty easy. It only requires the extra step of putting the diaper cover on (if you're using Indian prefolds like us) as compared to the steps of changing an infant in and out of a disposable diaper. The first day of using and changing them is all you really need for practice at efficiency. You change so many that if you're not an expert by the end of day 1, oh just give it another full day and you'll soon add the title behind your name of E.C.D.C, i.e. Expert Cloth Diaper Changer.
There are times where Mr. G or I will be almost finished changing her into a bright and clean cloth diaper and right as we're putting on her new diaper, she'll pee or fart with a bit of poop coming out (a shart, if you will). We'll have to change that 'new' one out too. So can you imagine, this tiny being can use 2-3 diapers on each bookend nursing period? She nurses between 10-12 times per day since she's a newborn. That means we used, at minimum, 20 diapers per day in our first week as new parents! That's a whole lot of diapers!!! Within the first day at home, Mr. G and I were already thanking God that we were steadfast on our cloth diaper decision. We can't imagine having to throw away at least 140 disposable diapers in just one week of life.
We are now learning our little one's routine so we're doing some routine belly rubs & "bicycle massages" to help her bowel movements be a bit more efficient in the first changing. That has helped us whittle down a possible 3rd diaper change. I'm sure as her little system becomes more mature, we'll find other tricks that help us along the way. In the meantime, I'm so glad we get to help the environment and not add to the diaper trash lots just by going with the "old-fashioned" cloth system.
I hope that if you're on the fence at all of trying cloth diapering that this post inspires you to DO IT! I guarantee you won't regret it!