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Cloth Diapering – The Journey

In my last post I talked about our switch from disposable diapers to cloth diapers.

For us, this was the beginning of our money-saving and environmentally friendly choices.  Cloth diapering can also become an addiction!  I have to say, I am addicted.

The last post talked about my experience with the gDiaper and how that didn’t work for us.  Then we tried a 30 day cloth diapering trial from Mom’s Milk Boutique and I found a few diapers I really liked!  My collection of diapers now contains mostly one size “pocket” diapers.  A pocket diaper has an outer leak proof layer (usually PUL), and a soft inner lining.  The lining has a pocket for you to stuff with an absorbent pad (comes with purchase) and you can customize the absorbency with different or multiple pads.

My favorite of these pocket diapers are the rump.a.rooz G2 pocket diapers.  They have inner gussets and outer gussets like disposable diapers so the mess stays in and these diapers do not require a cover.  This is the only cloth diaper I have found with dual gussets and I have to say that sets them apart from the others in my book.  The less mess I have to deal with, or that my husband has to deal with makes cloth diapering so much easier.  They have adjustable snaps so the diaper fits from birth to about 35 lbs.  At first the diaper seemed a little bulky, but now it’s my favorite for the fit!  The diaper comes with two inserts for a customizable fit and absorbency which helped with the bulkiness.  And I’d rather have a diaper that is a little bulky than a little leaky, haha.  🙂  With rump.a.rooz you have the option of choosing a snap or aplix closure.  Aplix means it closes with a velcro like material… as your child gets older the aplix diapers are easier for them to take off.

Another pocket diaper I really like is the KaWaii cloth diaper.  The KaWaii is also a one size diaper that does not require a cover.  They come in all sorts of colors and designs and the price just can’t be beat.  One thing I love about my KaWaii is that they can be fuzzy on the outside but still don’t require a cover.  I haven’t had a leak problem with these diapers yet.  I purchased mine from eBay.

Happy Heiny is also a popular choice for pocket diapers.  I have a few of these.  I got one in the 30 day diapering trial I wrote about and decided I really liked it.  Again, these diapers do not require a cover and are adjustable from 8 to 35 lbs.  They fit around my daughters thighs and tummy very well.  She is thin waisted but has chunkier thighs and I loved how these fit her from the start.

On a recommendation I tried smartipants cloth diapers.  They do not have a high price tag like many one-size pocket diapers.  The more you buy, the cheaper they are, just like any diaper, but if you are looking for a great cost savings, this is your diaper.  They are not perfect, and they wick a little bit in the front but they are nice to have handy.  One thing that makes these diapers special is that you don’t have to “unstuff” the pocket before washing the diapers.  You can just plop them into the wash and wash as directed.

I often visit thegoodmama.com.  The owner of this site hand sews all of her diapers.  She has some all-in-one options called the ONE, but most of her diapers are fitteds.  Again, fitteds are not sized diapers (although she does offer newborn options) they are a one size diaper that requires a cover.  Many people that have goodmama’s don’t use covers because the diapers are SO DARN CUTE, they just have a bigger stash and change their babies more frequently.  I use a cover, only after I take a picture of Sofia in the diaper.  🙂  GoodMama’s stock every friday with new products and with the popularity and demand on the product, they sell out quickly.  Their stock is always changing so if you like something, you have to buy it quick or you may lose your chance… that is until someone needs to get rid of their goodmama stash.  That is the fun of goodmama’s.  You should definitely check them out!  GoodMama diapers are pricey, but with the demand you can sell off your stash once you don’t need them anymore!  🙂  I am proud to say I am a goodmama and am not afraid to admit that I am addicted.

And if you’re in need of a cover, I suggest investing in a wool cover, my favorite is the Nifty Nappy wool cover.  They are more breathable for baby’s skin, more absorbent, more natural, and don’t need to be washed nearly as often as other covers.  Nifty Nappy also sells a wide variety of all-in-one diapers and fitteds that are very similar to goodmama diapers, but I have not yet had the opportunity to try these out.

Cloth diapers require special care.

If you choose to cloth diaper I recommend you invest in a cloth diaper pail liner and a wetbag.  These keep the stink inside of them while waiting to be washed, whether in your home or in your diaper bag.

Also, invest in a clothes line.  Sun drying your cloth diapers helps your diapers last longer.  Plus the sign naturally bleaches out stains from poo.

If you cloth diaper, why not use cloth wipes too?  I use cloth wipes and you just wash them with the diapers or with your regular wash.  I found a recipe for wipes solution and just make that weekly.  You don’t need to spend a fortune on cloth wipes (and they can cost a fortune).  I bought mine on sale or you can use baby wash cloths which work just as well!  Here is the recipe I use.

 

Are you thinking about making the switch?

 

 

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Cloth Diapering – The Switch

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My daughter is now 7 months old.  When she was 2 months old I decided to investigate the world of cloth diapering.

While I was pregnant, the idea of cloth diapering just didn’t cross my mind.  I was one of the many people that thought cloth diapers were the funny, rectangular pieces of cloth that you had to fold just right and fasten with a pin.  I had no idea how you would avoid soiling baby’s clothing, bedding, toys, etc.  Cloth diapering was just not something I had any interest in and was definitely not the type of challenge I was ready to take on.

Well, when my daughter, Sofia, was about a month old I noticed a friend had pictures of her son in this diaper-like thing but I had no idea what it was.  So I asked her.  It was a gDiaper, but that is all she said.  gDiaper?  hmmm…  I looked it up but I didn’t understand the concept.

We were almost out of size 1 diapers for my daughter so I went to the store to pick up some more.  I went to the diaper aisle and was looking at all the choices, the “green” and “environmentally friendly” disposable diapers, Huggies, Pampers, the store brand and then I saw them.  The gDiaper.  I looked at them and the instructions, and I decided to buy them.  I started with just two gDiaper covers, some reusable inserts and some biodegradable inserts.  That had to be greener (and I recently decided to do my part in being more environmentally friendly) and more cost efficient (in the long run) than the diapers I had originally gone to the store to buy.  I was really excited about these gDiapers.

Well, I started off alternating the gDiapers with her regular disposable diapers.  For pee, they were great.  When she was ready to be changed all you had to do was change the insert and use the same cover.  Easy!  Well, when the poo came it was much more difficult and got all over the liner (which was part of the “convenience” of a gDiaper) and I’d have to change the whole diaper.  They were really cute and stylish and went nicely with Sofia’s outfits.  gDiapers come sized.  So Sofia was a small at first.  The smalls were supposed to go to 14 pounds but when Sofia hit 12ish pounds the diapers would leak.  This became problematic.

I started to research cloth diapers.  At first I was a little overwhelmed.  Cloth diapering has come a long way from the folded cloths with pins!  I had no idea!  There were so many options!  And there was just so much information and so much to take in, that at first I was a little overwhelmed.  Overtime the information has made sense and I no longer feel overloaded.  I calculated the cost savings in just a year and then for two years and decided to go for it.  You can see a cost breakdown here.  Although there isn’t a cost breakdown for the one-size diapers… which would allow you to save even more than the chart shows.  (More about this in my next post.)

One of the hurdles I came across with the gDiapers is that my husband and mother-in-law wouldn’t use them because they didn’t quite understand what to do with the diapers, the inserts, the liners, etc.  I decided  I wanted to find something that worked really well, that would be easy to use, that would be Dad and babysitter friendly, and most of all something that would remain cost effective and save us money.

I came across a website, which I found through facebook.  It’s called Mom’s Milk Boutique.  It’s based out of Illinois and I have never paid for shipping on anything I have ordered through them.  Sometimes shipping does apply, but it has yet to apply to anything I have ordered. Ha!  I LOVE this site/store.  I visit it EVERYDAY!  They offer options for a 30 day cloth diapering trial.  I was so excited!  They send about 10 options of diapers to try on your baby and see what type works for you.

I opted for one of their trials and when I received the diapers in the mail it was like Christmas!  There were all sorts of options; from fitteds to sized, pocket diapers to prefolds… I found that I liked the one size diapers the best.  Sized diapers were great, but in the long run you end up spending more because as your baby grows you have to replace your stock of diapers and the savings over time isn’t nearly as great (another hurdle with the gDiapers).  I didn’t want to do the prefolds with covers, that was just something that didn’t appeal to me.  The fitteds were a neat option.  (Fitted means it is a full cloth diaper but requires a cover – they can be sized or one-sized.)   I liked using the fitteds over night with Sofia, because paired with a leakproof cover, Sofia was in for a dry night.  🙂

I have a pretty good stock of diapers now, most of which are one-size “pocket” diapers.

At first, my husband was reluctant to cloth diaper.  He was used to the disposables.  I mean, they are easier.  When the disposable diaper is soiled, you just take it off and throw it away.  With cloth diapers you have to wash them (I handle this so he doesn’t have to worry about that part of it) but then with poop you also need to rinse the diaper and get rid of the excess mess.  Oh, he still hates this part.  He has only had to do it once, though, and I am sure he is thankful for that.

Overtime I have learned how to properly care for and launder the diapers.  It does take more time than throwing away disposables but the benefits of cloth diapering are so much greater.

Cloth diapering is so great for the environment.  I was reading my friend’s blog and she cited some research that I’d like to share with my readers as well.  Did you know, disposable diapers take 500 years to break down in a landfill?  So, since they were invented in the 1960′s, not one single diaper has broken down.  And with over 100 diapers being used a month per baby… there are a LOT of diapers filling up our landfills.

Cloth diapers are also great for sensitive skin.  Baby’s skin is so sensitive and tender and cloth diapers provide a softer and more sensitive alternative to the disposables.  That being said, there are chemicals and toxins in disposables touching and being absorbed into baby’s skin.  There are so many things I want to do right for my daughter, and I don’t want her to absorb those toxins into her system at such a young age.

In the next Cloth Diapering post I will let you know what cloth diapers I chose and why.  🙂

Have you considered cloth diapering?  Do you cloth diaper?  What are your favorites?  How long have you been cloth diapering?