Interested in cloth diapering but not sure where to start? I know when I looked into it, there was so much information I didn’t know where to start! I was overwhelmed and I thought there was no way I was going to be able to figure it all out. Now that I have figured it out, I want to share with you how it works for my family.
Cloth diapering is easy. It really is. Especially once you get in the groove of things, it’s a piece of cake.
After using disposables for three weeks and seeing how much garbage we were throwing away, I was already convinced that cloth diapering was the way to go. I couldn’t believe how many diapers we threw away. It’s really rather disgusting to see that much waste. In close to one week we practically had our outside garbage can full of diapers and wipes. If only you could recycle diapers…
So, around three weeks, after our guy put on a couple pounds, we started using cloth. We’re using fuzzi bunz
and bum genius
and I like both for different reasons. I like the fact that the bum genius is one size and will (supposedly) last until he is out of diapers. The velcro on the bum genius is easy and quick, but it’s already starting to wear from the dryer. I plan on hanging them to dry when I can, so the velcro last longer. The fuzzi bunz have snaps, which I like and are pretty slim. These come in sizes which allows them to be a little trimmer. So far they both seem to absorb well and I haven’t noticed a difference in that area.
We have a closed lid garbage can next to our changing table that has a regular trash bag in it. You can buy special liners that can be washed with your diapers, but with limited funds, I’ve found a regular trash bag works just fine. All you have to do is dump the diapers into the washing machine. After I change him, the diaper goes directly into the can. I don’t rinse them or do anything special beforehand. These diapers can sit like this for a couple days and be fine- the poop does
come out. (If your child is older however, and has solids- you’d need to dump that down the toliet or rinse it off. Luckily I’m not at that point yet.)
I try to use cloth wipes whenever I can because this also saves money and on the waste I’m producing. Cloth wipes are really just a small baby towell. I didn’t make them or buy fancy wipes. These are just your standard cotton baby sized wash clothes. All I do is get it wet with warm water and wipe his bum. You can make a special cleaning solution if you want, but I don’t find it necessary. This makes it easier when you are using cloth diapers because everything goes in one place. You don’t have to have one garbage can for wipes and one garbage can for diapers- you just throw everything in together.
Right now I’m washing every 2-3 days because we only have 11 diapers. (I’m using disposables at night still.) I’d like to get about a dozen more and then I will wash every 3- 4 days. For our washing rouine, I just rinse in cold (or do a cold wash) and than do a hot wash, dry on medium, or hang to dry. I use a very small amount of Purex Free and Clear detergent. It’s necessary to do a cold rinse first so that you don’t get any stains. Even if you do get stains though, it’s not a big deal. These are diapers after all. The most important thing is that the diaper is clean. A clean diaper should not smell like anything.
Then, I spend about 5 minutes putting the inserts inside the diapers and ta-da! Diapers are ready to go.
And that’s it! That’s all there is too it. I find nowadays I’m doing so much laundry, that I don’t even notice doing two extra loads a week. It’s just another thing. Honestly, the “hardest” part if you will, is putting the inserts into the diapers. This is the most time consuming with about 5 – 10 minutes.
There are many, many different options for cloth diapers out there and many methods. This is just one way that works for us right now. Also, don’t think that just because you decide to use cloth diapers it means you have to do it 100% of the time. There are some days when I use more disposables for whatever reasons, sometimes I use them when we go out, sometimes I don’t. It’s just a matter of what works for your family!
Do you use cloth? Did I convince you… or turn you away? What are your cloth diapering tips?