When Lad was just a little(er) tot, I did a post on how cloth diapering was going. At that point, we had only been doing it for a few weeks because we didn’t have many newborn-sized cloth diapers. Next time, I will definitely get a few more in that size – I was hesitant this time because the whole being parents thing was new and we figured we should try and master that (as much as one can master parenting) before throwing the whole diaper situation into the mix. Update: we’re still at it!
Just like we figured it would, things have definitely changed since Lad has started solid foods. Nas-tay. The other day we had a situation that caused Reese to cover his face and start coughing from 15 feet away. Of course, I chased him with the diaper after that because….well that’s what any mature adult would have done in that situation. Once your baby starts eating real food and there are more frequent gross diapers, they suggest getting all kinds of contraptions that you can hook up to the toilet and spray your diaper before washing it. As of now I just take the diaper outside and spray it off. Then to the laundry room it goes.
Obviously the whole turd thing is usually what deters most people from cloth diapering. Yeah, it’s gross, but a turd’s a turd. Just gotta fling it off and get on with the day.
Welp, I’d say that’s about enough turd talk.
Here’s our little setup that we have going on in Laddy’s room:
The little do-dad on the left is actually a chicken-layer-box-thing that Reese’s grandpa had from yeeeeears ago! The white thing was just a buffet that I painted white and made curtains for (because I jacked up the doors). I’m truly the most awful diy-er. It only took me staring at it for 5 months before I broke down and started painting it. And then add another month to get all the coats of paint done. I would attribute it to the fact that I was pregnant, but that’s generally how long my crafts take on the reg. Hehe.
You can’t really tell from the picture, but there are about five different types of diapers in the doo-dad. When we first started this, we were cuh-lue-less about the whole thing. I joined some Facebook groups and discovered there is a straight-up cult out there of cloth diapering families. In the groups, women will talk about their “stashes”. EL-OH-EL.
We have AIO (All In Ones), Prefolds with Covers and Pockets.
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AIO: These little gems are probably the easiest; no stuffing required! They are definitely the most pricey so we only have a few that were given at showers. We use these at night with an extra bamboo insert because somebody is a super soaker and can’t use regular ole “sposies” (that’s cloth diapering lingo for “disposables”. I learned it from one of my cult friends).
Prefolds: With these you essentially wrap up the little tot in a burp rag and then use this waterproof cover over it to keep everything dry and in place. I like using these because you don’t have to wash the covers as often, but it took me a hot minute to figure out how the hell they worked. It’s really hard to rely on trial and error when there is feces involved.
Pockets – these are diapers with a little slot you stuff inserts in. Inserts are a whooole other ball game. There is microfiber (which the cult generally refers to as “the devil”), hemp, bamboo, minky, cotton, flannel…TONS. We have mostly micro fiber and bamboo. I’ve also made some out of burp rags and then sewed the edges. Just your regular ole’ Susie Homemaker over here.
For not knowing what we were doing, I’d say things are going pretty well. We have the wash routine down and it only adds about two loads of laundry a week. Frankly, I feel like I’m always doing laundry anyways so what’s the difference. Overall, I would definitely recommend at least trying the cloth route if you are even a little interested. It has definitely saved us tons of money because Lad goes through diapers like a crazy person. I just use regular non-scented Tide powder detergent so that didn’t change anything either. Some people recommend using special cloth diaper soap, but this is working fine; don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.
If you have any question about cloth diapering, holler atcha girl! Reese was very hesitant at first, but he’s on board now too because it really is suuuper simple. Give it a shot!