I honestly don’t know what possessed me to go the cloth diaper route. I didn’t know anybody who had used them (turns out I did but I didn’t know), and it’s not mainstream so it’s not like it was right in front of me. But one day I just decided that we were going to use them. Annnnd here we are.
Reese is deathly afraid of bodily fluids so he was NOT on board. He has come a long way folks. A LONG way. He still gags when there’s a turd, but I find it highly entertaining and I honestly hope that he never stops.
Since it was such a foreign thing, I kind of just had to figure it out as we were going along. And I’m one of those people who does better just figuring it out rather than being told about stuff (which can tend to be a problem in life lol), so it didn’t matter how many Youtube videos I watched or how many facebook groups I joined – I had to wait for Lad to get here and just dive in! Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way and things I’ve learned:
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- Do I need newborn diapers?
- We didn’t get many newborn cloth diapers because since this was our first baby we thought it might be a good idea to figure out how to care for a child first before throwing in cloth diapers lol. A few weeks into it I decided to try out flats and covers and really liked them, but I was so unsure of everything and didn’t have the right absorbency flats and it was all a big mess. Looking back now (almost 10 months ago already!) I wish I would have started cloth totally from the beginning because it was so much easier to change him when he wasn’t able to squirm. I should have embraced my little sitting duck. This is the set I really liked for him as a baby:
- Which brand is the best?
- This is obviously a personal preference, but out of all of the diapers we have used I like the Bum Genius All-In-Ones – because they’re really simple and there’s no stuffing involved – and the Econobum covers we used on him when he was a tiny little tot.
- Wetbags. Do I need them?
- Wetbags are these handy little bags that are water resistant and you take them with you when you leave the house to put your dirty diapers in. Personally, I tend to just use old grocery bags just because in my opinion they don’t keep the diapers as “fresh” because you can’t zip a grocery bag shut.
- Can I dry the diapers in the dryer?
- Short answer: yes. I personally prefer to hang them outside if I have the option though because airing out in the sun really does make a BIG difference. Unfortunately that’s not always an option though, so in that case the dryer is fine! I just put it on low heat to save the elastic around the legs.
- What is stripping and do I have to do it often?
- If you have bills to pay then, I’d say at least twice a week….lolol I think I’m hilarious. 🙂 Diaper stripping is when you soak them in a little mixture to help get the urine smell out (I’ve noticed I don’t have to do this nearly as often if I’m able to line-dry). You also strip them when they become less absorbent. For the same reasons I wanted to use cloth in the first place – chemicals – I wanted to find a natural way to do this. I use vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil in a bath tub with hot water – let them soak a bit and then run them through a normal wash cycle. I don’t know if it actually works as much as other methods or not, but it helps with smell so we’re going with it!
- Which type is the best?
- This is another personal preference. I like all-in-ones because it’s easier. I think if I had more flats and covers I would really like those too. I would recommend getting several different types (you can buy used diapers so I would go that route because it’s cheaper – strip them obviously – and after you decide what you like you can get more of that kind. It might change as your baby gets older too, so keep that in mind.
- Is it really cheaper to use cloth diapers?
- For us it has been – mainly because I was able to purchase a huge lot of diapers used for a great price. I think we might have to replace the elastic around the leg for the next go-round, but that’s pretty easy (especially when you can recruit your nana, hehe). If we would have had to purchase all new diapers, I think we would definitely have more of the cover-type rather than the handy dandy AIO’s. Buying all brand new Bum Genius diapers would have been expensive but probably would have paid for itself in 2 or 3 kids.
Also – it’s probably a REALLY good thing we decided to use cloth diapers since they snap shut. Because every time we put him in a disposable diaper he likes to immediately take it off him himself. Which is really fantastic considering the height and force his pee stream has.
Looking back I’m very glad we went this route. It’s different now that he is eating real food, but I think I prefer it over the milk. We’re obviously a long way away from this, but I’m interested if the rumors that they make potty training easier are true. Overall, I can’t decide if the kid or the diapers were a bigger learning curve. Cloth diapers can be difficult at times, but at least they don’t wake you up all night. 🙂
If you have even the slightest notion of going the cloth diaper route I would highly recommend it. I don’t have experience using them with a daycare since I work from home (which is a very inefficient way of working TBH, lol), but I have heard that many daycare’s are willing to work with them! Cloth diapering is much easier than I (or my husband) thought it would end up being. Give it a shot!