I have always loved cloth diapers. My mom cloth diapered my sisters who are now 10, 8, and 5 and I always like picking out all of the cute little diapers. Wait, did I just say cute DIAPERS? Yeah, cloth diapers ain’t what they used to be honey. I asked my friends on my Attachment Parenting board why they chose to cloth diaper and I thought I would share some of their responses with you.
Kellie, over at Mindful Life Shop says:
The price was our original deciding factor. But, now that I’m more educated than I used to be, the thought of all the chemicals in disposables freaks me out like feet freak some people out. I can think about them being on the shelf, safe in their plastic bag but the thought of them on one of my babies makes me dizzy and nauseous. But then, I’m weird and I know it.
It’s easy, I love that I don’t have to run to the store for diapers when I run out. I just wash them.
It’s cheap. We’re on our third cloth diapered kid and Dominic is using some of the same diapers we used with Joe.
For us it was health first:
Our eldest literally got a rash everywhere the disposable diapers touched her, cloth simply doesn’t have all of those chemicals in them.
Next was cost; we’ve save a couple of thousand dollars using cloth diapers and wipes on our two girls.
Then convenience; no more running out for a late night pack of emergency diapers, and I don’t have to plan ahead to make sure I can afford both diapers and the power bill, or whatever.
The environmental impact feels good too. It’s nice knowing that I’m NOT contributing to the billions of tons of diapers going into landfills- along with menstrual products, diapers are the most commonly thrown away items.
My husband was reluctant/unwilling to try cloth diapering, but then I found some really good AIO’s and he figured out that they can actually be easier to change than disposables, so he got on board pretty quickly.
I hate the idea that my child’s poop would be sitting in a landfill after I was long gone.
I don’t want to leave that kind of impact.
Dionna at Codename: Mama wrote a few guests posts on gogreenstreet.com about cloth diapering, check them out!
See, a lot of people see the health benefits of cloth diapers as well as the cuteness factor.
Often times I see people writing out things when talking about cloth diapers that I just don’t understand. I remember I would always e-mail my mom with the abbreviations and ask her what it meant. I was frightened by it all. You have to strip the diapers if they get buildup, if the poo is leaking the fit is not quite right in the legs, do you prefer covers with a diaper under it, a diaper that you just stick on the baby with no work, don’t use certain kinds of soaps on diapers, wash by themselves, and SHAKE OUT THE POOP?!?! It is scary, it really is. I wish I had this post that I am writing for all of you when I was getting into cloth diapers 😉
First, you have your basic prefolds. Do you want them to be bleached, pre stripped, organic? These are all questions to ask yourself when choosing to use prefolds.You can avoid pins altogether now with these Snappis. They work a lot like pins but no need to worry about pricking your little baby, or yourself. If you are choosing prefolds, you can’t just stop there. You need some sort of cover to go over the diaper.You can go with either a velcro closing cover, snap cover, or a basic pants version of the cover.
To go with that cover that you have you can also use fitteds. Fitteds is just a diaper that needs a cover. It is a step up from a prefold because it has snaps or velcro instead of pins or Snappis. The picture below is of a Motherease (my link feature is not working at the moment. It’s mother-ease.com) diaper that I love. My problem with these was that (and still is) Sidney is super sensitive to urine on his skin. So sensitive I thought his penis was going to fall off his rash was so bad. So that is obviously a case by case basis so you may love these! I like the Motherease diapers because they are one size meaning your baby can grow with them. There are other options out there for fitted diapers, it’s just another matter of searching around.
Then you have the pocket diap
Say you don’t want to go with the old-fashioned prefolds. This is where it get’s exciting. First we will talk about AIO’s This means All in Ones. Basically a diaper that is one piece. Easy on, easy off. Some find these harder to dry, or just too bulky on their Little babies butts, but you can find some good trim AIO’s no problem. They are really falling off the radar in popularity though due to some more options coming available.
Pocket diapers are basically a cover with a hole in it that you stuff with an absorbent liner. These are what I use, and I love them. Why did I choose these? Well, I found some cheap diapers on ebay that were cute, and affordable. Why do I stay with pocket diapers? They are easy, they dry fast. When I want to have Sidney wear one of these overnight I simply put two liners in and they are double the absorbency. The most popular brand of pocket diapers today are the Fuzzi Bunz and Bum Genius. As you can tell these diapers are different from each other in that one is velcro and one has snaps (see pics below) Some people say that velcro rubs against their baby and causes irritation, others say that the snaps are too hard to get on their baby just right. It truly is what is right for you and your baby. The liners are different too. Typically the Fuzzi Bunz and the Bum Genius have liners that are sold with the diapers and fit that certain diaper. You have your hemp liners, your bamboo liners, your micro fiber liners and more. I use the liners that came with my diapers and they are micro fiber. I have not had any problems with them. You are not supposed to use micro fiber inserts as prefold because it will cause your baby’s skin to be way too dry, literally sucking all of the moisture out of the baby’s butt so make sure that you have something between your baby’s skin and the micro fiber. Next you have AI2’s. These are very new to me and I am not quite as knowledgeable about these as I am the others. Some say that these make it way easier to wash. You can buy only a few covers and use it several times a day while just switching out the liners. The liners (or inserts, I keep saying liners for some odd reason) have snaps on them so you just click them into the cover and only take those out when you change the baby’s diaper and reuse that cover. These are harder to come by but a lot of people make diapers and these are good finds by some work at home mama’s.
Now maybe you are wondering about sizing. I use one size diapers. This typically means that they will last you throughout your baby’s whole diapering career. I say typically because sometimes the diapers are too big for tiny babies and too small for huge toddlers. They also have them in specific sizes that are not much harder to figure out then kid’s clothing.
Washing is not even that hard at all. I use Charlie’s Soap and I love it. You do not want to use a free and clear detergent because it causes build up. Do not use dryer sheets because it can cause your diapers to be opposite of absorbent. I wash my diapers on hot one time with soap (typically less than what the package recommends) and then on hot full cycle with no soap. Sometimes I will add vinegar to reduce smell (if there even is any) you do not want to use vinegar every time because it could eat away at the PUL liner that is in the diapers to make them waterproof. Really you just want to stick to being as all natural in your washing routine as you can. I found something that has not failed me yet and I am terrified to change it up. If your diapers are leaking then it may not be the diapers fault. This could be caused by a buildup of detergent. To “strip” your diapers of this unwanted buildup, I have been using a squirt of Dawn orignal dish soap (just a squirt) wash on HOT until you see no soap bubbles. Then add a splash of vinegar. There are a ton of resources online for troubleshooting any of your cloth diaper issue you may encounter.
Pricing may seem rather tough to swallow in the beginning, but do the math. You spend 200 bucks (average, but it can vary) and you have diapers covered until your baby is potty trained, and they can be used on any other children that you have. I spent on average 30-60 bucks a month on diapers with London. They are great for the enviroment, and let’s face it, cloth diapers are adorable! There are so many different prints out there now and you can coordinate them with outfits! It is definitely a decision that could be hard to make as cloth diapers could mean a little more work. If your children are in daycare make sure that your daycare is OK with cloth diapers, some are not.
Good luck on your new cloth diapers and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!