Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cloth Diapering (What works for us)

So, due to the large number of requests for cloth diapering info, I decided to construct a go-to guide for all things cloth+diapers. Matilda is now 100% cloth diapered. I am happy to say that she is a trendsetter and that many of her fellow peers are getting cloth diapered as well!

Here's the scoop poop. Poop is such a huge part of my life.

Ok, so in those first few precious weeks we went the easy route and used disposable. Those little heinies are swallowed up by ye old cloth and they use the bathroom like constantly, so in order to avoid constant laundry we used Swaddlers diapers by Pampers. They were the ones we used in the hospital and by far my fave.

We were also using Thirsty diaper covers in XS with Cotton Babies inserts. They fit snuggly and were a nice addition to the disposable.

Thirsty Diaper Covers $11.25


Pocket Diaper Insert $3.95

At about the two month mark we began using the Bum Genius One Size diapers and absolutely fell in love with them. Now we exclusively use BumGenius. Knowing that Matilda can grow in to them made them much more economical and I love how absorbent they are. We rarely have leaks. They are a bit bulky, especially on newborns, but I find them to be the most convenient and practical cloth diapers we've tried.

BumGenius One Size $17.95

A lot of retailers will offer bulk discount so make sure you ask! We have about 16 and I find that to be a great number. It's enough to get us through a few days, but not too much so that the diapers just pile up.

I use a basic trash can as my diaper pail.

Touchless Stainless Steel

Plastic will work just fine. The main thing is that the trash can has a lid. I prefer one with a touch lid to just dump the diaper in. With the pocket diapers you want to dump the insert in the trash, attach the velcro to the inner laundry tabs, and then the diaper itself.

You will also need a pail liner. I use these and I bought 2, one for the laundry and one for the pail. You will dump the entire contents of the liner in the laundry and then the liner itself:

Pail Liner $16.50

Next you will need to order a gentle, perfume free laundry detergent. The most recommended is Allens, but I've yet to find it in the stores so I use Seventh Generation Baby laundry detergent.

You will want to first rinse the diapers, then wash with detergent, then rinse again and determine rather or not to wash a second time. The liners and cloth wipes can go in the dryer and I air dry the covers.

I like to air dry the covers and inserts in the sun because the sun acts as a natural bleach. I need to get a drying line up...

You can also use a 1/4 cup of bleach once a month for cleaning and deodorizing!

For more answers to more questions go here.

You will also want to invest in wet bags for travel and cloth wipes which are amazing! Happy diapering!!

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Lia Dominique Andress said...

OMG!!!! Thank you for that!!!!! My husband and I totally needed that lesson. We don't even have a baby yet, but we are always wondering how cloth works. I was raised on cloth diapers but my mom raised my three siblings on the standard plastic variety so she refuses to tell me anything but.


David said...

The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use, at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off" Available at they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won't know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we're talking green and helping the environment without any pain.

carriebc said...

Wow, I know someone else that CDs! We use fitteds and wool covers that I knit, or wool interlock covers, and Fuzzibunz at night. My routine is: shake solids into toilet, soak poopy diapers in DH's sink with a few squirts of Bac Out (sorry Mike, lol!) until laundry time. Pee dipes go straight into my laundry wet bag, which hangs on Norah's closet door knob (Knickernappies with snaps so no strangulation hazard). I throw everything in the washing machine every three days, soak with a few squirts of Bac Out for 30 minutes in cold water, rinse, prewash on warm with vineager because I get ammonia stinkies, then wash on warm or hot, depending on my mood, with Tide Free, and I rinse twice on cold. Sounds complicated but it's not too bad. I wash and lanolize wool once a week or so in the sink. I *wub* my CDed booty!