I’m sure all of you are wondering how we like cloth diapering. I have been meaning to post about it for months. To sum up: We LOVE cloth diapering.
To start out, we bought a bunch of itty bitty fitted diapers for the newborn period. I wasn’t in love with them, but since Greta was pretty big at birth and only continued to grow very rapidly, we didn’t use the itty bitties for more than 2 weeks (and we were back and forth to the hospital twice during that time and used disposables). The reason I didn’t love the fitteds at the beginning was because I didn’t like the idea of wetness sitting next to Greta’s skin. I was afraid it would cause a rash.
So after about two weeks, we switched to mostly Thristies pocket all-in-ones and BumGenius pockets and all-in-ones. We loved these. No more wetness and easy-peasy. We only had Thristies in size XS and S, so once she outgrew those we were down to mostly BumGenius pockets with a few all-in-ones.
At this point, Greta was still pooping in the middle of the night, so I was changing her every time she woke up to eat. Eventually (I think maybe around three or four months), she stopped pooping at night, so we tried to figure out what would work for all night. We tried lots of things. Most people swear by pockets at night because you can stuff them with as much or as little stuff as you need. For us sometime around three months or so, every time we laid Greta down the diaper would leak. I tried for a long time to figure out how to fix this. I eventually determined that it was due to the synthetic materials. For some reason when she was lying down the pee would go straight out the leg instead of through the microfleece or suedecloth material and into the microfiber or hemp insert. I don’t know why this happened when she was lying down and not sitting up, or why it doesn’t happen to most people.
I ordered a variety of diapers to try and solve the problem and eventually the only thing that seemed to work was a goodmama. Now these diapers are not cheap. I bought just one at first. At this point I know other diapers would probably work, as long as they were not a snythetic material against Greta’s skin. It seems that a natural material needs to be there in order to not leak.
Around Christmas time I got some of the BumGenius all-in-one organic diapers. These instantly became by favorite. They are one-size diapers and very similar to the BumGenius one-size pocket diapers. They seem to be a bit trimmer and just fit a little better. I like that organic cotton is next to Greta’s skin. The main drawback to these diapers is the drying time. I usually hang them out all day and then have to put them in the dryer to finish them off. These are now the go-to nap diaper. We still use goodmama diapers at night.
I made my own cloth wipes out of pieces of flannel before Greta was born. They aren’t pretty, but they work. They are still in great shape after almost 10 months of use. I just wash them with the diapers. I think using cloth wipes with cloth diapers is easier than using disposable wipes since everything just goes in one bin, rather than having to separate the wipes from the diapers.
For us, washing is pretty easy. We wash diapers every other day. I try to put them in first thing in the morning, but sometimes I forgot and so they don’t get washed right away. We have about 30 diapers and washing every other day, we never run out. Before we got our BG organic diapers in December we were always on the verge of running out, like if Greta had an especially poopy day or something, we might be cutting it close. I run an express wash cycle with cold water with nothing in the soap dispenser (except about once a week, I put a scoop of oxiclean in this cycle). Then I run a hot normal length cycle with a little bit of Country Save detergent. I usually hang the diapers to dry on the clothesline outside, but if it is raining or I don’t wash until the end of the day, then they go in the dryer. Honestly it takes maybe 3 minutes to put the diapers in the washer, and about 5 to hang them on the line, about 3 to take them off the line and about 7 minutes to stuff and fold the diapers. Not much time at all. And sometimes I’m lazy and don’t fold the diapers right away and just fold as I need them.
I always knew I wanted to use cloth diapers, but I never expected to love them oh so much. Really, I can’t even fathom why more people don’t cloth diaper. After using disposable diapers for two weeks a while back (when we were out of town for that really long time), I only grew to love the cloth ones more. Disposable diapers are so darn expensive. And wipes, my goodness. I felt like all I was doing was going to the store to buy diapers or wipes. The disposable wipes we use are 7th Generation, because Greta has a super sensitive heiny and gets rashes from the other wipes we have tried. They aren’t cheap and you can’t really buy in bulk, so I’m glad we only have to use them on the rare occasion that we travel. And the waste that is created by disposable diapers is just so great. I feel bad every time I throw one away. I think if you absolutely hate laundry then cloth diapering is probably not for you. But if you don’t mind doing laundry, then it really is pretty easy.
So what is holding you back?