Cloth diapers : how we do

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Cloth. Diapers. I have been very fortunate to have a few mom-friends who forged the way before me…

I wasn’t totally convinced cloth diapering was something I wanted/would want to do. It seemed like a lot of work. I wasn’t sure of the cost-saving benefits. You might have to actually {ew} touch {ew} poop.

Oh yea, this post contains poop talk. You’ve been warned.

Here’s how we do it …

I already knew I wanted to keep things simple. I didn’t want a whole lot of fuss with liners, and I didn’t want to be continually buying new diapers in different sizes as my baby grew. So I settled on the {well-reviewed} Swaddlebees Simplex, One-Size, All-in-One.

These sit on the pricier side of the cloth diaper spectrum, at about $26 a piece, but with good reason.

1} They are all cotton! Which I happen to believe is by far the best material to be touching baby’s skin 80% {or so} of the time. And microfiber tends to get really stinky over time. There IS a soaker pad, attached on one end, with a fleece side. I keep this out during the nights to help wick moisture away while he sleeps, and tuck it into the built-in pocket during the days.

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2} The pocket opening gives you the option of adding extra inserts. I change him very frequently during the day, so we get along just fine with the diaper as-is. But I stopped changing him, after about 6 weeks, during the night, so when I need that extra absorbency, I flip the soaker pad out, and stuff a hemp insert in {there are lots of places to buy these, from Amazon to Etsy}.

3} They are easy-peasy. I toss the entire soiled diaper in the wash {not even bothering to rinse off poo, at this point, bc breastfed poo is water-soluble}. If the soaker pad is inside the pocket, it usually comes out on its own in the wash. No touching poop! Hoorah! When our baby is older, eating solids, and making solid poos, I plan to line the diapers with a flushable liner to {hopefully} catch said poos, so I can continue to just flush the poo and toss the diaper in the wash without hosing or scraping anything off.

Sometimes I line dry, sometimes not. My preference is to dry them in the dryer because they come out incredibly soft, but I’ve heard this might limit their shelf life. We’ll see.

4} They are super cute. Super. Cute. And baby’s bum is extra soft and squishy. Which is pretty adorable too.

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5} They are adjustable. With rows of snaps, allowing for a customized fit, we’ve had our baby in these since he was a little less than 2 months old. Basically as soon as his little legs were chubby enough to fill them. The tag says they fit anywhere from 10–35 lbs.

To eliminate unneeded waste even more, I’ve switched to fleece reusable wipes. I keep a stack of these on the changing table with a spray bottle full of water + Dr Bronner’s Unscented Baby-Mild soap {diluted}. I spritz the wipe, wipe the tush, and toss it in the same wash along with the diapers.

If you think you might go the cloth diaper route, you’ll need a detergent that won’t ruin them. Most detergents have additives like softeners, fragrances, petroleum, and more. Over time, your diapers will be coated in this stuff and will lose their absorbency. I started with Baby Ecos, but swapped it for Allens powder and like it way more! I also pour a little white vinegar in every load for added disinfecting power. Visit this site for a great list of cloth diaper-safe detergents!

Cloth diapers will get stained. Poop stains. It just does. But lay them in the sun for a few hours and you’ll be amazed by how much whiter they look, and how much fresher they smell.

It’s a lot of money up-front {lots. oy.}, but if you play it right, you’ll use the same diapers from age 2 {or 3} months til they’re potty-trained! You might even use them on your next child! And you’ll never have to worry about making a last-minute emergency diaper run to the store again.

Like I said, I was hesitant at first. But thanks to a few like-minded ladies, I was able to take their ideas, and create a system that works for us.

Maybe it will work for you too!

 

 

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