I have been cloth diapering Em part time for a year now, and have had a few readers ask me questions both about the diapering process and about my experiences with it. So the time has come for a cloth diaper post.
You have actually been looking at pics of Em in cloth diapers for a long time now.
We started at 23 weeks
here is one from 25 weeks
Here Em is not yet crawling at 40 weeks – how cute is that cow print fluffy butt??
But generally, she is wearing pants, or more lately, shorts, over the cuteness. Still, there are a few cute shots of Em in a cloth diaper and pajama top that you might recall from this summer:
Can you ever really get enough of that cute fluffy butt?
But anyway, here is our basket of cloth diapers
But most CD mom standards, it is pretty light, but we only CD part time. They say that 24 is a good number to have on hand at first (in the newborn stage) to do laundry only (only?) every 2 days. That is one reason I waited 🙂
Pictured here is our main stash of diapers. All but 3 of those are Smartipants and the other 3 are Rocky Mountain Diapers (a pink one, the cow print and the monkey print). All of our diapers are one size, pocket, snap diapers. This means that they are all adjustable to fit a baby from about 8-10 lbs through potty training that that you basically stuff a liner into the diaper to absorb all the “data output” (aka pee). And the snap simply means snaps instead of velcro. And since Em knows how to un-velcro a disposable diaper, I am SO happy that I went with snaps 🙂 I know a lot of moms who have ended up convertng their velcro diapers to snaps.
I started with Smartipants because they are a good value, got good ratings, but mostly because thy have the slit for stuffing the pocket in the front and in the back. This means easy stuffing and best of all, the liner agitates right out in the wash. I love that feature! I went with the Rocky Mountain diapers on a whim really, because I wanted to try another brand, and ended up LOVING them! They are so trim and even softer than the smartipants. Plus they had a great Black Friday Thanksgiving sale that i could not pass up. Really which would you rather wear – a nice soft cloth diaper or a plastic, chemical filled, disposable diaper?
When it comes to cloth diapers, what most people want to know is how we handle poop. There are a number of options, ranging from a scraper (which does what you would expect with the name scraper), to a sprayer that you attach to the toilet (again, the name is really pretty self explanatory). But I go the liner and pray route. Em is pretty regular which is to say that I know the second diaper of the day will be a poopy one. So I either have her in a disposable diaper, or put in a liner. The liners are basically thin pieces of material that go on top of the diaper and “catch” the poop. Then you flush it all away. Only now that we moved I prefer to throw them away because of the septic tank.
But really, the entire thing could NOT be easier! They go on just like disposables, only with snaps. They catch pee and poop just like disposables. They just go in the wash so I can use them again and they are SO SO SO cute! Plus, they are better for the environment (ok, stop with the extra water nonsense, I do the same numbers of wash regardless!), better for our bank account (once you get the initial stash complete) and better for Em (especially with the Pampers chemical burn issues that are popping up). And I think disposable diaper companies know this. How else do you explain those (stupid) jeans Huggies? I mean come on! The idea is to have less chemicals on your baby and they fill a diaper with dark blue dye? But I digress…
When it comes to cloth diapers, 2 things are a must have (at least for us), a wet bag and a pail liner. I really think a wet bag is a MUST have for every mommy, whether you are a crunchy green mom or not. This is great for wet bathing suits, dirty clothes, etc, fits right in the diaper bag and goes right into the wash. (plus the bag and every roll of liners we have ever bought were all free with our Amazon credit program, so you can’t beat that!)
Our pail liner is a simple white anti-bacterial liner that is actually in an old shredder basket trash can. I just take off the diaper and throw it in this bag and then the entire bag goes into the wash.
These are our “other” 2 diapers. I actually won both of them on blog giveaways and I can honestly say that Em never wears them. The cute purple one is a fuzi bunz one size pocket diaper, and the adorable monkey one is a one size pocket Happy Heiny (OMG love the name!).
I HATED the fuzzi bunz beyond belief! There is an odd hip snap that just did not work for me. Rumor has it that you can use unstuffed pocket diapers as swim diapers, so I even gave that a shot and nope, still hate the diaper. Which frankly, sucked, because it is So cute! It is gone now, traded to a woman who wanted to try the FB out and she sent me a hot pink Flip diaper. This one is not like our other diapers. This one you lay the liner on top (instead of stuffing it) and you can switch out the liner and reuse the cover. I have never done that. I have treated it as a regular diaper and used it once and thrown it into the pail. But really, I have only used this one right before her bath, and Em always gets a new diaper for bedtime.
The Happy Heiny is another story. That ONE SIZE diaper is enormous! WAY too big for Em’s little bottom. I am holding on to it for a while and if it never gets used, then I will offer it to another green mama who wants to try it out. (if you are one of those mamas, let me know!)
But wait, there is more! (and this was a long post to begin with!)
Today I got an email that I won another blog giveaway! I won a set of cloth wipes (I chose the Wild set 🙂 ). Stay tuned for our adventures with cloth wipes, but really, if they aren’t for us, then they will make great wash clothes or extra clothes to keep in the diaper bag. But D is not 100% into cloth diapering (he agrees with all the benefits but insists that disposables are easier. I think it is lack of experience talking) so I cannot wait to see his face when I introduce cloth wipes.
So I am by no means an expert but there you have it – my cloth diaper info. I tried to answer all the questions that I got over email and think i hit them all, but if not, just ask again 🙂 The bottom line for me is that you either get cloth diapers or you don’t. I don’t think people can be converted. But I love that I buy disposables less than our friends do. I love that Em has only had bad diaper rash once or twice (some kiddos have it once or twice a month!). And I plan to love the fact that cloth diapered kids tend to potty train faster 🙂