Here is my adventures with cloth diapers in the daytime. Actually there aren’t a lot of adventures, just a lot of good non-leaking diapers. We went to a workshop on cloth diapering while I was pregnant which was excellent. We learned a few tips that I will include here I wouldn’t have known other wise. There are so many cloth diapering options as well has hybrids and other products related to diapers that when I go into stores I feel bamboozled. I still feel this way even though I have changed and washed 50 million diapers. Really it isn’t hard and the trick is not getting caught up in the cloth diaper baby product consumer hoopala. Just think something absorbent, something so that it doesn’t leak all over you and then the whole thing should be cute and easy to put on. Babies have worn them since the beginning of time.
The best advice I got was to buy a couple kinds and see what you like. Don’t spend a lot of money in the beginning. New Green and Baby Co has a test cloth diaper kit and a newborn rental kit that they will ship anywhere in Canada. We ended up liking the AMP pocket diaper. It is less bulky than most, and versatile. We can pre-stuff the outer pant so it is all in one piece and easier for grandma’s to put on a squirmy baby or just add the absorbency on top of the shell and then we can reuse the outer cover until it is wet or soiled. This means that we don’t need to have tons of outer covers.
Having a trim diaper is important if you want your baby to wear pants. Most clothes are designed for disposable butt babies. The first time I made her laugh was when I told her she had a great big cloth diaper butt. We both thought that was hysterically funny. The truth is, I love her cloth diaper butt, but it is harder to get pants over it. The AMP diaper is very trim fitting.
For the insides we are using cotton rectangles that my sister in law sewed. There are a lot of fancy fabrics out there for diapers, and I am sure they all work. This is where I get start to feel overwhelmed with the many options in stores and have to remind myself it is just pee and we just need something to absorb it. Night is a whole other story and I am planning to buy something more technical and absorbent. If we didn’t stuff the diaper and just put the cotton on top, we add a bummis fleece liner. It gives that stay dry feeling. Another tip we learned at the workshop is to make sure any diaper rash cream you use is safe for cloth diapers. All those thick zincy creams stick to diapers even in the wash and make them repel liquid.
We decided to try washing our diapers. I was really unsure if it would be too much work, but it turned out to be easy. We throw it all into a bin that is lined with a cloth diaper bag. Every three days we dump the diapers out of the bag into the wash and then throw the bag in with them. No touching dirty diapers. We do a cycle that is basically a rinse and soak and then hot wash extra rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent designed for washing diapers . If you want more detail go here.
I recommend getting a laundry assistant. Ideally someone who is interested in colours and textures to help put them away.
Those first 6 months of breast milk only diapers are beautiful. I really think starting with newborns is the easiest time and they go through so many diapers with their constant poopy pant business. No rinsing or messing around with breastmilk poopy diapers. Just toss them in the bin. (Sorry I don’t have any data on babies that are drinking formula). Now with feeding her solids, poo is a whole new ball game. I tried rinsing the diapers in the toilet, but I am just not that hardcore. I may be a go natural mama, but that is way too much for me. We use the bummis flushible liner, but mostly we just get her to poo on the toilet. It is much easier. I highly recommend it
For wipes we have a bunch of those tiny washcloths and a squirt bottle of water. They clean up messes way better than commercial wipes. For when we go out I put a few damp cloth wipes in a huggies box to take with us. I bring a wet bag for cloth diapers to put everything in and throw that into the wash when we get home. I don’t find it any easier to use disposables.
If you are thinking about it, try it! I am so happy that we did. We have saved money, have a happy baby with no rash and aren’t chucking out tons of diapers. If you have any questions about what we are doing, leave me a comment. I am starting up the night time experiments again. I am also thinking ahead to toddler days and toilet training. Has anyone found a good kind of cloth pull-ups?