Cloth Diapering 101 Update

I did a post a few months ago talking about my plans for cloth diapering.  Turns out, I had done enough research that most of it has worked pretty well!  Now, I’ve answered all the questions again (and added a couple) for all my bloggy friends who are thinking about cloth diapering.  By no means am I suggesting that I’m an expert after a few of weeks of CDing (although I’ve changed quite a few diapers in those few weeks), but if y’all have any questions that I haven’t answered, I’ll be happy to try!

Why did we decide to cloth diaper?

The reason I started to think about cloth diapering was because we’ve (okay, I’ve) been looking for ways to make our household a little more green. I made our own laundry detergent and household cleaners in Washington, make everything from scratch, have a garden, etc. I’m planning on making some unpaper towels to use in our kitchen over the next few weeks. So, cloth diapering just made sense when I thought about making our household more green.

I’d be lying if I said that the fact that we’ll save between $1000 and $1500 PER KID didn’t factor into our decision. That’s huge! Even if we never did it again, it would be worth it, but we’re both hoping for at least a couple more kids which will save us a ton.

It also helps that cloth diapered butts are pretty much the cutest thing ever! I mean, really. Matthew could be running around in a t-shirt and cloth diaper and it won’t bug me nearly as much because at least it’s cute. I’m definitely that mom that insists her kids look cute (kind of like how my mom did all three girls’ long hair EVERY DAY… crazy woman!) and I’m totally good with that!

What does my stash consist of?

We have:

  • 14 FuzziBunz One-Size ELITE Diapers (snap)
  • 9 bumGenius 4.0 One-Size Diapers (snap)
  • 2 medium Planet Wise wet bags
  • 2 large Planet Wise wet bags
  • 48 cloth wipes

We’ll add swim diapers to our stash when we get closer to summertime and know what size he’ll be over the summer. I’m using the two medium wet bags for in our diaper bag for dirty diapers and dirty clothes. The two large wet bags get hung in a hamper in his room for dirty diapers/liners.  I think I’m going to add another loop on the opposite side so that it hangs all the way across, instead of dangling by a corner. He has another hamper in his room for all of his dirty clothes. I also bought 48 baby washcloths (2 packs of 24 from Ross) to use as cloth wipes.  They’re the small, super thin kind that (in my opinion) would be useless for actually washing him but are AMAZING for wiping his butt.

Diaper Hamper 

How did I build our stash?

I bought all of our diapers off of Kelly’s Closet. After checking out a bunch of different websites, this seemed like the cheapest way to do it. The diapers are all reasonably priced (about the same or cheaper than other websites I had found). And not only did I get three free Fuzzibunz diapers by breaking up my purchases into multiple orders, but you also get rewards points for every dollar you spend, which can then be used towards more diapers! Plus, when you sign up for their newsletter, you get a 10% off coupon, too. Yay!

If I were considering trying more types, I probably would have gone with Craig’s List or something similar, but I decided we definitely wanted to do pocket diapers, and those were the top two brands recommended by pretty much everyone so I felt comfortable making our stash out of FuzziBunz and bumGenius. I thought trying too many would not only be a lot more work (and make me a lot less likely to keep cloth diapering) but also super overwhelming when we tried to figure out which ones we actually liked best.

What do the diapers actually look like?

One of the things I had a hard time seeing was what the diapers actually look like.  All the websites just have the cute pictures of babies in them or them completely closed up.  Well, here are what ours look like!

The Fuzzibunz are a little thinner than the Bumgenius when you have the BGs set up to be a size small or medium (because the material doubles up when you snap them to that size) but I love both!  The BGs work really, really well for overnight since the pad is doubled up in the front right now, and therefore has more fabric for absorbing his pee (the kid pees a TON at night).  We haven’t had either one leak yet, though, *knock on wood*.  I’m definitely glad we went with the snaps over the velcro because it gives us the option to use a different snap for the legs than we do the waist, which is awesome for our tall, skinny little boy.

Fuzzibunz Diaper

bumGenius Diaper

What are we using with cloth diapers?

We’ve ended up not using any disposable diapers.  We will when we go on trips, but otherwise, it’s cloth diapers all the way.  I’ll probably always use disposable wipes when we’re out and about, simply because spraying a cloth wipe with the mixture while we’re out just isn’t practical for us.

I’m planning to use coconut oil instead of a diaper rash cream since most creams aren’t cloth diaper-safe, but also because I’d rather use something natural on him as much as possible. We haven’t had to try it out yet, thankfully.  If it doesn’t work for him, we’ll use a cloth diaper-safe butt cream, of course, but I’d rather try this first!

We decided to go ahead and use cloth wipes at home as well.  Since they can be thrown in the wash with the diapers, it saves us money on disposable wipes (although we still use those when we go out!).  We just didn’t see the point in using cloth diapers but not cloth wipes when it won’t be much more work at all!  I got the super thin washcloths from Ross and they work SO well.  I use one of them on messes that I would normally have to use three disposable wipes, and they smell great with the tee tree oil.

For the cloth wipe solution, I use a mixture of water and a little tea tree oil.  Some babies have a bad reaction to it, but Matthew has done great. I have them in a jar that I found at TJ Maxx for ten bucks and filled it with the solution to keep them wet. Then, when I have a dirty one, it just gets tossed in with the diapers in one of the wet bags and washed along with them.

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I decided against a diaper sprayer for now, simply because we’re exclusively breastfeeding, and EBF baby poop is totally water soluble (which means no worrying about some on the diaper when I go to wash it!). We may invest in one later, but we’ll just have to see how it goes!

What’s my plan for laundering?

Let me start this part off with a confession.  I. Hate. Laundry.  With a passion.  Like, Ryan and I used to run out of underwear before I could convince myself to do it.  So if I’m willing to do the laundry to cloth diaper, clearly it can’t be THAT bad, right?  We bought enough diapers that we could probably wash every other day, but I’ve just made it part of my routine in the morning to throw a load in so that I don’t have a ton to stuff every night.  I much prefer to do 10 at a time instead of 20.  So, I throw them into the wash after his first diaper change in the morning, throw them into the dryer after my shower, and then stuff them while I watch TV that night. I have my washer set to do a cold soak and then a hot wash. I haven’t gotten to line dry them yet (but I’m certainly not arguing with the wonderful thunderstorms we’ve had!), but I’m sure I’ll have plenty of chances to do that this summer. I’m using Charlie’s Soap for washing Matthew’s diapers, mostly because it was recommended by my cousin and also because it was recommended on a BUNCH of the blogs I read.  It’s working super well!  The diapers are clean without any residue and staying white.

How do I have them organized?

Anyone who knows me knows I loooove organizing so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that they’re organized by color in the drawer.  The left drawer has all of his diapers (this isn’t all of them, since there are always a few dirty!) and the right drawer has the extra smaller inserts (which will get used at night once he starts peeing enough to need extra padding), coconut oil, extra disposable wipes, and his little socks (because it makes more sense to put them there than in the drawers with his clothes that are organized by size).

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Left drawer 
Right drawer 

I think that about covers it!  Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to try to answer them.  I by no means think I’m an expert, but just thought I’d share what we’ve been doing to help out all my friends who are considering cloth diapering soon!

What are my favorite resources?

Cloth Diapering Q&A and Organization – My favorite blog post about cloth diapering!

The Undomestic Mommy’s (Unofficial) Guide to Cloth Diapering – Goes through everything really thoroughly

Cloth Diaper Dictionary – Because there are just so. many. terms!

Amazing Cloth Diapering Organization – Great tips, and LOVE her dresser organization

Comments

  1. Caitlin says

    Thanks! SO glad I could help! If you have any questions once you get to start in August, feel free to e-mail me!

  2. Caitlin says

    Aww! Thank you! It’s actually not as hard as I thought it would be. I just had to get myself in the habit and now it’s just our normal routine! Let me know if there’s anything I can help you with :) I’d love to chat sometime!

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