Everything You’ve Ever Wanted To Know About Cloth Diapers


On my old blog, I was asked to devote a post specifically to cloth diapers. It ended up being a 6 part post as there is just so much awesome info out there. I have decided to bring this post over to Fruitful Fellowship for those that missed it the first time or perhaps would like to read it again. I will warn you ahead of time, this is going to be a long post. But if you are at all interested in starting cloth, here is everything you have ever wanted to know about starting and mastering cloth diapers.

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Starting with the why. I’m sure it doesn’t come as a surprise to you that I am a minority wherever I go in terms of which diapers we use. Most moms will have the age old conversation of Huggies vs Pampers. When I pull out one of our dipes, I get looks that range from curiosity to sheer disgust. People will often say things like “Seriously, why would you ever use those”.  Well here ya go! Here is my why in a nutshell 😉

Why Cloth?

Cost

  • According to the Real Diaper Association, the average baby will use $1600 worth of diapers in its life time. This cost does not include wipes, creams, diaper pails or bags. With our little bundle, we were spending no less than $35 a week on diapers alone, $10 on wipes and $20+ on creams and diaper liners. That’s $65 a week. We weren’t fortunate enough to be able to use store brand diapers or wipes because the Bug got horrible rashes. If you add that up, it equals a whopping $3380 a year. I remember the exact moment I added that up, and I’m going to assume I made the same face you are currently making. If we chose to save potty training until over 2 years, that’s almost $7000 we would be spending on diapers and diaper accessories. Now if you’re a man reading this, listen up: at minimum $1000 a YEAR saved, that’s like a new decent flat screen TV. Every year. A new TV. Think about it.
  • Cloth diapers come in many shapes and sizes, depending on costs and ease of use. The cheapest diapers selling for around $2 each and the most expensive selling around $35. The average cloth stash contains around 2 dozen diapers, which means at the most, your diapers will cost you under $1000 total. If you are using cloth to be cost efficient, you can have an entire stash for under $100. And the bonus? When you are done with them, you will find there is a huge market for used diapers in good condition. When it comes to creams, throw out your $15 tub of cream and switch to coconut oil. I spend $8 on mine 4 months ago and it’s not even a quarter empty yet. A one-time purchase of a large wetbag will do you until they are on the potty, no need for refills! Even with the extra laundry that I do, I am still saving a significant amount of money each month and my new detergent is not only cheaper, but smells heavenly.

Health:

  • Aside from the obvious reactions my daughter had to disposables, 5 minutes of research online can tell you just what is in the diapers we put on our babies. Click here for a great list of ingredients and explanations as to why they aren’t so great. Anything that has the word “volatile” in it has no business being on my babies’ bottom, thank you very much. Disposable diapers also contain a little something called Dioxin, also known as what the EPA lists as the single most toxic cancer-linked chemical. Yikes.
  • Cloth diapers are usually made from completely natural fibers, or extremely gentile and safe synthetics. I knew I had made the right choice with the Bug when she became suddenly rash free after 6 months of nonstop redness. As a side note, I feel a lot more comfortable smothering her behind in coconut oil than I do in any store-bought creams.

Environment:

  • This one should be a no-brainer, but let’s consider it for arguments’ sake. Each disposable diaper takes about 500 years to dispose. When you add that knowledge to the fact that about 20 billion diapers are dumped into landfills a year, accounting for more than 3.5 million tones of waste, it becomes a heartbreaking statistic for our earth. Here’s some more for you: over 200,000 trees a year are killed to manufacture disposable diapers to U.S babies alone.
  • The creation of cloth diapers takes 20 times less raw materials, half the amount of water, and a third of the amount of energy than disposable. The waste that comes from cloth diapers is run through the same water treatment as our own (down the toilet!) and therefore there is no human waste leaking into our water supply from landfills. For more info look here and here.

Cuteness:

  • I think that we can all admit that disposable diapers that look like jeans are pretty dang cute, but the average disposable looks….well like a disposable diaper!
  • Cloth diapers come in any style, colour or pattern you can imagine. This may also be a down side if you become hopelessly addicted and are frequently emptying your bank account for new adorable diapers.

 

So what now? They sound awesome but heck, there’s just so much information out there that it’s hard to sort through! So here’s your own little 101 course on different types of fluff. Depending on why you are choosing to go with cloth diapers, there are a variety of different styles to suit your needs! Varying from super cheap and basic, to as close to easy as you would have with disposable without all the yucky side effects. This little section was written by my good friend Rachelle over at mom au naturel.

Cloth Diaper 101

Prefolds

(bummis and green mountain are trusted brands)

Prefolds are most easily described as ‘your mother’s cloth diaper’. They are a rectangular piece of fabric that is thicker in the middle. You fold them around that baby and then use pins or Snappis to hold them in place.  They need a waterproof cover to go over top of them.

Made of: Usually cotton (natural fibers)

Pros:

  • Cheapest kind.  You can find them for around $20/dozen on the cheaper end
  • Can be used with a diaper service
  • Usually only the prefold needs to be changed, you can re-use covers
  • Not many babies have reactions to the natural fibers of prefolds
  • Can be used with waterproof covers OR as inserts for pocket diapers

Cons:

  • Come ‘sized’ meaning you have to buy new sizes as your child grows
  • More steps to putting them on
  • More pieces
  • Need to be prepped 6-8 times before they absorb as well as they should

Fitteds

(kissaluvsbummis, or thirsties)

Fitted diapers are basically the same as prefolds except they are shaped to better fit baby’s bum and they have snaps or applix to hold them on so you don’t need to use pins or Snappis.  These still need a waterproof cover to go over top of them.

Made of: Usually cotton or other natural fibers

Pros:

  • Come in one size (OS) options so you can buy a full set to last from birth to potty training
  • Usually only the fitted part needs to be changed, you can re-use covers
  • Not as many parts to the diaper as prefolds
  • Easier to put on than prefolds
  • Not many babies have reactions to the natural fibers of fitteds

Cons:

  • Not quite as cheap, about $10/each on the cheaper side
  • Need to be prepped 6-8 times before reaching maximum absorbency

All In Two (AI2)/Hybrid Systems

(gro via has a great line of these, also check out softbums. )

These are technically two separate systems but the lines between these get a bit blurred so I’m including them together.  Both are basically a waterproof cover with an absorbant layer that rests against baby’s bum.  The difference in ‘hybrid’ systems is that you can get disposables liners as opposed to washable ones. Some diaper companies sell hybrid inserts that are biodegradable and flushable! Check out gDiapers and Gro Via for great products.

Made of: The covers are usually made of PUL (polyurethane laminate). The inserts (non-disposable) can be made of cotton, bamboo, or hemp-which are all natural fibers or microfiber which is a synthetic fiber.

Pros:

  • For hybrid systems-some people are more comfortable with disposable liners but are still making less waste by using the covers
  • Usually only inserts need to be changed, depending on the brand of system you get you can usually re-use covers (does not hold true for all systems though)
  • Less pieces than prefolds
  • Usually one-size systems so they work from birth to potty training
  • If using natural fiber systems, babies are less likely to be irritated by natural fibers
  • If using synthetic fiber systems, only need washed once or twice to prep
  • Not too costly, although they are more expensive than prefolds.  Usually can be found for $10-12/each on the cheap end
  • You can add doublers underneath the insert for extra absorbency if needed.

Cons:

  • For hybrid systems, if using disposable inserts it is still creating waste and therefore less environmentally friendly than other cloth systems (but still better than full disposables)
  • Some babies get irritated from synthetic fibers, especially microfiber
  • Natural fibers need to be washed 6-8 times before they reach maximum absorbency

Pocket Diapers

(fuzzibunzsunbaby and bumgenius are a few of the many brands that sell pockets. softbums sells a diaper that can be a pocket OR an AI2!)

Pocket systems have a cover that is usually PUL on the outside and fleece on the inside.  An absorbant insert is inserted inside between the PUL and fleece through a pocket (usually at the back of the diaper).

Made of: The cover is usually PUL (sometimes with minky or cotton sewn outside the PUL layer which is called a ‘hidden PUL’ layer) with fleece against the baby’s bum.  Some are made with bamboo instead. Inserts can be made of cotton, hemp, bamboo, microfiber, or sometimes zorb.  Zorb and microfiber are synthetic fibers.

Pros:

  • Extra inserts or doublers can be added for extra absorbency
  • Less pieces than a prefold
  • Come in one size options so they can grow from birth to potty training
  • Can be found in cheaper options.  $5-6 each on the cheap side
  • Natural fibers are less likely to irritate baby’s bum
  • Synthetic fibers do not need to be prepped more than once or twice

Cons:

  • All pieces must be changed with each diaper change
  • Natural options can be more pricey
  • Some babies get irritated by synthetic fibers

All In One (AIO) Systems

(bumgeniusgro via)

These are they closest to disposables.  It is one piece because the absorbing insert is sewn into the diaper.

Made of: A variety of options are out there-you can find synthetic or natural fibers.

Pros:

  • Easiest to use
  • Only one piece
  • Natural fibers are better for some babies bums
  • Synthetic fibers only need to be prepped once or twice
  • Can usually be found in one size options so they work from birth to potty training

Cons:

  • Absorbency can not be added by adding more inserts
  • Take a longer time to dry
  • Are harder to strip since some methods are not able to be used with the insert unable to be detached from the cover
  • Are usually much more costly than other types with $15 each being on the cheaper end

Must Have Accessories

So by now, if you have done any type of thinking into starting cloth, you’ve thought about poop. The idea of having to clean poop off of cloth every day is probably the number one thing that stops people from diving into the world of fluff. If you have a husband, chances are this would be the reason he isn’t on board yet. We all know that getting husbands to change diapers can be a struggle in the first place so I have put together a list of must have accessories that will help ease him into this new lifestyle. Below are items that I either personally use and love, or items that my trusty group of fluff moms have told me must be added into the post.

 Toilet Sprayers

This beauty will cost you anywhere from $35-$45, but it is by far the number one most recommended cloth diaper accessory out there. If you are handy, the cost can be greatly reduced by buying parts separate and making it yourself. Essentially, a toilet sprayer is used to spray the poop off of your diaper and into your toilet without you having to touch it. Genius right? We did without one for the first few months and used the hose in the laundry tub, but I can tell you first hand that since getting ours, poo diapers have become much less daunting.

Wet Bag

Wet bags come in many shapes, sizes, and styles depending on your need. They are meant to be used as an alternative to a pail or bucket to house dirty dipes. We use a FuzziBunz hanging diaper pail and love it. It has a zipper on the bottom that you unzip and dump when it’s laundry time. The best part of these is that when you are washing your diapers, you throw your wet bag in with the laundry so there’s never a bucket or pail that needs to be cleaned. When you are out and need to store dirty diapers, a travel size wet bag is the best way to go instead of using a plastic bag that will need to be thrown out. Most cloth companies sell them so there are many styles to choose from. Faves among moms are JamTots and Planet Wise. When left open these can leak smells, but this brings me to my next item…

Pail Fresheners

This one almost didn’t make the list because you could just as easily use baking soda. I decided to include it because I am such a huge supporter of the company that makes it. Rockin Green makes (in my opinion) the best cloth diaper detergent out there. I love the smell, cost, customer service and most of all the ingredients. We use it exclusively for all of our laundry, not just our diapers. They also sell a pail freshener in the same smells as their detergents that are used in your diaper bags to neutralize odor. A little goes a long way so I find ours lasts a long time.

Baby Legs

These oh-so-cute accessories are huge in the cloth diapering world. Basically these are super adorable baby leg warmers. With great stay up power, these are a favorite among stay at home moms to be used instead of pants, making change time super easy. Fluff butts tend to be much…ahh…fluffier than those in disposables so pants can be a pain to take on and off (although I remember having issues with them even before we switched to cloth). For crafty moms on a budget, a quick search can bring you many free patterns for homemade ones.

Flushable Liners

Flushable diaper liners are a thin sheet of highly biodegradable material that are used to catch poop. If your baby is older and on solids, these work best as it will catch the solids and can be plopped into the toilet and flushed, taking away the need for rinsing. If your baby is newborn, these still come in handy if you need to protect your diaper from non-compatible creams. They are very inexpensive (ours are $6 for 100 sheets) and therefore a great addition to any cloth diaper collection.

None of the above items are necessary for cloth diapering but they are all tried and true accessories for making the amazing experience of using cloth diapers as easy and user-friendly as possible. Feel free to leave a comment with any of your favorite items you use with your cloth!

FAQ

There`s probably so many questions swimming around your head, but do not fret! I have already compiled a list of FAQ along with a variety of answers from moms who actually use cloth! These answers just prove that 1) there is no wrong way to use cloth and 2) no matter what, you CAN make it fit into your life!

How often should you wash your diapers

Every 2-3 days.

I wash my diapers every 2-3 days.

Every two days.

I wash my diapers every 3 days if I cloth for those full 3 days.  We aren’t doing cloth throughout the week because my mother in law refuses to do them while we still have disposables so we mainly do them on the weekends full time and then weekday evenings.

Every other day.

Every other day…sometimes we go an extra day but then the baby is in prefolds and my husband HATES prefolds.

I usually wash every other day!

I wash our diapers every other day most of the time, but sometimes we’re too busy and they go in the wash the third day.

What detergent do you use

EcoNuts

We use All Free & Clear.

We use Charlie’s soap

Rockin Green Classic Rock

Rockin’ Green! Love!

We use Rockin Green detergent

Rocking green hard

Lulu’s In the Fluff GlamourWash

I use a homemade detergent made from Washing Soda, Borax & Fels Naptha.

I use different detergents: Eco Sprout, Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda, Rockin’ Green, and Crunchy Clean. My favorite is Nellie’s, and my least favorite is Rockin’ Green.

What does your washing routine consist of

A super wash with hot water, cold rinse. Once a month a super wash with EcoNuts and Borax and then an extra cycle without soap.

My wash routine is easy! I do one cold rinse, then I add the detergent and do a regular wash cycle on hot/warm. My washing machine has settings depending on how soiled the clothes are, and I set it on heavy, just so it gets a lot of agitation! I also do a warm second rinse. I dry my prefolds and fleece liners in the dryer on low. I air dry my covers.

Cold wash ( no soap ) hot wash ( with soap ) cold wash ( no soap )

Rinse Cold, wash hot, rise cold x2

Rinse and scrub in our wash tub then wash as normal

My washing routine consist of a hot water rinse and then wash them in hot water with an extra rinse.

Rinse, wash with detergent and then rinse

Cold rinse and spin, hot wash with detergent (we have a high efficiency machine so we select the whitest whites load to get the hottest water). our hot wash is followed by a cold rinse automatically.

I do inserts and diapers in two different loads. For both loads I rinse 2-3 times and then a heavy duty wash that consists of a prewash, regular wash, extra wash and extra rinse.

I overdo the laundry, but at least I’m aware that I’m neurotic :laugh:. I do a rinse cycle, cold water with no detergent. Then I run a heavy duty cycle, using hot water & detergent, with the extra rinse option. Then I run a normal cycle set on cold, with no detergent. And then, one final rinse cycle, cold water again. I’m aware I almost certainly over rinse…

What type of pail or bag do you use to store your dirty laundry

I use a pail bag but not inside a pail I just hang it on the closet door.

We use a medium sized trash can we picked up at Walmart. It has a top that opens and latches closed. For a bag inside we use a Walmart bag. It’s an easy, free way to reuse them, and we always have a bunch extra!

I have a hanging wet bag as my main one and then small ones for the diaper bag.

Large hanging wet bag (Planetwise)

Just a plastic garbage bin

We don’t have a wet bag as of yet we are going to be getting one so for now I use a lego bucket lol :) it works well, it’s a little small but not too bad and it keeps the smell in and them moist as well

Dry Pail storage with a few drops of tea tree oil for the smell

Just a kitchen trash can with a step-down lid and a pail liner. We do have a diaper sprayer but he is still breastfed exclusively so we haven’t really found a need yet. We also have a big zippered wetbag in the downstairs bathroom.

I have 2 large pail liners in a 13 gallon trash can with a lid. I also have 2 small wet/dry bags for my diaper bag.

I used to use a 13-gallon trash can with swing lid & a standard pail liner. Due to a kitchen trash can accident, we put that trash can downstairs, and I never brought it back up. Now I use a zippered large-sized wetbag.

What do you do for stains

They are very minimal and most wash off.

Really, I don’t mind stains. If I want them out I’ll just dry them in the sun a few times!

I don’t get many stains but when I do I use Charlie’s stain remover

I haven’t had any… Knock on wood

Babyganics stain remover

For stains I am still exploring I have a few with stains and I am planning on sunning them I believe

The power of the sun

We haven’t encountered any so far.

Lemon juice and the sun!!

I lay any stained diapers out on our lawn chair for an afternoon. I wash them first, since I’ve read that the sun works better if the diapers are wet.

How do you dry your diapers

In the dryer, inserts on high, pockets on low.

We use prefolds and fleece liners. I just toss them in the dryer on low or hang them outside when it’s nice enough.

I dry them in the dryer because I don’t have a back yard to sun them

Inserts go in the dryer and I line dry the diapers

Dryer or clothes line

I live in an apartment so we dry our diapers in the dryer on the lowest setting heat wise and tumble wise

The inserts are tumble dried and the outers are hung. In the summer they will all go outside.

In the dryer, but now that the weather is warming up I’m gong to hang them outside.

I hang dry them outside, if it’s nice!

I mostly dry our diapers in the dryer. I use “timed dry” set on low for 60 minutes. Occasionally I hang them to dry outside.

Has there been any part of cloth that did not work for you

Washing has been difficult but only because I live in an apartment building and pay for laundry usage.

My daughter has sensitive skin like me, so a wet prefold up against her skin really irritates her bum. We’ve since added fleece liners to our diapers and we haven’t had any more problems.

No it has all been better than expected.

Battling a yeast diaper rash in cloth has been the hardest thing so far. There are no medications that are safe and yeast thrives in cloth diapers.

Just figuring out the best way at night!

We orginally used prefolds and pockets and those didn’t work well for us our son’s penis got swollen and red from the material and we didn’t like how bulky they were.  After those we gave up and just kept doing disposables but then we discovered gdiapers and haven’t looked back we love them.

Night time. My lo is an Olympic wee-er at night and out pees disposables.

No, so far it’s been really successful.

Nope! I love it all! I’m so glad I switched to cloth diapers. Disposable just aren’t for us!

There really hasn’t been anything about cloth diapers that hasn’t worked for us!

What type of diapers do you use when you are on the go

I use my disposables and I have a medium size wetbag that I carry with me in my diaper bag.

Normally we use disposables when we’re out and about.

I mostly use flips but if I know someone that doesn’t use cloth will be watching her I try to bring a pocket diaper so it’s as easy as possible

I keep Charlie Banana One Size pocket AI2 diapers or FuzziBunz OS diapers, a small and medium planetwise wetbag, dry cloth wipes and wipe solution in a small spray bottle in my diaper bag.

G diapers. We bring inserts and a dirty zip bag

We use gdiapers when we are out and about the same as home. They have disposable liners but I prefer to use the cloth ones and as I stated above I don’t have a wet bag yet so I use a plastic sac to put dirty diapers until I get home

Smartipants pocket nappies

All-in-ones because then I don’t have to pull inserts out. We like Bumgenius Elementals and Freetimes.

I have the Sunbaby’s & Alva Baby’s pocket diapers. I also just purchased some prefold and diaper covers! Haven’t got them on yet!

I use pocket diapers almost exclusively, even when we’re out and about

How many diapers do you think is necessary for a basic stash

I think 30 is a good amount, I currently have 30 but ordered 6 more because the designs are so cute.

A basic stash means 12 diapers for us. That’s enough for washing every other day. We go through about 6 a day.

I started out with only 18 but my daughter was 4-6 months. I would say 22 is a good number for a new born basic stash.

20-24

At least 8

With the gdiapers a basic stash to be able to cloth full time and wash every 3 days is about 6 and 12-15 inserts depending on how often you change your baby.  This is because you only change the liner and not the full shell every dirty diaper.

18-20 nappies

At the very least 24, but I think the sweet spot is more like 30-40.

I would say at least 20-24!

I think how many diapers someone would need for a basic stash really varies with how old the baby is, and how often (s)he soils a diaper. Whatever the number is per day, I think they need enough for 2 whole days, plus half the daily amount extra for wash days.

How old is your baby and what is your basic cloth routine

My baby is 7 months old, she is mostly breastfed so her poops are not solid, I do rinse the diaper in the bath tub if it’s soiled with poop.

We use prefolds and covers, so for a pee diaper, we toss the prefolds in the pail and lay the cover to dry. We wash the covers after every 2-4 pees, depending on how saturated it gets. For poos, we dunk the prefolds in the toilet and shake a little bit, then that goes to the pail. My little one is 18 months, so most poos are solid enough to fall right off. We wash the cover after every poo, even if it doesn’t actually get on the cover.

My daughter is 16 months old and solid poops most days. We use a flushable liner and it makes it easy to toss poop. If it’s extra messy and the liner doesn’t catch it all, I use the bath tub to rinse it off.

My baby is 10 months. I didn’t rinse newborn breast fed poop, I just washed it. I use a diaper sprayer for softer poops and harder poops just plop off the fleece into the toilet.

Exclusively breast fed 3 month old, rinse and scrub every poopy diaper wash every two- three days

My son is 8 months old and he is on solids and breast milk.  We rinse poop as soon as we change him to prevent stains because he is a heavy pooper.

11 months old. We use paper liners and put poop in the toilet and the nappy in the pail, rinsing any solids off.

We don’t rinse the poop unless it’s a crazy big one…we just chuck it into the diaper pail or wet bag!

Raegan is 3 months old. We started cloth around 2 months. She is exclusively breast fed and I do not wash the poo off. I just pull the insert out of the diaper and throw in the pail!

My son is 1 year old now. Lately I’ve started using liners, since his poo has only just started being more solid. I simply clean him as usual, then throw away the liner. When his poo was very runny, I didn’t do anything special. Poo diapers were chucked in the wetbag unrinsed, the same as simple pee diapers.

What do you do for a strong ammonia odor

I’ve only experienced this once so far, I put my diapers through 2 washes with the EcoNuts and Borax and then a cycle with just the hot water. So far it seemed to work. I am waiting for my bag pucks to arrive and hopefully that will also help ;)(note from supermom here: I am making her some wet bag pucks to absorb odors, hence the winky face). Right now I’m using baking soda on the soiled diapers before putting in the wet bag.

Thankfully we’ve never experienced a strong odor. If I did, I’d boil the (clean) prefolds for 10 minutes with a tiny bit of regular Dawn dish soap, then follow up with a regular wash.

I haven’t had that to much but I would try rinsing them extra the next wash and if that doesn’t help I strip them.

Soak in Rockin Green Funk Rock

Haven’t had to yet!

I haven’t had to deal with the ammonia odder as of yet but when I do I have heard good things about white vinegar

I use more detergent and rinse 3 times

RLR laundry treatment!

I haven’t had any issues with ammonia yet!

Usually, some vinegar in the washer takes care of ammonia problems for us.

How often do you strip your diapers and what is your routine

I boil 2-3 diapers in a pot at a time for 10 minutes with a small amount of regular Dawn dish soap. After that I do a regular wash cycle.

I have stripped them twice in the year that I have had them. Once was to help figure out what she was reacting to make her have a bad rash. All I do is use Dawn dish soap ( blue ) and hot wash.

We’ve only done it once, but we use RLR laundry treatment as directed and it works great.

I use the bazillion-hot-wash method of stripping, and it works 95% of the time. The rest of the time I wash the diapers with bleach, followed by (another) bazillion rinses. I’ve only had to strip the diapers maybe half a dozen times in a year, if that.

When you buy new diapers, how do you `break them in`

I put my new diapers through 2-3 hot washes with detergent and then dry them on high.

To prep unbleached cotton prefolds, I washed them five times on hot with detergent.

To prep my new ones I wash them 4-5 times once with soap on hot and the rest cold. I also dry once in between and then at the end. On the flip box it told us what they recommend for prepping their diapers.

I washed mine about 8 times before using them.

Wash wash wash more washing = better results for our hemp cloth inserts

I got my diapers used and didn’t need to prep them

Only even bought pre-loved diapers.

For natural fibers like cotton and hemp (especially prefolds!!), we boil them on the stove and then wash in a hot cycle twice and dry on hot. That gets them pretty puffy and absorbent. For microfiber materials, covers, and all-in-ones, we just do one hot wash and hot dry to seal the PUL. It’s important to prep natural fibers and microfiber separately. They can be washed together after they’re prepped.

When I receive new diapers I wash them with  detergent the first time on a regular cycle no extra wash or rinse. Then 4-5 more washes with hot water. It seemed to have worked good! I’ve only had 1 leak so far!

I doubt I prep my diapers properly. For all pocket diapers and microfiber inserts, I wash them with my usual wash routine. For my hemp inserts, I wash with my usual routine, but instead of throwing in the dryer I repeat the routine. Then repeat again. Sometimes one more time… THEN I toss them in the dryer.

Approximately how much have you spent on your stash

I paid about $160 for 30 diapers and 42 inserts.

I’ve only spent about $100 on our stash. We used prefolds because they are CHEAP! We have 24 prefolds and 9 covers. Really, we don’t need that many covers.

I spent $200 to start and have added about every 3 months just because I would find a cute one on sale.

I’ve spent about $400-500 and I am guilty of buying new cute diapers sometimes.

About $200 for everything adding when needed

I spent around 50 dollars on my stash but I bought used from a friend. I am currently adding to it right now and will have to buy new if he isn’t potty trained by the time he moves up a size

£200

About $500 at the start because we got a little newborn stash too. We get a new diaper or two every time we go to our local diaper shop so maybe once a month.

I spent around $250-300 for everything. I don’t plan on getting anymore diapers in the near future. Just when new diapers are needed.

I’ve spent way too much on my stash, although less than it might have been since I have a friend who used cloth diapers, but her son is potty trained now. I know I’ve spent at least $750. I buy new diapers maybe every 2-3 months.

What do you do for rashes

She hasn’t had a rash but I use dimplskins bum bum balm for prevention.

When the little one gets a rash we try to get as much air time as possible. We normally switch back to disposables and use a cream if the rash is bad. I know a lot of cd moms use coconut oil.

I let her run naked for a while and that seems to help

I use Coconut oil

Baby ganics hiney helper

My son has never had a rash before

We haven’t, coconut oil is great to keep bums nice

Naked time and coconut oil.

I let her bum air out as much as possible.

Coconut oil is wonderful for diaper rash! But it has a peculiar smell that sometimes I like and sometimes turns my tummy. Now I also use Shea Moisture’s Head-to-Toe Diaper Ointment. It has the same effectiveness (wonderful!), but smells so much better!

What do you do for heavy wetting

She would soak at night so I started adding a hemp insert at night and that helped.

I change her every 1.5-2 hours during the day and double stuff her diaper at night.

Double up inserts just at night

We don’t do anything because I just change him often and we do disposables at night because I am scared he will wake up soaked through everything and I have no clue what to do!

Use bamboo inserts as boosters

We double up his inserts and stick a thin hemp one in between them at night.

How often are you changing your little one

She goes through about 6 diapers a day. I use a nighttime disposable at night because she pees a lot more during the night.

I change my daughter 8 times on average during the day if she’s in only cloth. At night, I change her twice and she wears disposables. Her bum is too sensitive to sit wet all night.

Because she is older I only have to change her 5-6 times a day. She sleeps 12 hours at night. She gets changed every 3 hours if up and hasn’t soiled.

Usually, 8 times a day.

Estimate: 5am, 8am, 12pm, 3pm, 6pm, 7pm if needed before bed

He gets changed about every 3-4 hours unless he feels wet or he poops

6 times in a day

About 10 times during the day, and then we put him in a big super puffy diaper for overnight (which in his case is from 11-7).

8-12 times a day.

My boy gets changed 6-8 times in a 24 hour period. His bedtime varies so wildly that the term “bedtime” makes me cackle wildly, but we usually change his diaper the final time between 8 and 9pm, and don’t change him until he wakes for the day, often around 7am.

If you had one piece of advice to give, what would it be

Invest in your own washer and dryer even if it’s apartment size because it gets expensive and no industrial machines have a hot rinse or extra rinse option :(

Prefolds in covers is a simple, economical way to diaper. You don’t have to pin or snappi- you can just lay the prefolds in the cover!

I know it seems overwhelming at first but once you get in a routine it’s really easy. Knowing I will never run out of diapers in the middle of the night is great. It has saved of lots and only on our first kid. I would recommend it to any one, it was one of the best parenting decisions I’ve made.

Do your research as to what is and isn’t safe for cloth so you don’t accidentally ruin your diapers.

Be patient it takes time to get the hang of!

Don’t be scared just try it and a diaper sprayer is a must! I started for a month without one and finally got one and I love it!

Get several different types to try them before slashing out on one type or system.

Find someone with experience and feel free to ask tons of questions! People who cloth diaper are generally pretty enthusiastic about it and their advice can be really valuable. It gets confusing sometimes so having a seasoned “expert” can save you time, money, and frustration.

Don’t give up! It’s time consuming but well worth the money you save and the health of your child!

Leaks are going to happen, but don’t think that means cloth doesn’t work & you need to go to disposables. I can guarantee leaks happen with them too :-/

 

So there you have it. Sorry it ended up being the longest post ever written! If you have any questions or advice to add, please feel free to leave it in the comment section! As for me, we use mainly a pocket system in a variety of brands including bumgenius, fluffEh and applecheeks. I do most of my shopping for detergent and accessories through Steph over at Growing Up Green. She has been an endless supply of help and support!

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