I asked my daughter to write todays post. She has decided to cloth diaper her children. Having my children during the 80’s, this idea seemed so middle ages to me. Now that I have seen her do it, it’s really not that hard so I thought some of you might like to learn about it.
My mom asked me to do a post on cloth diapers. I have a 2 year old boy, and I just had another boy on March 28th. Just a few months ago, my husband and I decided to start cloth diapering. My husband is active duty military and I am a stay at home mom, so money is tight. The fact that cloth diapering is so much cheaper was one of our main incentives in making that change. Two kids in diapers was going to be very expensive. Also, my 2 year old has very sensitive skin. We tried every type of disposable diaper at the store, and they all caused rashes or sores on him. The first few days that we put a cloth diaper on him, he would wiggle his butt on the diaper and say “Ahhhhh”.
The part that made cloth diapering actually happen for us was that we had a local cloth diaper store that is amazing. They have a monthly class called “Cloth Diapering 101″ and they teach parents about all the types of cloth diapers. It made cloth diapering seem so much easier than what I thought it was going to be. When I thought cloth diapers, I thought of the rectangle diaper folded up all kinds of ways and pinned on. However, there are many different types of cloth diapers now. People still use flats and prefolds and do that for diapers, but I don’t so I won’t talk about those ways because I really know nothing about it. I use pocket diapers, all in 2 (or hybrid) diapers and all in one diapers.
First, pocket diapers.
Pocket diapers are the cheapest of the three options I use. I normally get them in the $10 or less range. I really like the brand Kawaii and they are pretty cheap. I also use Easy Care Diapers which is a brand new line that my local store, Bumbledoo, just started carrying. There are also co-ops on Facebook that I have bought pocket diapers through. They order diapers from China in large amounts, which causes cheaper prices. The quality isn’t as good on those, but they still work. Pocket diapers have to be stuffed. The stuffing is why some people don’t like them, my husband struggles with stuffing them because his hand is larger than mine. The good part of stuffing is that you can customize the absorbency. I use one microfiber insert during the day and two at night. You can also make your own inserts or even use kitchen towels for inserts in them.
All in twos/Hybrids are some of my husband’s favorites.
They are often called AI2. AI2’s have an outer shell and an insert that snaps inside of it. I only have “Grovia” ones of this type. The nice part of AI2 is that you can use the outer shell through multiple diaper changes and just change out the insert. They are nice when out running errands because it is less to keep in the diaper bag and less to take care of later. They are more expensive, the Grovia ones I have cost me about $15 for each shell and $12 for 2 inserts. You can also get disposable inserts for them, which could be nice for trips.
The last type is “All in Ones.”
All in One’s are the most like disposables. All you have to do is snap the diaper onto the child. There is no stuffing, no snapping inserts in, none of that. My experience is that the absorbency is not as good on these. I have to pay more attention to how much my son drinks and change the diaper more often with these diapers. They are the best ones to have for babysitters. We keep an All in One in our diaper bag for the nursery ladies at church. They are definitely the most expensive diapers.
The next part of cloth diapering is what to do with them once they have been used. We have a small wet bag that we keep in our diaper bag. It is just a small zippered bag that we throw dirty diapers in when we change a diaper out in public. Once we get home, we take dirty diapers to the bathroom where we have a diaper sprayer attached to our toilet. The diaper sprayer pretty much looks like a kitchen sink sprayer. My husband actually made ours with supplies from Lowe’s. The poop sprays right off of the diaper into the toilet. After we spray them off, we use a product called BioKleen Bac-out. It is a cloth diapering safe cleaning product that takes out stains and smells. It can also be used on things like carpet for pretty much any stain. Once the diaper has been sprayed off, we throw it into a large wet bag that we have hanging on the back of our bathroom door. We then wash our diapers every other day or every 3 days. We hang dry our diapers, it is good to hang dry them outside every so often so that the sun can bleach them.
The amount of money spent on cloth diapers depends on what type is used. We have spent less than $300 on our cloth diaper stash. Our diapers are all called One Size. The diapers are able to fit babies from around 10 pounds until 35 pounds. The $300 stash will be able to last us through both children. Cloth diapers also have a large used market. We decided we didn’t want to buy used diapers, my husband wasn’t comfortable with it. However, many people buy used diapers and once we are done using our diapers, any that are still in good condition we will be able to sell.
I have only been cloth diapering for a few months. I am in no way an expert. However, I knew absolutely nothing about cloth diapering when my first son was born and I’m sure there are a lot of people like me that don’t even know about the option. I am just trying to get people to see what cloth diapering today is like. Cloth diapering is saving us so much, and we are helping the environment. Also, a word of warning, cloth diapering is addictive! The different colors and prints are so cute.
Do or did you cloth diaper? I’d love to hear your tips.