Feb 21, 2013

I HEART CLOTH DIAPERS

Cloth diaper love - bumgenius freetime
We are almost a year into our cloth diapering adventure and I gotta tell ya - it's great. 
I love that we never run out of diapers.  I love saving money.  I love that this choice is better for the environment than disposables.  I love how cute Sam looks as he toodles around the house in his cloth dipes.
The first cloth diapers that we used were Bummis Tiny Fit Tots Bots Newborn Cloth Diapers.   They are a cross between a pocket diaper and an all-in-one and we rented them for 8 weeks before switching over to regular cloth dipes.  We were very happy wiht these diapers and had no problems with them.  I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for newborn diapers and would also recommend using a rental service for newborn diapers since you will only use for a short time. 
Once our rental was up, we switched to the products/routine that we are using to this day.
What we use:
bumGenius Freetime All-In-One One-Size Cloth Diapers. These are alll-in-one diapers, but the absorbent  layers are only connected on one end of the diaper (sort of like flaps that you can open up), so that the drying times are drastically decreased in comparison to traditional AIO diapers.  We use a mixture of hook-and-loop and snap closures.  The very best part of these diapers is that they have the convenience of all-in-ones without extended drying time or pockets to stuff. 
Planet Wise Hanging Diaper Wet/Dry Bags.  These bags are wonderful.  They are pretty (with a nice variety of designs, so you can choose one to fit your style) and, most important, they hold in the stink!  When we are past our cloth diapering days, these bags will be put to good use as dirty clothes depositories on vacations and trips to the swimming pool.  
One thing to note: do not to wash your wet bag with bleach.  I threw mine in with a load of diapers (as usual) and added some bleach to strip the detergent off of the diapers.  The diapers came through beautifully, as I expected, but the green dots on my diaper bag are now yellow. 
A small wet bag that we store in our diaper bag from this etsy seller.
A combination of cloth wipes - some Imse Vimse and some from this etsy seller.
bumGenius Diaper Sprayer attachment for our toilet.  FYI: You don’t need to use this until your baby starts solid foods. 
Imse Vimse Flushable Liners.  Again, these aren't necessary until your baby starts solid foods.  Even then, they are not a necessity, but do come in handy.  We use maybe five to ten of these per week.
We also have some prefold diapers and Pooters contour diapers that we use with a diaper cover .  These get used pretty infrequently and only by me, but they are nice to have on hand and will become invaluable if we ever have two kids in diapers at the same time, as they should allow us to continue cloth diapering without having to buy any additional dipes.
How it works for us:
We do one load of diaper laundry every two to three days.  Between washings, we store the soiled dipes in a Planet Wise wet bag.  We have two bags because it is nice to have an odor proof place to store the next round of diapers while the first round is in the laundry. 
Diaper laundry is the only kind of laundry that I can claim to enjoy.  It is easy to put away, as it all goes in one place.  I don’t have to worry about fishing things out of the wash to hang dry or lay flat; it all goes directly from the washer to the dryer.  I know that some people are turned off by cloth diapering because of the extra laundry, but one load every two to three days doesn’t feel like an inordinate amount of extra work.
We have not had good luck using cloth diapers overnight.  For a while, we used one regular disposable diaper each night and then switched back to cloth the next morning.  Now, we have to buy the special “Overnight” diapers, because we started to experience regular mid-night leaks with the disposables.  We have been happy with Huggies Overnights.   
We are lucky to have daycare provider that used cloth with her own babes and is happy to do the same for us.  We send four cloth diapers in Sam’s diaper bag, each morning and our daycare provider sends them home with us at the end of the day. When we get home, all we have to do is add them to a wet bag to be washed the next time we wash diapers.
Overall, I couldn't be happier with our decision to cloth diaper and I am confident that this is a decision we will continue to make with future children. 
Please feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you have any questions or would like to chime in with your own thoughts/experiences. 

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