Recently, I have had several friends ask about cloth diapering and what we do for Beau, so I thought I would write one big post about it. I first wrote about cloth diapering over at Wade Made! Check it out to see pictures and other resources.
Most people don’t think twice about using disposable diapers as the only way to diaper their baby. But, when I was working out the family budget and saw how much diapers would add to our monthly grocery bill, I looked to a more economical diapering system for our new baby. There are plenty of websites that will show you which system is better for the environment and the pros and cons to both disposables and cloth diapers. For me, I went with the cheapest option- cloth! You have to put down more money up front, but it is cheaper in the long term, especially if you go with the cheapest of options of cloth diapering. Another benefit to using cloth is that you already have diapers for the next child if there happens to be one and you can sell your cloth diapers when you no longer need them! Do you think someone is going to buy your used disposables!? Nope! 🙂
Maybe you aren’t totally willing to give up the convenience of throwing away diapers versus washing diapers? Or maybe you are just grossed out by using diapers that have been used? My suggestion to someone wanting to try it out is to cloth diaper part of the time. Use them for when you’re home in the evenings or on the weekends. You can save so much money and landfill space over the course of two to three years by reducing the number of disposables you throw away. Then, if it’s working out for you, increase the amount of cloth diapers you use and save the disposables for long road trips or emergencies or times you just didn’t get the diapers dry in time.
The cloth diapering world can be so overwhelming with all of the different options and brands and opinions on which method is best and so on and so on. I did a ton of research to figure out what to do and then tried out several diapers to come up with what I like the best. So, for all of you that are interested in cloth diapering, here are some suggestions based on my experience.
- Buy used diapers to save money! You can find great deals on barely used cloth diapers on Craig’s List and Ebay. A lot of people will buy diapers and then not use them or will prefer a different brand so they will sell their cloth at a reduced cost.
- Don’t just try one system or brand. Try cotton prefolds with covers, pocket diapers, and all in ones.
- If diapering full time, it is best to have about 24 diapers so that you can wash every other day or so. If diapering part time, then 6-12 to start out.
My favorite system to use for a newborn baby was Kissaluv fitted diapers with a newborn size Rumparooz cover. Beau never leaked pee out of these (like he did with the fuzzibunz) and only had a blowout diaper twice!
Once he got a little bigger, my favorite diaper to use was the BumGenius 4.0 and this is still my favorite diaper to use. He started wearing these around 3 months old and still wears the same diaper, so it grows with him! I also still like using Kissaluv fitted diapers but now I use Flip Covers.
The other system I use is cotton prefolds with a Flip Cover. I was given a huge stack of prefolds in all different sizes and I have also purchased Clotheez cotton prefolds. This is the most affordable option because you get 12 diapers for about $36 and then can use the same cover over and over again. So, with this system you can get 24 diapers for $72 and then only buy a few covers since those you just wipe clean and reuse. We also use Snappis to hold the prefold together rather than the old fashioned safety pin. There are so many ways to fold a prefold cloth diaper. I used the Angel fold until I discovered the Jelly roll and that is the only way I put on the prefold now.
Other cloth diapering items you may want to buy:
Diaper Sprayer- We bought this one. Sprayers easily hook up to your toilet and you can use them to help spray off any solids.
Pail Liner and Wet Bag- These are washable bags that you use to store your dirty diapers until wash day. The thing I like about this is you don’t have to waste money on trash bags and a diaper pail that will only get used for a few years. You can wash and reuse your bags over and over again and then use your trash can or sell it if you don’t need another one. There are tons of brands and sizes to choose from. We use a pail liner like this one with a flip up top trash can like this. I also have a small wet bag for when we are out and about.
Cloth Diaper Detergent- So far I have used Tiny Bubbles, LuLu’s In The Fluff, and Rockin Green and I like all of them. I have never had any repelling or funk with my diapers.
Cloth Wipes- Again, wash and reuse over and over again instead of spending money on wipes and then trashin them. You can use any kind of wipe but I use flannel cotton wipes that you can buy or just make yourself. I make a spray of water, tea tree oil, and Burt’s Bees Baby Wash. This site has a lot of homemade wipe solutions.
Liners- You can buy flushable liners that you just flush or throw away when the baby has a bm but I have never used these.
Fleece Liners- I have been meaning to buy or make some fleece liners (that wicks moisture away and is a barrier between the prefold and Beau) but I haven’t yet. But this might be something to get if you are going to use prefolds.
Alright, that’s the basics of what we do for diapering. Do you have any questions? 🙂