Our Cloth Diapering Journey

Cloth diapering has been a journey for us. I wanted to cloth diaper our first child from the beginning but because he was to have casts up to his groin, we opted to begin with disposables. Then, when he was about 4 months old, a friend gave me all of her cloth diapers. I gave it a shot and loved it, but we still didn’t use them exclusively.

Our “baby” just turned 2 and we now have a 3 month old. Both are cloth diapered except when we’re traveling or at church (I just can’t ask the nursery lady to deal with a poopy cloth diaper). It took a lot of convincing for my husband to buy into it wholeheartedly. Whether or not he’s excited about it now doesn’t matter because he supports my conviction and I love him all the more for it.img_2586

So, here’s what we’re doing…
Diapers
* 2 year old — combination of a) fitted diapers w/ covers, b) one size diapers w/ covers c) all-in-ones (AIOs); all of these were given to us
* 3 month old — since his birth we have used prefolds w/ snappies and covers; we purchased them from a local seamstress
* Both boys get a diaper doubler at night.
Wipes
We use cloth wipes and a homemade wipe solution for both boys, except when the 2 year old has a poopy diaper. We use disposables for those jobs and flush them with the poo.
Dirty diapers & wipes
We toss them in a large waterproof diaper bag that hangs in the laundry room until laundry day. (The bag is scented with 2 lavender drops, which keeps any smells at bay.) If there is a nasty diaper, I soak it in the utility sink until the cling-ons are loosed. I’d say that happens about once a week. Then it’s taken directly to the washing machine.
Laundering
I launder the diapers and wipes every third day. I first soak them in cold water in the washing machine on my pre-wash cycle. (Cold water removes stains. Hot water sets them.) Then, I run a hot/cold cycle with Purex detergent. Once a week I run an extra rinse cycle on them.

I have been shocked at how easy it is to cloth diaper. If you’re considering it, ask those who cloth diaper lots of questions. Read and research. Then ask more questions. Figure out what is right for your family and go for it! I think we all have preconceived notions of what cloth diapering means. I sure did. If you really want to know the truth, ask those of us who are doing it. I am no expert, but I would be happy to share what has worked and what hasn’t. Good luck to you! It’s well worth it!

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7 Comments »

  1. Misty said

    There are many reasons for using cloth diapers. They are cheaper, they don’t present a problem to our landfills, they have to be more comfortable for the kids. I congratulate you for taking the challenge.

  2. Jeff said

    The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use at the same time as you use it on the diapers. Available at http://www.bathroomsprayers.com they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won’t know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we’re talking green and helping the environment without any pain.

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  4. Melody said

    I love love love cloth diapers! I’m curious as to what you use in your homemade wipes solution; I have tried a bajillion different recipes online, and all of them seem to irritate my girly’s bum…

  5. Lisa said

    Hi Melody! I know what you mean about most recipes irritating their little bums. I’ve found that I can’t add any scent to the solution. Here is what seems to work for me:
    2 t. vegetable oil
    1/8 t. Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid soap*
    1 c. water
    * You can get it at natural food markets such as Whole Foods, most health food stores or online at http://tinyurl.com/bfxkc2
    Let me know if it works for you!

  6. Lindsey said

    I absolutely love cloth diapers! With three in diapers when my littlest was born, it saved us so much money!

  7. Juanita said

    I have a bunch of homemade diapers with Kushies velcro covers given to me by a friend. I love them except my guy wets so much i have to change sooo often or he soaks through. As for cleaning and all, im pretty cavewoman about it. I have a couple diaper pails…one is for the freshly peed diapers im too lazy to deal with right away..hehehe..real life eh? ..and the other is for the diapers i already rinsed. When i get enough for a load or 3 days has come, i wash in hot water with a natural detergent or vinegar with Borax and cold water rinse. i hang them on the line in the sun as often as i can to destain. I do disposable for bedtime and when out for lengthy periods of time. Thats it. My whole family found it pretty simple once we got into our routine..including my 7 year old boy who changes diapers also!

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