Cloth Diapering: An Update

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We’ve been cloth diapering for several months now and I thought I’d share what we’ve learned so far!

Now that I have some experience in this area, I’ll start by saying that I have no idea why so many people have such intense fear in them over cloth diapering. It’s baffling to me the amount of times I was told that I would hate it, it was so much extra work, it would never last, and so on and so forth. Well, in truth, all it really seems to be is an extra load of laundry every day or two. And when you have a baby, extra laundry kind of comes with the territory, am I right?

We started using Leo’s cloth diapers when he was about a month old and had hit the 8 pound mark. They fit him well then, although they were a bit bulky but that was to be expected. We’ve continued to adjust the snaps as he has grown and they still fit him very well.

We LOVE the Planet Baby diapers we chose. After months of daily use they still look and feel brand new, aside from some minor stains. We use them as pockets only, rather than just laying the liners inside the covers and we will probably continue to do things that way. Something about mindlessly stuffing pocket diapers at the end of a long day is therapeutic for me. These diapers hold in a ton. The Planet Baby diapers have a double gusset and it does not disappoint. Disposable diapers equal way more blow outs for us.

Now for the accessories. In terms of the wet bags, we have found them very useful for travel but we now use a small pail for daily use. I found unzipping and rezipping the large wet bag with my hands full all the time annoying. The pail works much better. I just use a small plastic garbage pail that is easy to wash in the bath tub.

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We are still using Country Save detergent and dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. I am looking at wool dryer balls for future because I hate my plastic ones. The Country Save seems to work fine as my diapers are still in great shape and always come out clean. I’ve tried both the liquid and powder and I can’t say I’ve noticed a huge difference either way. My routine is to wash every day or every other day with a preliminary quick wash on hot and then on a normal cycle, hot water, with an extra rinse and then a machine dry on low. If after a while I notice lingering smells or stains, I bleach my whole lot of covers and inserts and then do another couple of washes with just detergent and an extra rinse to make sure all the bleach is removed. So far, so good. There seems to be mixed opinions on bleaching but we are dealing with human waste and I want to make sure things are cleaned properly.

If Leo has a diaper rash we either use coconut oil or Sudocrem with a disposable liner to keep it off of the cloth diapers. We do use disposables for overnight and long car rides, just for Leo’s comfort. They just wick moisture away from his sensitive skin so much better and I’ve been sleep deprived enough without waking up every few hours to change wet diapers. I do also find that he doesn’t seem as comfortable in his car seat in cloth for long periods of time, so for now that is the approach we’ve taken.

I had originally planned to use cloth wipes but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I kept finding wipes on sale so I would stock up and here we are months later. If I do get into cloth wipes I will let you know!

All in all, cloth diapering has been a positive experience so far and even Tom would tell you that he is amazed at the ease of things. It is a big money saver for us and I am always relieved that I’m not buying diapers on the regular.

I also think it’s important to not put pressure on yourself to be all in. I am amazed when I hear of people that do it 100% of the time because the planning it requires to go on a long trip especially is no small thing. There are some situations where a disposable diaper is still what we reach for and that’s ok with me. Even if you cloth diapered half the time, the savings is still worth the effort in my opinion!

Do you cloth diaper? I’d love to hear your take.

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Cloth Diapering: Our Setup

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Super excited to be sharing our cloth diaper setup today. This is something I’ve been looking into pretty much since I found out I was pregnant and I love hearing other’s experiences and tips so I thought I would share what we plan to use for our baby.

Cloth diapering is a somewhat controversial topic and I’ve definitely received much skepticism and discouraging opinions on it. I understand that cloth won’t work for everyone but for us it feels feasible to at least give it a try. In the condo we have main floor laundry so I don’t think an extra load every other day or so is a big deal. If we were using disposables we’d be taking a load of garbage down to the main floor and then across our building to the dumpster room every day which is way more of a production than a load of laundry inside our suite, in my opinion.  I’ll be honest that cost savings is my biggest motivator. We stand to save easily a couple thousand dollars cloth diapering from birth to potty trained and even more if we use that same cloth diaper stash on more than one child.

The amount of research I did before deciding on what brand to go with was outrageous. I probably seriously considered at least four brands and every type before deciding on Planet Baby’s All-In-Two package. I liked that the company is Canadian and they sell on Amazon so I was able to read a lot of reviews from verified purchasers on there. I know that some people like to try a mix of styles and brands but my goal was to choose well from the beginning and really get comfortable with one style rather than have a mix of items and potentially only a few that I liked. The diapers look and feel great, so I’m excited to see how they work.

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What sold me on Planet Baby:

  • Ability to purchase a full diaper package
  • Reasonable price (plus free shipping and coupon codes)
  • Cute prints
  • Bamboo inserts
  • The features: double leg gussets, snaps, one size (fits 8-35 lbs.)
  • Close to disposables for ease of use

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A list of everything we have to get started:

From Planet Baby:

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From Well.ca:

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Miscellaneous:

  • Coconut Oil (in lieu of traditional diaper rash cream)
  • Cloth Wipes
  • Spray Bottle (to spray cloth wipes)
  • Dryer Balls
  • Country Save Liquid Detergent

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We are going to wait at least a couple of weeks after the baby is born until the meconium passes and we get our bearings before we start using cloth. It will also depend on how well they fit him as a newborn.

In terms of prepping, I just prepped the diaper covers by washing and drying once. For all of the inserts, I washed them three times, dried once and then repeated this process, with everything on high heat. This is necessary to maximize the absorbency of natural fiber inserts and prevent leaks. You also have to be careful to avoid the softeners, fragrances and dyes in traditional detergents and fabric softeners with cloth diapers. I chose Country Save detergent, because it came highly recommended for cloth diapers in many of my readings and I can get it from the London Drugs in our neighborhood. We’ve also switched from dryer sheets to dryer balls to avoid extra chemicals.

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That’s all I have so far. This is going to be a learning experience for us so I’m excited to get started and will let you know how we make out!

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