So, today I was catching up in blog land, and found out that Steph is ready to start using cloth diapers! GO STEPH!! I can't believe how excited I get when one more mom decides to make the switch. There are just SO many reasons to cloth diaper, and I thought it was time for me to post about this topic again. You can read my Cloth Diapering 101 post here.
I first started with cloth diapers when Rowan was almost 2. I wanted to 'try it out' and see if it was something I wanted to do when Bria arrived. I bought 6 pocket diapers to try. Things worked out really well for us, so I decided to go for it with Bria.
My original intention was to save money. So, after the initial pocket diapers I bought for Rowan (3 Bum Genius 2.0 and 3 Baby Kangas) I bought a bunch of cheapo fitted diapers. I regret that decision a lot. They worked OK, but it sure could have been better!
Over the past year and a half, I have kind of changed my reasoning behind cloth diapering. Sure, I've probably still saved SOME money, but the health benefits are so much more worth it! Bria had a constant rash in the 2 months she wore disposables. Also, anytime I had a few disposables from a friend or whatever, she got a rash. Then, I also read up on the facts about the chemicals in disposables, and I really regret all those times I thought I'd take the 'easy' road. Especially with Rowan. I knew about cloth with him, and considered it. I just thought it would be too much work. WHAT WAS I THINKING!!! It's sooo much easier than people think. And I will never run out of diapers again!
So, with our new little one coming in July, I'm planning on using cloth diapers from day one, or at least day one at home! I think, if I'm not mistaken, our local hospital also has cloth diapers. I'll have to check on that.
Since I have no experience with cloth diapering a newborn, I've been reading up like crazy on Diaper Swappers. This is the most awesome thread over! It's called 'What do you wish you knew then? CDing a newborn'. Make sure to check it out! From reading through every.single.post on that thread, here is what I have decided is a good newborn 'stash' of diapers:
2 dozen orange edge Green Mountain Diapers prefolds
6 Kissaluvs Size 0 fitted diapers
6 xs Sandys bamboo fitted diapers
6-8 covers (I haven't decided what brand yet)
What do you think?
With all the diapers I currently have for Bria, I likely wouldn't have to buy many smalls, but we'll see what happens, and what fits this new baby best.
You might be curious to know what I have in my stash right now. It's big. WAY too big for one baby in cloth, but yet I still can't seem to part with anything :)
This is what I have in my 'regular' rotation right now:
2-3 dozen Brown edge GMD prefolds (I use these at night with a flat diaper folded inside)
11 Premium Unbleached Indian prefolds (I butchered one to make a prefitted, which I still haven't finished!)
1 Mother Ease One-Size bamboo fitted
1 Sandys fitted (our favorite night diaper)
2 Pampered Cheeks fitted diapers
1 Bijou Baby Gear fitted diaper
5 Wee Ones fitted bamboo diapers
6-8 flat diapers
6 Yellow edge GMD prefolds (I use these trifolded in gdiapers)
LOTS of wipes :)
6 Mother Ease Air flow covers
1 Thirsties cover
2 Fleece soakers
2 pair of Fleece longies
1 Wool interlock soaker
1 pair of wool interlock longies
And then there's the box full of diapers that we don't use right now...
The rest of my 1 dozen Brown GMD's
1 dozen Regular prefolds
1 1/2 dozen infant sized Indian prefolds (way too small at this point, will be great for the new baby)
8 or so hemp prefolds that I made (anyone want these?)
a couple random fitted diapers that I still have.
There is probably something I forgot, but hey, it's too much to remember :)
For Rowan I have 2 Sposoeasy All In One diapers that I really like! The reason I bought these ones is because they are all cotton inside, and do not have a stay-dry liner. It's hard to get a child to realize they are wet when they don't FEEL it! We just got them to use for naps, since he was still wetting a lot. He's doing really well, and maybe soon we'll try without the diaper. Nights are still bad though. He wets an ocean!
As far as washing, I have now found the EASIEST way to wash diapers. Yup, no more crazy wash routines :) It all has to do with my detergent though. I made my own, based on the ingredients in a very popular new detergent called Jenny's Simply Clean. Here's my recipe:
1/3 bar Zote laundry soap, grated (cheese grater works well)
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
That's it! I mixed it all together in the food processor. Here's my wash routine now:
Cold rinse with 1/2 cup vinegar
Hot wash with 2 Tbsp of the above detergent
Dry in the dryer (except covers and wetbag)
So simple, and even Bria's morning diapers smell just like pee, and not like ammonia. I was having trouble until I tried this new method.
There is so much information out there on cloth diapering. A lot of people tend to make it sound complicated, but it really isn't. And if you really do want to use cloth to save money, go with prefolds and covers! So simple, so cute :)
And just for fun, here's my little sister, Heather, in a cloth diaper, oh like 21 1/2 years ago :)