Several people have asked me two things: 1. How to start cloth-diapering 2. How I started cloth diapering. Those are two different questions, and there is no right answer to the first. So I will walk through how I messily (figuratively and literally) became a crunchy cloth-diapering mama.
Fast-forward a year. After we found out I was pregnant, my friend sent me 5-6 different kinds of newborn diapers for me to try out. This helped me narrow down what I did and didn’t like. I checked them out before Shep was born, and then for two months I experimented with cloth, but mainly kept the sposies (disposable diapers) on him. I wasn’t a huge fan of flat cloth inserts and Snappis, which are 3-point modern clips that help keep inserts tight with gripping hooks. I liked having the diaper all together, in a simple fashion such as Bumgenius 4.0 pocket diapers, or the Flip inserts and covers. I don’t necessarily prefer snaps over aplix diapers, but I mainly bought snaps because research shows that these last longer for multiple babies.
|Bum Genius 4.0 Pocket diaper|
The inside of the stuffed diaper with the fleece sewn-in liner
|This is the microfiber insert we stuff inside the diaper. It has buttons to adjust the sizes from small to large.|
I was sold on exclusively getting these types of diapers until my brother did a little research for me. He found the Flip system diapers, which are also made by Bumgenius, but were way cheaper. He and my sister-in-law bought us 3 Flip covers with 18 inserts. The Flip covers can be reused several times by wiping down the inside after use and putting in a new insert. On the outside these diapers look exactly like the 4.0 diapers. The last type of diapers we have are FuzziBunz, which are also a pocket type of diaper, but they are fitted to his small tush. The downside is that eventually he won’t fit into these. My favorite type of diapers are Tots Bots, but sadly we only have two of these. Our Tots Bots are all in one and aplix, but have snaps to adjust bigger until he is out of diapers. These are my favorite because they are the most absorbent, easiest to stuff, and have the cutest design on them. However, they run about $15-20 more expensive than any of the other diapers. I was lucky enough to get them gently used from someone who sold them to me for $10 each. I cannot afford a $45 diaper or else that would be my entire stock!
Bum Genius Flip diaper
|The insert stuffed in to the Flip cover|
The Flip insert - one side is microfiber, the other is fleece.
|These are just folded to adjust from small to large. The fleece side is what touches the baby's bottom|
We rinse the diapers on a regular cycle with no detergent, and then we do a cycle with cold water (extra heavy) to get the max amount of water in the washer with 2 scoops of detergent. We use Rockin' Green laundry detergent. We like this detergent because it is dye free and naturally scented with no fillers. It is made for cleaning cloth diapers, and it works wonderfully for us!
To dry, we simply hang them out on our clothesline. The sun takes out any stains and they are stark white every time. During the winter, we have a indoor drying rack we use to hang all the diapers to dry. This two-day cycle really helps us have enough diapers for two days and gives the diapers enough days in between that they don’t wear out being washed every day.