Curious About Cloth Diapers?

People have all kinds of reasons to use cloth diapers-

  • the environment
  • chemicals
  • convenience
  • potty training (these are amazing)
  • rashes
  • cute prints

In our house, the reason we use cloth diapers is to save money. While all the other reasons are great bonuses, my main reason is to save money. What this means is that I view cloth diapers as simply poop catchers. This is why you won’t see me going out and spending $35 on a single diaper. I have a favorite brand, Fuzzibunz, and while I do love Thirsties and Applecheeks, Fuzzibunz have always been my (and my husband’s) favorite. They have the best fit for us and I love their adjustable options.

There are many cost analysis and comparison memes out there but truth be told, I actually spent much less on our cloth than shown in memes like these.

We ended up buying our Fuzzibunz from Costco.com when they sold their Fuzzibunz Cloth Bundle. This bundle included

  • 7 Pocket Covers
  • 7 Hemp Inserts
  • 2 Organic Hemp Inserts
  • Travel Sized Wet Bag

All of this was $82 after taxes with free shipping ($79.99 original price).

We ended up buying a total of four of these sets and to be honest we could have easily just bought three. This set, unfortunately, isn’t available at Costco at the moment (it’s good to check often because Costco has been known to bring things back) but Thirsties offers a similar set (wrap snaps-so you will need pre-folds for these) on Amazon for the same price.

I ended up having a kind of depressing first world cloth momma problem- we have an abundance of cloth diapers-meaning I cannot justify splurging on the occasional pretty.

​​We spent a total of $328 on cloth diapers and purchased one with every paycheck while I was pregnant. This way the cost burden wasn’t so great. I also purchased a trash can with a lid from my local grocery store and a couple of Thirsties large wet bags (the travel sized wet bags will not be enough for home-they are, however, amazingly handy to have in the car and baby bag). These have worked great for us!

Some other brands that we’ve enjoyed are Thirsties Pocket Diapers and Applecheeks. While I was not a big fan of Flips- many people love them.


Storing Your Stash


I like to store my diapers in an IKEA cart. The beauty behind this specific cart is that once you are done with cloth, you can use this cart for just about anything else. There are endless ideas on Pinterest. I love anything that can be recycled later. This cart moves around pretty easily and is super convenient. I like to have everything in the same place. This cart holds our diapers, wipes, and creams. Next to the cart you’ll find my Thirsties wet bag/trash can combination and a small trash can for disposable wipes. I find that this is the system that works best for us.

I like to dabble in the world of cloth wipes and will make a more detailed post in the future but for now I highly recommend Grovia wipes. You can find them on Amazon or go straight to Grovia.

 

 

 

 


Diaper Safe Creams are a must!


When using cloth diapers, a cloth-safe cream is a must! While diaper rashes are rare around here, we always stay stocked up on creams just in-case. These are three which I really enjoy using. Normal diaper rash creams, like Desitin, will ruin cloth diapers so it is always very important to stick to cloth-safe creams.

This is my most favorite cloth-friendly cream. It is odorless, easy to spread, absorbs quickly, and leaves no residues on your diaper. If my little one has a rash, this cream takes care of it over night. I’m still working on my sample- that’s how rare we get rashes around here.

 


What to do with all the…💩


Most cloth-curious families have the same set of questions, most of which stem around what to do with what babies do in their diapers. Poop. Most families worry about poop. If you are planning on breastfeeding then worry not! Breastfeed poos go straight in the wash. They are water-soluble so you’ll have to do nothing at all. Once your little one starts solids, however, you will need to rinse the poop off. This sounds like a big deal but I promise you it isn’t. I’ll get into cleaning these diapers in my next post. I may even make a YouTube video. I would have to say the most important aspect of cloth diapering is your wash routine.


Washy Wash

Let’s Talk Wash Routines


A good wash routine consists of proper detergents, prerinsing, and a heavy soil wash. The Facebook group Fluff Love & CD Science is a great resource for a wash routine and will work with you through any cloth diapering issues that may cross your path. Top loading machines with an agitator are the best for washing cloth diapers but any machine will do.

We now own a front loader and love it. Here is our wash routine from start to finish:

  1. The dirty diapers are unstuffed (we use pocket diapers) and placed into the wet bag. Once our wet bag is full, it’s time for a wash! This usually happens once every couple of days.
  2. The wet bag is emptied into the washing machine. Make sure all the diapers are emptied from the wet bag. The wet bag is then turned inside out and placed in the wash with the diapers.
  3. A short cold wash is now started. There is minimal detergent placed into the washer. You really don’t even need detergent at this point. The purpose of this light cold wash is really just to rinse the diapers and prep them for the second wash.
  4. Once this wash cycle is complete, the real wash cycle begins. Before starting this cycle, it is recommended that you fluff up the diapers that are inside the washing machine. Make sure they aren’t sticking to the sides of the bin. Some say this step is necessary and others say it isn’t. What it does is make sure that diapers are being washed completely and properly. In the main wash cycle you will use the greatest amount of detergent (line 4 when using Tide detergent) and set your washer on its longest wash cycle and on hot. I like to select an extra rinse when doing the second wash.
  5. Once the main wash cycle is completed, it’s time to put your cloth diapers in the dryer. Some people like to hang dry their diapers, I just toss them in the dryer. Dryer settings can be different for certain brands and types of cloth diapers. When buying it’s important to check the washing and drying instructions for the diaper you will be using. Some diapers will break apart in the dryer but I have not experienced anything like that yet. What I can do is vouch for the brands in this post, just toss them into the dryer. Set your dryer on medium heat and to a normal dry time. In our dryer that is the name of the setting-it is set for 45 minutes on medium heat. I would just set the diapers onto whatever time you usually use- but be sure to set them on medium heat.
  6. Once the diapers are dry, take them out of the dryer and let them sit. I have stuffed them and put them away right away but sometimes the PUL (the plastic lining inside the diapers themselves) doesn’t stretch as well when hot and there is a risk to ruining it. Sometimes the inserts need extra time to dry so this is when I like to pull out all the covers and let them sit and cool off. Then I will start the inserts on another drying cycle- usually a quick dry cycle. It really depends on how wet they are.
  7. Once the covers have cooled down and the inserts are dry, I stuff our diapers and put them away on our diaper rack.
  8. Voila! Diapers are washed, put away, and ready for baby bottoms!

Will You be Joining Team Cloth?


Aside from saving money, another bonus to cloth diapering would be never running out of diapers! You’re going to buy laundry detergent regardless of your decision to cloth diaper and you will also be doing laundry. I’ve found that the thought of cloth diapering was probably the hardest part. Just thinking about all the odds and ends and stressing about that dreaded #2 were enough to make me question our decision enough that I purchased my cloth diaper stash from Costco. I figured that worse case, if this wasn’t for us, we could just return everything we’ve bought and put the money towards disposable diapers. While Costco isn’t selling fuzzibunz anymore, cloth diapers usually have a really good resale value. In fact, if you aren’t sure about cloth and really don’t want to put in the initial investment, buying used cloth diapers is a great option.

I hope my post has helped anyone curious about cloth. As for those already in the cloth game…

 

Here is my little fluff-butt at four weeks old in our favorite diapers. Fuzzibunz start at 10 pounds so our big boy got to start wearing them from almost the very beginning.

 

​Why do you cloth diaper? Do you have a favorite brand?




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