Quite honestly this whole cloth diapering adventure has me very nervous. When Austin was about 2 months old I decided I wanted to cloth diaper. There are so many benefits to cloth diapering. One of course being economically better. Did you know that a disposable diaper takes about an estimated 250-500 years to decompose? GROSS! Another benefit is that it is CHEAPER. The average household spends over $3,000 on disposables on just ONE child. With Cloth Diapers you can save an estimated $2,000. Head on over to Banana Peels Diapers for a break down. Of course if you have another child, you can reuse your previous cloth diapers for even MORE savings! Plus, a child wearing cloth diapers is typically easier to potty train! WooHoo! So why did I wait so long to make the switch?
Cloth diapering is like entering a whole new world with a whole new language. It can be quite overwhelming. There are so many different types of cloth diapers out there, how do you choose which brand and style is best for your child? How often will you be doing laundry? How are you suppose to clean them? What types of detergent do you need to use? How in the world do you prep a diaper? How many cloth diapers do you need? What exactly is the difference in the style of diapers- what’s an AIO, a hybrid, a pocket, a prefold, etc? I’m sure you’ve asked yourself all these questions and more as I have and still am asking.
I have decided to start blogging about my journey throughout cloth diapering. I am hoping that some of you may be wanting to cloth diaper, but haven’t due to the unknown. I want to be able to share my experience with you and hopefully through this make it an easy and comfortable switch for all you moms who would like to get rid of those disposables.
So here I am.. 9 months later and still kicking myself in the butt for not cloth diapering sooner. I really wish I just went for it in the beginning like I had planned to, but I wasn’t ready. I didn’t even know where to start. So… I started asking around. Here are some great ways to find out which styles and brands are best for you and your child.
*** Many people recommended doing a diaper trial. A popular website is Jillian’s Drawers. They have a pretty neat set up. For $10 you can try out enough diapers for 12 diaper changes and you can keep the diapers for 21 days! The neat thing about doing something like this is you get to sample all the different types of diapers out there and see which one works best for you and your child. You pay $160.94 upfront and if you decide you want to keep them they’ll refund you $10. If you decide they are not for you, that’s okay, they will refund all but the $10. Simple enough.
***Head on over to a local boutique that sells cloth diapers. Many of the local stores I have found host cloth diapering classes. There are also benefits to this because you can actually see the diapers in person, talk to someone in person and bring your child in for a consultation. Usually the owner or employee can recommend a great diaper. Luckily for me an amazing store opened up in Vacaville, CA called Eco Chic. So if you are in the Bay Area, East Bay, or Sacramento, I would recommend stopping by this store for all your cloth diapering and baby needs. Chrissy, the owner is SO knowledgeable. She went through every diaper she had in her store and really explained in detail the differences of each diaper and recommended some diapers that suited our family best.
*** Choose a website that really have you and your child in mind and is there to help you throughout this process. They also tend to carry a bigger selection than local stores. I would recommend Sandbox Lane . I can not begin to tell you how much support and encouragement they have given me. I am pretty sure I have emailed them late at night and received an email immediately back responding to my question. They have seriously been my go-to place for the thousands of questions I have had.
Now lets go through all the types of diapers. With us, I knew I wanted something easy. Something that made me feel like I wasn’t “cloth diapering”. Luckily cloth diapers have become modern and are really quite simple to use. Here’s a great guide from Jillian’s Drawers:
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You can also learn more about the Snappi that was talked above by clicking HERE.
There are also Hybrid AI2 diapers which I found that I like! Basically you have your diaper shell and an insert that you snap into your shell. When your baby pees, you unsnap the insert, and put in a fresh clean insert in. With all other diapers, not only your insets, but the diaper shell itself needs to be changed and then thrown into your diaper pail to be washed after EVERY diaper change. Here is my GroVia Hybrid AI2:
Along with the Hybrid AI2, I like a couple others as well. Pocket diapers, like Fuzzibunz are great. With a pocket diaper the insert goes inside a pocket located on the inside back of your diaper. When your child goes to pee or poo, you simply remove the insert and the insert and shell both go into your diaper pail to be washed:
I also like AIO (All in ones). Like stated above an AIO is as close to a disposable because there is no taking an insert in or out. Everything is sewn and attached for you. A popular brand for AIO’s is bumGenius:
Items you will need:
12-24 Cloth Diapers- this is dependent on the age of your child and how often you want to be doing laundry.
Cloth Diapering Safe Detergent– You can check out a list of safe detergent on The Diaper Jungle.
Diaper Rash Cream – you will need one that is SAFE for cloth diapers.
Additional Inserts – of course only if you are doing a diaper like the Hybrid AI2
Items that you may want to make things easier:
1-2 large wet bags or pail liners – this is where you dirty diapers will go into
1-2 small wet bags for outings
diaper pail – the pail liners go into a diaper pail. You can substitute a diaper pail for a home depot bucket (the big orange ones) with 3tbsp baking soda and some peppermint essential oil on the bottom of the bucket. Thanks for the tip Amanda-Natural Living Mama!
Diaper sprayer – to help clean the poo. I will be going into more detail later, but a great place to buy is from The Diaper Sprayer.
Flushable Liners-This is a biodegradable piece of material that sits on top of any cloth diaper. It catches solid waste and makes it easy to flush away.
Disposable Inserts – this basically looks like the inside of a disposable and stick onto the inside of a cloth shell. They are biodegradable and environmentally safe. You will get people asking if it defeats the purpose of using cloth, but it doesn’t. Regular disposables take over 200 years to decompose, these don’t. Plus if you are sending your kids to a non-friendly cloth diaper daycare, these are an excellent thing to have around.
Still overwhelmed? I know, there are so many things to try and remember but really… it’s quite simple once you get started. Remember, the more questions you ask the better understanding you will have of cloth diapering. If I can do this, you definitely can too!
***Stayed tuned for Day 2- where we learn all about PREPPING the cloth diapers for use!***