What I Love Wednesday—Cloth Diaper Update!
**While this post was written LOOOOONG ago, the info still stands. Hope it helps you in your cloth diapering adventures!!
The last time I wrote about our cloth diapers, we’d been using them just a few weeks (read that post here), so I thought I’d write an update! See how I have my diaper station set up here.
It’s been over three months since Ethan came home from the hospital, and almost all of that time we’ve had him in cloth diapers. Let me just end your suspense by saying right now, WE LOVE CLOTH!
Yes WE…both of us. Stu, who doubted a little at first, is 100% on board.
Stu and I refer to Ethan as our ‘Free Baby’. Other then clothes and a few toys here and there, we rarely spend anything on him. When you cut out formula, diaper, and wipe costs, it’s amazing how much money you save!
Cloth diapering could not be
b) more convenient
c) cuter and comfy!
We have never had a leak that wasn’t due to user error. Those user error issues have been few and far between, and have never included poop.
You may say “wait till he’s bigger”, but since he was born his poop has been liquid, explosive, and constant. He is just now starting to have a few diapers a day without poop. He’s had some doozies, but they have all been contained by the diapers.
Speaking of poopy diapers! We never even know when Ethan has poop in his diaper. There is rarely a smell to warn us. Usually we can just see that he’s a little uncomfortable, so we check him.
And the hamper doesn’t smell either. I do a quick spray of Bum Genius Odor Remover on every poopy diaper— it helps get stains out and keeps the smell at bay. This said, I do wash our diapers every two days if not every other day. Just depends on how many we use.
Our hamper is HANDS DOWN less smelly then a trash can full of disposable diapers. In the very short time we used disposable, we took the trash out twice a day!
The key to washing is to have two hamper/pail liners. I just take the dirty diapers out of the hamper, safe in their liner, and put the clean liner in. That way we are never in a bind for disposing of diapers.
To wash, I run one cold water wash with a little detergent and and extra rinse, then a hot water wash with detergent and an extra rinse. I almost always set the water level to ‘Small’…if it’s a bigger load ‘Medium’. It’s not like I’m filling the washer with water every time.
NOTE: If you get ‘hook & loop’ (velcro) diapers, make sure you attached the closure tabs to the inside ‘laundry tabs’ when washing. If you don’t, stuff velcros together in the wash. It’s not hard, you get used to doing it right away when you take the diaper off the baby.
I usually dry everything—inserts, diapers, pail liner, and wipes—on low. Sometimes I line dry them…just depends on the day.
And NO the breast milk poop does not have to be rinsed out every time. Out of over 200 diaper changes, I’ve rinsed poop out one time…and it was an uncommonly large amount of poop. If you use formula, you need to ask someone else…I don’t know how that works. But I’m sure it’s not hard!
And NO it will not ruin your washing machine. I’m a neat freak beyond all reason…would I do this if it ruined my clothes-cleaning machine???!
Cloth wipes have officially ruined me for disposable wipes forever. Not only are cloth wipes cheap, but they work WAY better! I go through two to three disposable wipes for every one cloth. Cloth wipes are sturdier! When used with water and a little bottom spray (spray only for the messy ones!) you get a very clean butt in no time. For pee-only diapers, I don’t wipe at all…no need!
DEALING WITH RASHES
This was a tiny bit of a problem because Ethan really never stopped pooping. There was always a little in EVERY diaper. So his little butt would get irritated, and you can’t use regular diaper rash cream with cloth diapers because it will make them repel water—not good. So I ordered some cloth-friendly rash cream from Northern Essence and the problem was solved! I LOVE the diaper cream they make…it is all natural, smells amazing, and works!
If you do not use a cloth friendly cream, you just need to put a barrier between the cream and the diaper. I used strips of flannel and threw them away after use. They could be washed, but I didn’t hem them or anything so they would disintegrate in the wash.
Now that Ethan has slowed the #2’s, rashes are a thing of the past. But I still use the cream if he’s even a little red. Can’t hurt!
OK, so using Bum Geinus diapers are not exactly like using disposable. They are a tiny bit trickier to put on, and take a two second tutorial for disposal methods. Visitors that choose to change a diaper struggle at first with getting the diapers tight enough without them being TOO tight, and don’t quite understand the inserts and disposal process. But it really only takes a couple tries and a little explaining, and it’s smooth sailing.
The grandparents have done great so far!
We deal with cloth doubters on a regular basis. I had SO many looks of ‘are you crazy!?’ when we said this was the path we wanted to take. But we are totally happy with our decision and have NEVER wanted or needed to use disposable…even when traveling!
In the last few weeks, I’ve had several friends ask me questions about Bum Genius and change their minds about cloth. So I tell them to buy the diapers from Cotton Babies. Cotton Babies will answer endless questions about using these diapers, and they have a return policy for people who decide cloth will not work for them…I don’t have all the details, but I think it involves 30 days.
I’ve NEVER met someone who returned their Bum Genius diapers. I’ve talked to friends, co-workers, random people at Baby Gap and Target…not one said cloth didn’t work out.
I hope I inspire someone to try cloth! Bum Genius is not the only brand by far…research! Find the kind that fits your life and your budget. Read about all the options at DiaperSwappers.com, All About Cloth Diapers, Kelly’s Closet, and the Cotton Babies blog.