When I began dabbling into the cloth world, I couldn’t believe all the little details that come along with cloth diapers: the various methods of washing, what to do with poop, and how to fold a prefold (and a million other questions). If you’re starting your cloth research, you’ll find alot of cloth moms out there with different approaches, opinions and they often differ from the manufacturers. It’s alot to sift through! I’ve come to the conclusion that there are so many factors involved with cloth that no one’s routine will look exactly the same. I found it really helpful to talk to my friend Deb and have her show me some of her diapers. Since I can’t talk to all of you in person, I thought I’d show you our wash process and tell you a bit about the different kinds of diapers we use.
I stand by the old acronym K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple, Sweetheart. When all the diapers I bought had slightly different washing instructions, I said forget it. I’m not going to sort the diapers out and wash them by brand specific instructions. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I try to apply general knowledge about cloth diaper care, and then make the best decision possible knowing our circumstances (things like how hard the water is, what kind of washing machine we have, what kind of diapers we’re using, etc). Here’s our routine:
As you can see, my explanations probably took longer than my routine actually does. It’s very straightforward and simple. Before I used cloth diapers, I really thought that it would be one of those things I did because I believed in it, but that it would be a burden. I honestly don’t find it to be a burden at all. However, when JP was tiny and I was scared about how to keep him alive…it was overwhelming. And none of his cloth diapers fit yet and they leaked every time I used them and I cried. So we used disposables for about 2 weeks. After that, I became comfortable with the cloth and now it’s part of our everyday life and it ain’t no thang. I’m sure there are people that hate it, just like I hate other certain chores. But really! It’s so much less work than I anticipated. Plus the benefits are totally worth the work (money saved, environmentally friendly, I don’t have to do emergency runs to the store for diapers, and soft/natural materials on my baby).
If you’re interested in any of the items above, here are links! You can find most of these products on Amazon easily. Though you may find more color options or package deals by ordering directly from the company. The links here are directly to the companies’ websites because you can get lots of good information on them. Enjoy!
KaWaii Baby – Aside from prefolds, these are some of the most economical cloth diapers I’ve come across. I got a bunch on sale for crazy cheap – I’m talking $7 or less per pocket diaper. Plus, free shipping on orders over $80! Quality-wise they are pretty good, but not as good as my others. However, I haven’t had any problems and you really can’t beat the price!
Bum Genius 4.0 Pocket – good diaper, mid-range price.
Bum Genius AIO – easiest to use. No stuffing – literally wash, let dry and ready to go. More expensive than the pocket.
Charlie Banana, more spendy but really nice diapers. Probably my favorite that I own in terms of quality.
OsoCozy Prefold – not pictured above
Rumparooz cover – this goes over the cloth prefold to keep the moisture in – it’s made of PUL
Snappis – to fasten the prefolds
Ubbi Diaper Pail – so far so good. Keeps the smells in and holds a decent amount of diaps.
Ubbi Diaper Pail Liner – reusable
Cloth wipes – I just use gerber baby wash cloths. Get 3-5 packs.
Newborn-size cloth diapers that we used: Kissaluvs and Swaddlebees were my favorite. After I got the hang of the prefolds, those were great for getting a perfect fit on JP’s scrawny newborn legs. I used a Thirsties newborn size cover and a rumparooz newborn size cover on the prefolds.
Again, all of this varies from household to household. Have fun exploring your options and coming up with your own routine that works for you! I’m no expert – this is just my own experience. But if you have any questions, I’d be happy to try and answer.