Before I had a baby I seriously thought about cloth diapering. Then I realized how much babies pooped and thought better of it.
Then I realized how much diapers cost and reconsidered again.
Then I did some research, purchased a dozen cloth diapers and have been using them during the day time for about a month. It has been, fabulous.
These are not your Mama's cloth diapers with the pins and the plastic pants.
These are cute, economical, time friendly devices that are way easier than I ever imagined. That's not to say there isn't a little bit of work involved, but it's minimal at best.
Note: We are not cloth diaper T-Totalers. We don't use cloth diapers at night, or while traveling or when we have a babysitter. Like everything else that comes with having a baby, it is all about balance. You have to decide what works best for you and your family.
I admire those women who cloth diaper 24/7. They know a secret I don't.
I thought I would break down my cloth diapering system a a part of Life As Mom's Frugal Fridays.
The diapers: I bought my diapers from Sunbaby Diapers. This is a female-owned company based out of China. (Don't give me grief for buying my diapers from China. The keyboard you are typing on was made there too.)
The owner is Sun pei. She had the best prices and amazing customer service. Four around $70 I got a dozen diapers and 24 liners. I didn't want to sink a ton of money into something if it wasn't going to work out for our family.
They have these really great snap closures and the diaper will grow with baby from eight pounds to 35 pounds. (Note: I would reccomend not cloth diapering a newborn the first week or two. It's nonstop poop.)
She had a variety of colors but I knew bleach would be involved so I just bought white.
The cleaning: When it's time to change the diaper I simply take it off of my boy, clean him like I would if he were wearing a pampers, and throw the wipe in the diaper genie.
Then I pull out the liner and throw the liner and dipey in a wet bag like the Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner - Avocado . You can purchase some really cute wet bags at Etsy. Or you can make your own. I just use an old resuable shopping bag with a zipper.
If the diaper is... shall we just call it what it is?... poopy, I shake it off in the toilet and rinse. I reccomend a bumGenius Diaper Sprayer . Then pull out the diaper liner and spay it with Bac-Out too.
Then I spray the diaper with Bac-Out w/Foaming Action Sprayer 32 Ounces . It's made from live culture and lime enzyme and breaks down any stains. It smells good and is safe. Also, it gets the stains out.
You can spray this stuff on any stain. It got olive oil out of a dress!!
The washing: I wash my cloth diapers every other day. I throw them in the machine with towel, wash cloths, underwear, anything that would need to be washed on hot water. I put them on the regular cycle and use Tide Free and Gentle High Efficiency Unscented Detergent, 50 Ounce (Pack of 2) .
I throw the liners in the dryer and hang the diapers on the clothes line or over a chair on the back porch.
I know it sounds like a lot, but it really isn't.
Tomorrow I will cover a few facts about cloth diapering, a few basics and how to get started.
For more check out this video from Mama Natural on her cloth diapering set up.
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