Prefolds: The Easiest Cloth Diapers? I don’t know what it is about having a second child, but cloth diaper laundry that never bothered
me with my first is always hanging around in the basket waiting to be folded and put away
until the last minute with my second. I was good about the diapers until I went back to
work part time. Now, even though I still have the entire afternoon at home with my kids, I
I like prefolds. I like them with a snappi, boingos, and sometimes I prefer them most with
pins. Sometimes, I even love them trifolded into a cover. But I didn’t always feel this
way. Learning to appreciate this diaper took a while for me. My husband never
I've been saying it for years, if you're having issues with your cloth diapers it may be your micro inserts.
The micro-terry, (the fluffy part) wears down over time and is simply not as capable of absorbing liquid like new inserts.
This great cloth diaper tip comes straight from YOU, our fans!
While conversing about how scary it is to wake up to a baby who likes to take their diapers off at night or first thing in the morning...we discovered you all had some great tips!
One of the most intimidating cloth diapering methods out there is the use of wool as a diaper cover. Wool can be more expensive than your average waterproof TPU or PUL diaper covers and a little more complicated to care for.
Of the cost and care involved discourages many from giving it a try.
Diaper covers are great! If you use them over fitted diapers, you have double whammy
leak protection thanks to double elastics at both the legs and back. If you’re using
prefolds or flats, they provide leak protection where the diaper doesn’t, making it possible
for you to choose a very inexpensive yet effective way to cloth diaper. The best part
about diaper covers is that they can be used for multiple diaper changes. Besides, they
come in the cutest colors and prints, making them not only functional but decorative as... (Read more)
After all the baby showers I’ve attended recently, I’ve come to this conclusion: If you really want a cloth diaper stash from your guests, don’t just register for it, include the request in your invitation.
Cloth diaper tips come in all shapes in sizes. Some are MEGA life-changing and others are simple, you use them when you need to and are happy you knew about it.
For today's Cloth Diaper Tips Tuesday I thought we'd do a 'Best of' Edition where we share with you some of our past TIPS and others from around the web that you might find helpful.
Cloth diapers have come a long way in recent years which has greatly increased their popularity. There are hundreds of designs to choose from and many different styles too. There are some tips you can keep in mind when you are shopping for cloth diapers to help you in making sure that you choose the right ones for you and your baby.
Today we're sharing a post as a part of the #schoolofcloth blog hop! To learn more about School of Cloth please visit the RDA website.
Week 1's theme is 'Useful Information from when YOU started using cloth' and for me this topic encompasses some valuable lessons I learned from starting my cloth diaper journey with JUST gently used cloth diapers. (Read more...)
Once you've determined which cloth diaper brand or style you love, the next step is investing in them. You may not cloth diaper full time from the start but for most that is the goal.
Purchasing a cloth diaper package deal is a great way to save on cloth diapers and get what you need in one easy order.
Last week I told you all how
I'm pregnant with baby #3. This week I'm going to tell you how excited I am to use
cloth diapers from the very beginning of this babe's life. That's (Read more...)
As I peruse different brands of diapers and read the reviews left by different customers, I'm always amazed to see such a dichotomy of opinions about a particular brand. One reviewer says things like, “This diaper is awesome! We love it! Great fit, never leaks, etc.” while another says, “This was a terrible diaper." (Read more...)
For those who've yet to diaper a baby at all, choosing to start with cloth diapers full time can be easier than for those trying to transition from current disposable diaper use.
These are tips intended for those in this precarious transition phase. "To cloth diaper or not to cloth diaper, that IS the question."
I didn't have many prefolds when my daughter was a young baby and those I did have a didn't like to use as diapers unless we were out of everything else, but Baby Bear has a good variety of them in different sizes and fibers. This family largely prefers the use of pocket diapers so we don't actually have enough prefolds to use them full time (Read more...)
It's a pretty commonly asked question across cloth diaper Facebook pages, blogs and forums online. "How can I get free cloth diapers?" or "Is there a way I can earn free cloth diapers?" and "Do you know where I can get free cloth diapers?"
When my son was a week or two old, I put up a picture of him in a hot pink newborn diaper on Facebook that was captioned: “Real men wear pink.” I didn't always plan on letting him wear our pink diapers.
Recently I've had a few expectant moms ask me what I would suggest when it comes to
cloth diapering. Since I've only cloth diapered two babies I can tell you that I'm definitely
not an expert when it comes to experience, I am, however, very well researched since I
write about it frequently. Without further ado, I give to you my cloth diaper must haves
before the baby comes:
Is it me, or is there a baby boom going on this year? I think I know about 20 people who were pregnant at the same time as I was and many of them are first time moms. I'm not really a closet cloth diaperer so I got lots of different Facebook messages asking me all sorts of questions. I've been familiar with cloth diapers for a long time and through a couple of years of research and experience I've learned terms such as “cross-over snaps,” “gussets,” and “soakers.” To someone just starting out however, this might as well be Greek. There are a LOT of options to choose from and it can be completely overwhelming.
I have a hard time narrowing my favorite diaper brands and diapering systems down because, for the most part, I just love them all and I find different occasions when each is my favorite. Dave and I are now on our second child in cloth diapers—a boy this time—and I’m definitely noticing a trend in our favorites from one child to the next. So, I’ve compiled a list of our go-to diapers for different situations.
Tomorrow I embark on an adventure; a summer tradition here in Minnesota, a celebration of everything agriculture and every fried. This “thing” why it’s the Minnesota State Fair! It’s been a hot one this week in Minnesota and it’s not that liveable dry heat either. It’s humid so while the temperature gage may say 90* the humidity makes it feel like 105* (and that was just on Monday). I was thinking about being lazy and taking disposables- (Read more...)
Deciding to circumcise our son was a very hard decision--well, it was for me, anyway. It hadn't occurred to my husband not to circumcise until I brought the issue up to him. So, we then looked at both sides of the circumcision argument for awhile and found that there are really valid arguments both for and against circumcision.
If you can’t tell by the Family Fitness series, I’m a girl who promotes the thinking, “everything in moderation.” I think that the saying is applicable to anything in life from eating to yes, even cloth diapers. So here are my how much is too much for cloth diapers:
Before I had my baby, I had grand illusions of discovering all the ins and outs of perfectly cloth diapering a newborn and sharing all my neatly refined wisdom with you in perfectly packaged form.
Now, I know that's not going to happen. I'm not gonna lie...(Read more)
If there’s one thing that separates the cloth diaper community from other parent communities it has to be the sense welcomed support and the desire to make every bum that’s covered in fluff successful. How do you go about finding other like-minded people? It can seem like a rather daunting task, however, there are places to start that will definitely help you on that road and hopefully lead you to some great resources and friends.
Learning how to fold cloth diapers can be a tricky business, especially with a wriggly baby trying to thwart your efforts. Picture demonstrations are nice, but there's nothing like being able to watch diaper fold techniques in real life or via video.
Did you know there are excellent cloth diaper folding videos on Youtube? Let us share with you the Top Cloth Diaper Folding Videos on Youtube!
The easiest cloth diaper tip you'll find on the internet! No fancy folding skills, no need to watch a video demonstration or study step by step pictures.
We present to you....The Invisible Clothesline for Cloth Diapers!
Swim diapers, they're cute and serve a very specific purpose - they keep the poop contained. If you're on the fence about cloth diapering you should look into a reusable swim diaper. I have many non-cloth diapering friends that use swim diapers. There is a difference in some of the swim diapers that we carry. Some, like our iPlay products, are able to hold some pee into a padded lining sewn within the diaper while others, like our Imse Vimse, simply allow the pee to just flow easily off of the diaper and onto the unsuspecting parent holding the baby. (Yes, that parent was me about three weeks ago.
I love saving money by making things myself. If I can find a recipe or a DIY for something I normally have to buy, then I'm all over it. If I can't find instructions, I'll figure out how to do it myself.
Getting started with cloth diapers is both fun and daunting. How do you know which ones to buy? Is it as easy as buying 24 Fuzzi Bunz because your friends uses those and swears by them, or should you try various kinds and decide for yourself?
There are various reasons you should try at least a few brands before you decide which to buy in bulk for your cloth diaper stash.
You've heard it said that you don't even need rash cream for cloth diapers because they're great for sensitive bottoms. This is absolutely true for most babies. However, once in awhile a child just has super sensitive skin and even with cloth diapers they get frequent rashes and breakouts. This was the case for my daughter.
My typical day at Diaper Junction goes a little like this. Log in to my computer. Sip on some iced coffee while I check email. Then I move on to help the shipping and receiving team process some orders. Somewhere between talking about our kids and postmarking orders the phone will ring, "Thank you for calling Diaper Junction. This is Valerie." "HELP! MY DIAPERS ARE REPELLING!" Okay, so maybe it isn't quite that dramatic, but I certainly understand where the frustrated voice on the other end of the phone is coming from. There is a TON of information on the internet about leaking diapers, repelling diapers, stripping diapers--it's enough to make your head spin! Hopefully I can dispell a couple myths and help you understand what may be happening with your diapers should you ever be in this situation.
For this tutorial you will need the following: PUL (Polyurethane Laminated Fabric), a zipper, sewing machine, coordinating thread, and a zipper foot for your sewing machine. The size that you make this is up to you. You can make it large or small and still follow this tutorial. Mine is a small/medium that is the perfect size for your diaper bag. It can fit 3-5 dirty diapers or one change of clothes for a toddler or preschooler.
I don't know about you, but I'm sort of a pack rat. I keep things "just-in-case" and also for sentimental reasons. Over the years (and I do mean years) I'll slowly and repeatedly weed through old boxes and thin out stuff I no longer need or stuff I finally decide I can part with, but I never really get rid of all of it.
Warm weather is here and the time is right for picnics, playdates, and trips to the beach. Warmer temperatures are often accompanied by an increase in humidity, which can bring about an increase in mold. While mold in diapers is not terribly common, the majority of the calls and emails we receive about moldy diapers come in the summer months.
I love fitted diapers; absolutely, whole-heartedly LOVE them. This wasn’t always the case for me. You see, I use to fear them; I mean I wouldn’t be caught within five feet of a fitted diaper. I’m not sure why I felt this way. I think it was the fact that there was an extra step in the process that scared me. Plus, I thought that they were sized diapers and wouldn’t be economical because of that. I guess the name fitted sounded too fancy for me and because of that I stayed away.
Even though I wanted to cloth diaper before my daughter was born, I guess I'd resigned myself to using disposables because I registered for a diaper genie. I have to say that those things are not only impossible to use with cloth diapers, they are completely impractical for disposables too (well, that's my opinion, anyway). As my stash grew, I realized that I really had no solution for dirty diaper storage for my cloth diapers. At first, I just put them in a random bucket on the floor, but once our stash grew past 6 diapers, I realized I needed to find some real storage.
Travel sizes and sample sizes are often the way that we get to know a product before we buy it. Then you move on to buying the full size bottles or products.
However there are several reasons that keeping samples on hand makes sense and can save the day when you're in need.
“I’m sorry but why on Earth would anyone choose to use diaper pins?” This is what I thought to myself tonight as I was thinking about my blogging friends that are participating in Dirty Diaper Laundry’s 3rd Annual Flats Challenge. Diaper pins are so archaic, right?
My daughter is now 3 ½ which means it's been 1 ½ years since I've changed a diaper. I have to admit, I miss it, especially when I see things about the Great Cloth Diaper Change or Dirty Diaper Laundry's Flats and Handwashing Challenge going on. This spring marks the second that I won't be participating in any fun cloth diaper challenges, but I am definitely looking forward to experiencing them all again with a little boy this time next year.
Stains suck! There I said it. Just when you think you're taking great care of your cloth diapers and keeping them stain free...then all the sudden for no apparent reason you've got stains galore!
So how can you wage war on these pesky unwanted cloth diaper stains? Read on and find out!
For the longest time when I first started cloth diapering I used disposable wipes. I thought cloth wipes would be more difficult and since it was my husband's idea to start cloth diapering I wanted to be successful. I was wrong; cloth wipes weren't more difficult than disposable wipes. Actually, cloth wipes were easier because I could throw them into my dry pail with my diapers. When I was using disposable wipes the whole process was so annoying...(read more)
Are you done with cloth diapers? Have plans to store them in the attic, pack them away in totes or even donate them? You may want to consider keeping some on hand for a few years after your little ones have potty trained. Here's why.
In my opinion a Wet bag is a quintessential cloth diaper accessory; one that really should be on everyone’s “must haves” list.
Whether it’s a large bag for storing dirty diapers before laundry day or a smaller bag to take with you on the go proper washing and care will lengthen the life of your wet bag; I’ve always wondered though how often do I need to wash my wet bags?
Spring is here and with it comes the promise of 6 months of warm weather where we will gradually lose the need to wear sweaters and coats as the temperature rises and we box our warm clothing for tank tops and flip flops. When my daughter was still in diapers, the nerdy cloth diaper-obsessed mom in me would get excited that the weather was finally warm enough to show off her fluffy bum.
Once most parents try cloth diapers, they fall in love with them and it's hard for them not to tell everyone just how much they love this great alternative to disposables. There are some who try them and hate them for one reason or another--I know of a few--but most of us love them and turn our backs on disposables without giving them another thought. We automatically become cloth diaper advocates without even trying.
Learn how to fold your cloth wipes and make them pop up from a disposable wipes container.
We promise, once you see just how convenient cloth wipes can be you'll never look back!
Indoor drying tips for those who can't line dry their diapers outdoors.
Check out this great tutorial on how to make your own indoor clothesline for cloth diapers!
A friend of mine will be having her first child in a couple of months and she's interested in cloth diapers. She wants hassle-free cloth diapers. Well, it's not that cloth diapers are a hassle, they're not. However some types of cloth diapers would definitely be a hassle for some types of people. My husband, for instance, is not amused with my love of prefolds and flats with pins or snappis. If he can't put it on in one step, he's not using it. He needs pocket diapers for cloth diapers to work for him. If prefolds and flats were all we had, I don't think he'd be with me on this cloth diapering journey. This is why it's really important that you choose a type of cloth diaper that will suit your family's needs.
All-In-One cloth diapers are great and there are many benefits to using them. Have you been considering trying them?
Let us point out the reasons why everyone should have at least a few all-in-one diapers in their stash.
When I started using cloth diapers, I had no clue that I could use cloth wipes. I quickly got tired of spending $12 every month on disposable wipes. I thought, "There's got to be a less expensive option." One of my friends told me about cloth wipes. I decided to try my hand at making them, and you can too.
Whether it's a quick trip to the grocery store or a road trip to the in-laws, it is possible to travel without having to dish out money for paper diapers. There are just three things you need to keep in mind as you do so.
If you're in the beginning stages, just considering cloth diapers as a viable option, trying to figure out what you need to know, then this post is for you.
Fleece Liners are a cloth diaper accessory that will come in handy. The best thing about them? With nothing more than a pair of scissors, you can make your own!
Need to save money? Try this easy DIY Fleece Liners Tutorial!
Switching to cloth diapers in order order to save money is one thing, but many people choose cloth because they HAVE to save money.
We're often asked what we recommend to someone who needs a really inexpensive method of cloth diapering and where to get started. Here's my two cents!
One of the things that cloth diapering parents commit to when they switch to reusables is more laundry. It isn't necessarily an overwhelming amount of laundry, and it can easily be sandwiched into most family routines, but it should be no less than three loads per week of which means that you need to be washing them every other day or so. There are two, very good reasons for washing diapers this often and they have everything to do with their life expectancy and functionality.
Looking for tips on how to get more use out of your cloth diaper covers or wetbags? Then you've come to the right place!
This post covers some easy ways to use your diaper covers and wetbags more between washings.
This week we've been all about prefolds and methods of cloth diapering out Grandma's might have used. We even have a prefold related Feed Your Stash Friday giveaway going on.
In this post we'll cover some online prefold resources you might find helpful should you choose to use prefold diapers.
Old School cloth diapering like our Grandma's used to is still alive and well. In fact, some families prefer it! It's simple, economical, and pretty darn effective.
What types of diapers does Diaper Junction offer that would be Grandma approved?
My daughter was cloth diapered for two years before she potty trained. Even though my cloth diaper stash ended at a grand total of I-lost-count-at-60, this meant a lot of wear and tear on many of the diapers.
It can definitely seem like there are a lot of steps to using cloth diapers.
From the research involved in ordering diapers to learning how to wash and care for them, there is a lot to know. You also have to wash, stuff and prepare your diapers for use. How can you make it easier?
Its been awhile since Ive had a baby in diapers. In fact, when my second baby is born, it will have been nearly two years that weve been diaper free. But I still remember clearly what happens to microfiber inserts over timethey stink. Microfiber is just so, darn good at absorbing liquid that over time, ammonia from your babys urine can get trapped in there, usually due to High Effeciency washers. Stripping your diapers, sunning them on the clothesline, and pre-soaking them are all great ways to get rid of this stink, but Ive found an even better onescrap the microfiber for some flats!
Cloth diapering can be easy, but don't underestimate the importance of inserts, extra inserts, doublers, boosters and prefolds for absorbency.
Do you really need all these different types of inserts? Why do they even exist? Read this post to find out what the deal is!
Its that time again! Time to discard the old calendar and turn over a clean page in a fresh new one. Time for new beginnings and clean starts. Time for New Year resolutions! Before I start though, I have a confession to make: I stopped making New Year resolutions years ago.
Cloth Diapering is one of those things that many families wish they could see, feel and try with their own eyes before investing.
The trouble is that not everyone has a local cloth diaper resource. That's where Youtube comes in. Did you know that Youtube has a wealth of cloth diaper videos, reviews, tutorials and more?
Cloth Diaper Accessories can get expensive and need frequent replenishing. How can you justify their cost when you're trying to save money in the first place?
Save money on cloth diaper accessories with these easy products and tips.
Cloth diapering on the go can get a little hairy. You've got to consider the diapers best suited for the type of outing, the accessories you'll need and make sure it's all packed and ready to go.
Here are some quick and easy tips for taking cloth diapers on an outing successfully.
Continuing with our recent focus on wool and the role it plays in cloth diapering, today we're going to discuss fitted cloth diapers.
Fitted cloth diapers can often be misunderstood. Learn about fitteds, how they work and their many benefits.
Wool is usually either a cloth diapering family's absolute favorite or the one thing they're afraid to try.
Read this post and discover why Wool makes perfect sense for use with cloth diapers, why it works and the many benefits of choosing it.
To Vinegar or Not to Vinegar...That is the Question
If you have seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you will understand the reference to my mothers vinegar obsession. The father in the movie is a Windex maniac and puts it on anything and everything. Well THAT is how my mother is about vinegar and that is probably why I cant stand the stuff.
Reasons you'll love using Cloth Diaper Covers on your baby.
Read all about the benefits and why you should give cloth diapering with diaper covers a try today!
Considering cloth diapers? Start by trying the immensely popular and affordable Flip Diapers System of diapering.
Considered a hybrid, Flip Diapers allow you to choose the best of both worlds. Read more...
Looking for information on what cloth diaper cream you can use safely with cloth diapers?
Diaper Junction Cloth Diapers sells a variety of cloth diaper safe rash creams that are both gentle for baby and safe for cloth diaper use.
Buildup can be one of the number one reasons cloth diapers can start to leak. But how can you pinpoint the causes of buildup?
Read this post and learn all about cloth diaper buildup and the most common causes.
One of the first questions a cloth diapering newbie faces with a bit of trepidation is the question, How many cloth diapers will I need? Most people agree that a good number of diapers to have is 18 if you want to cloth diaper full time and wash them every other day, but this answer might not suit for everyone.
Read this great post for helpful advice on how many you might need.
I could shout it from the mountain tops
Wool is AMAZING!
Skeptical about wool? Read this great post about how one mama fell in love with wool and never looked back.
What's a fitted cloth diaper and how do you use one?
This blog post will explain exactly what a fitted cloth diaper is, how you use one and how they differ from other cloth diapers on the market today.
I knew from the start of cloth diapering I would use cloth wipes. It just makes sense. I'm already washing the diapers, why not the wipes too?
So how do you use cloth wipes? Are they inconvenient? Actually, I think they're easier than you think!
Choosing cloth diapers? Trying to make sure you're prepared? Read this blog post from one cloth diaper mom about how she prepared herself for cloth diapers and then began to wonder "can you ever really be prepared?"
about cloth diapers? Try them out!
This post highlights reasons why you should consider giving cloth diapers a try. Where to start, which
cloth diapers you should try, what you can expect and more.
Warm weather has arrived, and with it
comes the opportunity to wear tank tops, shorts, and flip flops! For babies, it means sun hats,
sunscreen, and little or no clothing.
I remember how my mom used to strip the
baby of the family down to their diaper when we were little. I
remember my littlest siblings riding in the shopping cart wearing
nothing but their little, white diaper and how I was so jealous
because they were definitely more comfortable than any of us!
Today is the first day of the
Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. Each
day from May 21st-27th our family will be using
flat cloth diapers and washing them by hand. You can learn more
about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the
post. This year there are over 450 participants
from all over the world—I am totally psyched to be one of
If you want a cloth diaper that
requires no pinning, folding, stuffing or separate covers—basically,
if you want to grab it, and go—then an All in One diaper is
probably the right diaper for you.
Read this blog post for information on How to use an All In One Cloth Diaper.
It is so exciting when you get that package full of fluffy cloth diapers and it’s tempting to want to put those diapers on your baby immediately—but resist, because a very important step in using cloth diapers is the initial prep.
What is prepping cloth diapers and how do you do it? There are a couple of reasons for doing this, and there are different ways of doing this for different fabrics.
You can change a cloth diaper anywhere! For many parents—even parents who cloth diaper—the idea of using cloth diapers when running errands, or on vacation is daunting. Face it, our culture has conditioned parents to think of diapering as a disposable thing. You change the diaper, you toss it, you never think of it again. It doesn’t faze parents to bring disposable diapers to change their babies, yet cloth seems far too daunting to attempt.
Pocket diapers, like All In One Diapers, are a complete diapering system in and of themselves. When using them, you don't have to do any fancy folding, or pinning. They're simple to put on your baby, and go on just like disposables.
While they can seem confusing, they actually are not and are quite versatile. Read this great post from an experienced cloth diapering mom with step by step instructions on how to use a pocket diaper.
I make my decision to use cloth diapers well-known whenever possible and when people see my daughter's adorable fluffy butt, there is one inevitable question that is always asked: “What do you do with the poop?”
Okay, so you’ve decided to cloth diaper probably because you know you’ll save thousands doing so not to mention the fact that you’re helping the environment and your baby’s precious skin. But what next? What does cloth diapering your baby entail?
The stash. You need a stash of diapers that will suit your cloth diapering needs. The amount of diapers you should have will depend upon whether or not you will be using cloth diapers full time or part time. A newborn will soil 8-12 diapers a day and an older child will soil 6-8 diapers a day. I would suggest that you need enough cloth diapers to get you through at least two days of diaper changes if you’re going to cloth diaper full time. If you are going to do it part time, any number of cloth diapers will help keep your disposable diaper bill down. Even if you only use three cloth diapers a day, that means you won’t have to buy 90 disposables that month.
Diapering is so much more enjoyable when you have the right supplies. Once you've decided to go with a baby cloth diaper, take some time to find the type that will work best for you. Diaper Junction carries a wide product selection so that you have the ability to choose from many quality brands. Bum genius diapers are a continual favorite because of their available features such as all-in-one and one-size styling, organic fabric offerings, and affordable multi-packs. Consider this brand when you're ready to place your order, or contact Diaper Junction for assistance with other recommendations.
Most grandparents, even if they used cloth diapers
on their children, wont be interested in flats
, or covers
. Some of our parents are even scarred with horrible memories of extremely bulky diapers, sticking their babies with pins, and leaky plastic pants. They may resist your cloth diapering ways and wish to use disposables while they watch the baby. Luckily, there are so many options out there that you can set up a nice little stash of cloth diapers
for them to use that are as easy as disposables!
You are daring to leave the house with your cloth diaper baby…….what do you really need to pack in that diaper bag. It is overwhelming to think of being away from everything we think we need for our baby. No one wants to be away from home and not have something that their baby needs, but we can’t pack everything in that on-the-go bag.
This summer was The Burrito’s first trip to the Outer Banks, NC, where my family has vacationed for 19 years, almost two-thirds of my life. He was not impressed with sun, sand, ocean waves, or the pool behind the house. However, my sister-in-law, genius that she is, suggested an inflatable baby pool to take to the beach with us. Burrito gets to splash in water warmed in the sun, and I get to sit and read a book on the beach for thirty five minutes. It was great – he would be happy at the beach or pool, we didn’t have to hold him the whole time, and he stayed cool in the hot sun.
It’s a great feeling knowing that only a couple hundred dollars spent on cloth diapers can save you the thousands of dollars that you would have spent on disposables. I bought my cloth diapers for my first (and currently, my only) child, fully intending to have more kids and also intending to never have to spend another dime on diapering once my stash was completed (unless I want to, of course :-D). Even the best cloth diapers can wear out over time which means that you might have to add a little more money to your investment when it comes to your second and especially your third child. But there are ways you can protect your investment by prolonging the life of your cloth diaper stash.
Yes, You Really Can Work Full-Time (outside of the home) and Use Cloth Diapers!
Okay, so the title is somewhat misleading. Whether you work full-time at or away from home, as a mother, you discover you really can't have or do it all, but that is not to say that we can't try, right? When I first found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to cloth diaper. In trying to find support with my family and friends (who all looked at me like I was crazy by the way!), I eventually turned to the internet as my main informational resource. I couldn't believe how many great sources of information there were out there, and I didn't realize what a come back cloth diapering had made either. I quickly found a supportive, online community via amazing blogs such as this one, discussion forums, websites, social networking sites, and so on. Before my daughter was even born, I had undertaken a plethora of knowledge on cloth diapering including terms such as AIO/AI2, fitteds, diaper covers, stripping, sunning, Zorb, wet bags, diaper sprayers, wet/dry pails, the pros and cons of synthetic versus natural fibers, cloth diaper safe ointments/detergents, the no-no's of fabric softeners, etc., etc.
I have some cloth diapering confessions to make:
1)You should always prewash your new diapers before using them in order to get maximum absorbency. I confess that I usually don’t before putting them on my daughter. I know, I know this can lead to leakage, but they’re just so amazingly soft before their first trip to the washer that I can’t help myself.
The first time I heard about wool as an option for a water-resistant diaper cover, I just didnt believe it.
How on earth could something made of wool hold water?
Most of us end up traveling by car when we’re on vacation. Even if we fly somewhere, a rental car is generally necessary to get us around once we arrive at our destination.
With car travel, comes the occasional necessity to change your baby’s diaper in the car or some other confined location. Here’s an opportunity for your finely-tuned problem solving skills—a parental necessity—to come into play.
Really, the only thing you absolutely must have for changing your baby is a flat space.
So as a first time mother to the most magnificent 7 month old darling girl to walk Mother Nature’s beautiful earth, I made the executive decision (then informed my husband) that we would be using cloth diapers. His first reaction was “cloth WHAT?”, then he quickly reminded me of the time he “did the laundry” and turned my $145 white silk negligee blue… WOOPS! Needless to say, he was a bit skeptical at first, however he is now as big of an advocate as any other cloth diapering addict I know.
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... and I said, IT'S ALRIGHT! In fact, it's the best thing ever for getting "doo doo" stains out of your beloved cloth diapers. Due to the bleaching effects of the sun, when paired with ample oxygen provided from all of Mother Nature's goodness... a few hours outside on the laundry line will make your diapers as white as the day you bought them!
There are a few different accessories that you should get if you are cloth diapering your baby. If you take your baby with you places, a great investment is to purchase at least one cloth diaper wet bag. There are many benefits to these wonderful little items when you take them with you.
The benefit of the diaper doubler is obvious. If you have a diaper doubler in your baby’s diaper, you won’t have to worry about a mess in the morning, even if your baby is an especially heavy wetter during the night. This leaves much less of a headache for you and a baby that will wake up a lot less cranky.
Cloth diapers have been used by parents since time immemorial. The first version of a cloth diaper was made of linen or wool and wrapped around the limbs and the body in a criss-crossing manner. Even with the popularity of the disposable diaper since the 1900s, the cloth diaper has never lost its share of admirers. It has even conceived a number of variations including flats, pre-folds, fitted, pocket and the all in one diaper.
More and more people are becoming more environmentally concerned. And because of this, more mothers are switching to cloth diapers. If you are considering cloth diapers, then all in two diapers may be for you. This information may be able to help you make this decision a little better.
Diapering used to be a real chore, but with today's highly improved styles and fabrics, you really do have choices for how you keep your little one dry and comfortable. Baby cloth diapers offer the ultimate in comfort, with soft, absorbent fabric next to your baby's skin. By comparison, disposables are constructed of plastics and other synthetics that leave babies hot and sticky. Moisture collecting inside a disposable can even lead to increased chances for rashes and other skin irritations. The simple way to avoid all this discomfort is by using contour diapers or one of the other styles that are popular today. In addition to sheer comfort for babies, parents like knowing that they can be environmentally conscious while dressing their children. The manufacture of disposables consumes valuable resources for products that are used only one time, and once they are used, disposables take up tremendous landfill space. With the simple step of learning how to fold cloth diapers or by choosing a convenient but reusable all-in-one style, you can do your part to preserve this beautiful Earth and its resources.
When you first begin searching for the perfect cloth diapering style, you may be overwhelmed by the choices. Learning how to fold cloth diapers and choosing the right design is easy with the clear information available here at Diaper Junction. One of your main considerations will be whether you want the most basic designs and are willing to do the folding yourself or whether you want something that's close in design and function to a disposable but still offers cloth's advantages. Cloth baby diapers can be as simple as a large, absorbent square of material that you fold and pin yourself, or they can be as elaborate as a fitted, snap-on panty with an absorbent outer cover already included. At Diaper Junction, you'll get clear descriptions and pictures of each type, so you can make an informed decision according to your preferences, your time, and your budget.
Cleaning your diapering supplies is simple once you find a system that works for your lifestyle. When considering cloth diapers vs disposable diapers, many people are concerned that washing at home will take too much time or will not provide the thorough results that they want. Here are the basic steps that you'll want to plan for to keep your diapering materials clean and fresh:
- rinsing dirty diapers with water right after removing from your baby
- storing in a wet or dry storage pail
- prewashing using your clothes washer's prewash cycle
- washing with detergent
- checking for cleanliness
- drying thoroughly by hanging on a line or using your dryer
Once you've covered these basic steps, you'll know how to wash cloth diapers for the best results possible. For more detailed information, spend a few minutes browsing our helpful "how to" articles. Caring for your diapering supplies will become a normal part of your routine and will head off those last-minute, expensive runs to the convenience store to buy more disposables.
Cleaning a diaper requires just a few simple steps. Once you have those down and they are part of your everyday routine, then it won't take much effort to be an expert on how to clean cloth diapers. One of the most important steps is to rinse soiled materials shortly after taking them off of your baby. Wet materials don't require any rinse treatment, but if your baby has had a bowel movement, then it's important to remove excess waste into the toilet. After that, your rinsed materials will go into a storage pail that's kept either wet or dry, depending on your preference. Every second or third day, you will move them to your washer for a prewash cycle, then a full wash cycle with detergent. If they pass the all-important "smell test" after the cleaning, then you can hang them to dry or toss them in your drying machine. Now you have fresh, clean supplies ready to go back into service. At this point, you may need to know how to fold a cloth diaper if you're using the most basic forms of diapering materials. Read on to learn more about folding techniques.
If you are still having problems, use a capful of a water softener, such as Calgon. Continue washing on hot and rinsing on cold until all the suds run clear. Hang dry.
Rinsing and storing your soiled cloth diapers properly extend their longevity and help prevent against stains setting in, as well as help reduce odor until you are able to get to your diaper laundry.
Washing bumGenius! Cloth Diapers is quite easy.
The bumGenius! 4.0 One-Size Cloth Diaper, as well as the other styles of bumGenius! diapers, are single-use cloth diapers; after they have been soiled they require a complete wash and dry cycle before they can be used on your baby again.
It’s that time again! Time to pack a suitcase for you and your spouse and a trunk full of baby gear for your little one and go off to visit family and friends for the holidays. Whether you celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, or Diwali, you will surely be visiting friends and family within the next few weeks. As you contemplate the space in your car versus the amount of things you must fit into that space, I’m sure you’re seriously tempted to forgo cloth for a couple of days and use disposables simply because they’re easier. But I’m here to persuade you to rethink that option for a couple of reasons:
I'll spare you the puns associated with the dirty job of cleaning cloth diapers. We have all heard them more times than we care to remember, and if we had dime for every time, we could hire somebody to come in a few times a week and do it for us. We have also covered the basics of spraying, dunking, and washing, but ultimately you'll wonder why some stains are more difficult to get out than others, and what can be done after you've exhausted your main options.
It is amazing how many things change over time; tastes, personalities, preferences, etc. The same is true about cloth diapers. Not only have diapers changed from basic prefolds to what they are now, but I am talking about how people grow and their personal taste in preference of diapers change with time.
No matter how well you plan for a vacation, inevitably, you get to your destination and realize that you've forgotten something, or simply failed to anticipate all the possible scenarios that could play out.
This applies even more to bringing a baby with you whether they are cloth diapered or not. This summer, my little family has taken an inordinate amount of trips away from home and every time we go, we go with cloth diapers. In fact, I'm proud to report that not once, while away from home, has a nasty, chemical-ridden, plastic-y and loud disposable diaper touched my daughter's precious bum.
Was it difficult to use cloth? Maybe at times.
Worth it? Absolutely!
Since we bought a diaper sprayer, poopy diapers have been a non-issue in our house. It is a
convenience necessity we just don't think about, and definitely can't live without, much like the toilet to which it is attached.
When we go on vacation, using cloth diapers is the only choice for us. Vacations can be expensive enough as it is without the added cost of a couple of boxes of disposable diapers.
When going on vacation with cloth diapers, getting a good swim diaper is a must!
Basically, a swim diaper is special diaper designed to keep your baby’s poop from invading the swimming pool.
A good swim diaper will allow liquids to pass through and contain the poop safe and sound. It has no absorbent layers because they would add extra weight making buoyancy difficult and causing a safety hazard to your child.
There was that time I came home from errands to find that my dear friend had put one of my daughter's Haute pocket diapers on backwards. Then, there was that other time when my mom sweetly lathered my little darling's rashy bottom with a thick layer of creamy Desitin before placing her in a bumGenius!. And I can't forget the time that my sister put her Pocket Diaper on so loosely that I was amazed there weren't puddles of pee on the couch.
"We cloth diaper." This is a phrase that can splash terror and judgment across the faces of friends, family, and care providers. I have only been cloth diapering a short time, but have already learned some helpful tips below to aide you on your journey:
Whether you are a seasoned mother or a rookie mama there is one thing all working cloth diaper mama's dread -- the conversation. Yup, the awkward cloth diaper conversation with your child's potential daycare provider.
As a cloth diapering mama myself and a home daycare provider, I can understand both sides of the issue and I can walk you through the negotiations and have your little fluffy bum in the daycare of your dreams.
I will be perfectly honest - I didn't always want to use cloth diapers. In fact, for the first few months of my pregnancy, I was adamantly opposed to the idea. I wanted fast, I wanted easy, I wanted simple.
It wasn't that I hated the earth or wanted my baby to get lots of diaper rash, I was just really, really overwhelmed. I was expecting my first child and I knew that soon after my son's birth (9 weeks, to be exact) I would return to work full-time.
To top things off, I also faced parenthood alone. I don't think anyone could blame me for not wanting to create more work for myself!
We love cloth diapers
in my house—both my husband and I, but the types of cloth diapers we
prefer is a different story altogether. I prefer diapers that snap and
he prefers hook and loop diapers. Talking with fellow cloth diapering
bloggers and also friends who cloth diaper, the different preferences,
even within one household, isn't a new story.
If you often frequent cloth diapering or natural parenting forums, you may have heard this term quite a bit. So what is going coverless? Going coverless is when you have your baby in fitted diapers or prefold diapers without any sort of diaper covers.
It may sound like a strange idea, but there are actually benefits for your child to go coverless. I have heard many a mama ask questions about how to do it and thought I could help answer some of those questions for you.
My daughter was not even a month old when I started getting worried that she rarely pooped. She would go 1-3 days sometimes without pooping; I found this odd since she was exclusively breastfed.
I talked to my doctor, who gave me a few tips to get her digestive tract moving, but otherwise seemed unconcerned. In an attempt to help her out, I pumped some milk for her and added corn syrup to it in a bottle.
Can you picture it? You're out with your sweet baby, you see your precious love making those distinct facial expressions and grunts and you just know he is leaving you a treasure in his cloth diaper. You rush to the nearest bathroom only to find: No changing table! You start to panic - HOW can a bathroom not have a changing table?!
After a few weeks of using cloth diapers, it became clear the washing process would be easier if I purchased and used cloth wipes. I kept forgetting to throw the disposable wipes away - tossing them into the diaper pail along with the cloth diapers instead.
My daughter, Bunny, got a rash. Not just a little, lets-use-prefolds-and-wool rash, but a rash so bad that it required some naked time and even a thick dose of rash cream. It was awful.
It was all my fault, too. My precious little daughter normally avoids rashes due to her wonderful cloth diapers, but she’s also the type of baby who doesn’t really mind walking around in her own poop or pee, so she doesn’t exactly let me know if she needs a diaper change. That, coupled with the fact that she hates getting her diaper changed and fights me tooth and nail meant that I left her in not one, but two poopy cloth diapers for far too long over the course of two days. So the rash that she got from the first poopy cloth diaper was intensified to open sores and bleeding when I didn’t catch her second poopy diaper in time.
Although my family quickly jumped on the cloth diaper band wagon, we were unaware of how economical cloth baby wipes were. It had not occurred to us, in our vast research on cloth diapers, to investigate about the use of cloth wipes.
When you run a cloth diapering business, there are questions that arise that truly do throw you for a loop. Perhaps it is because we've been selling cloth diapers a long while now and can't clearly remember back to when we didn't know anything about cloth diapering. Perhaps it is because we've answered some questions so many times we think surely there isn't anyone else on the face of the earth that needs this question answered. And perhaps, just perhaps, it is because we try very hard to give detailed product descriptions so that those visiting our online cloth diaper store know exactly what each item is and does/does not do.
It is true that cloth diapers are traditionally bulkier than their disposable alternatives. With cloth diapers the absorbent inner core is not millions of tiny gel beads that can absorb 200 to 300 times their weight, but instead soft, natural, absorbent cotton fibers. That said, cloth diapers come in all shapes and sizes and today's cloth diapering tip is how to find a trimmer cloth diapering system for boys.
Most of the time when I see the words "fast", "efficient" and "economical" grouped together it brings to mind preservative ridden fast food restaurants or low-quality dollar stores.
That is why I LOVE the cloth diaper fold known as the Angel Fold. It is fast and efficient to put on baby, as well as economical. The Angel Fold utilizes diaper service quality cloth diapering products that will hold up over time through subsequent babies. You would be hard pressed to find a better deal.