Making cloth diapering easier on you!
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.
Don't overwhelm yourself!
You don't HAVE to fold, sort and store your diapers.
As a mother of multiples in cloth, I can admit, without being ashamed, that I rarely folded my diapers and stored them neatly. I was using them almost as fast as I could wash them and it just didn't seem necessary for me to worry about the folding and pre-stuffing when I had many other things to do.
Remember that you can use various inserts with various brands of diapers. Don't stress over putting a Fuzzi Bunz insert into a BumGenius pocket diaper. If diaper laundry is becoming too time consuming, consider purchasing a cute laundry basket or decorative toy bin or bucket to store the diapers in and then as needed pull out the clean ones you need. It worked for me!
Use the washing machine if it's empty! I often saved myself a step by placing my dirty diapers directly into the washer during the day if I knew that I wasn't going to be doing other laundry.
Because I did wash my cloth diapers every 24 hours, tossing them in the washer kept the odor from out of my kids' room and in the washer where it would end up anyhow.
Learn to wring and rinse in the toilet Diaper Sprayers are super convenient and easy to use. Problem is that you have to take into account that your wet diapers need to be transported...across the house? You do not want water dripping all over the place and you don't necessarily want to have to keep a diaper pail in the bathroom.
After using the sprayer use the pocket diaper outer or cover and wring the diaper inserts or prefolds out inside it. In other words, wrap the cover or pocket diaper shell around the prefold or inserts, roll up, and wring out. You'll be surprised at how much you can squeeze out this way and how much less messy it is.
Well these are just a few of my cloth diaper tips. What do you think? Do you do any of the above to save time and energy? Have any extra tips to share?
Nathalie Mooney Date 1/22/2013
We have our pail by our washer. Keeps the smell away from the house and rooms and super convenient to start a load!
Alexia Croteau Date 1/22/2013
Thanks for the tips!I will be a new Mom in April and want to make cloth diapering work for me. I'm having fun building my stash right now, and can't wait to try out all the things I have learned.
Summer Schmidgall Date 1/22/2013
I put a med. size wet bag in the bathroom right next to the toilet. I hung a hook on the wall & use the loop on the bag to hang it. It's only for rinsed diapers. All other diapers go in the larger bag in the nursery hung by the changing table. Works great!