Who knew that becoming a cloth diaper mama would become a hobby? After researching the many types of cloth diapers, I decided to purchase one BumGenius 4.0. I thought the pocket diaper would be the best transition from disposables into the world of cloth. While I have always felt guilty about filling the landfills, I didn't switch due to the "green" factor.
Instead, I actually switched because I wanted something more convenient than disposables. Yes, I just said "more convenient" about cloth diapers.
After trying the solo BumGenius a few times, and having to wash it by hand because I didn't want to do a whole load with one diaper, I decided to increase my stash. While once again searching online I found the BumGenius Flip diaper. This was the perfect solution to my "ease of use" requirement, because it meant NO STUFFING. So I ordered three day packs. One with the organic inserts to use as a doubler at night, and two of the StayDry packs.
Why I think cloth is easier:
- I will have two children in diapers at the same time and this way I don't have to worry about having the right size for each kid. I can't imagine trying to keep track of which size I was running low on.
- This makes the diaper bag MUCH easier with two in diapers. I just throw in a few liners and one cover. It doesn't matter which child needs to be changed, they both use the same stuff.
- These aren't your mother's cloth diapers. My biggest fear with the transition was the poop. I use the flushable liners and flushable wipes. Now I just clean her up and flush it down. This means, no more stinky trash can.
Things you need to know when new to cloth diapers:
So, thanks to BumGenius I am building my cloth diaper stash and you can too!
- You probably need a different detergent. Most detergents have at least one thing that is bad for cloth diapers.
- Wash Routine: It seems that everyone has their own way that works for them. I soak and prewash in cold. Add two scoops of BumGenius detergent and wash in hot with an extra rinse. Then I do one more rinse.
- Don't use diaper cream with cloth diapers unless you use a liner. I also got the Grovia rash cream because it is easier than worrying about my husband not getting other cream on the diapers.
Laura Carr used to be a teacher, but is now a stay at home mom. In a few months she will have two under two, which is why she transitioned to cloth diapers.
Helen Date 1/24/2014
Still trying to convince myself they're convenient. I only have 1- 3 week old and a lot of leaks. But hearing success stories from others keeps me hopeful that it will get better.