Thursday, December 29, 2011

cloth diapering

I’ve had several people lately ask me about using cloth diapers.  Most people seemed shocked when they find out we use cloth.  Many think it is too much work or just too gross.  But I really don’t think so at all.  It’s just a couple extra loads of laundry a week.

I knew before I ever got pregnant that I wanted to cloth diaper.  Justin and I had talked and knew we wanted multiple children… and I loved the idea of using cloth diapers to save money over the years.  There are many good reason to use cloth, such as good for the environment, less diaper rash, no chemicals against baby’s sensitive skin, etc.  But for me.. I just like saving money any way I can.  Oh, and they are super cute!  :)


I bought a bunch of a certain type of diaper second hand while preggo.  These diapers did not work for Judah.  I was very disappointed, but didn’t want to give up.  I sold those diapers and decided to try another brand.

We ordered 15 Bum Genius 4.0 pocket diapers with snaps.  These are one size diapers, which means Judah will most likely be able to wear them from itty bitty baby to potty training.  They adjust size/rise with snaps.


These diapers are super easy to use.  I have everything set up in Judah’s room on and around his changing table.


Diapers in one basket..

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Inserts and fleece liners in one..


And wipes, powder, cream, etc on the shelves there too.

I also have a basket that holds disposables.  We use these when traveling or when out all day.  We also use disposables overnight because Judah is such a heavy wetter!


I have a diaper pail (trash can with flip top lid) lined with a wet bag to hold dirty diapers until it’s time to wash. 

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And a little trash can on the other side for dirty wipes and disposable diapers.


If we do go out in cloth diapers, I use a smaller sized wetbag in my diaper bag to hold the dirty/wet diapers until we get home.  It is waterproof and smellproof.  :)

This is what our diaper looks like before going on Judah man:


The diaper is pre-stuffed (I do this after I wash and dry the diapers/inserts).  I grab a diaper out of the basket, lay a fleece liner on it (this helps wick away moisture and leaves Judah’s skin super dry), and then lay a disposable/flushable liner on top (this liner catches most or all poo and is then dumped into the toilet… so I don’t have to deal with much poo at all!).

I love using the cloth diapers.  They are just as easy as disposables to me.  They might take 5 seconds longer to change, only because snapping the snaps takes longer than the sticky tabs on a disposable to close.


I’m very pleased with these and can’t imagine not using them on all of my babies!


Marcie said...

How cute!
I also want to use cloth, but I am just a little scared. I don't know what I would be getting myself in to!

My Beloved Life said...

I have heard so many great things about cloth diapers. My husband and I don't have any children yet but I do feel more inclined to cloth diapering. I'm glad it's working out so well!


Megan said...

We are cloth diapering the triplets too! I love it!! People think we are crazy also, but its worth it to me on so many levels!