Perhaps you want to cloth diaper, but you are on a very strict budget. Perhaps you had cloth diapers but your dryer exploded and burned them all and you can’t afford to replace them all right now. Perhaps you have just started researching cloth diapers but the hardcore cloth diapering fanatics who spend $80 on one diaper cover or stay up all night waiting for a chance to bid on a hyena or something totally scare you off. You are in luck. You do not have to buy a single cloth diaper, ever, if you want, but you can still cloth diaper anyway.
Your kitchen drawer: an untapped source of potential cloth diapers. Even more so when you ignore the popsicle stick on the ground.
“You are one of those crazy fanatics scaring me off,” you might be thinking right now and I cannot, in full conscience, deny the “crazy” part, but I am serious. Our distant ancestors would think we were speaking in tongues if we ever uttered the words “bumGenius” or “Fuzzibunz” in their presence. There was no such thing as an all-in-one or fitted. When I was visiting my grandmother last summer, she came outside while I was hanging a bunch of diapers on a drying line and said, “Oh! Everything is so modern. We did not have this newfangled diaper when I was growing up.” Naturally, I thought that she was referring to my pocket diapers, but to my surprise she leaned over and picked up a prefold! So clearly, before the advent of disposables and modern cloth diaper designs, people managed to diaper their kids with what they had on hand. That means we still can as well.
One of the first things you will find out when you start buying cloth, is that you have a lot of choices. You can get diapers in every color and more prints then you could imagine.
I had a boy and a girl in diapers when I first started my cloth journey. At the time, I had a very limited budget so I was looking mostly for diapers that I would use on both of them. For this reason I bought mostly solid colors that would be considered gender neutral. I did splurge and buy a few diapers for my girl in cute girl prints since she was younger and would be using the diapers longer then my son.
As time went on and I got pregnant with my third child, I started buying small diapers before I knew my babies gender. Again, I stuck with diapers that I knew I would use for either gender. I bought a large lot of atd aios because they were white and they were great diapers, I bought some solid colored nana bottoms and then I waited until I knew what I was having. I wanted the rest of my stash to be for a certain gender. After finding out I was having another girl, I bought a lot of cute pink diapers and several adorable prints.
My fourth child was the first one I cloth diapered from birth, the first two were 21 months and six months when I started. my third I started in smalls which did not fit her for six weeks. With my fourth I wanted the newborn cloth experience, I started buying newborn diapers when I got pregnant and I bought mostly gender neutral to begin with. I added several girly ones after finding out her gender but a large portion of my stash was gender neutral colors.
Posted 11-26-2013 at 09:38 AM by yoliyoda
Tide for our linens, Dreft for baby clothes, BumGenius for cloth diapers, homemade soap for everything else–it was all just too much!
It seems that if you asked 100 cloth diapering moms how they tackled laundry, you’d get 100 different responses. So, to see just how diverse viewpoints were, I took a poll here on the site. I asked moms what type of laundry detergent they preferred. As of the date of this article, of the moms that answered about 63% used a major-labeled brand, 15% used cloth diaper specific detergent, 14% used a home made or natural option, and 8% weren’t picky about what they used.
One of the detergents that I noticed kept coming up in the thread was Tide. Some mom’s opted for the Free & Gentle version, while others stuck to the traditional. Some moms used powder, while I’ve heard other moms swear by the liquid. Some moms went for the more generic brands like Foca and Kirklands.
When it came to the natural store bought option, Charlie’s Soap kept being mentioned. For the price of $24 for 128 ounces, it is an affordable no-frills natural option for those who want to keep it basic. Allen’s Naturally Liquid, at around $42 for a gallon, was another option mentioned.
The option of making your own powder is always near and dear to me. I actually enjoy making our laundry soap, other household and beauty options. A few moms used SoapNuts, while others mixed their own concoctions. A few were even nice enough to share. One of the recipes is listed below for newbies.
Other factors that came up in the discussion about which type of detergent was selected by moms for their cloth diaper loads is the type of washing machine that they had, and if the local water supply was hard. High Efficiency machines and standard top loader seem to need different type of soap. Also, just like hard water can
One of the greatest things about cloth diapers is the fact that you can use your stash for multiple children. There are proper ways to store your diapers in between children, making sure you are going to get the most use from your stash.
- You want to make sure that your kids are very clean before putting them away. I am in the process of cleaning all my OS diapers to store for when my baby ( who is due in Feb ) is bigger. I am going to strip them all and then sun them until they are completely dry.
Not cleaning your diapers could lead to them becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. You also need to make sure they are completely dry to avoid molding.
2. Proper storage
I will be storing all my diapers in a plastic tote on a shelf in my basement. You want to make sure your diapers are safe from water and critters. The last thing you want is to pull your diapers out and find mold or that they have been used for a nesting ground for mice.
Good plastic totes and space saver bags are a great way to store your diapers.
I have been told not to store diapers in sheds, garages or attics. Weather that is really hot or really cold is very hard on your diapers. Mine will be stored in the basement and we have a dehumidifier down there.
Now that you have your diaper stash you may be trying to figure out where to store it all. One thing about cloth diapers is that they take up a lot more room then disposables. How you store your stash is really up to you, there are a lot of great options out there.
When I first started cloth diapering I stored my stash in a rolling nursery storage station that I bought at babies r us. The storage area was made of fabric and it snapped onto a plastic frame. I thought it would be perfect and it was at first. As my diaper stash grew, the weight of my stash got to be to much and the snaps would come undone and the fabric would collapse. I made due with it for the first three kids but once I got pregnant with my fourth and my third was still in diapers, I knew I wanted something else.
The room we have the nursery in is not a very big room. It is about a 10×10 space. You put a changing station, crib, toy box and other baby gear in there, the extra space is very limited. I needed somewhere to store my stash and did not want to use a dresser drawer. I needed room in the dresser for clothes and my diapers were to pretty to stick in a drawer and shut. I wanted them out to be seen and enjoyed.
I have a few friends now that have made the switch to cloth diapers, when they first started looking into the switch, they all asked the same thing. Should they buy all new or used diaper and why?
I tell them my story. One of my first cloth diaper purchases was new and from a WAHM. Unfortunately, it was the worst cloth diaper purchase I have ever made. I was a cloth newbie, did not know what to look for and the WAHM did a horrible job. She ended up closing up shop before I was able to do anything about it and I was out a lot of money. After that I bought a variety of used diapers and I was so glad I did. Buying used diapers gave me the chance to try several different things, find what worked best for us and not spend a lot. Even buying used, my diapers have lasted a very long time, I have been able to resell everything that did not work for us and get more of what did. I have bought new diapers, some being on the more expensive end, some being wahm, others being cheap and bought from coops.
There are advantages and disadvantages of being new or used. I have put together a small list below with a few examples.
“But what do you do with the poop?”
This question is often asked by new cloth diapering parents, or by non-cloth diapering people who regard cloth diapering as sort of an anachronism, like dressing in Renaissance fair clothing except cloth diapers are worn every day and have more poop involved. It’s not a bad question, because disposable diaper poop goes into the trash most of the time and the rest of us use toilets and merrily flush our excrement away without much thought. So what DO you do with a cloth diaper full of poop?
It doesn’t matter what time period you are from. Babies always pull down your shirt at the most inappropriate times, such as while sitting for a formal portrait.
It is the middle of the night, your baby wakes up crying. You pick her up to comfort her and the smell hits you. You know immediately what is going on, your baby has diarrhea. I know I am not the only mom that has dealt with this. I will never forget the time that my youngest came down with rotavirus. She was so miserable and the smell was the worst. We were washing diapers around the clock to keep up and keep the smell away. We thought about switching to disposables during this time but since her skin was already very irritated from the diarrhea, I did not want to make it worse. Between lots of diaper changes, lots of CJS at each change and baths, I was able to keep the rash pretty much at bay.
Even my best diapers were not able to contain all the mess at times. We had a few blow outs and times it would leak out around her legs. It did not matter if you changed her in a matter of moments after, the diaper just was not always able to keep up. For this reason, I was keeping a fleece cover over her diaper at all times. If it got dirty, I would immediately rinse and wash it to prevent it from getting a lot of stains.
We were washing her diapers twice and I sunned her diapers as much as possible to help with the staining as well. It seemed like the minute one load was out, another was in. We made it through all seven days of her being sick and used cloth the whole time. One of my fleece diapers did get stained
Posted 11-7-2013 at 06:06 AM by yoliyoda
Lets be honest, there is a downside to almost everything, including cloth diapers. I’ve learned that the hard way by making the same, irritating, mistake twice. In recent days I have taken my son out for an extended period of time to only find that I did not have enough cloth diapers. In fact, one time I didn’t even have enough wipes. Yes, I am a new mom and he is only a few weeks old, however: fool me once, shame on you–fool me twice and I’m a fool.
Even though I thought that had his pattern figured out (more stool in the evening, and urine throughout the day) he showed me. So just what do you do when you have hours left before you’re supposed to go home, you’re miles away, and your son just plastered his last cloth insert? Well, begrudgingly, twice I’ve done the same thing–go to the store. The first time we were fortunately near a Babies R Us and could get some disposable inserts for his gDiapers, along with some wipes (because he blew through those too). Most recently we were not so fortunate. We ended up buying *shutters* Luvs. Now I have more disposables clogging up space in our tiny home, not to mention that was my lunch money I used to buy them!
Diaper rashes are bad enough to have to deal with. Yeast diaper rashes are a whole nothing ball park and an even bigger issue when you are using cloth diapers.
I never had to deal with a yeast diaper rash with my first three children, my fourth child was rather prone to them. Any time I needed antibiotic while I was nursing her or she needed one, she would end up with a yeast rash. She also got them randomly.
I know that I am glad that a friend of mine had already dealt with this issue with her child. She was able to give me the run down on what I needed to know to clean my diapers, kill the yeast and how to protect my diapers in the process.
The first step is treating the rash. Your doctor can prescribe you a medicine ( I have done it this way and cured it in more natural ways ). The cream they give you is not cloth diaper friendly. If you want to keep using your cloth diapers while on this cream, you will need to use a liner of some kind. A fold cloth wipe, fleece liner or throw away liner will do the trick.
There are other ways to treat the rash. CJs makes a yeast rash cream, some people have used coconut oil and I personally have used tea tree oil.