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.
If you want to cloth diaper starting at birth, a lot of people ask themselves this question: Do I really need to have newborn sized diapers or can I go straight to the smalls or OS?
There really is not a straight forward answer to this question. Some people could get away with skipping the newborn sized diapers. It all depends on the size of your child at birth. If you are known for having nine or ten pound babies, smalls and most OS diapers would fit at birth. They may not fit under the cord like newborn diapers do but they will fit the baby. At the same time, some newborn diapers would not fit a larger newborn. There are a few that would but newborn diapers are not all the same size. You would need to check weights closely when buying and pick newborn diapers that go up to a large weight.
I am not known for having large babies, my biggest so far was only 8lbs 5oz. I did not cloth diaper him until he was much older so I can not tell you what worked for him at birth. I actually can not talk about newborn cloth until my third child came along.
For as much as I’m an advocate of cloth diapers, cloth wipes turned me off for a long time.
That is weird, you are probably thinking. Cloth wipes have the same advantages as cloth diapers. They are better for the environment because they aren’t taking up landfill space. They are not clogging sewage systems and pissing off your local department of public utilities. They are gentle on baby’s butt and aren’t full of weird chemicals and fragrances. You don’t have to separate them from your cloth diapers to throw away later; you can just toss them in the diaper pail with the dirty diapers.
I KNOW this. I don’t know why it took me so long to try them. Perhaps it was laziness; we were gifted tons of disposable baby wipes before our daughter was born. But finally after a few months of seeing people talk about cloth wipes all over the place I was all, FINE. I will try them. We shall see.
I ended up with a mish mash of wipe materials and fabrics. Flannel is fairly soft and durable. Sherpa is even softer. Minky is okay as long as the other side is something more…grippy. Bamboo terry is amazing except I hate bamboo for other reasons. Fleece is idiotic and smears everything around. And so on. I could go on all day about fabrics and how good or bad they are at wiping up poop, but that’s heading into Crazy Cloth Lady territory which I try to avoid when I can.
Cloth wipes: As cute and collectable as cloth diapers, if you want them to be!
Posted 10-22-2013 at 11:05 AM by yoliyoda
“Hindsight is twenty-twenty.” We all know that. Sometimes, after you’ve gone “all in” you have a moment when you look back and wish you’d done something differently. If you cloth diaper you’re sure to have one of those moments. Many moms, weeks and months into diapering their baby, look back and wish that they could change something. Here are a few things that some now “wiser” mamas wish they knew from the beginning.
“… you need to find a wash routine specific to your washer, because every machine is different. This drove me crazy until I accidentally found some routines for my particular front loader. They are not all created equal, apparently!” – Anna G.M
“The wonders of wool! I was scared at first, but alas, they are glorious. And sized diapers for big babies!” – Melissa G.
“… my son is a super heavy wetter and I need the strong stuff.” – Elisabeth P.
“Bamboo and hemp!” – Nikki J.
I have been trading on Diaperswappers for several years now. Trading has been a great way for me to build my stash, get rid of things I do not need and not spend a lot of cash in the process.
Breaking into the trading world on diaperswappers can seem a bit daunting to a newbie trader. There are two main areas that trading takes place on the site. There is the ISO/IHA forum, this is where you post a thread listing all the items you have available for trading and what things you are looking for. The same rules apply to this forum that apply to the rest of the fsot boards.
There is also a swaps group that you can join on diaperswappers. You have to opt into this area once you meet all the requirements. The swap area of diaperswappers is a lot of fun. There are all kinds of different swaps that go on and I have been able to get a lot of new diapers and woolies for my stash from these swaps.
I have put together a list of tips for newbie traders. These are all based on my experiences over the years and things I have learned along the way.
1. Be very descriptive.
- Posting an IHA (I have available) is just like trying to sell your items. When you post make sure to include details about your items. This is very important for diapers and woolies. Posting size, any issues and other details will make people more likely to message you. I know that I will skip over posts that do not include this information. I do not always want to take the time to PM for details when I am looking for a certain item.
2. Do not undersell or oversell yourself.
- Be fair in your pricing. You are more likely to get trades with well established traders if you are fair with your stuff. People would not want to buy from you if you over price, the same goes with trading. You do not have to undersell yourself either.
I totally get why some people suspend cloth diapering their kids while traveling. Our closest family, geographically, is a 4-hour drive away, so when we visit them I always have an extra bag full of cloth diapers, covers, extra wetbags, wipes, etc. It’s not a huge deal since it’s only a 4 hour drive and we know we have access to a washing machine, etc, while there, but it is still one more bag to pack and worry about. I can’t blame anyone who says “screw it” and picks up a pack of disposables so they don’t have to deal with cloth on top of all the usual traveling stress.
Who wants to think about cloth diapers when you have this view to look at? Oh, that’s right, me.
However, I have a tendency to never do anything the “easy” way so we do cloth full time, all the time, no matter what. Reasons include:
I know many cloth diaper users that switch to disposable diapers overnight because they have trouble finding a cloth diaper solution that does not result in a soaked baby and wet sheets. I have been down that path myself but since I do not like using disposables on my babies overly sensitive skin, I was determined to find a solution that worked for us.
All my children have been heavy wetters, over nights were a cloth diaper struggle for us. This stage seems to start when they are about six months old and lasts until close to age two. We cosleep when our children are babies and night after night I was waking up to a wet bed. Even if I would try changing them right before they went to sleep and then again when I went to sleep, we would still wake up several times a week with a soaked diaper.
I was new to cloth diapering when this started with my oldest daughter ( my son was already almost two when we started cloth diapering and we really had no overnight issues with him ), at that time my diaper stash was a collection of odds and ends that I had collected. I really did not know a lot about cloth yet and we only had two diapers she did not wet through overnight. Those two diapers were atd aios. We did end up buying a pack of disposables and using them part time while I found more atd aios for her to use over night. It was not until she was over a year that someone told me to try nana bottom aios overnight. They worked just as well, if not better then atd aios and we rarely had anymore wet nights.
My third child I used the same two system for overnights plus did some double stuffing in her pockets. The double stuffing did work for us but it is pretty bulky. Kairi was not nearly the heavy wetter that her big sister was so we never really had a lot of issues with her. I still stuck with the aio and double liner system just in case.
What is a wetbag? -
A wet bag is a reusable bag to store soiled diapers in. They are made of a pul material to keep wetness inside. The closure can be a zipper, snaps or a drawstring.
They come in a large variety of sizes, prints and colors. They are mass made and wahm made. They are found online and in cloth diapering stores, some baby stores, on etsy, hyena cart, facebook and diaperswappers.
Wetbags are great for storing dirty diapers in when you are out of the house, inbetween washes and more. I take mine when we go swimming to store wet suits in, I have a couple smaller ones for my mama cloth and even have kitchen wetbags for storing wash clothes in between washes.
Ok, so let me say this right off the bat: My usual detergent for cloth diapers is the same as for the rest of our family’s laundry. All Free and Clear.
I’m sure some of you reading this gasped in abject horror, the rest are nodding sagely because that’s what you use too. There’s a ton of conflicting information about what detergents to use with cloth diapers out there. I’m a believer of using what works for you.
Nevertheless, if you’ve ever ordered diapers or diapering products from an online cloth diaper boutique, you have probably ended up receiving a free sample of bumGenius detergent at some point. Really, it’s inevitable. Whenever one falls out of a package I’m opening, I toss it in a little basket on my desk and go on to admiring whatever fluffy diaper I actually bought. The intention has always been to use them while traveling, but I’ve never actually traveled somewhere that didn’t already have All Free and Clear available, so the bumGenius detergent piled up until the cat whacked the basket with his tail and they scattered all over the place, prompting me to grab a pack and actually try it at home to see what the difference is.
The load of diapers I washed included, appropriately, a few bumGenius Elementals, two Flip covers, a couple of Swaddlebees Simplex OS, a number of Green Mountain Diaper organic workhorses, and a couple of Alva suedecloth pockets and bamboo/microfiber blend inserts. This is not a “brag list” of diapers we use, I promise it will be relevant later. I dumped the detergent and diapers into my non-HE top loader, set it to wash on hot with an extra rinse, and then left to see why my daughter was being oddly silent.
After drying I pulled out all the diapers. They smelled clean. They looked fairly clean. It seemed like the cotton workhorses held on to more stains than usual. But, overall, everything was clean, which is the point of laundry detergent, so what I can say is that it did its job just fine. But how did it hold up against my beloved All Free and Clear?