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.
First, I do not consider myself a minimalist. I do however consider myself thrifty, my husband would say cheap, and often, thrifty and minimalist tendencies go hand in hand. That’s why even though I am not a minimalist, I have a minimal amount of diapers. I have always had two kids in cloth diapers at the same time. I have never had more than 20 diapers at any one time. I have always only purchased and used the absolute bare minimum of diapers I needed for my kids. But there are drawbacks to this. One of the drawbacks is that laundry must be done very frequently. Then, because of that, it’s possible to run out of diapers. And, all that washing over and over and over is hard on the diapers. I have learned that when it comes to cloth diapers, there are good reasons not to be minimalist about them.
I have to do laundry every day. My routine is pretty simple, but the entire process can take several hours. First, I have to get the overnight diapers off the two kids. This requires that I make sure I have at least one diaper for each still clean. After changing them, I put the load of diaper laundry in the washer and run a single rinse cycle. I keep the diapers in a dry pail and don’t rinse after I dump dirty diapers, so this initial rinse cycle is important to ensure they get clean. This takes about a half hour to run. After that, I run a full wash cycle, with detergent. This takes another half hour or so. Then, I hang them to dry, assuming it’s nice out. It takes about 10 minutes or so to hang the entire load. Then, the amount of time it takes to dry depends on how warm and dry and sunny it is out, but it takes a few hours. I have AIOs now, which take longer. Often, I have to pull at least two off the line and run them in the dryer for a short time in order to change the kids, because I have run out of diapers before the process is finished. While I can still manage other tasks while waiting for cycles to finish or for the diapers to finish drying on the line, it still takes up a large portion of my day, every day.
As I mentioned, I often run out of diapers before they are totally dry. I have heard it said that having cloth eliminates the late night runs to the store for a package of diapers. It is true that all I have to do is wash them to get a new diaper, the reality is that having my child run around with no diaper on for
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.
This one of my favorite diapers to make. It combines the ease of a aio, with the practicality of the pocket diaper!
The insert once sewn agitates out of the diaper with ease!
I hope this video tutorial aids you in sewing up your very own pocket aio diaper!
- Square Winged Pattern (my own)
- Waterproof PUL Outer (22*22 inch diaper cut)
- Suede Cloth Inner (22*22 inch cut)
- Kam Snaps (or Hook and loop)
- Polyester Thread (Guitermann)
- Organic Hemp Fleece for the Insert! (1/4 yard)
Here are some photos of the finished product:
Until next time swappers,
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.
Posted 11-14-2013 at 12:48 PM by yoliyoda
I have to applaud the island country of Jamaica. They are in discussion for banning the advertising of infant formula to the general public. Dr. Kenneth Russell of UNICEF says that for the “big picture”, the standing ban on advertising of formula in Jamaica needs to be observed. He says that it’s about producing healthy children.
Jamaica is one of the many countries that took seriously the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Adopted by The World Health Organization, the document says that companies which produce breastfeeding substitutions should not promote their wares to the general public or give free supplies and gifts to mothers and healthcare workers, or prompt themselves in hospitals. Breastfeeding substitutions include both formula and bottles. Companies also have to be careful about the language the actually put on their products. They have to clearly state the dangers of their product and and no use ‘dreamy’ idealized language to describe their it.
In the introduction of the piece, the WHO cited The Twenty-seventh World Health Assembly from 1974, noting “the general decline in breast-feeding in many parts of the world, related to sociocultural and other factors including the promotion of manufactured breast-milk substitutes, and urged ‘Member countries to review sales promotion activities on baby foods to introduce appropriate remedial measures, including advertisement codes and legislation where necessary’ “
Bravo for every country that sticks up for the benefits of breastfeeding! While I have used formula to supplement, I love breastfeeding. My love-bunny (when he grows up don’t tell him that I called him his nickname in public) breastfeeds more than he doesn’t. And while the US does have some regulations on what companies that produce breastfeeding replacements can and can’t do, in perspective I don’t think that they’ve done enough.
In our parents’ and grandparents’ time, cloth diapers were simple. In most cases, they were just prefolds, pins, and plastic pants. There were very few choices available and in many cases, they rejoiced at the appearance of disposable diapers. This is not the case for those of us using cloth diapers today. There are a lot of options, from the type of diaper to the look of the diaper. There are so many options that anyone looking to get started in cloth can be easily overwhelmed by all of it. Often the terms used can get confusing. People are left wondering whether they are talking about a diaper or some military project. So here is a quick list of some cloth diaper terminology and acronyms.
First there are the types of diapers.
*All in One-abbreviated AIO. This is exactly as it sounds. It’s a whole one piece diaper, just like a disposable
*All In Two-abbreviated AI2. This diaper type has an absorbent pad that is removable. Often that pad will snap in or simply be laid in the diaper
*Pocket-This is similar to the AI2. However the diaper consists of two layers with a pocket in between and that is where the absorbent pad fits into
*Prefolds-These are the diapers that older generations are usually most familiar with. These are flat diapers with an absorbent portion sewn into the middle. It’s meant to be folded and fastened around the baby’s bottom.
Posted 11-8-2013 at 01:15 PM by yoliyoda
“Exclusively breastfed”. It’s two words that when placed together create a golden ideal for some mothers. Many of us read the research about the benefits of breastfeeding our children exclusively for the first 6 months and then continuing afterwards for the first year or beyond. So many of us start with the idea that we can do it. We don’t think about the fact that life happens, issues arise, and something just might get in the way of the best laid plans.
Many mothers may find themselves in the position that I was in: formula in the fridge. I had a hungry baby and supply issues that just weren’t going to be solved overnight. I did what I had to do for my son at the time. However, just one sip of one bottle took him out of the “exclusively breastfed” club. It was devastating on so many levels, and for a short time I wondered if my breastfeeding efforts were still worth the results. Very rarely do we read about the benefits of supplementing. It can leave a mother feeling it’s all or nothing.
However, there is hope on the horizon. Often articles do a clean-cut comparison to show the dramatic differences between breastfed and formula-fed babies by citing the statistics on exclusively breastfed babies. It might be that many scientist only include exclusively breastfed babies in their research because there are too many factors for babies that are supplemented–factors that might skew the outcome, or make result subjective (such as how much formula they have, what time of day, what brand, ect.) But remember, the wording of the studies and statistics don’t null and void the benefits of some breast milk over none at all.
There simply needs to be more research done into the benefits of supplementing over exclusively formula-feeding. The information published prompting breastfeeding should speak to the mass experience of mothers. The truth is that according to the CDC, in the US 76.5% of babies
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