As you may know, here in the Game of Diapers, one of my favourite tools is Pampers. Does that mean everyone should use them? Of course not! Do what works for you.
I have always been interested about cloth diapering and I thought you might be as well. Lucky, an amazing mom and fellow blogger offered to step in and give us some insight into what its like to go cloth. I hope you enjoy!
I’m a mother to a 9 month old baby boy who I breast feed and cloth diaper oh and I occasionally baby wear too 😉
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Why did you started using cloth diapers?
While pregnant I was always interested in ways to be eco friendly not only to the environment but towards my babies skin too. Looking at the list of chemicals that go in to disposable nappies was over whelming and not to mention the high risk of nappy rash. AND of course the cost! The huge huge cost that comes along with having a baby. If I could cut down on the cost it would really make a difference to our monthly budget.
When did you started using cloth diapers?
I didn’t start using cloth diapers in till Vinnie was 9 weeks old. I wanted to use them way before but my husband wasn’t too keen.
Your husbands thoughts?
To begin with my husband said NO NO NO, No way.. They stink, there messy and way too much hassle. I tried to explain to him I had done research on just how easy they really were and that it would save us quite a bit of money in the long term. As for the stink, If you store and wash them correctly there isn’t any smell.
What cloth diapers do you use?
I use a mix of birth to potty pocket nappies and flips, plus I have a small collection of sized nappies which need wraps which from time to time I will use at night.
Nappies explained… I will go a head and explain just the nappies I have and use. There are so many different types and sizes out there on the market you need to find and use what works for you and your baby. It can be trail and error for the first few weeks. Don’t give up.
For us the birth to potty pocket nappies work great. The fit from around 8lbs to 35lb. The pocket at the back of the nappy is for an insert. There are many different types of inserts on the market, Microfibre, bamboo, hemp or charcoal. I personally use Mircofibre. The flips system are just a stay dry insert and a cover, every nappy change you only need to remove and replace the insert rather than the whole nappy. This system cuts down on cost and washing. The sized nappies I have are currently a size 2 bamboo complete with a rubber shell to keep all the pee pee in.
How much do they cost?
Surprisingly depending on which option you go for they can be found quite cheap. I buy most of mine from either eBay or Facebook groups. My nappies range from just £3 to a very pricey £15 each. Most I have cost an average £5.
How do you store and wash them?
This is really simple I store all my dirty nappies in a dry 60L plastic bucket with a lid on in the cupboard under the sink in the bathroom. I wash every 2nd day first thing in the morning, First I do a cold rinse cycle then a 60oC wash with 30ML of Non Bio washing powder, lastly one more rinse. Done ! Straight on to the washing line to dry.
Yes poop needs a whole paragraph just for itself. In the early days Vinnie was EBF so I didn’t do anything. The nappies went straight in to the wash with poop as well. The first rinse cycle cleans most of this. As weaning started his poop started to become more solid like so I used a disposable flushable nappy liner. This is a thin liner which is placed on the nappy next to babies skin to ‘catch’ the poop. I lift the liner and drop it in to the toilet and flush done. Now that Vinnie is eating three meals a day the poop is well and truly hard so if he does it in the nappy I just plop it in to the toilet and flush (no liner is needed any more) But most recently (the last month) I’ve been potty training and he poops on the toilet directly. As soon as I see his pooping face I whisk him off to the toilet take the nappy off and sit him on his little fish sit and he goes no problems. No mess no fuss.
What do you think is the biggest advantage/disadvantage to cloth diapering?
I think the biggest advantages are – Money saving, helping the environment and being gentle on your babies skin.
disadvantages – more washing, preparation work I like to put all the insert inside the pocket nappies ready in the draw and they can be costly to start off with.
Will you continue to use cloth diapers if you have more children?
Yes yes yes.. but next time I’d like to start using cloth diapers from the very beginning. Of course once the meconium has passed.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is interested in using cloth diapers?
Look out for cloth nappy libraries in your area so you can try before you buy. Try different brands and methods in order to work out what works best for you and your baby. Every baby is different. Also go check out the number of pre-loved cloth nappy Facebook groups.
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