Post # 1
So, I’m not pregnant or expecting yet but Darling Husband and I plan on TTC this October (YAY!). I’m a strong advocate for cloth diapering but my husband and many other family members crinkle their noses at the thought of this.
I really have no idea what cloth diapering entails. I know there are covers and stuff but can someone explain them to me? I really want to try to convince my husband this isn’t a horrible idea. He keeps saying he doesn’t want “poop” in the washingmachine with his clothing or the chore of cleaning them out to reuse (can’t say I totally blame him there!!)
Anyone cloth diaper and hate it? Anyone start non-cloth but then try it and make the switch?
Hook a curious bee up!
Post # 3
I rarely hear of people starting it and quitting, but I hear all the time of “I wish I started sooner”. Unless you throw away almost every onesie the first few weeks, you WILL have poop in your machine even using sposies! CDs tend to hold in the poop better, so at least it is contained. Once, with a sposie, my son’s poop was up to his ARMPITS. It rarely escapes at all from my cloth diapers.
Also, you don’t have to use a cover; it just depends on what style you end up using. You should check out the sticky post above from Mrs.DG.
Post # 4
You should check out the cloth diapering sticky thread! Lots of good information to research because there is SO much to learn!
My hubby was on board due to the price saving benefits but there are tons of benefits and honestly…it becomes very addicting! It’s almost fun to wash them since you get to pull all those beautiful colors and patterns out of the machine and use them on that cute babies bottom all over…never thought I would LIKE laundry! Also, breastfed baby poop comes out super easy without any extra spraying, but once it becomes more solid, you can use a diaper sprayer attached to the toilet to spray off excess poop. 🙂
But definitely check out this thread!
Post # 5
There’s what I call ‘fancy’ cloth diapers. You put them on just like regular diapers, there’s a couple different versions with how the absorbant cloth goes in – whether it’s one piece or you stuff it in a pocket, or you snap it in on top – but it’s basically the same difference (some people have a strong preference about this but I haven’t noticed any big difference). They’re a bit more expensive but there’s lots of good sales so if you start stocking up when you find out you’re pregnant whenever there’s a sale they can be quite affordable. Especially if you go for the one size since you can use the same diaper from 8 lbs to toddler size.
Then there’s the prefolds, which is just a cloth that you fold around the baby’s tush, and the fold can be easily held together with a snappi (look it up, kinda like pins but way easier). And then you put a cover over the cloth. It takes a bit longer but it’s the cheapest way to go and cuts back on laundry a bit since you can reuse the same cover a few times in a row, just take the dirty cloth out.
About washing out poop, you can use a liner and just throw the liner away (haven’t tried this yet), or hook up a diaper sprayer to your toilet – so you just wash off the poop into the toilet before tossing it in the dirty diaper bag. I wash all her diapers in their own load so they’re not mixed with our clothes ever. And breastfed poo is water soluble so not much chance of poo residue being left over in the laundry.
Post # 6
Everyone is also always telling me I’ll never last with cloth, but luckily my husband is on board. I actually thought it might be too much for me, but I had a friend explain what she does and it made it sound pretty easy.
I’m planning on using bum genious all in one, one size fits all. That way it will be easy to use and I won’t have to worry about all those different parts, plus b/c it’s one size I can use them longer instead of having to buy new ones when she grows which obviously saves money in the long run. I’m also planning on using liners, so I can just toss them and not worry too much about poo in the washing machine or in a wet bag when I’m out.
Post # 7
When I was first researching cloth diapering, I found the blog Dirty Diaper Laundry to be very helpful. Recently, she did a series for newbies that explains a lot of the information. Check out the main link and click around. It has tons of great information.