Post # 1
So, we’ve gotten to the point where my son doesn’t poop every hour (this is NOT an exaggeration, and may indeed be generous…) and I’m ready to (maybe) try cloth diapering, but I’m totally overwhelmed by the info google returns. I have a grocery bag full of hand-me-down cloth diapers, and nothing else. Help! I’m fairly certain I can figure out how to get the diapers on him (I know, congratulations, right?) but I know nothing else. I see info about wet bags and sprayers and all sorts of other stuff. It makes me totally overwhelmed and want to stick to disposables (and we get the stuff at Costco, so it’s not like it’s that expensive). I think I’m most likely to go half-and-half, using disposables when we are out and cloth when we are home, but I don’t know where to start.
So, please give me your very, very basic instructions on using cloth diapers and your absolutely-must-have items to achieve cloth-diapering bliss.
Post # 4
First off what kind of cloth diapers do you have? Most cloth diapers now days have where you either snap them them on or velcro on. Then you have the inserts. The ones I have are these where they snap in front and the inserts are these
They snap in and you wash those. A sprayer is good for when you have poop. You basically spray off the poop into the toilet. A wet bag is where you keep the wet inserts or diapers until you wash them.
Post # 5
We use Kawaii diapers, because they’re cheap and one-size. We have 15, which allows us to do a load every couple days. You really don’t want them sitting around any longer than that anyway.
With breast fed newborn poops, you don’t need to rinse. Throw them right in the wash as-is and set your washer for a pre-rinse cycle, and they should come out clean. Be sure to use an unscented environmentally friendly detergent with no chemical softeners or bleaches. EcoSave is a good one, but there are lots that are fine. You can find lists online.
If you’re using a diaper with a water-resistant cover like the Kawaiis, be sure not to machine dry the covers. It degrades the waterproofing and they will wear out faster. We have a collapsible bamboo drying rack that we use to string up the diapers.
Once your babe is eating solids, the poop becomes a lot poopier, and you’ll need to rinse it off before washing. We have a diaper sprayer hooked to our toilet, and I love it. It gives a nice strong jet of water to spray all the nastiness off. Then I just hand-wring the diaper and throw it in the hamper.
We don’t use any special wet bags or cans. We have a 4-section laundry sorter in our bedroom, and I just lined one section with a kitchen trash bag so that nothing would soak into the fabric of the hamper bag, and that’s where we throw everything. As long as the poop diapers are rinsed and we do a load every other day, there’s no noticable smell.
I guess that’s about it. We keep things really simple, with minimal gadgets and goodies, and it’s worked fine for us for the last 11 months.
Post # 6
Thanks, ladies. I started using them today and will slowly work my way into using them during the day. Any other hints or tips?
Post # 7
Not specific to cloth, but we’ve started using organic extra virgin coconut oil as a salve if he gets rashy at all, and it works awesome. Cleared up all the little red chapped spots in about a day.
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Post # 9
We use bumgenious 4.0, charlie banana, and flip. We use planet wise wet bag. My son is only 3 weeks, so I just throw them all in the wash with the wet bag as is. Ours came with inserts, so I didn’t need to buy any. For his bottom, we use earth mama angel baby bottom because its cloth diaper friendly.Some creams can make the diapers water resistant, so what’s used is important. We are getting a sprayer that attaches to the toilet for when gets older. You just spray the poop into the toilet and then put the diaper in the wet bag. when we go out we use disposables.
Post # 10
Fuzzibunzs!! They are amazing and work from newborn on up. Both my nephews(I care for them once a week) use them and I plan to as well. My DD was cloth diapered but the advancements since than are AMAZING and life changing. Seriously. 😉
Here are my tips:
GL! With the money your saving and the benefits to the environment and your child you are making a great choice!
Post # 11
@KoiKove: Thank you, that was super helpful!
Thanks, ladies. I’m giving it a try for the next couple of weeks with just what we have on hand, to make sure it doesn’t really bug DH’s skin or something terrible before I invest. If it all works out, I’ll switch over for most of the time.