Saturday, December 20, 2014

cloth diapering

There are SO many posts out there about cloth diapering, I want to throw my 2 cents in, if I may.

I always planned to cloth diaper, not really for any strong, convicting reason (I mean I love the earth, some might call me a little crunchy) other than I like the idea of it. It has been great for us and over the last 6 months I have been mildly successful at it so I thought I'd share my thoughts and go to essentials!! Disclaimer I do use disposables at night to prevent prolonged exposure to urine on sensitive baby skin so I digress I am not perfect. ; )

The Essentials

We exclusively use gdiapers - an Oregon based company. Really only because a friends used them on her daughter and I liked them. I don't know all the weird cloth diaper lingo but they have a cloth cover, a snap in liner and cloth or flushable inserts (we almost always use the cloth ones). Its important to use a cloth diaper that fits YOUR needs. Try a couple different ones out, check out what friends are using and see what fit your schedule and kiddo the best. Gdiapers work best for us. Try it and see how you like it! 

At first the price is a little shocking...but UBBI really is the way to go if you are cloth diapering!! The metal frame seriously keeps the stinkiest of stinky diaps from stinkin up the room! They are clean, modern looking and its one of the only pails that you can use a cloth liner with that meshes with the
whole cloth diaper deal! I LOVE our Ubbi, we have one in white. The little door on top is super handy too when your hands are full just press down and push and in the diaper goes!

Honestly I am probably the worst cloth diaper rebel ever...shhh don't tell...I don't really use special cloth diaper detergents. Whoops. I use plain old Mr's Meyers laundry detergent and Nellie's laundry soda. Now before you slap my wrist let me say - I do an extra rinse and a second wash so the diapers get thoroughly rinsed (the have a tendency to get clogged up with detergent - much like towels do) and Mr's Meyers and Nellies are very gentle and natural on their own. I don't think I would use a standard commercial detergent on my diapers. Ive never had a problem with clogged up diaper liners so I have never switched or tried to find an alternative.

My theory is - if you are gonna do cloth diapers why not just do cloth wipes too?? For me it just makes sense, I toss the cloth wipe in the diaper pail with the cloth diaper and voila. Done. No separating at all. For me it is easier, not the other way around. I discovered the best cloth wipes ever before I gave birth and I went a little nesting crazy and bought 60. Yes you read that right I bought 60. 6-0. And I'm glad I did! (although I could get by with much less!). I exclusively buy my wipes from Family Cloth Wipes from Etsy. They are fab. They have 2 different sizes, tons of colors, the thickness is perfect. I can't say enough nice things about them. 

wipe solution:
{in a square tupperware}
*couple squirts Dr. Bronner's baby wash
*couple shakes tea tree essential oil
* fill the rest up with good old H20

{tutorial to follow}

I keep my wipe solution in the fridge in a small square tupperware container. I use those reusable sandwich bags to store my wipe in. and make enough wipes for about 2-3 days. The tea tree oil keeps the mold away. I make 3 bags. One for the diaper bag, one for Piper's changing table, and one for my purse just in case.

Ok so I saved the (usually) most hated part of cloth diapering for last. The dreaded wet bag. So you are telling me I have to change the poop and then lug it around with me for the rest of the thanks! Ha...I know what you are thinking but it really isn't that bad! Wet bags are designed to hold the smell in and I have never had a problem with them. I use Planet Wise wet bags and I love them. Tons of colors and patterns to choose from and different sizes too! I use a medium one in my diaper bag and it is plenty big enough to hold 3-4 diapers at a time.

So there you have it! My cloth diapering essentials. I do not have a toilet diaper sprayer although I would love to try one out sometime!
I don't have tons of time on my hands or more than 24 hours in a day -  I am a busy working mama who loves cloth diapering and have really made it work for me and my hubby! Believe me if I can do it - you, whoever is reading this you can to! 

I mean is there any thing cuter than a cloth diaper front butt? ; )

1 comment:

  1. This is very unique and protective idea of cloth diapering. yeah, as a mom, i know how urine can affect on the skin of the baby. And unlike pampers and other products, this will remain intact for a long time.