Cloth diapers are not as difficult as our society makes it out to be. Sure, disposable diapers can be convenient, and I use them myself about 10-15% of the time. But once you’ve set up a convenient system, using cloth only really adds a load of laundry every 5-7 days. With all the laundry my family requires, I hardly notice the extra effort.
There is a bit of a learning curve to get a system that works for you. Using cloth diapers has become a lost art and parents need to find resources in order to demystify things.
I was actually talked out of using cloth with my Big Guy, by a friend who works in the environmental field. I ended up using G-Diapers as a middle ground, but had mixed results. Here’s my Diaper Duty story for #1 and #2.
Now that Miel has recently had her first child in June, I’ve been asked to reflect once again on my diapering experience.
Here are the three steps to setting up a diapering system:
- Start cloth diapers at about 12 pounds (which obviously depends on baby’s size)
- Buy a mix of “all-in-one” diapers for mostly night time and wraps for the days
- You need a few more supplies to set up your system (see list below)
1. This third time around using cloth diapers has felt like second nature. I started when Sweetie had grown out of of size 1 disposables, at about 12 pounds. Almost all of my diapers are made to grow with her and can expand with snaps. Starting at just after the newborn stage will save you money on diapers that you would only use for a month. Plus, it also gives you a chance to settle into parenthood with the new little person you’ve just created.
2. In an effort find the “right diaper” I ended up buying several different brands. This made it more complicated than necessary, since each diaper has it’s own nuances. Take my advice, and just buy the one brand that works, I really like the Thirsties Duo Wrap and BumGenius works great too.
3. You’ll need more than just cloth diapers. The good news is that some of the items you can repurpose once you are done diapering. Here’s my list:
- Air tight 5 Gallon Eco Bucket with a lid
- Two smaller Airtight Containers With a Handle (I used these to transport diapers to/from daycare, but at home they are handy to have for changing diapers on different floors)
- Flushable BioLiners diaper liners make dumping poop much easier. You don’t need to start using until you introduce solids and their poop firms up. These were a game changer for cloth diapering! (It is doable to go without, but it sure is messier…)
- Oxygen bleach and essential oils to add to wash loads
- A dedicated laundry basket for fresh diapers
Once you have your supplies set up, the system is really easy…catching your toddler for a diaper change is the real challenge!
What does your diaper system consist of?