Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Branswers: Cloth Diapering

As I've mentioned on here before, I recently started using cloth diapers!  I had bought Fuzzibunz diapers for an absolute steal of a deal (11 diapers for $115--about half price, cha-CHING) before he was born, but the dipes were way too big for a newborn Joonbug, and I just never got around to switching.  Finally, one day I just said, "Screw it, I'm switching."  I haven't looked back!  You can find lots of posts on cloth diapering around the www, but here's how it works for us.

SUPPLIES
I have 11 Fuzzi Bunz one size pocket diapers.  If you're cloth diapering with a newborn, you're going to need more or you'll be doing laundry 1-2x/day.  These come with 2 inserts apiece and extra elastics for around their legs in case they break (mine haven't so far).  You need special detergent to wash cloth diapers (read more about that right here).  I use a trash can with latches to keep the smell contained to one spot.  Air drying makes your diapers last longer, so I use a collapsible drying rack. And finally, you need a wet bag for when you're out and about.  I bought the small one, which holds one diaper perfectly.  If you're gone for long stretches of time, you may need a medium or large one to hold multiple diapers.

WHAT'S UP
My cloth diapers come with 2 inserts for each diaper.  I stuff each shell (the colorful diaper part) with one insert for the day time, or 2 for the nighttime when he needs more absorbency.  You'll want to fiddle around with the leg elastics and snaps to figure out a fit that's perfect for your baby.  When it's time to change Joony, I simply replace the dirty diaper with a clean one (duh), then pull the insert out of the diaper shell and toss both pieces into the pail.

POOP
Poop diapers require a little more work, and seem to be what concerns people who are new to cloth diapers.  Truly, poopy diapers are no more disgusting in cloth diapers than they are in disposables.  For those, I shake solid poos into the toilet and flush them.  More often than not, there's still residue on the diaper, which needs to be sprayed out.  You can buy a diaper sprayer that hooks right up to your toilet, which is an awesome option.  I use my kitchen sink sprayer to rinse everything out, then pull the insert out and toss it all into the pail.  Using the kitchen sink sprayer means a couple squirts of bleach and a full wipe down after all is said and done, of course, which you probably wouldn't need to do with a toilet sprayer.  I bought one, but had to return it because it sucked, and I haven't yet bought another, nicer one.  So, much to David's disgust, I use the sink.  Not as gross as it sounds, promise.

UPDATE: We got a toilet sprayer and it's great.  I installed it myself, and the pressure is more than enough to clean out dirty dipes.

LAUNDRY
Once it's time to wash, I empty the pail full of smelly diapers into the washing machine and do a rinse cycle with cold water, no detergent, on the largest load setting.  Then, I add 2 tablespoons of Rockin' Green detergent* and do a hot cycle.  During this time, I wipe out the diaper bin with a Clorox wipe because, you know.  Sanitation.  I hang them dry (they last longer that way), re-stuff inserts into shells once they're dry, and stack them up so they're ready to go. Simple, simple. I have 11 Fuzzi Bunz One Size diapers, which leaves me doing an extra load of laundry about every other day.  I've never had an unsightly poop stain, but I hear if you lay them out in the sun they'll bleach right out.

I think that's it!  This has been an awesome option for our family.  We do still use disposables from time to time--when i'm not on top of laundry or when David's in charge--but for the majority of our days, the Joonman is in cloth.  It can take a disposable diaper up to 500 (FIVE HUNDRED--that is not a typo) years to decompose and it makes me kind of sick to think of Joony's diapers remaining in landfills long after his great-great-great-great-great grandchildren have come and gone.  Obviously the initial investment is pricey, but when you consider how much you spend on disposables in a couple months, it's way cheaper.  Not to mention the fact that they just look cuter on a baby bum!

If I've left anything out, feel free to ask questions in the comments! Thanks for reading if you've made it this far, this post was a doozy.

PRODUCT LINKS*:
Fuzzi Bunz One Size Cloth Diapers
Rockin' Green Classic Formula in Bare Naked Babies
Folding Drying Rack
Latching Utility Can with Lid
Diaper Wet Bag
FuzziBunz Diaper Sprayer

*These are Amazon affiliate links, which means I do get a small commission off sales made using them.  Of course you can always look these items up and purchase them without using my links! Thanks for reading & supporting MC.

6 comments:

  1. thanks! i may have to email you with more questions. :)

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  2. Thanks for doing this post! I've always wondered about cloth diapering and this explains the basics well. I've heard of other people who convert to cloth after their babes have grown a little and don't soil their diapers as much.

    So the diaper shell and the insert get changed every time you change the diaper, right? We travel a ton with my husband for his job and are staying in hotels at least half the month. Do you think it would be feasible to do cloth diapering because we don't always have easy access to a washer and dryer?

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    1. Hey, Amy! Yep, I swap out the whole thing every time he soils a dipe. It would definitely be tricky without consistent access to a washing machine or a sprayer, which is a necessity for poop diapers. A great option to look into might be gDiapers, which are half cloth and half disposable. Here's a link to their site:
      http://www.gdiapers.com/environmentally-friendly-diapers/how-gdiapers-work
      We looked into these because Dave was so grossed out by the spraying of the poop (which doesn't bother me at all). With these ones, you flush the inserts and keep using the shells. You have to wash the shells, but as I understand, it's not nearly as often as with completely cloth ones like mine. Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions!!

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  3. Awesome! I'm thinking that'll be what we do for número dos. Never got around to doing it with Lucy but I wanted to and then was just too lazy, whoops!

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  4. we cloth at night and love it! I'm tempted to make the switch over 100% but am scared because she leaks.. have you ever had problems with leaks? I can't seem to get her to not leak like crazy out the front. We switched to hemp inserts (one regular insert on the bottom and hemp on top), which made a HUGE difference, but still leaking.. Any tips?

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