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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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