Why We Use Cloth Diapers

We are a cloth diapering family.

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I had no idea people even used cloth diapers anymore, until I became pregnant and started researching everything. In my studies, I stumbled across some mommy-blogs all about cloth diapering, and I was pretty intrigued!

Turns out, the diapers these days are pretty advanced, and you can use cloth without worrying about poking your precious one with a safety pin! There are people who choose to use diapers that require folding, pinning, and covering, but I’ve chosen the velcro/snaps route. They are, in my opinion, way easier for daddy and caretakers to use when I’m not around for diaper changes.

In fact, they are so easy to use, that I would say that they’re just as easy as disposables! You just have the added steps of washing and folding, but even that becomes super simple once you get used to it.

When I first realized that people still used cloth diapers, and that they’re so easy to use, I went back and forth for months trying to decide if they were right for us. I did eventually decide to go with the cloth diapers, but only after doing as much research as I could, and, of course, making a pros vs. cons list!

Pros:

1. Totes adorbs. Cloth diapers come in such a wide array of colors and patterns, you don’t even need to dress your sweetie in pants/bloomers! Just wear a cute top to match the undies, and you’re set!

2. Good for the environment. Fact: my poop is still sitting in disposable diapers in some landfill out there…gross! Those things just don’t die! Ever! And considering how many you go through from birth to potty-training, disposable diapers make up an enormous percentage of the world’s garbage.

3.Fewer diaper rashes. Because cloth diapers aren’t filled with chemicals to keep your baby’s bottom dry, your little one will get fewer rashes! In the five months we’ve used cloth, Owen has only had a handful of rashes, each of which occurred while we were using disposables! Not a single rash while wearing disposables!

4. Financially economical. Despite their hefty prices upfront, you’ll actually save a ton of money in the long run. One Bumgenius diaper cost about $22-$25, but will last you all the way through potty-training. If you take good care of your diapers, you may even be able to use them with more than one child!

5. NO BLOWOUTS! This, in my opinion, is the best reason to use cloth. Owen has had two blowouts. Both in disposable diapers. While he’s been in cloth, he’s had a few nasty moments, but no poop leaks! I’ve been seriously surprised a few times, too.

Cons:

1. Diaper laundry. It’s really not terrible, once you get into the swing of things, but you’re still washing poop-catchers!

2. Daycare providers and relatives may have a difficult time with cloth. Once you get the hang of folding and using them, they’re easy. But it does take practice. You’ll need to help anyone watching your baby, and offer a “how-to.”

3. You can’t just toss ’em! If you’re out and about and your little one fills his britches, you gotta carry that around with you all day. Wet bags are great at concealing the smell and keeping your diaper bag clean, but people might look at you funny when you tell them you’re carrying around poop in a bag.

4. Difficult to travel with. Any time we go somewhere overnight, we just end up using disposables. It’s no big deal if we’re just out for the day, but overnight? No thank you. That’s way too many dirty diapers to carry around with us all day.

So there you have it! Even with the cons, we chose to cloth diaper. In my opinion, the pros far outweigh the cons.

If you think you might like to try cloth diapers, but feel clueless as to where to begin, I highly recommend heading here for more info! At this link, you’ll be able to find absolutely everything you need!

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Stripping Cloth Diapers

This weekend, I had my first experience stripping our cloth diapers. We’ve been using cloth for about four months now, but for the past week or so, I’ve noticed that even the clean diapers have a bit of stink to them! Nasty!

So I looked up how to strip them. I’d heard of doing this, but it’s something I managed to avoid for four months. It just seemed way too complicated! But this website walked me right through it.

There are many options for stripping your cloth diapers, but I went with the blue Dawn method (because I already had some blue Dawn at the house). And it worked! The diapers are smelling fresh again, and it only took a few hours out of my weekend to achieve!

First, I washed the diapers, so we could start with clean cloth. Then, I added one little drop of blue Dawn dish soap, and began a rinse/spin (I have a top loader, by the way). I then kept doing rinse/spins until there were no more suds! Easy peasy!

HOWEVER, I think I’m going to purchase some Oxiclean or BacOut and add a scoop to my normal wash routine. I’m hoping that will help keep the bacteria dead and dead, which will keep the stink away. This way, I can continue to avoid stripping my diapers.

If you use cloth diapers, have you ever had to strip them? Which method do you prefer?