I’ve been wanting to write this post for some time, but thought I’d wait a while to see how our cloth diapers hold up. It’s been almost a year and we are all happy campers; it also seems fitting to post this topic on Earth Day. So here it goes.
We have loved our cloth diapers thus far! Our son is almost 1 year old and they have held up great. It is easier than anticipated. This may sound tedious but you know how trying new things can be; once you do it a few times it will become your new normal. From other blogs I’ve read and estimates on diaper usage you can save about $2000 per child; and don’t forget about the wipes.
We started with Kissa’s Newborn All-In-One Diaper (they are all in one with a poly outer and fleece inner). (You’ll see in a second we could have skipped this newborn type all together)
We also tried Kissaluvs Cotton Fleece Fitted Diaper with an extra cover by Thirsties, but weren’t impressed.
From about 10 pounds on we have LOVED our BumGenius all in one diapers; some people call them AIO. You can see that there are 2 liners sewn into the cover (not removable). We bought almost everything online at amazon, but I think they now sell BumGenius at “Buy Buy Baby” if they have one near you.
BumGenius should fit up to 35 lbs so until potty training, fingers crossed! There have been no problems with the snaps or elastic after 11 months. Very thrilled. They leak occasionally but that is usually when we accidentally leave a portion of cotton sticking outside the elastic or don’t have it flat against his belly when he’s sleeping on his stomach.
We bought 24 bumgenius (or received almost all from friends and family from our baby showers) and that has been plenty. I wash them every other day with the rest of his clothes.
Here is the rundown:
1a. I keep them folded, or usually thrown, in these bins. Change him and put them in the laundry basket. We use Charlie Banana Reusable Organic Cotton Wipes. I don’t recommend a warmer. We tried one, and they got mildew-y the first night. If he’s fussy I just wet them in the bathroom with warm water. When he was a newborn I kept a thermos of warm water next to his changing table.
1b. If it’s a number 2, we rinse it with our sprayer that we installed on the toilet and put it into a Planet Wise Wet Bag that hangs on the back of the bathroom door. (very easy). This large one is by planet wise called green meadow, and we have a smaller one by Fuzzi Bunz for his diaper bag when we’re out. We’ve never had a problem with odor! 😉
If it seems like it might stain I spray the liner with Biokleen Bac-Out. I get large Gallon refill jugs on amazon or soap.com, so I don’t have to buy a sprayer every time.
When he was purely breastfed I could do a pre-rinse in the washer with the poopy diapers and it was perfect.
2. Every other night before I go to sleep I put all of his laundry in, clothes and diapers. We have a dual washer/dryer combo by LG so that makes it easier not having to transfer to a dryer. For the most part I use generic unscented dye free detergent.
I’ve used a few brands, seventh generation, 365 from whole foods, Tide and Rockin’ Green. Powder form seems to work better for our front loading washer. Always add an extra rinse cycle for diapers just to make sure all the detergent is out. And never use fabric softener. If I remember before the dryer cycle I throw in these Wool Dryer Balls they help dry more quickly and soften naturally.
3. Every few washes I’ll add Rockin’ Green Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer to a pre-rinse cycle to strip the diapers of ammonia and odors. It’s a little expensive but goes a long way. It’s also great for sweaty work-out clothes!
We also like their Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper & Laundry Detergent (Hard Rock, Bare Naked Babies). It’s great for our hard water. (they make different combinations of scents and variations for your water type).
4. BumGenius recommends drying in the sun every once in a while to bleach them and strip them but I have yet to do that…so far so good.
I hope this is informative and can encourage more parents to look into cloth diapering! You can save a ton of money and help out the landfills a little.
P.S. For emergencies in the car we have Nature Babycare Diapers and wipes.
***UPDATE DECEMBER 2013***
Our front loading washer was having problems of its own with odor but after a little research into cleaning it with bleach and vinegar like you should occasionally with all front loading washers, everything is back to normal.
Our son is in his 19th month. The diaper absorbency is still great, but it looks like if we plan to use these same diapers for baby number two we may have to have the elastic replaced. They are just starting to show signs of wear; they still fit him great but for a newborn they may be too loose. I’ll put an update later.
***UPDATE MAY 2014***
Our son is two now and still wearing his BumGenius All in Ones. There are about 2 diapers (of 24 total) that look like they need a little sewing repair on the cotton interior; I even just tried them on our 6 week old and they didn’t leak; the leg elastic is still tight around his tiny legs… a little bulky but still functioning like they should. Planning to use them for our new son once he grows out of the Kissa’s Newborn All-In-One Diaper