Cloth Diapering

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April recently posted a comment asking all sorts of wonderful questions about cloth diapering.  Since I have already written one article on the topic, I figured another post was in order and decided to tackle the answers.

This post really has made me consider *thinking* about cloth diapers, for lots of reasons.  We use disposable {gasp} and they are Pampers {double gasp} 😉  I have some questions about cloth, though, and I couldn’t find a post on this site about them.  I’d love the honest input from other multiple moms who use them vs. disposable.For all the cloth diaperers out there….

Well, April, I have to admit that we actually use a combination of disposable and cloth, so I didn’t gasp when I read that you use disposable.  I figure a Mama is entitled to some indulgent moments.  Right?  Now, I don’t consider myself an expert by any means, but with triplets, I get plenty of exposure to using them even if we just use them once or twice a day.

I see a lot of figures for how much cheaper they are, but, as far as time goes, how much time per week do you spend washing, etc?

Honestly, I don’t spend much time washing them at all.  Since I have a small stash (5 diapers per baby) I toss them in the wash machine throughout the day and do one load at the end of each day with all of the dirty diapers.   I wash them, dry them and reassemble them for the next day.  Depending on how big your stash is, you could actually get away with doing this every other day.

My twins are 7 months, just starting solids.  If I were to make the switch, how many diapers would you recommend?

I have 5 per baby, but we use disposables at night and also if we go anywhere.  If I were to decide to make the switch and cloth diaper full-time, I would probably want to have 5 more each.  I think that it would be nice to have enough for at least 2 days.

I see on various cloth diaper websites that you must change after they’ve “soiled”. My daughters seem to pee a little bit at a time, I change them after every nap, unless there’s poo or pretty wet {every 3 hours or so}. Do you find you change diapers more frequently with cloth?

Not really.  It depends on the day and how much they have to drink and eat; but typically we go through 5 diapers per day, whether we use cloth or disposable.  I do have one brand that tends to hold less so I have to change that one more quickly.

I read on the Fuzzi Bunz site that you can’t use diaper cream on babies who use their diapers – something about the buildup.  So, if they get diaper rash – what are you supposed to do?

I just recently found disposable diaper liners (which makes the poo removal a much easier task, although a sprayer works even better) and so I will put the diaper cream on the affected area and affix the liner to the cream so it doesn’t end up on the diaper.  Prior to that, we would just use disposables with cream until the rash cleared up.

What brand do you like the best and why?

My personal favorite is the BumGenius One Size.  It is a pocket diaper that comes with a newborn insert (which can also be used as a doubler) and a full size insert.  They adjust in size, so they can grow with your baby.  I find them to be quite absorbent, easy to use and they seem to be comfortable for the little ones to wear.  But opinions are varied since there are SO many options out there; one of the newest arrivals are G-Diapers, which are a combination between disposable and cloth.

My greatest hesitation is that our laundry is in the basement….out and around to the back of the house and I don’t always have the time to get down there daily, let alone several times/day to rerun the rinse cycle, etc. I know there’s lots of people who use them who don’t even have a washer/dryer and I really admire those people.  But, realistically, I’m just worried about the time factor.

Like I previously stated, I really don’t notice that I spend all that much time on cloth diapers.  Although I won’t lie.  It does take a little bit of extra effort, but it has minimal impact on my day to day life.  Since your laundry is in the basement, one thing that might help as a time saver would be to invest in a couple of bags to store the diapers until you are ready to wash them.

Good luck!

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9 thoughts on “Cloth Diapering”

  1. I used the one-size diapers from Mother-ease.com, with the air flow covers. Love them! Never any leaks. We also use the disposable liners, from Diaperaps.com. I change at least every 2 hours. We go through about 8-10 diapers per baby per day for 9 month olds. I wash a load almost every morning, doesn’t require much active time, and have a fresh stack waiting. I do use creams for rashes, and always use a little vinegar in the post-wash rinse cycle. A Downy Ball works great for the vinegar. I do a rinse before the wash. Several trips up and down the stairs help me stay fit! :-) My mom has a stack of diapers at her house, too. I ordered 60 diapers for twins. These diapers have a snap-in “super soaker” for overnight as well.

  2. I LOVE our cloth diapers!

    We’ve used cloth diapers full time on our twins from 5 months old until now, at a little over 12 months. I had longed to used cloth, but didn’t want to take to much on at first as a new mom. We switched because we were having so many explosive poos with disposables. I was scrubbing clothes every day and figured I’d rather use a better diaper and clean that!

    The hardest part BY FAR was figuring out what we wanted to use, buy it and get set up. It took me a few weeks and a fair bit of trial and error. But since I figured everything out things are really easy. I wash every other day. There’s a little more work than disposables, but not much, and I’m happy to do it because I think the diapers are so much better quality and for the environment.

    If my girls were in day care, I’m not sure cloth would work for us. I’m an all or nothing kind of gal, and would hate to think about what diaper to put on, when. My mom cares for my babes while I work. I do have to be her laundry service, but we’ve got a good system going.

    There are creams you can use with cloth diapers, I haven’t had a problem washing. No problems at all, I’m a big fan!

  3. I used cloth (prefolds and Thirsties covers) for a few weeks when my two first came home. I wound up being a dropout because the clothes just didn’t fit my two with their cloth dipes on. Otherwise, though, it was great – no trash, no waste, no rashes. I washed every other day (had 60 dipes, and 9 covers, and that was with newborns who pee every whipstitch) and that was plenty.

    Give it a whirl! You might love it (and I may try again now that mine are a little bigger – I have a whole stash of Fuzzibunz that I bought when I was pregnant to try.)

  4. My boys are 22 months now and we’ve been using cloth since they were about 2 months old. I love it! We use disposable overnight since they are in them for 12+ hours, but during the day we use prefolds and prowrap covers. I also have some bumGenius, but not very many since they are expensive. I’ve also found that the velcro on those don’t hold up as well. We wash diapers every 3rd day right now, but soon we’ll start using cloth on baby number 3 (she should fit into them pretty soon) and will probably be washing every other day then. Definitely saves a lot of money and I’ve heard it will help when it comes to potty training. We’ll see.

  5. I read somewhere in my twin prep that if you planned on doing something for one baby, proceed with that plan for two but be flexible. Cloth diapering was one of those things I was concerned about, but we went for it. My five month old twins have been in cloth since we got home from the NICU save a couple of overnight trips, and we love them! In fact, between leaks and irritated skin, I have hated my encounter with disposables so much I wonder how anyone uses them on an ongoing basis.

    We wash every other day and use Kissaluvs with Thirsties covers. The covers we air dry, but the Kissaluvs we dry in the dryer. Since they have started sleeping longer at night, I add two of the bumgenius newborn doublers at night, so we don’t have leaks. Personally, I like only having one system so I’m averse to using disposables at night and having the added complication of disposing of them and keeping them in stock. I’m looking at options for their next diapers and am currently planning to get Bum Genius AIOs for day use and Bum Genius one size diapers for night.

  6. I used cloth diapers for my twin girls from birth, but after the first 2 months it was the straw that was breaking my back (they were 3 months premature so we had a rough first year), and I had to let it go. BUT, I started back up when they were about 16 months old, and I LOVE it! We probably have about 36 cotton prefolds and 10-12 covers (I like prowraps and bumkins) and I wash about every 4 days. We do still do disposables at night, or in a pinch, but mostly cloth. Washing barely takes ANY time. You just need to be available to reset the washer a couple times, and you’re good to go. And it’s soooo much cheaper than disposables. Good luck!

  7. Such a timely post…the four bumGenius 3.0s I ordered this past weekend arrived today. Our b/g twins are six months old tomorrow and we have decided to give cloth diapers a try. If we like the bGs, we plan on ordering more. If not, we’ll give another type a go. Thank you for your post!

  8. DIAPER SERVICES are located in many cities and offer a wonderful alternative to those who want to go cloth but don’t want to wash. We’ve always used the service–they deliver, they are very reasonably priced, and we get the benefit of cloth w/o the wash!

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