Things have gotten a little crunchy in the Sew Luxe Sew house!
We are officially cloth diapering full-time and LOVE IT! I knew when I was pregnant that I at least wanted to try cloth diapering. It took a while for me to take the plunge (like 7+ months). After a few months of exclusively using cloth diapers my husband and I really like it.
I did a lot of research on styles, cost comparisons, wash routines. There is so much information online it is a bit overwhelming. What I found most helpful are blogs (surprising right?), customer reviews and You Tube videos. A few reasons that we decided to give cloth diapers a try are: cost savings, ability to use the diapers for later kiddos = more cost savings, never having to make an emergency run to the store to buy more diapers, plus they are super cute.
Looking back before we had a baby, I knew that they go through a lot of diapers. But I guess I really did not connect that those dirty diaper will be sitting in my house until garbage day. Well, we found out that things do get ripe pretty quickly. The diaper pail that we have does a good job keeping smells contained but our garbage can not so much. Since we have made the switch we have not had this issue. I wash diapers every day to every other day. Only wet diapers are hanging out in the pail. Dirty diapers get special attention (not really) I take the soiled diaper to the toilet and flush the solids. Then the diaper goes into the pail. Even after a day or two in the pail, the diapers really don’t smell at all. Yay!
Checking out all the different styles I decided to go with one size pocket diapers and two different styles of hybrid diapers. I didn’t want to have to fold and “pin” a baby into prefolds (classic style diaper) even if they are way more affordable than other styles. All in one (AIO) diapers seem to have a lot of negative comments on the length of time it takes them to dry and not able to adjust how absorbent they are. At home we mainly use the pocket diapers then the hybrid with cloth inserts. When we go out and about we use only the hybrid diapers with disposable inserts. Traveling in an airplane or long car rides with the hybrid diapers lined with disposable inserts works well.
I does take a bit of trial and error to get the fit right and the right amount of inserts for naps and overnight. This is something that you rarely have to think about with disposable diapers. Overnight is the only time when we add an insert to the diaper for extra absorbency. Two full size inserts will fit in a pocket diaper and is comfortable all night.
I have noticed a difference with the amount of diaper rash. Really we have none to speak of anymore. If we did, we could not use diaper cream because the cloth diaper companies have recommended that traditional diaper creams not be used. It will void the warranty (yep some cloth diapers come with a warranty). So what do we use? baby powder with every diaper change. We did have a bit of heat rash issue but baby powder cleared that up too. The key is to keep baby as dry as possible. I did buy a cloth diaper friendly balm but have not even opened it. We have not needed it.
Clothes do fit a bit more snug with cloth diapers than with disposable diapers. I don’t think that there is enough of a difference in bulk to see or make clothing fit differently. The exception is at night. Having two insert in the diaper does add some bulk so pajamas fit a bit more snugly. I find that we are using the next clothes size up for pajamas a bit earlier than when we change sizes in his regular clothes.
Here is what we have in our cloth diaper stash
12 BumGenius 4.0
5 Flip Hybrid covers with 10 stay dry inserts
4 GroVia covers and organic cotton inserts
50 pk GroVia bio soakers (disposable inserts)
24 GroVia cloth wipes
1 Dekor diaper pail (tutorial coming soon on how to convert the Dekor for cloth diapers)
2 home-made diaper pail liners for the Dekor (tutorial coming soon on this)
4 wet bags (1 Whammies, 3 home-made using this tutorial)
1 spray bottle (from the travel size section of target) We do not use any special wipe solution. I simply fill up the spray bottle with water and 1-2 drops of baby wash and shake it up.
We have plans on purchasing a diaper sprayer (or possibly making one).
If you are lucky enough to have a store that carries cloth diapers go and check them out. I found that it was also very helpful to visit a locally owned cloth diaper store and speak with the owner. She did a great job at explaining pros, cons and features of the diapers.
I hope this helps make cloth diapering less intimidating.