When I got pregnant, I had no desire to use cloth diapers. The entire concept seemed gross to me and the only exposure I had with them was with the kind of diapers our parents used, prefolds with pins to be exact. I had no interest in having to fold diapers or risk sticking myself or Grace! However, after a bit of research and discussion with my sister in law, I discovered a whole new world of diapers that are just as easy to use as disposables! My sister in law cloth diapered both of her girls and graciously offered to let us use her stash of 24 BumGenius 3.0 Pocket One Sizes. For those of you not familiar with cloth diapers, these diapers have a pocket in the back that you can stick an insert into to help collect the moisture and they simply velcro shut just like a disposable diaper. An extra benefit of these is that they have snaps on the front that allow you to adjust the size of the diaper as your child grows. Now that I am a stay at home mom, I look for any opportunity to save money and it was obvious that using cloth diapers would save us a ton!
Most people that I told about our plans to use these diapers were surprised. I had several people tell me that there was no way I'd actually follow through with it. Most people still think of the old style of diapers and are amazed when I show them how easy these are to use. We don't have any more leaks then we did when Grace was wearing disposables and these are so much cheaper! *I do know that we were very lucky to have all of our stash provided to us for free- but even had we had to buy them, the fact that you can use them for multiple children would still have made them more economical than disposables for us.*
I do have do to more laundry! I wash diapers every other day and when breastfeeding, it is extremely easy because everything can be put straight into the washer. Now that Grace is starting on solids, I need to make Mike install a diaper sprayer! Anyway, I use Rockin Green- Hard Rock Cloth Diaper Detergent to wash them and it has taken some trial and error to find the best washing method but I think I've finally figured it out. We have a front loading washer which was designed to use as little water as possible. When washing diapers, you need as much water as possible to get them clean. So here is my washing cycle: Soak, Wash on cold, Wash on hot with 3 scoops of detergent with an extra rinse, and then Rinse/Spin. I then put them in the dryer or if it's nice out, I line dry them. This may seem like a lot, but I've gotten in the habit of doing it so I don't even think about it any more.
Another benefit of cloth diapers, babies look very cute in them : ) Here's Grace sporting one of her BumGenius diapers.
|I had forgotten her belly button was that big! She had an umbilical hernia that has since closed up.|
Cloth diapers can be intimidating at first, but they are easy to use, I promise! They have been a great choice for us. Please let me know if you have any questions about them!