Cloth Diapering: The Journey Begins…

Good news: I finally got my husband on board to try cloth diapering! It wasn’t easy ladies, this man had his reservations and then some! But somehow, for some reason, he came around – the weird thing is I’m not sure it was because of anything I said or did. Anyway, I showed him the four major options and surprisingly we both ended up at the same place – we are planning to try basic prefolds with waterproof covers – our thinking is that it’s the least expensive and if this doesn’t go over well, we know we’ll use those prefolds elsewhere.

Here’s what we’ve ordered so far:

  • Gerber Diaper Service Quality Prefolds – I went back and forth and hummed and hawed, but these got decent reviews and the price was, well, okay. I ordered two packs so we should have enough to get through one day – initially we’ll just fall back on disposables if we need more, but at some point if we like this, we’ll be buying more, not necessarily the same brand – I suppose that depends on their absorbency, etc.
  • Thirsties Diaper Wraps in Mango and Rose – I know these covers have no reviews but Thirsties in general had wonderful reviews and I liked the look, price and idea of these.
  • Mommy’s Touch Diaper Pail Liner – There are so many different options for wet bags but the reviews on this one seemed good, the price seemed fair and at some point you just have to make a decision. We almost waited on this until I pointed out to the reluctant dh, “Where do you propose we put the dirty diapers before washing them?” I want to pick up a trash can or bin to put the liner in as I’d hate to learn the hard way just how waterproof the bag is.
  • Snappis – these seem to be a cloth diapering standard – I ordered two as I really can’t imagine needing more than two – one might have been sufficient, but what if it breaks?
  • Flannel Baby Wipes – this was actually Dan’s suggestion as he pointed out that it would be easier to dispose of than a a nasty poop covered disposable with no diaper to hide in, cheaper in the long run and eco-friendly since we’re going that route. I’m planning to pick up a spray bottle and try the recipe for Homemade Diaper Wipe Solution that Simple Mom mentions at the bottom of this post.

If we like this, I will want to pick up more prefolds so I don’t have to do laundry every day and probably some extra diaper covers, etc. I’d also love to try these diaper liners but I agreed to wait on them for now. Any cloth diapering tips or suggestions for things to pick up or methods to try?

4 thoughts on “Cloth Diapering: The Journey Begins…

  1. Good for you. I would have liked to have done something like this, but just didn’t have the time with twins to wash all of them.

  2. I wish you all the best w/ this! I remember cloth diapers from my sisters. I understand that potty training is easier. Yeah!

  3. I just got an email from a site I used to buy from and they’re going out of business, and it’s 15% off everything: http://www.emibeans.com/
    Congrats! Welcome to the world of cloth diapering!!!
    It takes some getting used to, the washing, but it’s so worth it on your wallet and on the environment! And cloth-covered buns are SO much cuter than the tacky paper buns!
    The one thing I found is you have to use very specific detergents {NOT soap!} on the diapers. You also want to use very little so there’s no buildup. The place you buy them from should tell you this; if not let me know and I can walk you through it. You will also need to strip them from time to time, when the detergent starts to build up or they start to smell; this can either be done in really hot water with a few drops of Dawn dish detergent, or supposedly in your dishwasher {I’ve never tried that due to the “ewww” factor!}
    You will be AMAZED at how much $$$ you save with cloth wipes! Plus, making your own solution you get to control what is in the mix, like NO parabens, MIT, etc!! You figure, if you’re washing the dipes anyways, what’s the difference in washing the wipes? You can also wash most disposable wipes, too. Some don’t hold up as well, but Seventh Generation wipes lasted through at least 5 washes! You can also make some of your own wipes by cutting up an old baby blanket, but I have to say, the ones I bought are my favorite!
    If it doesn’t work out, you can even SELL them, and get most of your money back!
    Good luck!

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