Hi there Moms & Remod-ers…
This morning I could not stop myself from taking just…one…more…picture…of my sweet little girl, Kennedy. I know I know…in the days of endless Facebook posts and Instagram newborns, we’re all guilty of it. The truth is, since day 1, I’ve taken at least one photo per day of her…probably closer to 15 :-). But this morning, the sun shone through the curtains, cascading over the window in her nursery and kissed her face ever so beautifully (sounds poetic, huh?), all while I was changing her-into a fresh cloth diaper. Yes, I said CLOTH.
Today I received more fluff mail, to which I literally ran out the door in my pajamas to greet the Fed Ex guy like a 7 year old on Christmas morning! And you know your a cloth diapering Mama when you get excited about a laundry drying rack!
Hey. It’s the small things, right?
So for those of you who are trying to figure out what is so great about Cloth diapering this day in age? Let’s dive in to it, shall we?
Let’s talk about the cost savings of cloth diapers first. Um hello, who DOESN’T want to save a
little lot of extra money? Especially as a new parent, you have more than your fair share of expenses when caring for a baby.
If you use cloth diapers for let’s say the average minimum of 2 years for one child the cost breakdown looks like this:
$300- 15 Brand New Cloth Diapers
$16.50 –Reusable Diaper Pail Liner
$25.20- 68 loads of Powder Tide Detergent
TOTAL INITIAL INVESTMENT: $341.70
That comes to $14.23/month for 24 months of cloth diapering. Just think of the savings if you plan to have more than one child in cloth!
*(you will need to factor in laundry detergent based on how much you use,how often)
*One box of Tide detergent should get you through 4-5 months, assuming you wash 15 diapers every 2-3 days which equates to 12 loads of cloth diaper laundry every month.
Let’s be mindful of how much trash we are are already contributing to landfills. In 2014 it was estimated that Americans contributed 258 million TONS of municipal solid wastes. According to RealDiapers.org it is also estimated that it takes 250-500 YEARS for disposable diapers to decompose. Imagine what our great Grandchildren will have to inherit?
For more facts and figures from the Environmental Protection Agency check out this site: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-11/documents/2014_smmfactsheet_508.pdf
When you are a sleep deprived MOMbie, the last thing you need to worry about is running out to the convenient store or grocery store to grab a pack of disposables in the middle of the night. With cloth diapers, you don’t have the added stress of always having to make sure your inventory is in stock. As long as you stick to your wash routine you are golden.
Have you ever wondered what makes those disposable diapers so darn absorbent? What is in it that helps retain all of the liquid? If you guessed chemicals, yes. These are some of the Toxic Chemicals in Disposable Diapers that your delicate baby’s bottom is resting in day in and day out.
Are ya convinced yet?
Here are my best tips for how to Start Cloth Diapering TODAY.
Types of Cloth Diapers -There are many different types of cloth diapers on the market. These choices can make cloth diapering confusing all together. You’ve got Covers, All in Ones (aio),All in Twos (ai2), Prefolds, Pocket, Fitted.
To save your sanity, let’s just focus on three of the more popular choices:
1. Pocket 2. All in Ones 3. Covers
I chose Pocket diapers because you can stuff as much padding or as little as you need (this comes in handy when you need extra absorbency at night time) and the ones I chose has adjustable snaps so they can grow with your child.
I also purchased a few All in One diapers which I absolutely love! They are essentially like a disposable diaper because you do not need to stuff them with pre-folds (absorbent pads that come with the cloth diapers). They are easy for any one to change baby in.
Lastly, Covers. Super simple. Super affordable. I chose the Bum Genius Flip Covers and bought Flour Sack Towels (FST) from Target for the inserts. The way this works is, you simply unsnap the cover, remove the used FST, toss the FST in your reusable wet diaper pail liner, and replace with another FST but still keeping the same water proof flip cover on. When the flip cover gets dirty or wet, that is when you would change it for a fresh flip cover. Typically I would change the actual flip cover every 2-3 diaper changes.
On Choosing a Brand
Yes there are also many brands of cloth diapers to choose from. My personal favorites are Bum Genius and Flip Diaper Covers. They hold up really well, are super absorbent and have a trim fit more than other cloth diapers we have tried.
How to Care for Cloth Diapers-Get a good wash routine. This is by far one of the most important aspects of cloth diapering for obvious reasons. Cloth diapers are similar to cars, in that if you follow proper maintenance they will work smoothly and will last you a very long time. I know what you are thinking…but Sno E. there are Soooo many kinds of laundry detergent for cloth diapers.
Do I need to buy an expensive detergent specifically for cloth diapering? Won’t that make the cost of cloth diapers the same if not more than using disposables?
Here’s what I’ve learned. Yes there are detergents out there made “specifically” for cloth diapers, but I’m here to tell you-DON’T buy into the marketing. You don’t need a fancy detergent that is supposedly more safe on your cloth diapers. We use Tide (Powder) and sometimes Liquid Tide-YES. TIDE. I said it. The basic Tide detergent is what works best to thoroughly clean your cloth diapers.
Get Support-Join Fluff University Facebook Group. Not only were they able to help me troubleshoot my wash routine specific to my exact washing machine make and model when I really had no clue (unfortunately cloth diapers do not come with a how to manual!) but there I was also able gain support of fellow cloth diaperers (is that a word?) when friends and family did not agree with my parental choices. As if their opinion really matters right?! Even though, I knew this made the best sense for our family, there were still times I was discouraged and wanted to stop all together. Having the support of other fluff lovers made all the difference in the world. Don’t go it alone.
I’ve linked all of the products in this article making it much more simpler and easier to get started on your cloth diapering journey today.
Reusable Diaper Pail Liner aka Wet Bag
Flip Diaper Covers
Bum Genius 4.0/5.0 Pocket Diapers
Good luck! Let me know if you have any specific questions that were not covered in this post by asking in the comment section below.
Until next time…