A lot of people are really skeptical of cloth diapers. They leak, I’ll stick myself with pins, how will you have time for all that laundry. In reality I think they are a heck of a lot easier than disposable diapers. We did disposable diapers for the first couple weeks to make sure the meconium poo was well behind us. I’ve heard that poo can change your cloth diapers forever and being a newbie followed that advice. I was so ready to get him in cloth diapers though we actually didn’t even use all the disposable diapers we bought so I’m going today to go donate them. We decided to go with Rumparooz, a mom owned local company which sat well with me. They are pocket style diapers meaning you stuff an insert in them and the insert holds all the pee while the soft fleece stays nice and dry against your little one’s rump. My son is what you would call a heavy wetter, his diapers are frequently 3 to 4x as heavy as older babies we know and yet the diaper holds it all. Last week we had to switch to double inserts, as his pee was getting too much for one poor liner to handle. But other than that no leaking and no issues.
What about laundry? I use Charlie’s Soap it’s amazing and I run diapers every am. I’m neurotic and like routine, otherwise I would just do them everyday. I throw them in and run a rinse, a heavy hot cycle and then another rinse and spin, it takes 1 hr and 20 min in the wash of which I actually do about 5 minutes of paying attention. Then I pull them out and hang them up to dry.
I got this bad boy from Ikea-I call it the diaper chandelier, it’s $5 and I’ve got two and it may be the most amazing thing ever! My diapers smell, look and feel so much better since using this and I’m not using my dryer for an hour and a half everyday so I’m saving money and energy. Every morning I just pull these off the hanger and dump them on my couch for stuffing the inserts.
It really only takes about 10 minutes tops to stuff the inserts but I’m always hoping my husband will do them while he gets ready in the morning so I like to leave them. So there you have it about 15-20 minutes a day for clean, eco-friendly and safe diapering of your little man/woman. We also do cloth wipes just because it’s easier. You just throw them in with everything else. But using cloth wipes requires cloth wipe solutions. I use bum drops-you drop one of these in 1 cup of hot water, let cool and put in a container-I like peri bottles, they work great. When I was pregnant and dead set on cloth diapering I was a little nervous that I would get lazy and not want to do it and end up selling my diapers. But so far I love it, it’s easy and I feel really good about my decision. Honestly I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t use cloth diapers and I didn’t even talk about the huge cost savings associated or how stinking cute they are.