If you remember from this post, blog reader Stephanie passed on her collection of cloth diapers to me (she was finished using them) in a huge recycling effort. There were tons of them and I was totally overwhelmed! I ended up mailing part of the stash (the girliest part) with another blog reader who was hoping to give cloth a try, so I’m down a reasonable amount of diapers and brands to give a try when the time comes.
A few weeks ago, my friend Holly came over and gave me a wonderful hands-on tutorial on how to use them. I thought that they would be really technical – “this liner can ONLY go with this brand” but it turns out the whole process is easier than I thought. I think the worst part of the cloth diaper system is that you’re not supposed to put them in your dyer! Line drying does save energy though, but it takes human energy to manage and a lot of time to dry. Probably worth it though to prolong the diaper life and minimize drying cost.
[We also have a cloth diaper club that meets here in Cville, so I might head over to one of their monthly meet-ups and try to learn more!]
This weekend, I took the box out of my attic and washed them all in preparation for a nice organization event (you have no idea how much I was looking forward to lining these up in drawers!
Stephanie included this box of detergent when she sent them, and it’s approved for cloth diaper use. (I’ve heard Rockin’ Green also rocks!)
I put the entire box of diapers in my washer and pushed go. Since they were already technically clean, I don’t really have any feedback on settings since I just used normal. I need to figure out the best system for my washer…
Holly recommended I buy a drying rack at Target, so I found this collapsible one. Since it was warm out, outside they went!
I was surprised that the diapers themselves felt nearly dry upon coming out of the washer:
But the liners took much, much longer to dry. About a whole 24 hours.
Direct sun helped!
Once they were all dry and clean (too bad these eco detergents don’t get fun laundry smells : ( ), the fun part started. Here’s our changing table in progress:
And here are the diapers all ready to go! I used the whole top drawer to fill with diapers and left the bottom two drawers for clothes.
Clothes, especially newborn clothes, are on a shortage at the moment!
I decided to go ahead and fill the diapers with the liners because I want to get this system as realistic as possible and think that stuffing while I’m doing the laundry and putting them away, although annoying, makes more sense so you have less to do when there’s a wiggling baby on your table.
On the right there are two bins of pocket diapers (multiple brands) all stuffed with a single newborn snapped liner and diaper.
I called Matt into the room and gave him a tutorial. He is sometimes even more “earth dad” than I am, so he is all for using the cloth. I think he liked the tutorial And I know I enjoyed showing him the system!
Stuffing each one was annoying! I think this is why people like all-in-ones. But I do like the versatility of the pockets – you can add more or less liners depending on time of day and they are adjustable in size from small baby to big.
To the left, you’ll find a smaller box with just the tinier diapers for newborns – or maybe a little older.
As well as a few prefolds tucked in the back. I don’t have any small covers for these, so I don’t know if we’ll go the prefold route (but if I were buying these all from scratch, I think I definitely would have considered it..)
And on the far left – the extra liners.
Back in the way back are a few non-adjustable diapers that are probably for closer to 1 year olds:
I hope to get a cloth diaper pail and put my wetbag inside to the right of the dresser. The bathroom is literally 3 feet away and we are planning to get a sprayer for the toilet for when that is necessary. Also going to try out elimination communication at transitional times during the day (like after naptime) since the bathroom is so close (Matt is on board for that too). I’m all for giving things a try. If they don’t work, at least I tried.
We’re going to use cloth wipes too – makes sense to wash everything rather than throw away the disposable and then wash the diaper in two places.
We ARE planning to use disposables for the first month or so – or until we feel we’re ready. I might throw some tiny cloth ones in in the first weeks or wait until 3-4 months. It all depends on how things are going and if the bulk of my diapers fit.
These boxes will probably hold the disposable newborn diapers and then whatever else we need at changing time (wipes, etc.)
Once I got a tutorial from a friend, all of the cloth diaper information made so much more sense to me!
Here are some good resources – and there are many, many more online!
Padded Tush Stats (all stats and reviews!)
New Moms, New Babies Podcast (this was very helpful!)
Also lots of blogger posts on how the system works for them.
We shall see how it goes!
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