It’s been a while since we talked cloth diapers! Things have changed quite a bit, and we have a good groove going. I can now say that I LOVE cloth diapering – something I really didn’t expect to happen!
With my old set (foreshadowing to something new…), I tried sunning them. This helped a ton with the staining, but not as much with the stink. What did finally fix my stink problem was getting rid of the Rockin’ Green detergent and switching to Tide Ultra Powdered as so many cloth diapering moms recommended (along with Padded Tush Stats, a great resource).
I left these guys out there for 2 whole days and there was some improvement, but switching the detergents really made a big difference.
Out of curiosity, I started researching all the different kinds of cloth diapers and ended up buying two all-in-ones to see how they worked:
The Thirsties one has just a thick pouch in the middle. I like the design a lot and the fit was great, but it took a lot longer to dry than my other diapers, which I saw as a major drawback, and we had a few leaks.
The Freetimes have two flaps that fold over one another in the middle. They flap open in the laundry and wash + dry very easily. It’s also made of stay-dry material. They fit really well and we have had almost NO LEAKS since switching. This was a huge improvement from leaks multiple times a day and a sign we finally found a diaper that fits our baby well.
I LOVE the all in ones!!! Unlike the pockets, you don’t have to touch the inside of the dirty diaper during diaper changes. This was a huge negative for me – so gross not just because you have to touch it but because it was sort of hard to maneuver. You just put the whole thing in the wet bag just like a disposable. Also, at laundry time there was no stuffing what-so-ever. I am a total AIO convert!
Since falling in love with the Freetimes, I discovered a Facebook group to buy/sell/trade cloth diapers. (Search for it on Facebook – there are a handful of different ones). Through this group, I was able to buy a great collection of Freetimes at discounted prices. A few were used, a few barely used and a few brand new. They were all about 25% off. Great deals! I spent about $200 on our stash, which I am really pleased with considering the use we’re getting out of them.
I gifted some of my stash of pocket diapers to some friends who wanted them and gave a handful to Goodwill. I’m sure those who love pockets will get great use out of them.
We now have 21 Freetimes that I wash every other day. I always have some to spare on laundry day too. Laundry is no big deal because I have a detergent that works and much less stuffing to do. And cloth diaper laundry is just sort of fun. Just look at that rainbow!
We are now one big happy fluffy family : )