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I’ve had a few local mamas express interest in cloth diapering so I wanted to share some basics for anyone who is even curious about trying cloth. It may seem overwhelming, but once you get started it’s really not much different from disposables. There are many reasons why someone might choose cloth–not only are they absolutely adorable, but they are better for the environment and for your wallet.
Did you know that you will spend approximately $2000 to diaper ONE baby from birth to potty training? I have probably spent about that but am currently diapering my 3rd baby AND will be able to diaper more babies (if I can get hubs to agree to that….). When we are done with diapers forever, I’ll be able to sell them and recoup some of my costs.
There is some debate on whether or not cloth is a more eco-friendly choice as there are some cloth diapers that do not meet GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or use Oeko-Tex certified cotton (a worldwide certification that tells you textiles are safe from harmful chemicals) cotton. So it’s important to choose a brand that DOES meet these standards. I also always try to support smaller family businesses vs large corporations when possible. With that in mind, I chose to use diapers from a company called GroVia. They have multiple systems that you can use depending on your lifestyle or preference.
GroVia diaper styles
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Top left: O.N.E Diaper–perfect for overnights. SUPER absorbent and stay dry material so baby won’t feel wet. Fits approximately 10-35 lbs. I usually start using these when baby is sleeping longer stretches at night.
Top right: Hybrid diaper shell and snap in soaker. You can often reuse the shell with a clean insert (as long as it isn’t soiled) so this is a nice option for out and about. There are three types of inserts you can buy–cotton, microfleece “no-prep” and a disposable insert which is biodegradable (this is what we use when we travel and they are ridiculously absorbent). Fits infant through potty training.
Bottom left: Newborn all in one–just super soft microfeece that keeps new squish skin dry. I used these from birth to about 2-3 months. They are SO ridiculously soft and easy to use when you’re changing approximately 5000 diapers a day.
This is usually where people freak out. “WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE POOP!?!” Seriously y’all. You’re going to deal with poop either way–you are a parents and it’s pretty much a right of passage. Hello disposable diaper blowout on your favorite little onesie or potty training kid who his pants. BY THE WAY. I think I can count on less than one hand the amount of blow outs we have had with cloth–but I remember like one a day when we used disposables for the first three months with our first little one.
But for real. Poop really isn’t a big deal. Breastfed baby poop is totally water soluble so the whole diaper, poop and all, goes into the diaper pail. Once they start solids we have liners and a sprayer that makes dealing with poop simple.
Laundry must have check list:
- 3-5 few small wet bags (these are also great for wet bathing suits, to organize your diaper bag with changes of clothes, snacks etc)
- 2-3 large wet bags which I use inside of a tall open hamper
- Mighty bubbles (these are great for the occasional deep clean)
- Whatever detergent you choose to use (we use Tide powder but there is a list of recommended detergents here
Once baby starts solids and if things get real you can use a disposable liner to catch the poop. What’s nice about these is that they are biodegradable. You should still shake off as much poop as possible prior to tossing it though (you know you’re supposed to do that with disposables too, right?). These ones don’t absorb any liquid so you can use them all day even if they get peed on…. pretty cool. I’ve had the same roll for four years. You can also invest in a diaper sprayer that easily attaches to the water line on your toilet (my hubs did this in under 15 minutes). You just clip the diaper onto the shield and spray into the toilet then toss the diaper into the diaper hamper.
Another reason I LOVE GroVia is because they keep things simple with their wash routine. You don’t have to do all these complicated rinse, wash, soak, wash, strip etc…. That’s totally not necessary to get clean diapers and I think it often makes people shy away from using cloth because they think they are going to have to do this insane wash routine multiple times a week. That just isn’t true. I’ve been washing these diapers for four years using a very simple process.
- Turn diaper pail inside out into the washing machine
- Use half the amount of recommended detergent (Line “2” on the powdered Tide) and do a regular wash cycle.
- Follow that with a long wash or heavy duty wash cycle with the full amount of detergent (Line “4” on the powdered Tide).
- Throw in the dryer. You can hang dry them to extend their life but not sure who has time for that….
Wash every 2-3 days, use mighty bubbles every 6-8 weeks or so and that’s it. My diaper look and smell as good as the day I bought them (we are starting to get some wear but that just means they are well loved!!)
Caring for bums and such
We use cloth wipes. We use them for EVERYTHING. To clean bums, hands, faces, counters…..the are extremely versatile. GroVia makes a great cloth wipe. I’ve been using the same wipes for 4 years now and they are still in perfect condition.
We make a very simple cloth wipe spray using these amazing little cubes from one of our other favorite diaper company called Sloomb (they also make all the wool pants my kids wear ). We just boil water, pour hot water into one of these amber spray bottles, throw in a few cubes and that’s it. We just spray out wipes as needed. We also use this spray for wiping dirty hands and faces (it’s all natural ingredients).
None of my kids have ever gotten a diaper rash and I think that’s partly due to using cloth diapers–they get changed more often and there are no chemicals reacting to their pee and then sitting on their skin. That’s not to say you’ll never get a diaper rash using cloth. You CAN but many times it’s from ammonia build up or using a detergent that your baby is sensitive to. But if you use the mighty bubbles a few times and then switch up your wash routine that usually does the trick. When we do have a little bum redness we use Boudreaux’s Natural Butt Paste in the GREEN tube as it is cloth diaper safe (won’t stain or cause anything to repel). We also use the magic stick by GroVia as an every day balm for the diaper area.
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Have cloth diaper questions? ASK ME! I’m happy to help. I’ll be posting some video tutorials so let me know if there is something specific you feel you need to visualize!