Cloth diapering

My husband's ex is selling cloth diapers and sent him a link. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7689406 Her diapers are purty.

Now he is interested and thinks they are the best concept in the whole wide world. I researched a bit before Xan was born but he came early and I didn't get to finish looking and never went back. Since he's on board this time, I am looking again. I know a few of you cloth diaper so can you tell me what I need to know?

A few things that I am interested in knowing:
How do you wash them? One wash cycle or multiple? Cold or hot? Do you dry them in the dryer?

How many do you own?

How do they hold up overnight?

Which brand? Why? Which to avoid?

Leakage?

How do you manage when not at home?

How long to they last?

Anything else I need to know?

Thanks in advance!


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel
It really depends. The cheapest option is prefolds and covers and it works quite well if you get quality prefolds. If you will do day care with this child then pocket diapers or all-in-ones are a better bet. They go on very much like disposables do.

I got Bum Genius One Size (which are adjustable size pocket diapers) because I was going into day care and I wanted to only buy them once. We started at a couple of months old and now more than a year later they are holding up well. The only issue I am having now is that the velcro does not stay attached to the laundry tabs in the wash, so they covers stick together a bit.

With a newborn you will be using at least a dozen diapers per day. So figure how often you want to wash them and multiply. I have 24 Bum Genius plus a few prefolds. At first I was doing the wash every other day, now I can go every 3-4 days.

Lots of people do use cloth overnight. I was having diaper rash issues when I stopped changing her diaper at night and had better luck with disposables. I may go back to cloth soon because she is less sensitive and also wets less. You can use hemp which is super absorbent to stuff a pocket diaper overnight.

Generally you want to do either a cold wash or a cold rinse first to wash away any poop residue. Then a hot wash and an extra rinse. A lot depends on your washer, your water chemistry and the type of diapers and there are variations of routine, so you have to do a bit of trial and error. Lots of people who have free time hang them to dry, but I use a dryer.

Cloth will leak if there are gaps in the fit, or if they get so saturated they can't hold any more liquid. But if you change them regularly it's rarely an issue. And I have NEVER had a blow-out poop in cloth.

Diaperpin.com has a lot of information and also lots of product and vendor reviews. Pinstripesandpolkadots.com also has good info on usage and washing routines.

Oh, out and about usually I just use cloth and bring a small waterproof bag to toss dirty ones in. They do tend to be bulkier than sposies, so if space is an issue I will use disposables when out. Also if I don't feel like doing laundry on vacation I use disposables.

I really love using cloth. You should give it a shot.
To Trenell, MizKerri and geeky:
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Diclaimer--I just started CDing about a month ago and have only used them on S, who is 2.5

How do you wash them? One wash cycle or multiple? Cold or hot? Do you dry them in the dryer?
I have a front loader with a prewash cycle. I put them in that cycle, on cold with oxyclean and no spin before I go to bed. In the morning, I run a full hot cycle with an extra spin. I have also done them during the day with letting them soak about 30 mins and that worked also instead of all night. I dry my inserts and prefolds in the dryer and put the covers and Bum Genius on the dryer rack. I wash every other to every three days.

How many do you own?
right now for S I own 12 unbleached cotten indian prefolds, 4 Thirstie covers and 2 one size thirstie covers. I prefer the one size b/c I can use them longer, but they came out after I had already bought the originals. I also have 8 Bum Genius that I use for naps and when we are going on short trips.

How do they hold up overnight?
I cannot use them overnight as they irritate S since he is such a heavy wetter and you cannot use many diaper creams with them, so I use disposables and cream on him at night.

Which brand? Why? Which to avoid?
I like Thirsties covers. I also have some proraps to us on the baby once she is here. I am a fan of the gussets on the legs to help with messes. Prefolds SUCK on a toddler, S moves around way to much, but they are absorbant (I have unbleached Indian Cotton). I plan on slowly replacing them with fitteds. I also like using the snappies to get a good fit.

Leakage?
none so far...except with the prefold moving I have issues with poop coming out of the prefold into the cover (although it stays in the cover) which means I have to wash my covers more often then I would like. I change him every 1.5-3 hours and he is on 2 diaretics so he is a heavy wetter.

How do you manage when not at home?
For short trips I will take him out in cloth and use Bum Genius. If I know I will have to change him while he are out, I go with disposables.
How long to they last?

Anything else I need to know?
This is definitally a learning process. It was not super easy to make the switch and figure out what I liked, but now that I am in the swing of things, I really do LOVE using cloth. Cloth wipes are also a good idea if you are using cloth diapers so you can just throw them into the pail with the diapers instead of seporating the wipe and throwing it in the trash.
We use cloth diapers during the day and disposable at night or when going out for several hours or longer. I took a tip from Marielle and sewed pocket diapers, but I know most people aren't into that and will probably look at commercial options. For wipes, I bought a few packs of baby washcloths. I tried keeping them wet in a wipe warmer, but they started getting brown, so I just keep a handy pile of them dry, and wet them in the sink as needed for diaper changes.

I found this post from Ask Moxie to be very helpful at deciphering the options and costs of cloth diapers:

http://moxie.blogs.com/askmoxie/2006...th_diaper.html

There's a part 2 as well.
Thank you, Geeky, Sarah, and Deezee. Everything I can find online is so overwhelming. What you all shared was a bit more focused for me.

Where do you keep your dirty diaper pail? We don't have a proper laundry room so I am not sure where to put it.


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel
How do you wash them? One wash cycle or multiple? Cold or hot? Do you dry them in the dryer? I have a front loader and here's what I do: I do one "rinse, drain, and spin" cycle with no detergent, then I add detergent and do a heavy duty hot/cold wash with an extra rinse. Then I dry them in the dryer on medium for 70 minutes, or hang them in the sun if it's nice out and/or I have stains (the sun works WONDERS on poop stains).

How many do you own? We started at 4 months with 24 infant prefolds and 3 covers, and I washed every other day. Now he still fits in the prefolds and I also have 10 bumGenius one-size pocket diapers, which we mostly use when out and about. I can wash every 4ish days now. We rarely use PUL covers anymore - at home he's often coverless in a snappi'ed prefold or I have a few wool soakers we use a lot at home.

How do they hold up overnight? We tried many different combinations overnight and some worked, but my husband was convinced that none of them kept his skin as dry as a disposable, and so we compromised to use sposies just at night. But my favorite combos were either 1) pocket diaper with regular insert and infant insert, 2) pocket diaper with regular insert and prefold or 3) premium prefold doubled with infant prefold, with fleece liner against his skin, and a wool soaker on top.

Which brand? Why? Which to avoid? If money was no object, I'd use all bumGenius. Fuzzi Bunz are good too but not a good fit for my skinny boy. As far as prefolds, any brand of "Indian Prefolds" or "Chinese Prefolds" will be fine, and I prefer unbleached. A lot of people like Green Mountain Diaper prefolds. For covers, I've tried and liked Proraps, Bummis Super Whisper Wraps, and Mother-Ease Air Flows. Thirsties are also popular, but I've never tried them.

Leakage? None unless they've been in them too long, or if there's a gap at the leg, or if a non-cotton diaper (like a pocket) needs stripping. A lot of people use Dawn to strip but I've lately been successfully just using bleach (no more than once a month) and doing SEVERAL hot rinses afterwards.

How do you manage when not at home? I use bumGenius which go on and off as easy as a disposable. I put the dirties in a travel-size wetbag. I bring cloth wipes and a small spray bottle with which to wet them.

How long to they last? A long time, for most people through multiple kids.

Where do you keep your dirty diaper pail? We don't have a proper laundry room so I am not sure where to put it. I keep our diaper pail (a $7 trash can with lid from Wal-Mart) next to the changing table in Sol's room, same place we used to keep a diaper genie.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
I have a big plastic trashcan that I keep next to the changing table also. And two PUL laundry bags to line the can. I wash the bags with the diapers and alternate them.
To Trenell, MizKerri and geeky:
I pray none of you ever has to live in a communist state.

Geeky is my hero. She's the true badass. The badass who doesn't even need to be a badass. There aren't enough O's in cool to describe her.
I have a big plastic trashcan that I keep next to the changing table also. And two PUL laundry bags to line the can. I wash the bags with the diapers and alternate them.
Originally Posted by geeky
I should get a wetbag to use as a liner. Right now I have no liner, and just wipe the inside of the can with a wipe after I empty it. I should take it into the tub and clean it really well before the next time I'm cleaning the tub anyway.
Faith, 3Aish redhead
Mama to two wild superheroes and a curly-headed baby boy
We're not cloth diapering yet, but so far we got one bummis tote (and plan to get a second) and will get a cheap garbage pail (with a lid) from Target that we'll keep next to the changing area.
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Thank you!


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel
I have a small garbage pail in the bathroom, so I toss his in there, it is lined with a wetbag (it is a small open can).

We have a larger garbage can with a lid that is lined with a large PUL tote, that the small can get tossed into each night, right now it is in the laundry room, but it will be moved to the babies room once I get that ready. I still plan on tossing S's dipes in there each night (unless I start changing him in that room).

Ideally I would like to find a small garbage can with a swing lid (so I can just toss them in) and make a liner for that.
A few things that I am interested in knowing:
How do you wash them? One wash cycle or multiple? Cold or hot? Do you dry them in the dryer?

How many do you own?
couple dozen mother ease diapers

How do they hold up overnight?
they dont without a wool cover

Which brand? Why? Which to avoid?
I've only used the mother ease. They work just fine.

Leakage?

none

How do you manage when not at home?
I use disposables

How long to they last?
I'm on kiddo #2 and they're doing just fine. I'm sure I can use the same stash with another kid (not that I'm going to have another kid. just sayin.)


Anything else I need to know?
Cloth diapering with one kid was no problem. with 2 both in diapers, I gave up. I just couldn't keep up with the laundry. Theo rarely goes cloth. Now that Alexander is close to using the toilet on his own, I'm reusing the diapers as training pants. The mother ease fits from newborn well into 2 yrs of age.
hello.world.
i absolutely LOVE cloth diapering and you will too! It's soooo much fun I am currently CD'ing my 2nd baby. My first just potty trained about 6 months ago. All of my diapers are still holding up and they were purchased used with my first baby. I like

kissaluvs for newborns with a bummis cover

and i love pocket diapers from about 3 months until potty training time. they are so easy to use and daddy and daycare friendly. right now, i'm loving the "tiny tush elite" because it one size fits all - a really great diaper

check out greenmountaindiapers.com - loads of info over there
How do you wash them?
1) cold wash, no detergent
2) warm wash, with detergent
3) extra rinse

How many do you own?
24 prefolds, 5 thirsties covers

How do they hold up overnight?
we use sposies at nite

Which brand? Why? Which to avoid?

12 chinese prefolds, 12 indian prefolds

Leakage?
nope

How do you manage when not at home?
sposies

How long to they last?

not sure first child, we started at 4 months

Anything else I need to know?
the angel wing fold is great for holding in really liquidly poos
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