Oh to cloth diaper. It’s hard to wrap your head around until you actually do it. Today, I hope to simplify things for you.
We have cloth diapered since Harvey was 6 weeks old and absolutely love it! It took me about one week to get the hang of it but since then, it’s been easy peasy. If you missed Courtney’s post about the pro’s of cloth diapering, I highly recommend you check it out.
There are 2 basic styles of cloth diapers: pocket and covers. We have pocket diapers so that’s what I’m going to talk about today. With pocket diapers, you wash every piece of the diaper with every use.
Let’s start with the pieces of a pocket diaper.
These are Bumgenius 4.0 snap diapers. They are a one-size, pocket style diaper and made for babies 8lbs – 30lbs. Each diaper comes with three different pieces: a newborn insert, a one size insert and the waterproof pocket diaper.
When your baby is very, very small you adjust the diaper to the smallest setting and use the newborn insert.
As your baby grows, so does your diaper. The one size insert adjusts in size with your diaper and the newborn insert can be added at night for thicker protection.
Now that you understand the pieces of a cloth diaper, I want to help you understand the process of laundering them.
We personally have 22 cloth diapers which is a small stash by most peoples’ standards, but it’s worked fine for us. I wash our diapers every single morning and our water bill has only gone up $10.
Every time I change Harvey’s diaper, I pull out the dirty insert before I toss it and the pocket diaper into my large Planet Wise Wet Bag. At home, I use homemade fleece wipes. If Harvey goes #2, I spray her bottom with water, wipe it with my fleece wipe and toss it in with the dirty diapers. I do this throughout the day and by the next morning, I have about 6-8 dirty diapers in my wet bag.
When it’s time to wash, I dump everything in my Wet Bag into my washing machine, add in 1/2 a scoop of Tide Powder Detergent and wash on warm (or cold) for a short cycle. Next, I do this with a full scoop of detergent on hot for a heavy duty cycle. Then, I toss my inserts and fleece wipes into the dryer and take my pockets out to air dry.
The website Fluff Love University is a great resource for all things related to cloth diapering including this list of safe laundry detergents. They also have articles about deep cleaning your diapers and how to properly care for them once your little one starts making solid poo.
I hope you feel educated about cloth diapering! I promise, it’s way less complicated after you do it once or twice. You can do it and you won’t regret it. Cloth diapering is a great choice!
What is your favorite tip for getting those diapers clean? We would love to hear! Tell us in the comments.