Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cloth Diapers- post 1

 I have been asked by quite a few people about cloth diapers lately, so I thought I would write a little post about it.  We have never been "religious" about cloth diapering.  We use cloth about 75% of the time.  You won't catch me bringing cloth diapers on vacations, but when we are around home we use cloth.

Why do we use cloth diapers?
1.  It is very cost effective for our family, especially when you take into consideration that we will soon have 2 babies in diapers!
2.  It is better for my baby-  did you see that many babies are getting awful diaper rashes due to the new chemicals Pampers is putting in their Swaddler and Stay dry diapers.  You can read more here.
3.   It is better for the environment.  We have an energy efficient front loading washing machine so it uses very little water.  And since moving to SoCal I line dry our diapers 90% of the time.
4.  It helps my skinny kids keep their pants up : )  Funny, but true!  Bug has a number of pairs of pants that she can only wear with cloth diapers.  If she has a disposable on, her pants slip right off.
5.  For a baby (I started using cloth diapers when Bug was 3 months old) they prevented blow-outs!  Yeah, for not having to clean poop off of her back, the carseat, my lap, the swing...

Original Stash:
My stash (supply) that I have used for Bug
3- Size Small BumGenius AIO (all in one, pocket diapers)- now she is too big for these
7- BumGenius 3.0 AIO pocket diaper
1-  Size Small FuzziBunz

Additions to our stash (preparing for baby):
1- Size Medium Fuzzi Bunz
2- Flip BumGenius
2- additional Organic Inserts for the Flip

4- BumGenius 3.0 AIO pocket diaper (2 of which are "Seconds")
1- Bumkins AIO, size Medium

Must haves in my opinion for Cloth Diapering:
A dry bag for storing dirty diapers in.  Bag is then thrown right into the wash with your dirty diapers.

 Bummis biosoft flushable liners- makes poopy diapers so much easier to deal with.  This is not needed for breast-fed babies as their poopy is water-soliable and comes right off.  But as soon as your little one starts eating solids, I would highly recommend this.  Unless you are a die-hard cloth diapering mama and you want to wash all of the solid poops into the potty.

To be continued....  but here is a sweet pic of Bug from when we first started using cloth diapers

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