4.15.2013

These Aren't Your Mama's Cloth Diapers

I know what you're thinking, cloth diapering...ewwwww! But these ain't your mama's cloth diapers! I always get asked if I use clothing pins and if I have to fold the diapers...huh?!?! Definitely not! Cloth diapers have come a looooong way from pieces of cloth and clothes pins. 2013 Cloth diapers are cost effective, help the environment, safer for the babe AND they're cute!
Then...

Now!
If you can't tell already, I love cloth diapering! Note, I did say 'I'. Ernest on the other hand, not a big fan. I really can't quite figure out why but I think it has something to do with this little blue line Pampers Swaddler diapers have that tell you if the babe is wet. Which, to be honest, is pretty damn convenient!

The benefits of CD far outweigh the convenience of disposables for several reasons:
How cute is this?!
  • They are better for the babe. I don't want all those harsh chemicals next to my babe's cute little bum!
  • I can attest they are better when it comes to diaper rash. Since everyone isn't 100% on board with CD in our house (or in our babysitting cycle) when Autumn has had on disposables for a day there is a marked difference of redness on her. If I change her to CD's it clears itself up within a few hours. 
  • Cost. There is an initial cost of stocking your CD supply, but with some creative buying, you can buy them so it's less of an expense. I also registered for CD for the baby showers and got a good amount. I found some on Zulily and took advantage of Target's online ordering where you can (while certain promotions are running) get a $25 gift card. We also received some very generous gifts from friends and family to help stock our supply. If you go to buy disposables, you will quickly find they are expensive! Especially when your babe is like ours and a single drop of wetness makes her go crazy until you change her. OR she wets right after you just changed her! oi! Anyways, you can save about $2500 over their diaper wearing days. Buying in bulk will also save you some cash for the Baby Gap fund.
  • They are better for the environment. Seriously. Disposable diapers take 300-500 years to disintegrate! That's crazy! While you are using energy to wash the CD's, it's much less of an impact. We have a high efficiency washer/dryer and are only washing CD's about 2x a week. This is an environmental savings in my book.
    Even though these aren't my fav, they are damn cute
To be fair, there are some cons to CD...
  • Expensive initial cost. Again, some creative buying can help lessen that initial blow. You can also buy one at a time over a period of time to add to your stock.
  • They don't have that oh so convenient 'wet' line like the Pampers Swaddlers.
  • They make the baby bum a full on badunka-dunk! Which, sometimes, makes squeezing the babe into some cute leggings a little more challenging. An opportunity for more shopping?!
  •  They are bulky while traveling. I have the worlds smallest diaper bag so trying to shove CD into there is near impossible. If we are doing a quick outing, we'll take disposable. If we're going to family's house we'll take CD. Honestly, it's a bit of a pain until I get a larger diaper bag because right now I just look like a bag lady with a diaper bag, dry CD bag and a wet bag. Mother's Day is coming up and I've been crushing on some LuluLemon bags that would make a perfect diaper bag!
  • We couldn't use CD's for the first month or two. Autumn was too small and every time I did try them, they would leak because she has little chicken legs like her Daddy. 
    The colors are so fun!
These are how the CD's work, at least the ones we use:

Now to the actual CD's, this is kind of a trial and error based on personal preference. I definitely have my preferences for which diapers I do and do not like. We have a few of each diaper:
  • Charlie Banana's. By far my favorites. They have the cutest colors and patterns. They are All-In-Ones (meaning you use them through the duration of their diapering life and adjust to a bigger button as necessary). The material is really soft, they fit nicely and have never leaked. They also have a re-usable insert. AND these are now sold in our Target store which is super convenient!
  • FuzziBunz: These work well. We haven't had any issues so a win in my book.
  • Jungle Roo: Come in cute colors/patterns. They don't fit as well and are a little bulkier than the rest.
  • gDiapers: By far, my least favorite. The fit is really bad. They leak if they aren't tight enough and if you put them on tighter, they leave red marks on Autumn. They also close to the back which just seems backasswards to me. The colors also bleed in the washer. No bueno. We still have a larger size that we haven't used yet and I'm kind of dreading putting them back in the rotation. They do have a disposable insert which would make traveling with them easier. Also, the colors are nice...when they aren't bleeding on everything else.
I think what makes the difference between a good CD experience and a shitty one (pun intended) is a good arsenal of supplies. Some of my must-have's are...
  • Rockin' Green Laundry Detergent. I love that their products are earth friendly, they have specific products to your region (think hard water vs. soft water) and you can use the same detergent for washing the CD's and the babe's clothes. Extra savings! The scents are amazing! I had to stop myself from eating the 'Smashing Watermelon'! Right now we're on Orchid Lavender...dreamy! This stuff seriously lasts forever too! You only need 2-3TBPS so a little goes a long way. They also have tons of other products like dish detergent and even pet stuff. The 'Funk Rock' is also a must to get rid of that ammonia smell. Trust me on this one. 
  • Cloth Diaper Sprayer. You hook this bad boy up to your toilet and spray all the nasties down the toilet until wash day. A must! 
  • Wet Bag: This is a large wet bag pail. We have this bag and it works great. It zips closed and you just unzip it directly into the washer. Very convenient.
  • Traveling Wet Bag: This is great for traveling with CD's. 
  • Large Diaper Bag: Large Lululemon 'diaper' bag to be exact! Again, Mother's Day is coming up, hint-hint ;) This bag (really, all their bags) have pockets very similar to a diaper bag so it will work great for bottles, CD's and wipes!
    Loving this neon!
I've just hit the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cloth diapers!













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