Monday, November 7, 2011

Cloth Diapering

Cloth Diapering. Those two words alone invoke anxiety in some people, as well as bring up questions and ridicule from others. When I decided to cloth diaper, I definitely found a lack of support from the majority of people I told. It seems odd that people would have such a strong opinion on the matter if they haven't tried it themselves, or know much about cloth diapering. But yet, that doesn't stop people from sharing their opinion. I didn't let lack of support stop me though, and I hope you consider trying it! 

When my husband and I moved to OR, it was so he could start his career as a police officer, and I could transition to being a stay at home mom. This allowed me to do what I've always wanted to do, and him to begin his career, but it also meant going down to one income, and forcing us to be more mindful of our finances. We pride ourselves on being frugal people, but now more than ever, we need to be putting in more effort to save money and cut costs where we can. Thus, my cloth diapering journey began. 

During my pregnancy, I spent countless hours researching different cloth diaper brands, prices, materials, how-to, etc. The information was overwhelming at first. However, I already had a few friends using cloth diapers, and I found their advice and encouragement invaluable. With their help and my own research, I finally took the plunge and ordered my first set of cloth diapers. 

I decided to start with the Sunbaby brand. This was due to the fact they were the most affordable cloth diapers I could find, that received great reviews, and which one of my friends already had personal experience using. Since starting to use the Sunbaby diapers on my son, I've been recommending them to everyone I talk to about cloth diapers. They're working out great! The website is: www.sunbabydiapers.com

The price is unbeatable. I originally ordered the first package option, which includes 12 diapers and 12 inserts for $60 (includes shipping and tax). Then, since I love them so much and want to have the option of having more on hand, should I not get to laundry or want to just wait another day or two, I ordered another set! I ordered the $78 package, which includes 12 diapers and 24 inserts (I wanted more inserts so I could start doubling up at night). When my son starts sleeping longer, I won't be changing his diaper at night as frequently, so I'll need something more absorbent. There are adorable colors and patterns to choose from, and it's SO worth the investment. We've already saved a lot of money we would have had to spend on disposable diapers. 

I use a special detergent for the cloth diapers (recommended to make them last longer and not risk ruining them). You can get the one I use on Amazon. Here's the link:

Also, I use a disposable liner to catch the poop. I just peel it out, flush it down the toilet and then put the insert and diaper in the wash! The best deal I found is on Amazon.The ones I bought are a great deal, but they might be a little less effective than some. They look and feel like dryer sheets. Very thin. But they do the job and the washer takes care of the rest. The link for the ones I bought is: 
http://www.amazon.com/CuteyBaby-Pack-Biodegradable-Diaper-Liners/dp/B0036QV93C/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1319985368&sr=1-1

For storing the diapers until laundry day, I use a wet bag. Planet Wise has great quality bags, which contain the odor and you can toss them in the wash too. I do this each time, but occasionally. The one I purchased for use in my son's room is here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003IHQVFK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1373673207&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX112_SY192
The one I purchased for use on the go is the same pattern but in size Medium. Great for tossing the diapers in while out and about! No smell to worry about, and I just transfer to the large bag when I get home. 

Finally, I wanted to give you the washing instructions I follow, since the Sunbaby website doesn't list instructions for some odd reason. I run the diapers and inserts through a cold wash with NO detergent. This breaks everything up. Then, I wash them on a hot wash, with a cold rinse. I add detergent in the second wash. I dry mine in the dryer. Some people hang dry them, since they think it makes the quality last longer, but what new mom has time to let things hang dry!? Not me, that's for sure! :) 

So, if you've considered cloth diapering your child, but find the idea of it daunting, I would encourage you to give it a try. It takes a little getting used to, but it's really not difficult and it definitely saves money. If you have any questions, I'd love to help in any way I can. Hopefully you've found this information helpful. Happy diapering! :) 


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