I can’t believe it, but our little baby Gray man is three months old! It feels as though the days have flown by and also dragged on at the same time. I can’t believe how big he is and how much he’s learning, but at the same time it’s already hard to remember what life was like before he got here.
We started cloth diapering pretty soon after he was born and have continued ever since. I was planning to use them on a trial basis, but we enjoyed using them so much, we continued and even doubled our stash over the last few months. So many people have asked me about using them I thought it would be helpful to put together a post for everyone who was curious about how it works.
When Gray came home from the hospital, we used disposable diapers for about two weeks. I was recovering from the C-section and I quite frankly couldn’t be bothered to try something new. After going through two full boxes of diapers, we were pretty determined to get started so that we wouldn’t have to continue to buy box after box. It was the best decision ever!
I’ll start by going over what we use and how we care for them. We the BumGenius one size diapers. We started our stash with 12 diapers and now have 20. Depending on his day, we only have to wash them about every other day. I know that sounds like a lot, but think about how much laundry you do for your littles anyways. I was already in the laundry room almost every day so it wasn’t a huge imposition for me.
On the day to day, we use them just like disposables! Since I’m solely breastfeeding, everything that comes out is water soluable so I don’t even need to rinse them. They soak up all the moisture and I just toss them in our lined laundry bag. The bag zips so there’s no smell and I just toss the bag in the wash about once a week.
As far as laundry goes, when I wash, I use a powdered detergent. Our manufacturer recommended using powder since it won’t clog the fabric as quickly. If you give them a try, just check out the wash instructions that come along with them! We was with hot water with a prewash and double rinse cycle. Then we just tumble dry on low with a few wool dryer balls. Then, once a month I’ll wash them with some bleach just to get out any stains/smells that might be hanging around. That’s all there is to it! It’s actually more low maintenance than I thought. Once he gets older and has more solid waste, it will get a bit more challenging, but we have a hose we can hook up to our sink so that we can pre-rinse before we toss them in the wash. Thankfully by then he won’t have as many diaper changes every day.
To answer all the FAQs I get, I thought I’d just set up a pro and con list with what we’ve found in our experience.
- Easy to use. Truly. They’re just as easy to put on as disposables.
- We change Gray a lot less. Since they’re so absorbant, he can last much longer without feeling that he’s wet.
- We have already saved SO much money using them! It’s a big upfront investment, but we just used a lot of our gift cards and built our stash a little at a time.
- Less waste. We have to pay for our trash pick up by the bag so it’s been really helpful to cut down on that cost as well! Plus, it’s a lot better for the environment.
- There are no harsh chemicals in the diapers. A lot of diaper brands put chemicals and fragrances in the diapers that can be absorbed through the skin.
- Less diaper rash. Gray was living in a state of constant diaper rash when we first brought him home. Since we’ve switched, he very rarely ever gets rashes and when he does, they are very mild.
- Less smell. For some reason, these smell a lot less than disposables! Sometimes we’ll put Gray in a disposable if we’ve just changed him and are close to bath time and the smell in those is so much more noticeable.
- Gray rarely ever pees out of these diapers. Before, we would go through 2-3 outfits a day. Now, it’s rare if he has any leaks even when he sleeps through the night!
- Laundry. It is more laundry. But like I said earlier, this isn’t a huge addition to what I was already doing on a daily basis.
- Makes traveling a bit complicated. Right now, it’s not a big deal. We just carry plastic bags and wrap up used diapers until we get home. I’ve never had one noticeable smell through the bag, but I think this will definitely be more of a challenge once he’s eating solid foods. I will probably just have to change him in a bathroom where we can transfer to a toilet.
- The diapers are definitely more bulky than disposables. So Gray doesn’t look quite as sweet in his little clothes, but that’s a sacrifice I’m happy to make since we’re saving so much money.
- Using diaper rash creams can stain the diapers. However, I’ve researched it and figured out that they stain because of the extra oil in the cream and if you wash with a solution of Dawn, lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar- they clear right up!
That’s about it! The pros definitely outweigh the cons and I’m not sure if it’s because we’ve just used them from the start, but I really don’t know why more people don’t use them! There’s definitely a convenience with disposables, and we’ll use them when Gray isn’t feeling well and needing more changes or if we’re out and go through two changes, but otherwise, it really hasn’t been very difficult. If you have any specific questions that I didn’t hit here, comment below!
Until next time!
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