During my pregnancy, I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers. Everyone thought I was insane but I still loaded my registry with cloth diapers, inserts, and a toilet sprayer. Which we did get even though the buyers all made fun of me. I still had a diaper cake at my shower that my mother in law made me so of course we used those up. My in-laws and friends all joked “we’ll see how long that lasts” but I was determined to do it for the environment and to save money.
Once I recovered from child birth and was able to sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time, about two weeks , we tried using cloth diapers and we failed horribly. It seemed like every time my daughter would pee even a little she’d scream and scream, we of course blamed the cloth diapers. Little did we know it was the start of 3 months of a living hell also know as colic. So we gave up cloth diapers thinking she hated them. I sadly folded all the brightly colored covers and inserts I had painstakingly researched and hid them in the back of her closest hoping I’d get another chance to try. Maybe for potty training, maybe then she’d let me grace her little tush with fabric. I was strangely emotional over not being able to cloth diaper, probably due to hormones and lack of sleep.
Fast forward to 6 months old and she is suddenly scratching and pinching her diaper area nonstop. There wasn’t a rash, no redness, no swelling, nothing to suggest an actual problem. Per the doctors suggestion, I started using cloth wipes and took it one step further with trying cloth diapers again.
Surprisingly Samantha didn’t even notice the change and the itching stopped! I realized that it wasn’t the cloth diapers that made her angry as a newborn it was 100% the colic! So I dove back into cloth diapers with all the enthusiasm I had from the beginning! I pulled out all the inserts, diaper covers, attached the sprayer myself while Chuck was working, and joined some cloth diaper groups on Facebook!
How to start
How many covers and inserts you need depending on how often you can/will do laundry. You won’t need a million covers and inserts but being prepared means you wont have a naked baby peeing everywhere! Having more inserts than covers is essential; You can use a cover for more than one pee, just take the insert out and add a new one. Just make sure that the diaper cover feels dry to the touch before you reuse a cover!
- These are the easiest in my opinion and great for smaller babies
- These last from newborns until potty trained. Don’t be scare of the all the snaps, its not nearly as scary as it looks!
- All In One means there isn’t a pocket to stuff, I haven’t used this kind yet but its essentially one piece vs two.
- Made for the swimming pool
- Super absorbent but they cannot be worn directly against the skin.
- Another very absorbent insert but some people are concerned over the level of processing it takes to make these.
- Cotton isn’t quite as absorbent but they are super easy to wash and can be worn against the skin.
- I haven’t used hemp inserts yet but I’ve heard AMAZING things about these!
- These are super cool because they can be flushed and composted! (pee pee only!) They are more expensive, around the cost of pampers, but its a good starting point and means less scrubbing and cleaning,
- Something to soak diapers in
- I use an old bucket and just toss them into the wash once a day
- This is the best thing ever! Spray the poo into the toilet where it belongs and toss the diaper into a bucket to soak until you do a load of laundry.
- Fluff Love University has an amazing chart of different detergents that work well and what to avoid for cloth diapering.
- Drying Rack
- I do not dry my covers in the dryer, I air dry and sun them as much as possible. This preserves the life of the PUL fabric and the sun acts as a bleach and kills bacteria.