Tried and True Cloth Diapers

Hello!  Welcome to my blog and thank you for taking the time to read my very first blog post!  I am a step-mama to a 15 year old and 12.5 year old and full on mama to an 11 month old.  I also teach full time and coach part time.

For my first blog post I am writing about cloth diapers!  I really do love cloth diapering our littlest man and I really would love to share some pointers and some of my favorite cloth diapering essentials!

  1. First off, why cloth diaper?  I have two main reasons for cloth diapering: to save money buying disposable diapers, and to decrease waste.  I really hate the idea of wasting money on something that I literally turn around and dump into a landfill where it sits and pollutes our earth.  Many other people have other reasons for cloth diapering, but these reasons are the ones that happen to be nearest to my heart.  Also, they are SO CUTE!  Check out our littlest man rocking some cloth diapers.

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  2. When I started researching cloth diapers I read every review out there that I could get my hands on, but what I didn’t realize right away is that you don’t have to only purchase one type of cloth diaper, and that every household and every baby is different, so there’s a reason that there are many different types to choose from!  I have found a few different ones that we use regularly and really really love.The brand and system that we use the most is //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B014PXRRGC&asins=B014PXRRGC&linkId=fac151d51ab15a55e210b28099b8fe11&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>Best Bottom.  I wanted a diaper that I could reuse the outer liner and just change out the //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00FA6OKAU&asins=B00FA6OKAU&linkId=5fc6292e474606b820870e6ec8bfd711&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>liner on the inside.  I also really wanted double gussets on the legs (to hold in all of the crap, pun intended) and a bonus of Best Bottom diapers are that they are made in the USA!  I love to buy things made in the USA and that made my husband even happier about using cloth diapers.  These are AI2 (all in two) diapers, which means you can change out the inserts and reuse the covers between diaper changes.  I love that you can buy different types of //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B007NIFFHA&asins=B007NIFFHA&linkId=5621d489828fe54706039be9d8ab4faf&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>inserts and //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B006U6O8RY&asins=B006U6O8RY&linkId=aa2f8973144ea78dea4e677f4e2dc305&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>doublers (for nighttime diapering or if you have a heavy wetter like I do!)  This is a plain best bottoms diaper shown below, but there are some really cute prints!  They fit on his chunky little big legs perfectly!

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    We really like pocket diapers for nighttime because you can stuff them with whatever your heart desires!  Our littlest man sleeps for 11-12 hours at night and I want him to feel nice and dry all night long and I would prefer to not have to change his sheets everyday because of leaking…  Pocket diapers are the perfect solution.  We use a variety of different pocket diapers that we have been given, but my favorite are wink pocket diapers.  They’re nice and trim, but you can still stuff a few absorbent liners like //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B002FB7FLY&asins=B002FB7FLY&linkId=fb4b5eda5928b541c187d9cf2442f477&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>these or //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01DDFOTFU&asins=B01DDFOTFU&linkId=c243b9fac666bc6bc46948b968bed159&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>these.  I love using natural fibers in diaper inserts, they’re so much more absorbent!  This is a wink pocket diaper.

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  3. If you choose to cloth diaper you are going to need something to keep them in, and you’re going to want that something to keep the smell in.  I use this //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00R5BVLXW&asins=B00R5BVLXW&linkId=bed72ff2386770ba484ddf3f46a65f50&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>Dekor Diaper Pail, but I honestly wish it held more diapers than it does.  I know that some people choose to just use a hanging //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B004Q2Z9TK&asins=B004Q2Z9TK&linkId=cdd3a258710ab21c46e98301bb0a8549&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>wet bag without a pail.  I do not have any experience with this option, but I have heard that it works well and that somehow it magically doesn’t stink!  You will also want wet bags for when you are out and about to keep the dirty diapers from floating around in your diaper bag.  I LOVE //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B01C45QPCA&asins=B01C45QPCA&linkId=d438aa9d2823d6064a2174cc6ac6d8e2&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>these ones for daycare and for running errands.  They also come in so many cute prints!  Again, it’s just another pro of cloth diapering 😉
  4. Another necessity (in my opinion) is a diaper sprayer.  I know many people who get by without one, but I really don’t think I could…  I don’t use mine everyday, but there are several times a week where I think to myself “man, I am SO glad we have a sprayer so I don’t have to physically pick this poop off of this diaper…”.  This //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00A65YN8E&asins=B00A65YN8E&linkId=3e798446cc1975e57358ff46b47e582c&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>diaper sprayer rocks, but I’m sure there are many others that are great too.  Also, many people use the //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00S1I4P1S&asins=B00S1I4P1S&linkId=6234bc3869ba1fdf1c1dbeb859bbf6ea&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>spray pal to shield any splatter that may happen.  I personally do not use it, but I have heard many awesome things about it!
  5. Another thing that you will need in order to be successful with cloth diapers is a good wash routine and a cloth diaper approved laundry detergent.  I got our wash routine from Fluff Love University.  It is an awesome website that has SO MUCH information about cloth diapering.  I use //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=musicalmam0ea-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00F9WWJPS&asins=B00F9WWJPS&linkId=566dc5db4cfdbb455ad2eb0fa958178e&show_border=false&link_opens_in_new_window=false&price_color=333333&title_color=0066c0&bg_color=ffffff“>tide powder as our cloth diaper detergent.  If you’re a Costco member you can occasionally find really good deals on it!

Here is one more picture of my fluff-butt, just because he’s pretty cute 😉

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What are some of your helpful hints and tips about cloth diapering?  I would love to hear from you!

 

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