George Have Blog

Its hard to be a baby

Yes, I Wash Diapers

on March 9, 2012

My cloth diapering aspirations started when I got pregnant. I got on the mommy blogs and saw these adorable fluffy butts liiike…

…and was hooked. I wasn’t afraid of touching poop or pee and when I did the math (savings of about about 3 grand over 3 years), it just made sense.

I sold my textbooks and started my stash through amazon. As baby time approached, I got more and more nervous. When he was actually born I was WAY too overwhelmed to actually think about it…besides he was too small for the pockets I had anyway.

uh-oh! I was too small!

But, when he was about 8 weeks, we gave it a go! And it has been going great. I have about 20 pockets diapers (most are fuzzibunz, but I have some g diapers, bumgenius and rumparooz as well). I am happy with all the brands (although the rumparooz are a little too fluffy at this point and he has now outgrown the small g diapers). The washing process is really not difficult.

I wash every other day and let them soak, do a pre wash, then a heavy wash with tide, then an extra rinse. It sounds like a lot of steps, but its not a big deal.

Then, they hang to dry in the basement. I plan to hang them outside when it gets warm.

The big blue thing is the large wet bag we put the dirties in. After they dry, they get stuffed (inserts into pocket) and they go back into the drawer in the nursery. This is a very empty  drawer, since they were all hanging on the rack. Ha.

We are not at all die hard and still use disposables about 10% of the time. We do use them less and less, though.

Some things I recommend/notes about cloth diapering:

1. We have two large wet bags  so we can switch them out and wash them with the load of diapers

2. I also keep a small wet bag in my diaper bag so I have something to put dirty cloth in when out

3. A diaper sprayer is a must

4. Only certain diaper creams can be used. I got California baby, although he hasn’t had diaper rash, so I haven’t used it

5. I did a TON of research on fancy special cloth diaper laundry soap and just ended up using Tide. Its been great.

6. Cloth diaper blogs/vlogs are really helpful for free info on getting started (clothdiaperwhisper.com, cloth diaper channel on youtube)

So, that’s the long and short of it. We are loving not spending money on diapers. George is happy, we are happy. Doesn’t get any better than that!

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