Adventures in Cloth

Cloth for the win!

For the last 3 weeks, we’ve delved into the world of cloth diapering (also known as CDing). During pregnancy, I researched so many web sites, facebook pages and blogs to figure out what would work best for us while still being not so intimidating. I wound up with a stash of pretty good variety, and I’ve been anxious – but kinda scared – to dive in to this booming industry.

Now that Wes is a whopping 17 lbs at nearly 3 months, I felt silly putting him in disposables when I had this fairly large cloth “wardrobe” at my fingertips. After a few weeks and several washings, here’s what I’ve learned.

1. Be prepared to spend some money up front. Diapers, depending on the style, can range from $6-25 each. Times that by the number of changes per day (10+) and one or two days in between each washing, and you’ll see that it can be expensive at first. (See number 3.)

2. Then, you’ll need to purchase additive-free detergent (I recommend Rockin’ Green or Country Save) because even detergents like Free & Clear have chemicals that can build up on the diapers over time, making them REPEL water. Yikes.

  • Wash your diapers several times before wearing to make them extra absorbent.
  • Do a cold water rinse first to get the nasties out. Then wash with 2-3 tb of detergent in hot water and double rinse. I throw my inserts in the dryer, but hang dry the outer shells.
  • For stains, the best solution is drying them in the sun. I haven’t yet done this, but everyone says it does an awesome job.

3. Avoid fancy diapers. Seriously, it’s for keeping a bum dry and poop contained. I’ve felt the pang of what’s called “cloth diaper addiction.” Some moms can’t stop buying diapers. I’ve had to reel myself in from daydreaming about cute patterns and a large stash. Sheesh!

  • I found a bunch of Flip inserts on Craigslist, and they’re great to just throw in a waterproof cover (we use Econobum and Gro-Via shells). I like this option best because you can reuse the shell several times and just change out the insert. I also use the old fashioned flat cloth diaper in these.
  • We have a hodge podge of pocket diapers (BumGenius, FuzziBunz, Charlie Banana, Alva Baby, Just Simply Baby), which are basically the cloth version of a disposable. While most families seem to like these best, I don’t so much. I just think you’ll need to get a TON more of these diapers, since you have to replace with a whole new diaper every time.
  • If I just had pocket diapers, I think I would opt for SunBaby, which are good quality diapers for a fraction of the cost of name brands. Two friends of mine use these and have been really happy with them.

4. Read up! I thought all my research had given me plenty of knowledge about cloth diapering. Not so! I went ahead and ordered the book, Changing Diapers, and I learned WAY more than I thought. Who knew you shouldn’t put microterry right against skin?

5. It’s really not as scary as I thought it would be.


I’ve probably bored you to tears on my CDing adventures, but it’s certainly an adventure for us. I do think we are saving quite a bit of money by not buying so many ‘sposies, and our water bill hasn’t gone up as much as I thought it would. Of course, it’s always nice to know that we’re doing just a small part to keep our planet green for Wes’ kids, too.

Posted: October 16th, 2011
Categories: Leah
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Comment from Robby Slaughter - October 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm



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