Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cloth Diapers

Okay so I know I told you guys that I made the switch, and that I would report back after a few weeks, so here I am.

So far so good...

I would also like to say that the information on cloth diapering is overwhelming. There is so much and at first I had no idea what I wanted to use and how much I needed and what I needed for it? Do you know what I mean? This video was helpful in explaining the different kinds of cloth diapers, because I had no idea what anything was.

After all was said and done, after all of the price checking and research I decided to go with the pre-folds. They were a lot cheaper, and that made more sense to me. With the pre-folds all that gets wet is the cloth that you put on the inside, so as long as the out side part doesn't get dirty they you can keep using it. Although I have found that if she poops the outside part does get a little dirty around where the cloth is (her clothes at least stay clean). On my first order (and I got them from here) I ordered 3 pre-fold covers (all of them came with a cloth to go inside), and I ordered a extra box of cloths. Since the order was more than $30 I got a coupon code for a free diaper. Now that code didn't say what kind of diaper the free one was, I figured that anything would be great.

The package comes and the free diaper is this. It's a pocket diaper. A pocket diaper is one where you put the inserts inside of the pocket. This one came with two inserts. After trying out all of my diapers I found that the pocket one with both of it's inserts is best for over night, and she says really dry. During the day I just have to change her more often (more often then I would with a disposable diaper). It's like every 2 to 3 hours. That's not so bad. I have also found that after dumping the poop in the potty, it is best to rinse the diaper out in the bath tub, then just spray the tub after. I do have to wash diapers ever day to keep up, but I think it's worth it, and it's easier than I thought.

Now as for packing and on the go. I now pack a laundry bag in my diaper bag, it's small one and will hold about 3 diapers, and when I get home I just throw all of that in the wash. I also have a laundry bag hanging off of the changing table, and at the end of the day, I just wash all of that.

A little more work, but like I said in the other post, it's a savings of about $50 a month, so well worth it.

So what made me want to change? Well the cost of diapers was part of it, but the real reason was a lot of my friends were making the switch, like my friend Holly and Megan, and I thought well if they can do it then why not me. Also after making the switch I found out that my friend Kandi also does cloth diapering, and if that many people can do it, than it's not as hard as you think.

I do realise that this is not for everyone, so this post was just to let others know what my experience was. I hope that it will help anyone else who was thinking about making the change but just didn't know enough information. Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

  1. If I was doing cloth diapers again, I would have gone with the prefolds. Unfortunately, I bought into the one size pocket diapers and they didn't work for Catelynn. She was constantly peeing through them, even double stuffed, resized etc. I tried to check if they were repelling, but nope. no suds in the water. We cloth diapered for her first six months, and now use disposables. Originally, we were going to have more than one kid, but once we decided instead we were done, I didn't want to invest in another cloth diapering system. You could also buy another pack of diaper cloths Randi so you are only washing every other day. In the long run, that will help your diapers keep, as they do wear out faster if they're being washed every day.