My Cloth Diaper Post

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My Cloth Diaper Post

Every mommy blogger who uses cloth diapers will post one of these eventually… will mine be completely different? No, probably not, but for those friends of mine asking, I thought I’d put it all down for you along with the opinions I have on each brand I have tried and the ones I will stay loyal to with my next baby.

Before I get into all the info, your probably wondering why you should even consider using cloth diapers instead of the EASY choice of disposables.

SO SO SO many reasons! Here’s 17 YOU NEED TO KNOW from The Real Diaper Association

1. Using cloth diapers helps reduce your carbon foot print! Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill. (dont care? move on to the next I’ll get ya!)

2. Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.

3. Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) – a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.

4. Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome by increasing absorbency and improving the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria

5. In May 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers, and that prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogenesis. (EVER SEEN CHILDREN OF MEN?)

6. The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system

7. In 1988, nearly $300 million dollars were spent annually just to discard disposable diapers, whereas cotton diapers are reused 50 to 200 times before being turned into rags

8. No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.

9. The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.

10. Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.

11. The most common reason for diaper rash is excessive moisture against the skin. (Seth has only had it 3 times since using cloth and we used Sweet Cheeks to cure it)

12. Newborns should be changed every hour and older babies every 3-4 hours, no matter what kind of diaper they are wearing. (adds up to a lot of mula!)

13. Diaper rash was almost unheard of before the use of rubber or plastic pants in the 1940s.

14. Estimated that each baby will need about 6,000 diapers during the first two years of life.

15. Calculated cost for disposable diapers: For these calculations, let’s assume that a family needs about 60 diapers a week. In the San Francisco Bay area, disposable diapers cost roughly 23¢ per store-brand diaper and 28¢ for name-brand. This averages to 25.5¢ per diaper. Thus the average child will cost about $1,600 to diaper for two years in disposable diapers, or about $66 a month

16. For cloth diapering, each family will probably need about 6 dozen diapers. The cost of cloth diapering can vary considerably, from as low as $300 for a basic set-up of prefolds and covers, to $1000 or more for organic cotton fitted diapers and wool covers. Despite this large price range, it should be possible to buy a generous mix of prefolds and diaper covers for about $300, most of which will probably last for two children. This means the cost of cloth diapering is about one tenth the cost of disposables, and you can spend even less by using found objects (old towels & T-shirts).

17. A BIGGIE READ THIS: National Costs. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were about 19 million children under four in 2000. We could probably assume that there are about 9.5 million children under two and therefore in diapers at any one time. Based on previous studies, we estimate that 5-10% of babies wear cloth diapers at least part time. We will average these figures to 7.5% of babies in cloth diapers and 92.5% in disposables. This means that about 8.8 million babies in the U.S. are using 27.4 billion disposable diapers every year.

Based on these calculations, if we multiply the 8.8 million babies in disposable diapers by an average cost of $800 a year, we find that Americans spend about 7 billion dollars on disposable diapers every year. If every one of those families switched to home-laundered cloth prefold diapers, they would save more than $6 billion, enough to feed about 2.5 million American children for an entire year. Coincidentally, the 2002 U.S. Census reveals that 2.3 million children under 6 live in poverty.

Now onto the types of diapers I’ve used and what has worked for me (please research different things work for different families)

I believe in the saying…if it isnt broke dont fix it… as such, some of the info provided next is from the BEST blog around for cloth diapers: The Cloth Diaper Report I wont post everything, just info that pertains to the kind of diapers I use as that is the question I was asked but for basically every question of cloth diapering answered be sure to check out the blog link.

To view The Cloth Diaper Report’s Diapering 101 page click HERE.

Some lingo from The Cloth Diaper Report that you’ll need to know to know what the heck I’m talking about in a second:

*AIO (All In One) – A diaper with a waterproof outer shell/cover, inner lining and soaker all sewn in one. The most similar to the convenience of a disposable diaper, but longer drying time.

*Diaper Cover – Used with prefolds, contour and fitted diapers these provide a waterproof barrier and can be reused with multiple diaper changes. Made from PUL, fleece or wool.

*Diaper Pail – A pail or garbage bin used to store soiled diapers.

*Diaper Sprayer – Can be installed without the need of a plumber to the toilet and used to spray off solids from soiled diapers, to clean training potties, for personal hygiene or to clean the bath!

*Doubler – An extra insert, typically smaller and thinner to add extra absorption. Typically used in a pocket diaper, but can be set on top of the diaper, depending on the fabric used.

*Liner – Can be either reusable or disposable, a liner helps make clean up easier or should be used when using diaper creams or ointments. In the latter case, it helps keep build up from forming in the main diaper.

*OS (One Size) Diaper – A diaper that can be adjusted in the rise (usually with front snaps or adjustable elastic) to grow with you baby. Some brands get small enough to fit a 4 lb. baby and other brands get large enough to fit a 40 lb. child. A typical size range is 7-35 lbs.

*Pail Liner – A bag made with PUL and elastic to line a diaper pail to store soiled diapers. They typically fit standard kitchen trash cans although pails marketed for cloth diapers may also be purchased.

*Pocket Diaper – A diaper with a waterproof outer and inner lining with a pocket opening at the back of the diaper where an insert may be stuffed. These are available as sized diapers, are the most popular style for one size diapers and are also a feature on some all-in-one diapers.

*Prefold – a rectangular diaper available in many sizes and fabrics, cotton being the most popular. These diapers are the “old school” diapers that are the most affordable cloth diapering option.

*Wet bag – A bag made of PUL used to store diapers. Drawstring, zippered and Velcro closures are the most common.

OK NOW YOU KNOW WHY YOU SHOULD USE CLOTH AND SOME LINGO TO HELP YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

I do not pretend to be an expert, I learn more every day that makes it easier for me, but the best help when I first started was my friends advice with what worked and what didnt work with them. So here I go.

I have tried a few brands of diapers but these are the ones I personally like.

FuzziBunz was the FIRST brand I ever bought and tried. There is a lot of good and some bad to this diaper. I love the snaps on it, it’s an OS (One Size) diaper and so the ones I bought months ago I’m still able to use and haven’t gotten close to using the biggest setting. These will most likely last until potty training! The issue, they leak around the leg area, I have a friend who has had this issue as well. Luckily if you buy them individually they come with a doubler, and using both the inserts makes it leak free! The issue with that lol well a very bulky but EFFICIENT diaper. The issues I have with these arent too many so it’s still at the top of my list and I recommend them!
I like shopping Amazon:

Single: $18.95 Found HERE

12 Pack: $188.75 Found HERE

Honestly I survived pretty well with just a 12 diapers in my stock, now I keep building up because I like to try new brands and be sure I always have extras. So I think the price and quantity of the 12 pack is pretty good.

GroBaby which has now become GroVia and is going through a re branding is FOREVER MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE diaper. I have not tried the new GroVia diapers, they are just like the GroBaby but well better, redesigned, changed to make the diapers even better if possible. Their old design was a favorite and I hope to try the new one soon. This is an OS diaper too and has Velcro and snaps making the fit perfect for any size baby. What’s so unique about these is that the liner snaps in so putting it together is insanely easy, also the insert is so thick and absorbent that I’ve yet to use the thin doubler that comes with it, there’s no need.

Single: $24.95 Find it HERE

I couldn’t find a pack for these probably because they’re being replaced. Again, these cost more but are easier to use and have NEVER leaked.

The new GroVia singles can only be found on the website: $24.95 Find it HERE (same price)

Full Time GroVia Diaper Package: $375 on Amazon Find it HERE 12 GroVia™ Shells, 24 GroVia™ Organic Soaker Pads, 4 GroVia™ Organic Boosters. IS IT WORTH IT? O YEA!

Now onto the diaper’s I used MOST, my friend Michelle won a giveaway for these and gave me a few, if she hadn’t done this I probably would NEVER have even attempted using prefolds with covers, the idea seemed insane to me, and old fashioned. BUT, these are actually simple once you get the hang of them, cost less, and have NO leaks. I very much like prefolds now and am insanely happy she gave me a few to use!

As far as kits go this is your best bet if your willing to try to learn how to use prefolds.

Bummis Organic Cloth Diapering Kit $136
18 baby size (15+ lbs) prefold diapers (4 x 8 x 4 layers thick), 2 Super Whisper Wraps and 2 Super Brites size medium, 1 large roll Bio-soft liners and 5 reusable stay dry liners, Fabulous wet bag large, User Guide. Great thing about prefolds… I’m usually able to use the covers 2-3 times so I have A TON of prefolds and am able to use 3 for every 1 diaper cover, sometimes wile out and about I’ve used them more with no issues. It’s less to deal with wile out. This kit has EVERYTHING you need for an AMAZING PRICE! You could get 2 and never worry lol I just love these so much!

Here’s what some of the covers look like:

Prefolds: Just a big rectangle

What I adore about Bummies… they dont just stop at these kind of diapers, they also have Easy Fit Pocket diapers, Bamboozled fitted diapers, Swimmi swim diapers (no need to buy those disposable either), and training pants! Everything is priced fairly I love this company!

Besides diaper’s they carry wet bags, liners, which I’ll talk about in a second, and other diaper essentials. This company really knows what they’re doing when it comes to putting a cloth diaper on your kiddos lil butt! I used the bigger sized kit even when Seth was itty bitty and the covers still worked well lol if your trying to save money and just buy one kit you may try that.

The only other brand I love as much as Bummis is Econobum. This diaper is ingenious! It is also a prefold and cover system BUT the material used for the prefold is insanely light and super absorbent… they work as well as Bummies yet are trimmer fitting. The cover has snaps like an OS diaper and omg lol I adore this diaper. I already had Bummies and the only reason I tried these was because of the LOW PRICE. I was curious if a diaper that was so CHEAP was cheap quality or just a great find.

Single: $9.95 Found HERE

Full Kit: $49.95 3 one-size covers, 12 one-size prefolds Found HERE

I think that this kit, and these diapers is possibly the best priced for what you get. Again, take time to learn how to use prefolds and cloth diapering can be even more cost effective. I keep buying more singles of these and LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM, I’m happy I’ll be able to use all these with my next kiddo as well.

Last on my list of the diapers I LOVE is Bum Genius. The diaper I have used from Bum Genius is an AIO (All In One), this is the easiest diaper I have ever used. When I am out and about for an extended amount of time I choose to go with these, I can quickly change Seth, toss it in my wet bag and be on my way. All you have to do is velcro it down like a disposable. The down side of these is that they aren’t one size, they come in a few sizes and you’d have to buy a few of them. However on the go and for outings I think it’s worth it to buy a few. They do have a One Size but I haven’t used those yet. I plan to buy a few things from their site to try out though and I’ll keep you updated.

Single: $15 Found HERE

sizes: XS (Extra-Small) fits from 6-12 pounds, S (Small) fits from 8-16 pounds, M (Medium) fits from 15 – 22, and L (Large) fits from 22 – 30 pounds.

I did accidentally buy a Large when Seth was still only 16lbs though and it was able to velcro tight enough so I just kept getting those, sometimes getting a bigger size is an option these are good for that.

ONTO OTHER ESSENTIALS

*You need a diaper pail, explained above in the lingo, I just bought trash cans and used those.

*You need a wet bag for when your out and about, just toss the dirty diapers in there and no worries, no smell, easy. I like my Cutey Baby zipper one because there is no NO nasty smell leakage. $9.99 if you get a pack that comes with one GREAT!

*Liners. I ADORE LINERS! I’ve used this brand, Kushies Flushable Biodgradable Diaper Liners, I just lay one down over the diaper and when he poops changing him is easy! Just lift it up toss it in the toilet, then pop my diaper in my pail or in my wet bag when I’m out and about. You dont have to use liners but it gets a tad more difficult when you dont.

*Diaper sprayer, I need to get one of these for when I loose my brain and dont put a liner down… ahhhh the mess. You attach these to your toilet and just spray off the poop. Found HERE, but pricey $99

*Decide whether you want to use disposable wipes or cloth wipes.

HOW DO I WASH THESE THINGS?!?

I get asked soooooooooo many times if everything smells like pee and poop all the time with cloth diapers… no. You can sniff one of Seth’s diapers if you want lol they dont smell.

In your diaper pail you need to soak dirty diapers. My Friend Michelle posted on what to put in there, I’ll summarize.

Soak Those Nasties:
Fill the bucket halfway with cold water, and add 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda and soak…
DO NOT soak in detergent because it will wear out the diapers quickly!

Time to Wash:
Use a cloth diaper detergent such as Crunchy Clean, or Rock in Green, these work best. Stains and smells are out! Add 1-2 scoops depending on if you have a top-loader or front-loader washing machine. When you get to the rinse cycle you can add a little vinegar to soften the fabric.

THAT’S IT YOUR ALL DONE. THAT’S AS MUCH INFO AS I MYSELF CAN GIVE ON DIAPERS… I THINK THIS BLOG IS A TAD OVERWHELMING LOL BUT I THOUGHT WHY NOT PUT IT ALL DOWN. I HOPE I HELPED OUT A BIT.

Before you go, check out my friend Michelle’s recipe for home made baby wipes!

Soft paper towels (I like Viva paper towels the best! Thanks Maryam for the tip!)
Or I also recommend bumGenius Natural Flannel Baby Wipes or BabyKicks Baby Wipes or make your own!
Baby wash (I like Avalon Organics because it has Chamomile, Aloe, Calendula, and Sunflower in it!)
Baby wipe tub or squirt bottle
Basic Recipe:
* 1 cup water
* 1 teaspoon baby shampoo
* 1/2 teaspoon baby oil
or try a more complex recipe:
* 1 cup water
* 1 teaspoon calendula oil
* 2 drops tea tree oil
* 1 teaspoons baby shampoo
* 1 teaspoon baby oil
You can either squirt each wipe or try cutting the roll in half (may need a power saw for this!) and storing them in a baby wipe tub with the solution in it.


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