Making Cloth Diapering Work for YOU
I’ll be honest here: I can see why some parents prefer disposables. They may be expensive and wasteful, but boy oh boy are they EASY. Pull off a poopy diaper, toss it in the bin, never think about it again. With cloth, things can get a little bit more hands on, and it’s important to figure out how to make that work for your household!
This kind of offsets the cost-saving benefits of cloth diapering, but if you have it in your budget, I can’t say enough good things about a diaper service! My incredibly generous mother gave us a year of service as a shower gift, and it’s been a huge help.
Our diaper service provides fitted liners and cloth wipes. Twice a week we set out a bag of dirty diaps and wipes at night, and in the morning there is a bag of clean ones waiting for us. No rinsing, no extra laundry! The only things our service doesn’t provide are the covers, so we picked up a bunch of the adjustable hybrid Grovia covers, which should last us until baby Darrol is potty training.
If you’re on a tight budget, washing the cloth diapers at home is your best bet. How often you’re washing depends on a lot of things. If your baby is breastfed, you’re going to be doing more washes, because breastfed babies poop more than formula fed babies.
You’ll need a wet bag to store dirty diapers, and if you’re dealing with a pee pee diaper, you can just toss it right into the bag. For poopy diapers, you’ll want to rinse them a little before bagging them up. You can rinse in the sink or tub. You can also do like a couple of my friends and get a hose attachment for the toilet, so you can rinse that poop into the toilet and flush it.
Keep experimenting with setups until you find one that works best – every family is different, and finding the cloth diapering situation that works best for you might take some time.
I’d love to hear from the other cloth diapering moms and dads out there! What snags did you run into when you first got started, and what’s working well for your family?
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