I’m a Cloth Diapering Mama – Have Any Questions?

I went to Babies R Us last week to finish up Emma’s baby registry. There they offered me a VIB (very important baby) card. It’s a reloadable gift card that can be used for diapers, formula, and baby food. Babies R Us matches the value by 10%. Pretty cool, right?

I told the lady, “Well, I cloth diaper, breastfeed, and make my own baby food, but thanks anyway!” She was very friendly and said her friend was the same way.

I truly love cloth diapering. I cloth diapered my son Samuel from the time he was about 6 weeks old until he potty trained at age 2 (just a few weeks ago – woohoo!).

I have never regretted making the decision to cloth diaper. It combines several things that I love:

  • It’s great for baby – better for their skin, especially, but there are other benefits, too.
  • It’s economical – I have saved at least $1,500 on diapers by choosing cloth. The real number is probably closer to $3,000 because of the disposable diapers I would have bought had I gone that route.
  • It’s eco-friendly – the water and electricity use for washing diapers is much better for the planet than having disposable diapers (which take at least 500 years to decompose) plus human waste in our landfills.

There are more subtle reasons that I like cloth diapering, too:

  • The fact that I am in charge of taking care of something so that my son can be taken care of, too – it just speaks to me as a mom. When I get diaper laundry started, I think This is for my Sammy. It’s a reminder, so to speak.
  • I love DIY anything. I don’t know why; I just love things that are not simply bought at the store and taken out of a box. I feel like they’re more authentic or something. Not that I made my cloth diapers or anything… (I said this was subtle, didn’t I? :))
  • Cloth diapers are versatile. Unlike disposable diapers (which are all very similar even though they’re not created equal), cloth diapers come in a wide variety of types, colors, uses, prices, fabrics, etc.

However, I think that cloth diapering is a personal choice – one that each family makes individually.

And since it is such a new and verstaile realm to most of us, if you are considering cloth diapering, I would love to answer any questions you have! Or if you are currently cloth diapering and are having some issues, I’d be happy to help you troubleshoot. Leave questions in the comments below.

I’m excited about answering your questions, because I have a little something in the works regarding cloth diapering. 😉 News about that coming in the next few months.

Also, if you already cloth diaper or have made that decision, I have a coupon for you to KellysCloset – one of the best places to buy cloth diapers. They have everything! And right now, if you spend $69, you get a free one-size diaper – up to $19 in value. 🙂 Go to Kellys Closet using this link, and use the coupon code CLOVER to get the deal. This code likely expires today.

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13 thoughts on “I’m a Cloth Diapering Mama – Have Any Questions?

  1. Donna

    Hooray for you! Go green!…here a tip I’ll pass on from an “older” generation: The cloth diapers also make the best dusting cloth you could ever find! They don’t leave lint behind, so great for glass too! So save them for future use also! 🙂

    1. Stephanie Post author

      Thanks Donna! I actually use a NEW type of cloth diaper that is not just a prefolded piece of fabric. They have microfiber inserts, and those ARE awesome dust rags! 😉

  2. Kelly B

    When I get back, you’ll have to help me out. Definitely want to give the fabric dities a shot. And registry at babies r us.. oh yeah, what an idea.. 🙂
    Went to doc today, Benjamin still truckin’ along..

    1. Stephanie Post author

      You’ll be great with cloth dipes. And yes, must do the registry together ASAP! Benjamin needs some goodies!!

  3. Lorri

    I don’t have kiddos yet, but I’m a very interested in cloth diapers when I do have some of my own. The thing is: what do you do when you’re out in public? It seems like it’s extraordinarily messy and stinky?

    1. Stephanie Post author

      Great questions! So, you are probably envisioning the “old-style” cloth diapers that our parents used with pins and plastic pants. While that option is still out there, I use some awesome NEW types of cloth diapers that are pretty much just like a disposable diaper – except all cloth! Even if you go the old-style prefold route, you don’t need to soak or rinse diapers.
      In public, we carry a wet bag with us, put dirty diapers in there, and then just add them to the other diaper laundry at home. They cinch up so it’s only odorous if it was very stinky and you’re in a tightly enclosed space with no air. Otherwise, it works great!
      Some people do choose to use disposable when out and about, but we only did that rarely. Finding a trash can for a disposable diaper was sometimes way harder than bringing our wet bag home with us!
      Hope that helps!

  4. Lindsey

    I too love cloth diapering. I had my first this fall and I was a little unsure how it would work. I hate laundry and I am gone 12 hours a day so I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep up but I love it so much I never see it as a chore! way to spread the word!

  5. Step

    Hey there! Our son is 5 weeks and has started to soak through and leak with our FuzziBunz Elites. Eek! He’s too little for that, or so I thought and its making me nervous for when he’s older! The Elites come with minky inserts, I was told by a friend the old FuzziBunz had microfiber and perhaps he wouldn’t soak a microfiber as quickly as a minky. Any thoughts. Currently, we’re stuffing his FB with either 2 minky inserts or 1 minky and 1 Thirsties hemp oval. The leaks are coming from around his legs too if that matters. We’re changing him every 2-3 hours as well. I’d love any tips or suggestions you have!

    By the way, I love doing his dipe laundry too! Its actually fun and a stress reliever for me. And like you I enjoy knowing I’m doing it for him 🙂

    1. Stephanie Post author

      Hey there Step!
      What size is his diaper? My little guy couldn’t wear his one size diapers until about 6 weeks and he was a big guy!
      Also, the leaking at the leg can be a fit issue. Can you pull the diaper up more in the front or tighten the leg holes at all?

  6. Andrea

    What’s your wash routine? Do you have advice for ammonia and stripping? My 15 month old daughter was getting a really bad burn/rash… We think because the pee wasn’t being absorbed quickly enough. Adding baking soda to the prewash seems to have helped, but I’m waiting in fear of it happening again. :/

    1. Stephanie Post author

      For diaper laundry, I think simple is best! I do not have a HE washer, just a regular one. Here’s what I do:
      1 cold rinse – no products
      1 hot wash, set on Heavy, with extra rinse. I put 1/2 tsp. (YES, I use that little!) of Country Save in the load. (BTW, those 4 boxes of Country Save I linked to last forever. I used them for 2 years – including our household laundry and still have 1.5 boxes left!)
      I line dry anything with PUL, like diaper covers/pockets and put everything else in the dryer.

      For stripping, I do a regular wash cycle, then I do 5 rinse cycles with no soap. It works like a charm!
      As for the rash/burn, it’s most likely due to wetness. Like you said, the absorbency might need increased by stripping. How much laundry detergent do you use? You might try cutting down the amount (and then you will just need to strip occasionally, like every 4-6 months). Also, as my guy got to that age, I found I had to change him more frequently. They are ingesting more, so they are outputting more urine. But definitely try stripping first.
      You should only have to use baking soda to clean diapers very rarely, like maybe once or twice a year. If you’re having to do it more often than that, then something else may be going wrong in your laundry routine.
      LMK if this helps!

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