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I love a good fluffy bum. Cloth diapers are so cute. Way cuter than regular diapers. I thought I would share a little bit about how I cloth diaper since I’ve had friends ask me about it recently.
First off, I use several different brands: EcoBumz (but they’re made anymore), Fuzzibunz, Charlie Banana, GoGreen Pocket Diapers, and gDiapers. Why so many brands? Because they’re all so darn cute! Really, they are all awesome. With the exception of gDiapers, they are all-in-one (AIO) which means that they work just like disposable diapers. The gDiapers are kind of like diaper covers that you add a liner too. I do prefer the AIO just because they’re easier.
Here’s my diaper station. It’s in a closet. :p I do have a diaper genie because my son sleeps in disposables and my kids do wear disposables sometimes, when we’re going out or if there’s a baby sitter or if my husband doesn’t feel like using CDs or when they’re going to daycare. So I’m not completely green but that’s okay. Every little bit helps.
The first drawer has all that lovely fluff. Seriously, how cute are these? On the left are the “one-size-fits-all” kind and on the right are my Ecobumz size 1. Separating the two are the gDiapers. AIO have pockets that you stuff a liner into to provide more absorbency, I stuff them after I wash them so they are in there ready to use.
I use a dry bag system. You can use a wet bag where you’re basically soaking the diapers until they’re ready to wash. I have no place to do that and the dry bag works for me. It’s a large size wet bag with a little sachet of baking soda hanging inside of it. I used to just throw in baking soda but it made my HE washer go nuts so now I just keep a sachet inside to absorb the smell. It works pretty well. If you’ve got some chunky poop, you need to shake it into the toilet first. I have a 2-year-old and I have never had to do this though, some people have a diaper sprayer to rinse the diapers off but I have never seen the need to do that. My 2-month-old is breastfed so, her poop is easy.
When it’s time to wash, I just open the bag and dump it all into the washer and then I also wash the bag. I have 2 since it takes a while for wet bags to dry. I wash the diapers on the sanitize setting, which is really hot water with 2 extra rinse cycles. I use the same soap as I do for the kids (Dreft HE) and I never use fabric softener. It builds up in the diapers which decreases absorbency. Sometimes I throw in some white vinegar and use that as a fabric softener.
Once they’re washed, I line dry. I don’t put them in the dryer because I don’t want to wear the elastic out. Since they’re line dried, it takes a day or two so I try to wash 8-10 diapers at a time. Once they’re dry, I restuff the pockets and put them back in the drawer.
Initially, there is a significant cost. These diapers are not cheap but they are awesome. Most of the diapers I bought came with 2 inserts and the Fuzzibunz even came with extra leg elastic. I built up my supply and since I took care of the diapers, I haven’t needed to buy anymore with baby number 2, after 2 years of use. Of course, I want to buy some more since most of the ones I have are “boy” colors and I now have a girl but that’s not really necessary. Since we live on base, I don’t pay for water, so I can afford to do more loads of laundry a week. If you have to pay for water, I would recommend buying more diapers to build your supply while the diapers are drying.