Adventures in Cloth Diapering.

May 3, 2010

So....I started using cloth diapers on Little E a month or two ago and I wanted to share what I've learned so far. Didn't want to come off sounding preachy or whatever, and for some reason, this is apparently *another* one of those sensitive mom subjects. Ah well. Never stopped me before....

I sort of cheated and signed up for a diaper service (it's what my mom did with my two younger sisters). If you have a service in your area, I highly recommend it. The one I use is extremely affordable and I really like the idea of supporting a local mom-and-pop business like this. All you have to do is buy the covers (which can be a little confusing to sort through, I'll admit). I cheated a little (again) and just asked Kristina what she likes best (knowing she had just done a bunch of research). She told me she liked the Imse Vimse organic cotton covers, so I ordered four in Little E's size. Done.

The diapers are super simple to use, are soooooo very soft, and then you throw them in the hamper when you're done. That's all. I really don't know what the fuss is about. And let me tell you, nothing feels more right than putting a soft cloth on your baby's heiny.

You don't have to be Superwoman to do this! Promise!

15 comments:

  1. awesome. since we don't have a diapering service in our area, my husband and i tried infant potty training to use less disposables. our baby rarely uses his diaper because we know when to take him potty. it's been a fun process. my hat's off to you!

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  2. a diaper service?! how lovely is that.

    and honestly, if we all didn't talk about those "sensitive subjects" then wouldn't EVERYTHING be off limits?

    your daughter is beautiful by the way.

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  3. You don't sound preachy at all! We use FuzziBunz and people are always curious to know if we really like them or not. (we do.) My husband was skeptical at first, but it really is easy. Plus, they're so cute. :)

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  4. tammy....wow, i have heard of people doing that. it sounds impossible!!

    bridget....yes, they wash, dry and deliver diapers to your door! how cool is that?

    kathleen....i agree, cloth diapers look soooo much cuter on their bottoms. that's reason enough to switch. :-)

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  5. ahhh, i remember you told me you'd go cloth when they started services like our moms had. i am impressed. i feel so guilty with 2 in diapers going through all of those disposables.

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  6. Hmm, I like sensitive subjects :) This has been on my mind... kinda considering it! Especially the way you describe it. Wash, dry, deliver... yes.

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  7. Jora, were you able to find a "green" delivery service, meaning they don't use bleach and other harsh chemicals to wash the cloths after they are used? I have had a really hard time finding the right delivery co in San Francisco so wondering if you had better luck. I love the idea of cloth diapering!

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  8. so glad it's working for you guys! That's how I feel too. It's really really easy, especially with diaper service, which is NOT cheating btw. my mom had it with both of us and loved it.

    also, how cute is your baby girl???

    so looking forward to that age. :)

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  9. She looks like JUJU! Seriously you guys make adorable kids!

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  10. why would you not want to wash them yourself? how many cloth diapers do you need to purchase? or is it just the inserts? im a newbie to the whole cloth diaper thing.. =)

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  11. we are a happy cloth-diapering family! definitely check out diaper swappers online for cloth diapering advice, forums, tips, etc. we loved kissaluvs in our home; friends are enjoying green mountain fitted pre-folds. have you discovered wool shorties and longies to use as covers (e.g., llama jama or on etsy)? i think you'll love, love them. enjoy!

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  12. I know cloth diapering doesn't work out for everyone, but it makes me feel so happy to hear about when it does. I guess because I happen to love cloth diapering for some odd reason. After 3 years of doing it (w/out a service, but that's just my preference), I'm hooked for sure. So cute! Hope it continues to go well for you.

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  13. I love cloth diapering too... even without a service and with a full time job it's not a big deal--I swear! I love Fuzzi Bunz.

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  14. For those that use cloth diapers, do you notice they stay wetter than disposables? Is there more of a chance with diaper rash or does it not really matter?

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  15. josie: yes, i think diaper rash is more of an issue with some cloth diapered babies b/c there aren't any of those gel thinkgs to keep the baby (artificially) dry. they recommend changing the diaper about every 2 hrs. or so. little e has never had any rash...

    by the way, i don't want to discourage anyone from washig their own diapers. from the moms who do it, it doesn't sound like a big deal at all. it's definitely "greener" if you do it yourself!

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