People would always look at me like I was crazy when I listed cloth diapers on my baby registry. My husband and I decided early on to at least try to use them and make as big of an environmental impact as possible. People always commented, “That’s a lot of work.” Or, “Isn’t that gross!” We always felt super judged for our decision but honestly it’s one of the best purchasing decisions we have made when it comes to our daughter.
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to cloth diapering and hopefully this article will give you a good base of what worked and didn’t work for us. And give you insights to the pros and the cons of cloth diapering.
Now, with that said, my husband and I also use standard and eco friendly disposable diapers. There are so many options when it comes diapering your baby. And just cloth diapering one or two days a week can save you a ton of money and reduce waste impact on the environment. Your diapering doesn’t have to be exclusive. Do whatever is best for you and your baby. Little changes can make a big impact.
Here is our process.
- We use Alva Baby cloth diapers. They come with the diaper and the bamboo cotton insert. You can buy them on Amazon for about $30-$35 for 5 diapers that includes the inserts. The amount of cloth diapers with depend on your child. We use about 8-10 in a day and do laundry at night. You don’t want leave diapers soiled for more than 2 days. Also, the one size fits all will be gigantic on your newborn. We opted to buy the newborn size and those should last until our child is about 4-5 months old. The larger ones should last the remaining time your child is in diapers.
- The inserts have to be washed a few times before using or boiled in order to be the most absorbent. I have no idea why but I learned this the hard way and learned to always follow the directions on the label.
- Only wash the diapers with other diapers and do not use diaper cream on your baby while using the cloth diapers. One, the cloth diapers will break down easier and not last as long if you use creams while in the diapers. And washing your diapers with other clothes can contaminate your other clothes.
- Always use a baby detergent or soap nuts when washing your diapers. These will help preserve your diapers and they are good for your baby too. Learn more about soap nuts here.
- Wash your wet bag when you wash your diapers. It’s also important to keep your wet bag clean. This will reduce smells.
- We also use a bamboo liner that collects all the poo and is flushable. You can get 200 liners for about $10 and you can find them on Amazon.
-Saves you a ton of money!
-Helps reduce waste production.
-Healthy for your baby and reduces exposure to harsh chemicals.
-Easy clean up.
-Extra load of laundry.
-Can leak depending on your child. We actually use a larger bamboo insert along with the smaller insert or we use a traditional cloth diaper and use the Alva diaper & insert as more of a diaper cover. However, our baby has a heavy pee load so not every child will have this problem. She can sometimes pee through a disposable within an hour, as a point of reference.
We love our Alvababy diapers but there are so many other options.
- There are G diapers. They can be found on Amazon and have a disposable option as well.
- Traditional Cloth Diapers. Those can be found at most retailers that sell cloth diapers. We use OsoCozy and bought them from Walmart.com for about $12.
- Homemade cloth diapers. Patterns can be found on Pinterest.
- There are microfiber inserts and bamboo inserts.
- Bamboo and Dandelion liners.
- There are also a ton of different brands that all work differently.
Tip: My husband and I used disposables when our baby still had the umbilical cord attached. We just couldn’t justify spending money on reusable diapers with the extra snap that we would only use for a week or two. If you are using cloth diapers make sure you only use them after the umbilical cord has detached or buy the ones with the extra snap so the umbilical cord stays exposed. Not doing this can cause discomfort for your baby and infection. You can buy these special cloth diapers here.
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