We chose cloth diapers because of our experience with disposables. Marshall consistently had awful, painful rashes. The pediatrician recommended different creams and combinations before ultimately suggesting cloth diapering. It seemed crazy to us then, but since exclusively cloth diapering with Vi we understand. Cloth- when properly cared for with a good wash routine– really does cut down on the instances of rashes. This far, I can probably count on one hand how many rashes Vi has had and none of them come close to Marshall’s bleeding, blistering rashes from disposables. Really, the majority of the time she has gotten rashes was when we put her in disposables when on the road or for the occasional sitter.
Obviously, the wash routine for cloth diapering is the most important and often times what those new to cloth diapering find the most intimidating. Fear not! It is actually quite simple to figure out and once you have it down you are golden.
When people find out we cloth diaper, it is almost always followed up by “All the time? Even when you aren’t home?!” The answer to that is: of course! It’s really not difficult and even if you don’t use cloth diapers, there is a handy item you should know about! Continue reading
We picked the diaper we prefer, adjusted the absorbency with inserts, and fit the diaper on the baby- the diaper has been used and did its job. So . . . now what? Continue reading
A major perk to cloth diapering is that blow outs and leaks are few and far between compared to disposable diapers. To achieve success with keeping baby’s clothes clean, though, you need to get the right fit. Continue reading
Raw silk, cotton, hemp, charcoal bamboo (CBI), bamboo, microfiber- there are many different kinds of inserts that can help you adjust the diaper to your needs. I use hemp, bamboo, and microfiber inserts in our stash.
I will preface this post with the fact that there are many different types of cloth diapers. I prefer One-Size diapers: diapers that can snap and unsnap to adjust the sizing to fit babies 8 lbs to 35. These are all good examples of OS (one-size) diapers that are part of the Bumgenius family from Cotton Babies.
There has always been a few ideals I’ve held near and dear to me: be kind to others, be kind to the Earth, and live frugally (so you can put the money back into people and the community). Cloth diapering checks all of these boxes and more.
When I was pregnant with Marshall, my first child, I contemplated cloth diapering. We were young- I was just 22 and Brad 24- we were just starting out in life and got pregnant sooner than we expected. I’m basically saying: we were broke. We toyed with the idea so we could save money, but eventually discarded the thought of cloth in favor of disposables. The whole prospect seemed intimidating to us. Continue reading