So yesterday we briefly talked about the “Why?” behind cloth diapering, and came to the conclusion that my main motivation is the financial savings. Actually, that’s my only motivation, to be perfectly honest.
When I first began looking into cloth diapering I was not thrilled with the idea, but knew it was the best decision for us financially. However, the more I learn about cloth diapering the more excited I get about it! Yes… excited about diapers. Who even know that was possible? (I’m excited about all of it: pain during and after birth, sleep deprivation, stinky diapers, breastfeeding… I can barely contain my excitement when I think about how absolutely blessed we are.)
Although it took no time at all for me to realize that cloth diapers are the way for us to go, it has taken A LOT longer for me to wrap my mind around HOW to cloth diaper. Again, there is so much information available that it comes rather overwhelming pretty quickly.
So here are some simple cloth diapering how-to’s from blogs that I enjoy and trust:
This post explains, in detail, the steps you can take to make your cloth diapering experience as efficient, organized, practical, and enjoyable as possible. It’s a long post with some great “how-to” videos. I’m just going to hit the highlights:
Step 1: Be ready to go for the current day, and for the next day if possible. This means having all your supplies cleaned and ready to go:
- Clean covers and inserts.
- Clean wipes and liquid (or spray bottle.)
- Wet bag for storing dirty diapers.
- Any items necessary for diaper bag/travel (We will talk more about this later on in the post.)
Step 2: Organize your supplies using a system that works best for you. This may take some trial and error. Here are some systems you can try:
- Keep all the diapers in a drawer, and put them together when you need them.
- Keep the diapers put together (pockets in inserts, snap in the snap-in liners, wrap the covers around the cloth diaper, etc.)
- If you have multiple children wearing diapers, you may consider have one diaper drawer for each child.
- Tip: Clue Dad into your system so that he can help when he’s home, and so that he feels included!
Step 3: Know how to actually use your diapers. This is what gets me, because I’ve never used a cloth diaper before! Fortunately, Nikki has provided us with some wonderfully helpful videos I highly recommend taking the time to watch these if you are as concerned as I am about how to use cloth diapers.
Prefold Diaper (This one looks a little too complicated for me):
Step 4: Pick a cloth wipe routine. Again, Nikki has a great how-to video for this:
If you are looking for an even simpler wipe solution, try Paige’s idea and just put some water into a dollar store spray bottle. I’m leaning toward this. Easy, quick, effective, almost free… Yes, please.
Step 5: Pick your dirty diaper/wipe routine.
- Don’t be too fussy about how you wash your diapers and wipes. Laundry is laundry; just use common sense.
- Don’t use detergents or solutions that contain chlorine.
- Use a cold-water rinse and a hot-water wash.
- Take care when washing your diapers, as doing will extent their lifetime, which saves money!
- Line-dry instead of putting your diapers and wipes in the dryer. Hanging wet dryers outside in the sunshine helps them become bright and white again!
- If your diapers are dirty, but you are not immediately ready to wash them, take them apart and store them in a wet bag. This works if you are on-the-go, or even if you are home, but the washer is occupied with other laundry.
- If you’d like more specific instructions on dirty diapers and wipes and how to store and clean them, guess what?! Nikki has a video for this too!
But what about cloth diapering on-the-go, and on-the-road?
Here are the essentials for short trips:
- 2 diapers for each child.
- 2 disposables for each child (in case of an emergency.)
- Wet bag for dirty diaper storage (wet bags absorb all the smell, so that your diaper bag does not smell stinky.)
- Cloth wipes stored in a waterproof pouch. (Here is Nikki’s video on how to convert cloth wipes into “travel wipes.”)
- Non-diaper related items such as snacks, change of clothes, whatever your specific needs are…
Here are the essentials for long trips:
- Consider using disposables if you are going on anything longer than an overnight trip.
- And don’t feel guilty about it! The last thing you want to spend time doing while on vacation or visiting family is laundering diapers.
Again, there is so much information out there about cloth diapering. If something you’ve seen here doesn’t agree with you or fit your lifestyle, do a little internet-searching, and you will find that there are so many options regarding the specifics of cloth diapering… surely one of them, or a combination of several of them, will work for you!
The reason I referenced Nikki’s blog and videos so much in this post is because our lifestyles and needs seem quite similar. Many of her ideas, suggestions, and methods seem like they will fit well into our family and our daily routines.