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Adventures in cloth diapering

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I knew right from the beginning of my pregnancy that I wanted to cloth diaper. It just makes so much more sense than disposables. They are cheaper, better for the environment and better for baby’s skin.
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I knew right from the beginning of my pregnancy that I wanted to cloth diaper. It just makes so much more sense than disposables. They are cheaper, better for the environment and better for baby’s skin.

For the first couple weeks we used the disposables that were sent home with us from the NICU.

I didn’t want to wait too long to make the switch so I did it right in the middle of my breastfeeding problems. Why not right? I was already frustrated so what’s the worst that could happen! Well the first week or so with them was also frustrating.

They seemed to fit good but I was getting leaks constantly and I could never figure out what I was doing wrong. I was upset and didn’t want to fail at cloth diapering since I already felt like I was failing at breastfeeding. Luckily I got a few tips from other cloth diaper mamas that have helped out immensely! No cloth diaper fail after all!

I am currently using mostly Baby Land one size, pocket diapers, which I got a lot of (all unused) for free from some friends. They work just fine but I’m not in love with them.

I AM in love with the Charlie Banana one sized pockets I got a couple from another friend. These ones have adjustable elastic in the legs so you can make sure they fit around the legs AND the waist. So much better to prevent those leaks. I am hoping to collect more.

They have them at Target so fingers crossed that we will have them when Target opens here in the spring!

I am using microfiber inserts as that’s what came with all of our freebies. I have to double stuff my diapers as Liam seems to be a heavy wetter.

That was the biggest thing causing leaks before. The unfortunate thing is that since we are double stuffing, we don’t have enough inserts for all of the diapers so I am washing them a lot more often than I would need to. I would really like to pick up some

hemp or bamboo inserts, which are less bulky and more absorbent. Hopefully after the holidays we will have a bit of extra money to do so. Then I won’t have wash the diaps as often.

As for washing, I do a load about every other day. The dirty diapers just get tossed in my wet bag, and I throw the entire thing in the wash. I do a cold wash, a regular wash, a cold rinse and then toss them in the dryer on low heat. It’s so simple.

I think a lot of people are turned off cloth diapers because of the washing but it’s no big deal, especially right now that there isn’t solid waste. Once Liam starts getting solid waste, we will use flushable liners that you overturn right into the toilet. Again, no big deal.

I am very happy with how well cloth diapering is going. We are saving a ton of money not having to buy disposables and have a lot less waste. The first few weeks of disposables we were tossing out nearly a bag of diaper garbage a day. It just disgusts me how much waste ends up in the land fill just from diapers.

Mamas, do you cloth diaper? What is your favorite kind?

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