Hello loving parents,
Cloth diapers have made their comeback. Except this time they have upgraded, no more safety pin pricks for you or for baby. In today’s cloth diapering world we are blessed with multiple options from putting on the diaper, to what the diaper fabric looks and feels like. After two years of cloth diapering Ava, I have come to love certain diapers much more than others and have decided to share my knowledge with you!
Are you pregnant and looking to cloth diaper? Or have you found out the hard way that your little bundle of joy is allergic to every disposable you put on him? Whatever the case may be, I am just glad you’re here educating yourself on different choices!
Why cloth diapers??
Did you know that every year the US throws over 25 billion disposable diapers in landfills? Or how about every year the average US parent spends around 2,000 – 3,000 dollars on diapers??? Well let me just tell you that with cloth diapers you are subtracting an average of 5,000 diapers from those landfills and keeping 1,500$ – 2,500$ in your wallet!
5 Tips for Cloth Diapers
1. Type of Cloth Diapers
There are many different types of cloth diapers, for me I decided to go with the Pocket DiapersWhy? Because they are simple to put together, take apart and wash. I don’t have to worry about cleanliness because they have a big hole that gets cleaned very well in the washer.
Today there are buttons, velcro and even Snappies. I only have one velcro diaper and hate it. The velcro wore off after a dozen washes or so and is way to simple for Ava to rip off. I prefer the buttons, because again, simple to put on and take off. The snappies are pretty much a modern day safety pin alternative. They are in a strange T like shape and stretch, each end has a set of teeth to grasp onto the fabric and voila your diaper is on. I used this method once and notice that Ava’s diaper leaked way too often…however I did not buy the diaper cover to put over the cloth fabric and that is why she leaked so often. Snappies are quick and easy, for newborns and younger babies. I never tried them when Ava got older, so I wouldn’t know if she could take them off or not. Did you use snappies with your toddler?
I have a few different fabrics and love them all. The minkey fabric, although very soft and snuggle like, did not hold as much as other fabrics at night time. Otherwise they were great! Which is your favorite diaper fabric?
4. Night Time
Which brings me to my next tip, there will be phases when your child just leaks a ton at night for a few weeks or so. In those cases, I would add three liners and have another diaper with two liners ready to go sitting next to the bed to change out in the middle of the night…trust me if you’re cosleeping you WILL wake up. Make sure to spread the liners out just a bit so its not a big bump on your baby’s back side and the liners can cover more area.
*Normal night time diapers will have two liners as well as another two liner mid night diaper ready to go next to the bed just incase.
My life got a whole lot easier after I bought this Sprayer. Seriously, it cleaned the poop diapers in less than 30 seconds, with ease. Basically it’s a high powered water hose that sprays the crap out of your diaper (pun intended)!
I also invested in a large wet bag to hold the diapers until it was time for the wash. This was great because it kept the room from smelling like …well pee. (Here is a cheaper alternative to the sprayer above, a friend bought and enjoyed. Although I have not used it, I will take her word that it is just as awesome!) Do you have a sprayer, and if so, which one do you use?
If you’re interested in where to find cloth diapers, I’ve put together a little store just for you! Click this link << and it will take you to a mini cloth diaper store, trust me you’ll have too much fun looking at all the adorable diapers they offer! Be sure to check out local stores in your area for diapers as well, for Dallas we have the Nappy Shoppe, great place!
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Question of the Day
Have you used a cloth diaper before?
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Well that’s all I have for today’s Family Friday, be sure to come back on fridays for more articles pertaining to family lifestyle and an alternative way of raising children. Don’t forget you can always subscribe to receive weekly emails in your inbox. Comments are always welcomed as well as opinions, please try to be open minded towards each other and remember we are all trying to do what’s best. We can only expand our knowledge to those who are willing to hear it. Be educated, be wise and be kind. Thanks for reading and be sure to snuggle extra long with your littles this weekend, they won’t be little for long ❤ ॐ❤!