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This has been a highly requested post regarding our families cloth diapering journey. I am not claiming to be a cloth diapering guru because lets face it, there seems to be new things to learn about everyday but I have been cloth diapering for a few months now and I have learned some tips and tricks along the way and now I am ready to share them with you. Again, I am not claiming to know even a 3rd of the information that is out there about cloth diapering but if even 1 of my tips helps you or gives you the extra push to try it, then I have done what I wanted to do.

 
 

First things first, my husband and I decided on cloth for 3 main reasons. #1 We want to be as environmentally friendly as we can be. This helps us in doing that. #2 It saves you a lot of money. #3 It is gentle on Isla’s little bum. Ok and lets just say #4 because really, its all about the packaging and the patterns are just so darn cute!
Kawaii Cloth Diapers. Their prices are out of this world. I don’t think I have seen a diaper cost more than $10.00. I have recently purchased diapers for $5.00 a diaper!! I was a bit skeptical purchasing these because lets face it, the great price made me a bit nervous. I did a lot of research on them and the majority of the feedback was really good. Momma’s felt like they were getting great quality diapers for a great price. Since using them, I completely agree! One important thing I have learned is that for our baby personally, one size diapers do not fit well. We wanted to start Isla in cloth right away, but the OS (one size) diapers just didn’t seem to fit well at all. She is a very tiny and slender baby and to put a big bulky diaper on her with 2 thick microfiber inserts just didn’t seem right. I was searching for answers and came across someone her mentioned trying Bamboo inserts because they are just as absorbent but a lot thinner. I decided to order smaller sized diapers that go from 6 – 22lbs so I went with the Little Green Baby Bamboo that come with 2 Bamboo inserts each.

These were the answer to my prayers. They fit Isla perfectly, and because they come with 3 rows of snaps, we will be able to use them for quite some time. I purchased 24 of these. I also purchased 6 Pure and Natural Diapers that are also suited for smaller babies and go from 6 – 22lbs. These ones come with 2 microfiber inserts for each diaper. 

These also fit Isla well and are a bit thicker, so if we are out for a longer period of time, then I will use these. Also added to my collection recently are 6 OS Goodnight Heavy Wetter


These are quite a bit bigger but these have been great at night. With the smaller sized diapers we have, Isla was waking up in the middle of the night and always felt wet and was always leaking from peeing who knows how many times throughout the night, so we started putting her in a disposable for the night time because let’s face it…she slept through the night and so did mom and dad. I wanted to find something that would help with that and these have been the answer. I also have an assortment of OS Snazzy Minky diapers for when she gets a bit bigger and a couple of swimming diapers for when she starts swimming lessons in the Spring. I still keep a handful of disposables on hand in case we are going away for a few days, or are going to be out and about for a while and need the convenience.

 
I am also happy to have transitioned over to flannel wipes and a homemade wipe solution. We use the Bummis Reusable Flannel Wipes and these are great. I spray my homemade bum spray on the wipe, clean what needs cleaning and then put it in my wet bag with the other soiled diapers.
 
Made with Love Wipe Solution
 
  • You will need a 12 oz spray bottle
  • 10 oz. of hot water
  • 3 tbsp. of coconut oil
  • 3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 3 squirts of baby soap
  • Shake well
 
One important tip that I have learned with this. Make sure you have a spray bottle that has a bigger opening on the sprayer itself that sits in the bottom of the bottle because the coconut can get clumpy if it sits for to long and if it doesn’t have an open space to travel through then it will get stuck on the way out.
 
My Wash Routine
  • The most important thing you need to know is that you must prep your diapers when you first receive them. This is extremely important because I feel like it lays the foundation for good, clean diapering and prepares the diaper to absorb liquid.
  • When I get new diapers, I take them out of the packaging and throw them all in the washing machine.
  • I have a COLD rinse cycle on my HE machine that is 20 minutes long. I can also add an extra rinse which is another 18 minutes for a total of 38 minutes. I do this twice and then I do a 58 minute Normal wash with Tide Free and Clear.
  • I then pop them in the dryer for an average of 45 minutes. That usually does the trick. If they are all bamboo inserts, you may need them in for longer as they take more time to dry.
 
  • For my regular wash routine, I do one 20 minute cold rinse, a normal 58 minute COLD wash with Tide Free and Clear and then dry for 45 minutes.
  • I do my diaper wash every Monday and Thursday and I usually have about 20 – 24 diapers per load.
 
Some random tidbits of information I have learned
  • You don’t have to use your dryer at all. Your diapers can be layed out to dry.
  • Your dryer will never get hot enough to melt your diapers.
  • The sun is perfect for getting stains out. It is a natural bleaching agent so sun your diapers when it’s a really nice day.
  • You can use COLD all of the time instead of WARM/HOT water for rinsing and washing.
  • Invest in a great detergent like Tide. Trust me. Spending that extra money will save you a lot of stained and smelly diapers down the road. You can use liquid or powder. It’s up to you.
  • Be prepared to adjust your wash routine as needed. My one extra rinse may not work for you. Two extra rinses may be needed. It depends on water, the machine you are using and other factors. What works for me, may not work for you. These are just my tips and what I have learned.
  • Changing your baby every 2 – 3 hours will help with leak issues.
  • If you are experiencing leaking, play around with the rise. It could be as simple as size and fit.
 
Dealing with the POOP
 
Everyone always asks, what do you do with the poop!? If your baby is exclusively breastfed, there is no need to pre rinse your diapers. EBF poop is water soluble so you can just toss it right in to the washer…honestly! When Isla was on formula for a few weeks, her poops got a bit more thick I shall say so I had to do a bit of pre rinsing. I kept a basin in my laundry room sink and I would soak my diapers there. If the poop was “plopable” then I would put it in the toilet. I made the call when I saw the poop and I would go from there. So far, I have had some lite staining but a couple washes gets it out, or some stain remover, or a sit out in the sun for the afternoon. There are also diaper sprayers you can get that attach right to your toilet if that is the route you decide to go.
 
The most important thing to remember is that it’s ONLY LAUNDRY! Most people, including myself, over think the process. Pre-Rinse, Wash and Dry. If after you wash, they feel a bit soapy then rinse them again. If they are still damp when they come out of the dryer, then dry them for 10 more minutes. Don’t make it harder than it needs to be. I am part of a group on Facebook called “I Love Cloth Diapers”. It will give you some great advice. Most things that I have learned and clearing up of any misleading information has been through this group.
 
All in all, we are so glad to be using cloth diapers and I am happy with my experience so far! I would recommend this to any family and it really doesn’t take to much extra time out of your day.
 
Do you use cloth diapers?! What is your favourite brand and any tips you would like to share?!
 
Thanks for reading.
Melissa
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