Friday, December 4, 2009

You're using cloth diapers? Good luck.

I can't tell you how many people made faces when we'd tell them we were cloth diapering. I heard all kinds of comments from "Good luck." to "Let me know how that's going in about 4 months." All the negativity made me want to do was prove them all wrong.

We didn't use cloth right away. I wanted to wait until Kate's umbilical stump had fallen off and we had some disposable diapers that we needed to use up anyway. Sometime during week 3 or so the cloth diapering began. I wasn't really sure what to expect but I knew I was determined to make it work.So far, I love it! Not only does she look adorable in her diapers, caring for them is a breeze. I have a simple routine and so far it's worked wonders. Because she's still in that stage where she's going through 10-12 diapers a day, I have to wash dirty diapers every day but I'm thinking that once she slows down her diaper usage that will probably decrease to once every other day. I run the diapers in a cold rinse cycle to get all the initial icky out, then follow that with a hot wash cycle with detergent. I'm using All Free 'n Clear detergent because it has no dyes or fragrance chemicals and it was the least expensive of the "free" detergents. I follow the hot cycle with one more cold rinse to get the lingering detergent out because the detergent residue can affect the absorbency of the diapers. Then I throw the inserts in the dryer and the diapers themselves I hang on a drying rack. Voila! I've noticed some slight discoloration in places on the diapers, but I've read that on a bright, sunny day I can lay them out in the sun to dry and the sunlight will naturally bleach out the stains.

We've only had 2 issues with blow-outs, and I think one of those was our fault for missing a diaper change. The other I think resulted from the way she was laying when the explosion happened and the leg was not quite flat against her leg. But neither incident was terrible.
So to all those who were Mr/Miss Negative on my cloth diapering decision, I say you don't knock something until you try it. We are very happy with our decision so far, and guess what - we don't have to buy anymore diapers!


Laurie Brauer said...

I'm so glad it's working out for you! I wish I'd known more about them when my boys were little, I would've loved to use them! makes me sick to think about how many diapers we put into the landfills :(

Jenn said...

Blow outs happen w/ disposables too, so there really is no reason not to do cloth. I still prefer to use disp. when we're out and about, but that's just 'cause I'm not dedicated enough to take the yucky ones home in my bag. Even doing cloth at home saves alot on diapers. Good for you for going for it!

Melissa said...

I just wanted to tell you that I think its awesome that you are using cloth diapers!! My mom did on us(im a twin) and she said that it was no big deal at all! I have twins, and I tell her all the time, how proud I am of her for doing it.(I dont do it!) It takes work, but much cheaper in the long run! Dont let folks get you down! I think its GREAT!!!

Angy said...

I think cloth nappies are great and wish I would have used them. Too late now though with my guys!

Oh and I would love some "nerdy" book recommendations. Caleb is always looking for something new to read. He just mentioned that he thought it was unfair that the library only had 5 books in the physics section! Clearly that is not enough for him.

Love ya and miss you!