We’ve been Cloth Diapering for exactly ONE month now, and guess what, it’s going okay. Baby Boy dirties diapers like ALL the time, and is super sensitive to being wet (even in disposables), so we change lots and lots and lots and lots of diapers. On a ‘bad’ day we went thru about 18 diapers… sometimes upwards of 4 changes in an hour (at that point the frustration is real and he often gets put in a disposable diaper in hopes of creating some sanity, but it really doesn’t help).
We used 7th Generation Disposable Diapers for the first week, not because I was afraid of newborn poops, because as first time parents I wanted to focus on my own healing, on developing a routine, and on bonding and growing my baby boy. With the laundry downstairs and the number of poopy diapers our baby boy did, I’m glad we did what we did. Sometimes you just need a sanity moment, and the first week in disposables offered us that. I needed to have that moment to collect myself.
Why Cloth Diapers?
Everyone has their own reason for cloth diapering their babies. For me, my reason to cloth diaper is environmental. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and have always tried to be passionate about the environment. I did not want to start of my Baby Boy’s life with oodles and oodles of diapers that would take hundreds and hundreds of years to decompose in landfills (as well as the resources required to make them). So, like my mother and her mother, we would cloth diaper.
Cloth diapers in the twenty-first century are unlike anything before. They are entirely different breed of diapering than our parents who cloth diapered. The options are endless. Because I’m cloth diapering for environmental reasons, I try to keep that at the forefront of my mind when purchasing cloth diapers. I try my best to choose brands that are manufactured in North America, or have a strong ethical policy for manufacturing abroad. It’s not always easy, but it’s why I’m willing to spend more on diapers, and choose brands that might be a little more pricey. Sometimes I fall thru in living to this standard, and I’m not perfect, but I try my best to do my research and purchase ethically.
What did we start with?
Like many moms-to-be, I spent hours researching and collecting information about what the best route would be in cloth diapering my baby. The information out there is endless. So much different options, and so many different ideas. I decided we cloth diaper during the newborn phase,
Here’s what we had for his little itty bitty phase when we started:
24 Infant sized (8-15lbs) Bummi Prefolds
2 One Size (OS) Bummi Covers
1 Newborn Blueberry Coverall Cover
1 Applecheeks Cover/Pocket Diaper
20+ Handmade flannel wipes
I had also ‘collected’ the following diapers for when he got a little bigger! That happened a little sooner, and he was able to wear these diapers when he was 3 weeks old since he grew like a weed and they fit.
1 6-12 month Disana Wool Cover
2 Sustainababyish Fitted Diapers
6 Bum Genius Velcro Diapers
2 Blueberry Pocket Diapers
1 Blueberry Coverall Cover
2 Bum Genius All in One (AIO)
How’s it gone?
Well I hate prefold diapers and my husband loves them. I hate folding them and fighting with the snaps. Plus, Baby Boy is already almost grown out of them. The snappi doesn’t work anymore so we use a Boingo snap and I’m frustrated that they lasted for such a short period of time (but who would’ve known my baby boy would get so big so fast).
While I hate the prefold diaper, I wouldn’t change it. Prefold diapers are a great affordable option for such a short period of diapering. Also, they are super easy and convenient when your baby is in consta
nt need of diaper changes. I feel better about changing a prefold diaper for the 5th time in two hours, I feel less thrilled about doing a pocket diaper.
Since he’s grown and getting bigger, I’ve started to invest in pocket diapers and fitted diapers… In the past week I have bought quite a few more diapers. More on that later.
Oh, and I LOVE WOOL DIAPER COVERS. It’s totally worth it and totally not scary. It might seem overwhelming because you have to go thru the process of lanolising the wool,but the wool diaper cover is AMAZING.Love that wooly bum!
My biggest struggles
- SOO MANY DIAPER CHANGES – it frustrates me how sensitive Baby Boy is. However, even in a disposable he needs just as many changes. Sometimes tho, I just break down and I want the diaper changes to end. We use a micro fleece liner in his prefolds to help with the wetness sensitivity.
- Battling rashes! We had a chaffing rash we battled for a while, as well as a general bum/anus rash. We’ve been experimenting with different diaper rash creams to figure it out. But it’s been a bit of a challenge.