Wayyyy back in Week 13, the wild and wacky world of Cloth Diapering suddenly made an appearance in my everyday thoughts. Looking back, I really am not sure what brought upon the thought, but after a fair amount of incredibly supportive comments and emails from friends and readers (you know who you are) I decided that it was something I was definitely interested in learning more about, and so, I followed links and leads, and subsequently spent somewhere in the neighborhood of dozens (if not more) hours filling my brain up with everything Cloth Diaper (CD, for short).
In my Internet travels, I stumbled upon a handful of great resources, including:
- Fluff Love University
- Ellen V.S.’s YouTube Channel
- Kelly’s Closet
- The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Blog
- Green Mountain Diapers
- Diaper Dirt Podcast
…and between these resources (and several other great personal correspondences) my confidence began to build. Not only was I learning the lingo (types of diapers, brand differences, laundering tips, etc.) I felt fully immersed in this world of CDing – and even felt ready to start “building my stash.”
This weekend, I took the time to sort out and organize and started the prep work (more on that later) to get things kicked off. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to the components of our cloth diaper collection.
- The basics: Flats, Prefolds and Fitteds! One of the most economical ways that I have discovered to build a stash is to work with flats – that first image you think of when you imagine an old school cloth diaper. The least expensive way to start out is to buy FSTs (Flour Sack Towels), which I did buy a small pack of (not pictured) but for a step up in absorbency and convenience, I went with Green Mountain Diapers’ Pre-folds (in small, up to 15 lbs) and Fitteds (in Newborn Size, up to 12 lbs). These are easy to launder, and can be dried in the machine or hung out. Prefolds can also be simply tri-folded and placed in Diaper Covers, or origami-folded and held in place with a Snappi, and fitteds are simply closed with Snappis and paired with a Cover. These are all cotton.
- Pocket Diapers – In my research, pockets are some of the most popular options, since they are highly customizable. Inside the diaper, there are pockets that can be stuffed with inserts of differing sizes and absorbencies in materials such as cotton, bamboo, hemp or microfiber. So far, I have four brands of these: Rumparooz, Thirsties and Bumkins. Entire diaper must be changed.
- One Size All-in-Ones (AIOs) – AIOs are simply that – all in one! Inserts are sewn in and the entire diaper must be changed at once and drying them can take longer than other diapers, but these are the most similar to disposables in ease of use. Brand dependent, these can fit anywhere from 8 to 40 (!!) lbs. The brands of AIOs I have purchased are Kissaluvs and Smart Bottoms.
- Newborn Sized AIOs – same as above, just in a smaller size. Depending on brand, these fit anywhere from 5 to 16 lbs. Brands purchased include Kissaluvs, Grovia and Blueberry. Weight range 5 to 16 lbs.
- Newborn Covers – These adorable tiny covers feature waterproof layers that can be wiped between changes, which allows them to be re-used if they are not “messed” in. These are Thirsties, Blueberry, Rumparooz and Tidy Tots.
- One Size Covers – Sized up, but same description as the above – these may be adjusted for a wide range of sizes and weights. These are Tidy Tots and Flip!
In all, there are enough components to change baby the estimated amount of times (10-12x a day), while also allowing flexibility in learning what brands/styles fit our lifestyle and Baby’s size and shape the best.
I plan on doing laundry every other day with this set up, and have already taped up my wash routine in the laundry room cabinets above the washer and dryer. Between washes, diapers will be deposited into my laundry bin (with waterproof diaper pail liner) or in my wet bag when changes are done “on-the-go” or away from baby’s room.
I am still deciding on the right drying rack for covers, and plan on putting cotton fitteds and prefolds in the dryer, as long as they don’t need sunning for stains (I’ll do this periodically to keep them bright).
Hubby still thinks I am a little looney tunes for starting this journey, but I am excited about the idea of getting “back to the basics,” saving a few dollars, and of course, minimizing our impact on the environment.
Getting started was definitely the biggest hurdle, but thanks to rewards, shopping deals on Zulily, and amazon stalking, I am proud of our collection (and of course, still looking for more, and adding to our registry) and look forward to seeing how it changes and grows after Baby M arrives!
Do you cloth diaper? Have any great tips to share?