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Cloth Diapering vs. 4.0?

At our house cloth diapering has been something that has changed throughout the different seasons of parenting. What works for us has changed, many times.

When we were awaiting sweet Aiden’s adoption we made the decision to start with cloth as soon as we could. We wanted something that would grow with him, and my husband was adamant that there only be one brand or style of diaper. Hey, if he was willing to jump in I was okay with his “conditions.”

I honestly wanted to go old school with flats, pins, and covers. My husband laid down a nightmare scenario of him changing a diaper of that “difficulty” complete with him loosing the diaper pin he just removed. I laughed at the absurdity and began my research.

We settled on an all in two diaper that met all of the requirements we had set forth. We were both happy with our choice and we began the great adventure of cloth diapering shortly after returning home with our sweet son.

That’s merely where the adventure started however. It’s been 3.5 years and 2 kids since we began, we now have everything from prefolds and covers to all in ones, plus lots of variety in between! I have discovered that our diapering needs have changed for each kid in varying seasons of their lives. I have also discovered that its a very personal choice, in that what some Mommas love others can’t stand! I highly recommend a cloth diaper trial as you start using cloth, you can find several companies that make them available with a quick google search. We did one right before our second was born and discovered a few things along the way!

If I was starting all over I would buy flats, newborn doublers, and double gusseted covers for all the time use. I would also buy a few one sized all in one diapers for nights and running errands since they are just easier when time or location is limited. A diaper pail for at home, and a wet bag for on the go, oh and don’t forget the diaper sprayer!

That’s just one Mommas opinion ;)

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From Cloth Diaper Advocate to Cloth Diaper Moderate

I know we haven’t talked about cloth diapers lately around here. And we started out as a “cloth diaper” blog. Don’t worry, it’s still something Jeniffer and I are pretty passionate about, and we don’t plan on cloth diapers disappearing from this space altogether. We have widened our focus, but we aren’t done talking cloth!

One of the reasons we’ve been talking about cloth less is because we both have a desire to see this blog be a broader space. We want to focus less on cloth, and more on the nitty-gritty of motherhood in general, and the ways we as sisters can support each other. But…. there is another reason, at least for me. When I started cloth diapering, I did it to save money. But I quickly went from doing it to save money to pretty much thinking it was the best thing since sliced bread. Cloth diapers are cheap! Cloth diapers are adorable! Basically, cloth diapers are awesome! And that led me to thinking, “Everyone should cloth diaper! There really aren’t any good reasons not too. And if you won’t try it out, don’t stick with it, or don’t do it full-time, you might just be a wimp.” Hey, I’m not proud of this, but I’m just trying to keep it real. It was my mission to convince everyone they should cloth diaper. It worked with Jen ;)   I also had some friends from college catch on to the cloth diapering love from Facebook pictures and statuses, and I was glad to be able to share with them about the amazing world of cloth diapers.

I cloth diapered full-time. None of this part-time business! That was for people less dedicated than me! I made cloth diapers work with a toddler and a newborn – twice! I cloth diapered at night. I cloth diapered on trips. I sent cloth diapers to church, even back when all I had were flats and covers. The only time I caved and bought disposables was if one of my kids got a really bad stomach bug, or if I was really sick myself. I. was. hard. core.

But over the last year, something has happened. It started when my dryer broke. I was having to line dry all my cloth diapers, indoors. Which took forever. I also added “getting ready to move overseas” to my list of responsibilities. Life slowly shifted, and I went through a season where I really did not love my cloth diapers. Thankfully, over time, with lots of breaks, I fell back in love. There is nothing quite so cute as a cloth diapered bum sticking out of a pair of jeans! But….

…I also figured out that my 2 year old sleeps a whole lot better at night in a disposable than he does in cloth. It doesn’t matter which of my “stay-dry” diapers I use at nighttime, he wakes up fussy about being wet. That doesn’t happen in a disposable. Here’s the thing…. I’m a big fan of sleep, especially when I’m pregnant! All of that led to using disposables consistently at night. Something I used to really shake my head at other people for doing.

We are also on the go a lot more right now. I have taken cloth diapers on many trips. But the truth is, it really is easier to just take disposables. They take up less space when we are leaving, and I’m not lugging back 3 days worth of dirty diapers on the return trip.

I’ve taken cloth diapers to church with us for years. For a long time, I’ve even been bringing my easy, aplix pocket diapers, that go on and off just like a disposable. But I still have to explain the cloth diaper situation every single time I drop my son off, and people always get the deer in the headlights look, and frequently seem confused about what to do. Since we aren’t cloth diapering exclusively anyways, most of the time I send disposables to church now.

I’ve gone from a hard core, full-time, exclusively cloth diapering snob activist to being a part-time cloth diapering mom. I love my cloth diapers, but we only use them about 70% of the time. Like so many areas of my parenting, I’ve eaten a good share of humble pie over this past year, and realized that whether I use cloth diapers full-time, part-time, or no-time does not determine whether I am “mom enough.”

Has your cloth diapering journey evolved over time? What areas of your parenting have you realized aren’t quite as important as you once thought?

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Those First Few Days: the Best Cloth Diapers for the Hospital

While I loved building up my newborn stash as we waited for Lily’s arrival, I wasn’t exactly sure when we would start using her adorable cloth diapers. I was pretty sure that I would be exhausted, so I kept a package or two of disposable diapers from my baby shower. You know. Just in case.

What I didn’t count on was the rash that left us using disposables on Abby for a month while it cleared up. By the end of the month, I missed our cloth diapers so much that I eagerly packed a separate bag for Lily’s newborn cloth diapers! I wanted to be ready to use them the moment she was born!

My birth plan included using cloth diapers during our stay, so the nurses were given a Bumgenius Newborn AIO in Butternut. They were able to put it on without any trouble thanks to the aplix closures. A couple of hours later, I posted a picture of Lily in another Bumgenius Newborn AIO, this time in Grasshopper.

I took all of my diapers with me: all-in-ones, fitteds, prefolds, and pockets. To help make them easier to use, I had already folded all of my prefolds and stuffed my 9 covers with them. This was especially nice since I didn’t have enough of the easier diapers to use full-time. I mixed up which type I used while in the hospital, and that helped me to still have several of the easier diapers after I got home.

So which diapers were the best cloth diapers that I used while in the hospital? Hands down, they were the Bumgenius Newborn AIOs. I was able to fold down the rise just enough to keep the umbilical cord stump from rubbing while still getting a great fit, something that I couldn’t get while using covers, my (discontinued) Swaddlebees pocket diaper, or my AppleCheeks. Of course, they were also the first diapers that Lily outgrew (right before she turned 4 weeks), so I’m glad that I didn’t build my entire newborn stash with them.

I also highly recommend having a large wet bag (I used a hanging Wet/Dry PlanetWise bag) that will be large enough to carry home all of the diapers you’ll be using. While I brought liners for the meconium, I found that I didn’t need them at all. I rinsed my diapers in the sink after poops, and the meconium rinsed right out without any staining whatsoever! In fact, it rinsed cleaner than her regular poops have.

If you want to start cloth diapering from baby’s very first diaper, it is definitely possible! And though Lily has worn a few disposables since then, choosing to cloth diaper in the hospital helped to give me more confidence as a mother. It also didn’t hurt that she had the cutest bum on the floor!

 

Note: This post was written as part of Diaper Junction’s Cloth Diaper Blog Squad and includes (non-affiliate) links to products on their site.

 

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