After several questions from my first Diaper Duty post in 2009, this was my follow up post to answer the questions…
Each diaper that I purchased cost about $17. I purchased them at Wildflower Diaper which is a local store in Scottsdale (now called Zoolikins) but they have a website at www.wildflowerdiapers.com . I bought 15 diapers total so with the two kids in diapers I was washing them every day and now that it is just my youngest (can I say YEAH) I am only washing every other day. I have an inexpensive garbage pail with a spring top lid that I bought two liners for (about $15 also at Wildflower Diaper). When I change a wet diaper, I simply pull the liner out of the pocket and drop both liner and diaper in the lined dry pail. If your baby is exclusively breastfed you can do the same with poos, but once they start eating other foods, you need to shake the waste off before washing it. When I first started out, I did this at the time of every change. I simply pulled the liner out and then turned the diaper inside out and swished it in the toilet to get the chunks off. As time went on there were times when my children did not have the patience at that moment for me to take the time to do that right then so I often have to set the poppies aside and handle them all at the end of the day. I pull the liners out and then I have a 2 gallon bucket that I put in my laundry tub and use the facet to rinse the poo into the bucket. Then I take the poo water and pour it into my toilet. Sounds like more work than it is. It takes me a max of 5 minutes at the end of the day. Then when I am ready to wash my diapers, I pull the whole liner out of my pail and turn it inside out into the washer. I then run a cold rinse then two short hot washes (because I have a front load washer), the last one with an extra cold rinse to make sure all the detergent is out. You do have to make sure that you use the right kind and amount of detergent so that the diapers are clean without soap build up. As for rashes and yeast infections, because the cloth diapers are more breathable, babies get few bacterial infections including yeast infections. The diapers don’t have all the chemicals in them so they are also less likely to irritate. Cloth diapers do need to be changed more often than most people change disposables. This is because there aren’t any odor neutralizing chemicals in the cloth diapers. I think that is actually a good thing as we really should be changing baby’s diaper as soon as possible to get the bacteria off of babies skin. If you deal with sensitive skin, I would probably start with one or two diapers just to make sure they work for her, but in general, my research showed that cloth would be better. Wildflower diaper also said that for people who have babies with extremely sensitive skin the fitted diapers with the wool covers are the best. Believe it or not the wool is the coolest and most breathable choice and is not itchy like one would think.
I also forgot to mention the cloth wipes in my first blog. When you use cloth diapers, it only makes sense to use cloth wipes since you are not going to want to carry your dirty wipes to the garbage rather than keep them with the diapers that is going into the pail. You can buy cloth wipes but I made mine out of old receiving blankets. I did buy a couple of the hemp wipes to try but I do not like those at all and either do my kids. They complained every time I used them because they were rough. I figured out that if I dry the wipes on the clothes rack folded in half, then when I take them off, I can put them right into my wipe container and fill it up with my wipe solution. As for the wipe solution, there are many recipes out there and some premixed tablets that you can buy. Because I am an essential oil user, I use all natural doTERRA products and came up with the following recipe…
Solution for cloth baby wipes.
2 Cups Purified Water
1 tsp Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (any baby soap will work)
2-3 drops Lavender (soothing and adds great scent)
1-2 drops Melaleuca (helps the solution keep longer)
Layer cloth wipes in wipe container. Pour solution over top. Use within a few days to keep wipes fresh. The best part of using these wipes with cloth diapers is your dirty diaper pail smells like lavender instead of dirty diapers.
To make cloth wipes
Cut flannel fabric or old receiving blankets into 8 inch squares. Put two squares together. Use a serger to sew all four edges together. If you don’t have access to a serger, you can put the squares right sides together and sew around all four edges, leaving a small section of one side open. The turn the wipes right side out and sew around edges to keep the fabrics flat and seal it all the way around.