My youngest has been out of diapers for almost 2 years, but here is a blog entry I wrote for our family blog in 2009 when we switched to cloth diapers. I did end up moving back and forth between cloth and disposable, and I know that not everyone will want to try cloth, but I believe it is good to know your diapering options. So here is post one from my cloth experience….
After using disposable diapers for 4 1/2 years, I made the switch to today’s modern cloth diapers. I have to admit when my oldest was a baby and a friend mentioned that she met some cloth diapering moms, I actually asked why anyone would do that. I really did not have a clue why. Then, while going to school to become a childbirth instructor, I discovered I was the only one in the room who didn’t cloth diaper. So my curiosity was peaked, mainly from how comfortable and cute they looked. I did my research and ended up purchasing two Bum Genius birth to potty pocket diapers (the blue diaper in the second picture is a Bum Genius). I started trying them out on my one and a half year old while I was pregnant with my 3rd. Since I wasn’t ready to make a big financial commitment, we started with just the two diapers and I used them for night time and first morning diaper. My son loved them and called them his, “soft diaper”. After a few months the diapers started to get a little tight around his thigh so I stopped using them. My plan was to start them on the baby after he was out of newborn diapers, but as moms do, I got distracted and didn’t get them out. Then in March I went back to Wildflower Diaper (now called Zoolikins) and got the itch again. After a couple nights of pondering, I decided to jump on in. I went and bought 6 more diapers to try a couple different kinds for my toddler’s leg issue. I still loved the Bum Genius for the baby and found that the Happy Hieny’s (the cow print diaper is a Happy Hieny) fit both boys well. My toddler did not like the “buttons” on the one size diapers, so when I went back for 6 more, I bought some Large sized diapers which were button free. I did have to go through the adjustment phase of figuring out how my water and washer worked together to get the best results, but I found that washing all the diapers was really not much more work than the two I had used before and my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner.
In my research, I found that the best way to dry cloth diapers is in the sun. The sun helps to safely “bleach” any stains and build up. Since my husband was not too thrilled with my desire to get a clothesline, I went to IKEA and bought a nice portable clothes drying rack that ended up working out perfectly. I can fit my whole diaper load on the rack and the pail liner fits perfectly on the end (not in the picture), which opens it up a little to get a breeze through. The IKEA rack is also adjustable so I can angle it so that all the diapers get as much sun as possible. The Bum Genius diapers and liners can even be hung without clothes pins if you want because the liners have the sized snaps and the covers can be hung by the Velcro. (Green Print is a Bumkins brand)