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Does anyone know of a cloth diapering class I can take in the East Bay area?
The only ones I'm aware of (in the E.B.) are in Alameda at a cloth diaper shop called The
Diaper Connection. It's a ''mom 'n pop'' type of operation, but the couple who runs it are
really nice and knowledgeable about cloth diapers. They have free classes that are posted on
their web site: http://www.thediaperconnection.com/ (click Classes). Good luck!
yay for cd's
I really don't think you need to take a class. There must be something on you
tube about how to actually do it. You can buy pinless diaper wraps which close
with velcro, or you can use diaper pins and put old school waterproof pants on
over. I used a diaper service years ago, and after a few months, I washed them
myself. I would rinse out the poop in the toilet, wring them out, and wash them
in hot water with a bit of bleach and detergent. I did a double rinse. Neither
kid got diaper rash. It was really easy to do. Easy to wash your own if you have
your own washer and dryer. It ain't that hard. Good luck!
Best Cloth Diapers?
Trying to decide which cloth diapers to try for our newborn
when her arrives in a few months. There are so many
options: Sunbaby, GDiapers, Fuzzybunz, Grovia, bumGenius...
Does anyone have a recommendation for any of these brands or
another, and can tell me why you like them? I think I would
like to have to option to use biodegradable inserts if I
need to, not sure if all of them have that option... Thanks
We used gro-baby cloth diapers with our daughter and loved
them! They can be adjusted to fit a newborn and readjusted
to fit until about 2.5 for our average sized daughter. They
end up being less expensive than other cloth diapers because
you don't have to buy additional sizes. I recommend buying
10-15 and I would just wash a load every night or every
other night with Planet laundry detergent (powder). This
worked well and we never had smell issues or had to strip
the diapers. We used wetbags instead of a diaper pail and
would just throw the bag along with the diapers into the
wash, which was so easy! The grobaby diapers have pads that
snap in and out of a 'shell' so if you only have a wet
diaper you can replace the insert with a fresh one and use
the same shell. Anyway, we loved them! love cloth diapers
I'm sure you'll get lots of opinions on this. I was totally
overwhelmed by all the options at first and did a ton of
research. Let me tell you what worked well for us.
For the first 2 months, we used a service. Our newborn
didn't fit into the 'one size fits all' diapers yet, and it
saved us the hassle of doing diaper laundry for those first
hectic weeks, which was nice. After that, we started using
a few different kinds, all of which were one size
(adjustable) that are supposed to last until potty-training
- Flip covers and inserts (they also have disposable inserts
I believe, but we use the 'stay dry' and love them)
- Bumgenius Elementals (one piece, super easy, organic
- Rumparooz pocket diapers or Bumgenius 4.0 diapers (also
pocket) with 2 microfiber inserts and one bamboo insert.
Just FYI, I loved the Rumparooz at first, but my baby seems
to be growing out of them and is only 13 months. The
Bumgenius 4.0 still have room to grow.
- Sustainablebabyish snapless multis with a cover and
additional insert. Super soft and one size.
I've also gotten a few sized diapers, which are nice on
smaller babies especially, but babies can usually only wear
a particular size for maybe 4 months, so I prefer the
adjustable size ones.
Here's what hasn't worked for us:
- Fuzzibuns. I know a lot of people love these. Our one is
falling apart and leaks.
- Happy Heinys - the fit has always been weird for us.
Hope this is helpful!
The array of cloth diaper options is indeed daunting. I had
to think about which to pick about 9 months ago when my baby
was born. In the end, I received several of several types
and brands as hand me downs, and I bought some of the
regular old fashioned tri-folds (target or walmart or
similar places) to start with. THis allowed me to figure out
what the pros and cons of each type were for me. I continue
to use a combination of types and this is just fine with me.
In my opinion, the most convenient are the pocket diapers--
there are lots of good brands out there. Ecobubs is a good
new one that I like. But they're very expensive for the
initial outlay (any of them). Another thing to consider is
that the part that touches your baby gets soiled each time,
so you change the diaper and the soaker parts every diaper
change. With the old fashioned type, you can reuse the
diaper covers for several diaper changes at least, depending
on how messy the diaper was. This will affect how much
laundry you have to do and how often. I hand-wash most of my
pocket diapers because they dry quickly and only launder the
soakers .I think I like the 'all-in-ones' the least because
they are the least flexible. With the pocket diapers I can
put in a regular soaker, or double or triple, depending on
what I'm expecting to happen. Also note, the old fashioned
trifolds have doubled in price in the last 9 months. It is
truly a racket. And you can get lots of the varieties of
cloth diapers used through this list and elsewhere. Good
luck with the whole project. I dont' think you'll regret it.
happy cloth diaper user
We use BumGenius one-size after having tried those,
Fuzzibuns, and Grovia (when they were Grobaby).
Grobaby/Grovia were not nearly as good the BGs, could not be
used overnight w/o leaking, the velcro was really weak, and
they didn't fit as well. We only ever had one Fuzzibuns but
I like it just as much as the BG and they do have more
ability to individualize the fit by changing the elastic in
the legs and waist to different lengths. Overall, I'm super
happy with the BGs, but they do wear out. Mine are 16 mo
old and the velcro is starting to fail and/or come off on a
few. Not enough that I've had to fix them yet but I'm sure
I'll have to for #2. Although I think this is common for
any cloth diapers and a reason why I would highly recommend
snaps. I initially bought velcro b/c they're more like
disposables, but they wear much worse than snaps and are
much easier for rascals like my son to take off. The BG
one-size fit my son well starting around 10 lbs or so so I'd
suggest getting something else to use up until that point if
you're going to get one-sizes. We used the orange Cloth-eez
prefolds from Green Mountain with Thursties covers for the
first few months. Make sure to get Snappis for these too.
You might also want to have disposables on hand for the
first meconium diapers too. Something we never thought
about requiring my Dad to run out and buy disposables right
after our home birth. Oh and as another FYI we love
California Baby diaper rash cream which is cloth diaper safe
and Planet Wise wet/dry diaper bags. Also be sure to get a
BG diaper sprayer! Good luck! Marne
I've used Mother-ease cloth diapers and covers for 2 years
and my cousins for 6 years. They are fab, come in bulk
packages for easy cleaning rotation. I really like the
design because you buy one size and you can adjust for
newborn and up based on the snaps. They have separate cloth
inserts, but I also use flushable liners that help get rid
of the poo. They also have an organic option, but I think
that is not really that important since you are washing
these things so often. Another secret is to get a spray
nozzle that attaches to your toilet and you can spray off
the poo before washing. If you don't all the diapers end up
smelling after the wash and it lasts until the next wash. I
also wash with vinegar and borax every time and soak in
vinegar. If you put them out in the sun it gets rid of
stains in a few hours. They say to not use softner because
it inhibits the absorption ability.
I HIGHLY recommend liliadesigns.com the owner is an amazing
mom and woman, who has created a fabulous diaper. I bought
three sizes as my son grew but I saw recently that she's
created an expandable version. Her diapers come with an
extremely soft organic insert that I used and loved when my
son was newborn, but I opted to just get her covers for the
next two sizes and used the g diaper inserts or regular
cloth diapers inside. The outside of the diapers were in
bright colors with rainbow stitching and the inside is super
soft fleece that wAs soooooo easy to clean and dried in no
time which was crucial for me because I didn't have a dryer!
I can't say enough how much I loved these diapers, plus it
was a bonus for me to support another mom in her business.
check her out! Lindsey
We're fans of the BumGenius 4.0 (one-size) with snap
closure. They say it fits 7-35lbs, which seems possible--
it's very adjustable-- although we only got them when our
babe was ~12lbs (now about 20lbs). We started out with G
diapers-- until he outgrew the small size, then felt
disillusioned with having to buy a whole new set for each
size. We used premie-sized prefolds as the Gdiap insert,
which was super-nice since we had been gifted a one-month
diaper service. I got the Gcloth liners, but found them very
papery & didn't end up using them. I also thought the little
corners on the velcro tab of the Gpant seemed
uncomfortable-- they would leave (very mild) red
indentations on his skin, and I wished that corner was
softer or more rounded.
We inherited a bunch of FuzziBunz, which we use to fill-in
at the end of the laundry cycle, but they're definitely more
prone to leaking as compared with the BumG on our guy. BumG
doesn't have a disposable insert, which is a downside, but
they do wash out pretty well. It's a good & secure fit
(rarely leaks), they seem comfy, and they come in great
colors! We have 13 BumG + 9 FuzziBunz and wash most days (I
don't think you'd want to let them sit more than ~48h,
they'd probably be harder to get clean). BumGenius Fan
For the last 2 years, we have been very happy with the Best
Bottom Diapers system from Nicki's Diapers online. I like
that they are made in the USA, have double leg-gussets that
eliminate any leaks or blowouts, can be wiped clean for
reuse when just wet, and are a one-size system (meaning,
they grow with your child & you eventually just buy larger
We also like the Bummis Super Brite covers-quite durable
We did NOT like gDiapers at all--didn't fit right, a pain to
wash, and always leaking. We gave ours away.
No matter what covers you get, you can always just place
inside any inserts for absorbency (fitted diapers, prefolds
with or without a snappi, the inserts that come with the
system, or biodegradable ones). If I were to do it again, I
might try out Thirties All-in-Ones.
FYI, www.diaperpin.com has excellent reviews of most cloth
diapering products. still cloth diapering
I'm considering a switch to cloth diapers for my one-year boy,
who just started walking. I have checked out some forums on
diapers, but haven't found any that address all of my questions:
1. My husband and I both work, so we need something that can be
washed on the weekends and requires little upkeep during the
week. (Please see #2 before suggesting disposable inserts :)
2. We are on a limited budget (I know, who isn't!) and need
something cost-effective (money wise) in comparison with
3. Many forum users cite months of usage, and I'm looking at a
potential of two years or more, on an active toddling child. I
need a cloth diaper that will hold him!
I really hope to make this switch work and reduce our household
landfill contributions, so any responses to the above will be
hoping for green poops
My almost-three-year-old has been wearing Fuzzi Bunz (size
large) around the house since he was about 9 months old. Two
years later, they still fit him perfectly. We have a dozen
diapers and about twice as many inserts (we use two inserts
overnight.) For convenience, at preschool and on outings my
son wears Seventh Generation disposables, which can be
purchased at a quite reasonable price from diapers.com. Such
an arrangement leaves us with about two loads of diaper laundry
per week, and no diaper rash, ever. As a bonus, Fuzzi Bunz can
be used as toilet training pants as well -- it is quite easy
for an older toddler to pull them on and off.
Fuzzi Bunz fan
your cheapest cloth option is ''prefolds'' and covers. Just buy
enough to make it through the week without running a load. Go
to www.diaperswappers.com and buy some used. No mid week
upkeep would be needed - unless your nose is ultra
sensitive :) my cloth diapered daughter potty trained at ~2y4m
and now my son is using her handmedowns, I've gottenyears of
usage from my dipes.
happy with cloth
My third cloth-diapered kid is now 15 months old. I also work and
wash diapers one to two times per week (now that we have only one
in diapers). My kids have all been active and we've never had any
real mess issues related to the cloth diapers and actually have
found more leaks when using disposable on vacations, etc. The
diapers and wraps are kept in a pail next to the changing table.
Poopy diapers are either ''dumped'' or rinsed in the toilet and
then put into the pail with everything else. I wash the pail with
soap and water every once in awhile. There seems to be a lot of
hype about all of this, but it's really quite simple and easy to
do once you get started. My grandmother did it with seven kids!
I LOOOOOVE Bum Genius by Cotton Babies. They are extremely cost
think, and terrific diapers, to boot. They are expandable diapers, so
you only buy
them ONCE, and then use snaps to change the size. They have terrific
the legs and each one is sold with a washable, microterry insert. They
strong, industrial velcro for ultimate adjustability. They have a
that wicks away moisture like fleece, but, unlike the fleece in
Fuzzibunz (which I
have also used) it doesn't MILDEW even after more than a WEEK sitting,
soiled, in a
diaper pail (yes, I know from personal experience). Finally, they are
much more stain
resistant than other cloth diapers (like fuzzibunz), and really hold
their resale value
(people are willing to pay close to retail price for clean, stain free,
Bum Genius diapers).
If you decide to go with Bum Genius, I do have some washing
Spraying off poop with a garden hose sprayer really helps get the
because the legs are SOOO nice and tightly gathered that washing
machines have a
hard time getting it completely out of the gathers (it's nothing major,
light stains in between the gathers that you won't have if you spray the
thoroughly before washing). And, doing a wash occasionally with baking
neutralize the ammonia from the urine (a LOT of baking soda).
Check them out at www.cottonbabies.com
Best of luck in your diaper search!
Love my Bum Genius!
We used prefolds and washed them ourselves: probably the best way
to go if you have easy access to a washer/dryer, a place to line
dry in the sun, and can rig-up a vegetable sprayer hose on your
toilet for easy poop clean-up. Get 24-30 large (premium) size
prefold diapers: unbleached if possible, best to order on-line.
They will last you from 1 until your child is 4+. They should
cost about $2 each. You will need 3-4 medium covers and then 3-4
large covers. Best to look for these at a resale shop or on BPN.
New will run $8 each. You won't be able to wash only once a
week, but we got through 5 days on a set of 28 diapers. We both
worked full time and it just wasn't too hard to throw a load in
at the end of the day and transfer to the dryer/hang on the line
in the morning. As long as we rinsed poop well before throwing
the diaper in the can, smells were under control, with the
addition of a borax solution to the can every couple of days.
You can use torn-up old t-shirts as wipes, and save $ on wipes
too. For washing, soak for 30 minutes with 1/4 c borax in hot
water, then wash (hot) with 1/4 c borax and a standard strength,
unscented detergent (arm in hammer is the cheapest). I have 8
premium sized diapers, 3 large covers, and half a box of borax
looking for a home: email me if you go the prefold route and they
You can spend a lot of money of money on fitteds, All in ones,
but I don't think you will find the economy or durability you are
seeking anywhere except in good old prefolds. Get a good Chinese
DSQ (diaper service quality) or Indian prefold. Used is actually
best because then you don't have to sepnd the time and energy
washing the new diapers eight plus times to get them ready for use.
There are some really good starter sets you can get with covers
and everything, but make sure you get toddler sized prefolds. My
one year-old is in them now (they're a little bulky, but fit
well). She will wear these until she is in training pants (which
might happen before you thing--cloth diapered babies generally pt
early [as did my son]).
Diaperswappers.com is a great community of cloth diapering mamas
where you will find good stuff for really cheap!
cloth lovin' mama!
We used ABC diaper service for our daughter. She was fully potty trained
on her 2nd
birthday. We chose ABC because they are based in Berkeley (the other
down in San Jose, which would use more gas for a pick up). I found that
are the best covers, you can buy them used at Child's Play on College
theory in life is it is better to use something again than throw it
away. Would you
throw your underwear away every time you use it? Sure it uses water and
to have the cloth diapers washed. But vs. disposable: they have to make
a new one
overseas each time, ship it over, print 4 color cartoon logos on it,
kill a tree to make
a box, print 4 color cartoons on that box, drive it to a store, where
you have to drive
to pick it up, throw away the box, throw away the diapers, then do it
all over again.
We also figure, by having the baby know they are wet, there is incentive
to get out of
the diaper and learn to potty train quicker. Even if the good vs. bad
are equal for
cloth vs. disposable, the extra months of not having to use diapers
after age 2 was
worth it. Good luck.
1 - When using diaper cream, how do you all keep your baby from from getting it all
over his hands? My 4 1/2-month-old is quick as can be ... I can never seem to finish
up & get the diaper on before he's gotten it on his hands. I've tried giving him
something to hold, and that only rarely works or doesn't distract him long enough.
2 - For home-laundering cloth diaper-ers: I like to line dry my chinese prefolds
whenever its not raining. But man, do they come out stiff and NOT soft. Even after
putting them back in the dryer for 20 min. Even after several extra rinses to try &
get all the soap out. When they go straight into the dryer, they come out so soft ...
even if I don't do extra rinses. How do I line dry and get soft diapers?
3 - Fuzzy Bunz question - sometimes the inner 'wickable' lining makes its way to
the outside around the edges and then clothes, etc. are wet. Any tips for keeping
that lining to stay in?
Thanks so much
Many More Diapers to Go!
2. dryer balls: http://nellieslaundry.com/Dryerballs.html use 'em
when you throw them in the dryer for 15 minutes after line dry.
Vinegar in the rise (if you don't have hard water) softens, too.
I got my daughter to not be such a great helper during changing
times by 1) handing her something more exciting and fabulous to
hold on to (usually another diaper but sometimes a cool toy
that was reserved only for the changing table) and 2) giving
her some naked time before putting the diaper cream on.
For eliminating some of the stiffness from line-dried diapers,
try using less soap in the washing machine. To make sure that
the diapers got clean, we did the heavy duty cleaning by hand
using a pretty mild soap and then finished the diapers off in
the washing machine with very little-to-no detergent.
My daughter was always small so the fuzzibunz edging would
sometimes stick out of her clothes too. We tried different ways
of folding the diapers and eventually found that if we folded
down the inserts and rolled the edging of the fuzzibunz inward
a little bit, we had less leakage. And then, we tried to check
for wetness early on, to avoid leaky mishaps on the road and
out-and-about. Also, and this may sound strange, be sure you
have the right size FBunz and liners. If the wrap is too loose
and the liner too bulky, you can fold till your fingers fall
off and you'll still get leakage.
Best of luck!
no more leaks!
Just for Question #1: We learned from the hospital nurses to put
the cream on the diaper rather than on the baby. It works
great--we can get it ready in advance, take less time on the
table, and the cream is exposed for a shorter period, so less
chance of diaper cream hands.
try throwing the diapers into the dryer when they're still soft
with dampness but not fully dry.
works for me
First, I want to applaud you for being so dedicated in your
diapering. In reponse to de-crispifying your chinese pre-folds,
have you tried ironing them? In Europe, where line-drying is
commonplace, my friend says they iron everything to make it
soft. Undies, socks, you name it! Hope it helps.
I'm considering switching to cloth diapers for my 15 mo old
because I theorize this will make potty training easier. Has
anyone done this? Did it work? Any suggestions on how to get
up to speed on cloth diapers (how to use them/where to buy/how
to clean)? Thanks.
hoping to potty train this one before 3.5
I wrote some articles about cloth diapering here.
I made the switch when my oldest was 4 months old, and then CD'd
the next two just part-time, so I have no way to measure the
effect on potty training.
yes, come on over! the butts are cute!
The cheapest entry is using CPF/IPFs (chinese or indian
prefolds) with snappis and covers. Or you can get pocket
diapers, AIOs, 3IOs, etc, etc! Go to diaperpin.com for some
info. also check out babycenter.com's forum on diapering. Join
Diaperswappers.com and diapertraders.com for discuaaions and
deals on used dipes and pointers to deals on new and/or co-op
wash is easy - hot/cold with mild detergent. add baking soda to
wash, vinegar to rinse for cleansing boost. don't use bleach or
fabric softeners. toss in dryer, no dryer sheet. the sun (yes
that big round thing in the sky) will get out poop stains; just
dry dipe outside, might need to drying cycles. use flushable
liners to catch poop for easier cleanup.
happy CD mom of 2
Yes, switch! I recommend Tiny Tots (www.tinytots.com), which
has a great video on its web site on how to use the diapers. We
use a snappy-clip, which was a little difficult to figure out at
first, but once we learned, it is pretty fast to change him. Our
son is now 2 1/2 and we have used cloth diapers since he was
born (we are now potty training). He has had very little diaper
rash and we have been very happy with Tiny Tots. Since we use
cloth diapers, he is more aware of when he needs to be changed
and I suspect will be completely potty-trained very soon.
Where's the cheapest place to get Fuzzi Bunz diapers?
The last time I researched prices on Fuzzi Bunz (about 2 years
ago), I found Zannadu.com was the best. It's run by a WAHM in MA,
and both a friend and I have ordered lots of FBs from her over
the last couple years and been very satisfied
Another Cloth Diapering Mom
I am not sure if you are looking for new or used Fuzzi Bunz, but
I have found them cheapest through eBay. I also suggest you look
for Wonderoos (also a pocket diaper), which fit most babies from
newborn through at least 18 months...one size fits all as they
adjust to fit. If you are looking to support a local store, you
can find Fuzzi Bunz at The Nuture Center
also cloth diapering!
our baby is due in August and we're trying to figure out what to
do about diapers. we know we want to use cloth diapers, and i
would love to be able to have a service, at least for the first
couple of months. but i do have the concern about unwanted
chemicals against our babies skin. does anyone with this concern
have any advice? are there any services that offer 'healthier'
diapers (organic?) and non-toxic soaps? also, it seems like when
we use any kind of ecologically friendly soap for clothes washing
the clothes just don't get clean... if we do it ourselves does
anyone have any advice on what soap to use? is there any diaper
resource anyone can point me to?
I have an 11 month old, and had the same concerns about diaper service
diapers. I wondered how they could get all those diapers used by all
those babies so clean. So, I ended up buying my own diapers, and
laundering them myself. I work 32 hours per week, and have not found
laundering the diapers to be at all difficult. To clean them, I rinse
off any poop (in the toilet), and put all the diapers in the washing
machine (I wash about 2x/week), add 2 scoops of oxy-clean and one
measurement of laundry soap (I read that Dreft leaves a film on
diapers), and fill the wash with cold water. I usually let the diapers
soak in this mixture overnight, then finish running the cold wash, then
without adding any additional soap, I run the wash one more time on hot
(to help sterilize, and to rinse off any extra soap). It has worked
great, and I have no stains on any of my diapers. Good luck to you and
whatever you decide. I hope this information can help anon
We still CD our 16 month old and have been very happy. We never used a
service. We bought 4 dozen indian prefolds (google it) and use about
5-6 covers per size. We use ''All Free and Clear''
and have been very happy with the cleaning in our home washer.
Only once have we done the ''refresh'' of baking soda and vinegar.
I was daunted at first, but it all went smoothly. We do use ''sposies''
(disposables) for travel. We also, once she was on solids, started
using a diaper liner (looks like a dryer
sheet) that makes dropping the poop into the toilet a breeze.
There's lots of support for you at places like www.diaperpin.com and in
the forums on www.babycenter.com cloth diapering happily!
We use FuzziBunz and wash them ourselves. It's actually not that much
We have enough (18) so that we only wash every other day when he was
younger and every third day now. They're fleece (with hemp inserts) so
the baby's bottom stays really dry. We found them to be way less
expensive than a service and our baby stayed in the smallest size until
he was almost a year old. We have a low water use washer and they
suggest using seventh generation soap and they do get really clean. If
they're stained at all after washing you just leave them in the sun to
When it's warm enough we dry them outside to save use of the dryer and
it's better for the diapers. There are many different options like this
We have been using Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers from day one, and washing
them at home using gentle ecologically-frendly detergents such as
Ecover, Seventh Generation, etc. Never had a problem with stains on
diaper covers (diaper inserts did get slightly stained with time.) You
can read up on the care of Fuzzi Bunz, for example, at
www.nurturedfamily.com . It is really not that complicated -- cold
rinse, hot and heavy wash, double rinse, normal dry cycle. In the early
months the diaper laundry amounted to about a load per day, after a year
approximately one load every couple of days (we have a dozen of cloth
diapers and use disposables for outdoor trips.) RR
First off, the KissaLuvs cloth diaper brand is the best for ease of
getting on/off -makes a huge different for middle of the night changings
and all around easyness.
Now, here's a much cheaper (and very easy, acutally) idea than a diaper
There is this thing called ''The Potty Pail'' for $20. It's not fancy,
but it's a lifesaver and SO easy (totally different from how our moms
had to rinse each diaper off in the toilet - ew).
It is a set up that hooks to the water pipe behind your toilet.
Then you pull the plug from the bottom of the pail, set on toilet, take
the poopies and spray off the chunks with the high- powered attachment.
All said, less than five minutes. Pop everything in washer.
Seventh Generation Free and Clear works for us. You can also buy their
Non-chlorine natural bleach, or just add vinegar to the load.
I don't have experience with a cloth diaper service, but we use cloth
diapers and wash them at home. We simply collect wet and soiled diapers
and covers in a Diaper Champ, which we line using a waterproof, washable
bag. Every day or every other day, we dump the contents of the bag and
the bag itself into our washing machine. We do a rinse cycle on cold,
followed by a wash cycle on hot, using Trader Joe's biodegradeable,
unscented laundry powder (a full scoop). We dry the cloth diapers in
the dryer and hang the covers on the clothesline. Any stained diapers
get hung on the clothesline after the dryer, to bleach out the stains.
Never use chlorine bleach. Backing up a few steps, we use a liner at
every diaper change. Because we use rice paper liners, wet liners can
be washed and hung with the diaper covers. Soiled liners can be
flushed. (This is not the case with Tushies liners, which disintigrate
after each use.) We started using the liners when our baby started on
For whatever it is worth, I am happy we have cloth diapered and washing
them ourselves has not been the burden everyone told me it would be. It
is quite easy and means that we are in control of using the types of
diapers, covers, and cleaning agents we want to use and it means we
don't have bags of dirty diapers sitting around during the week. (With
a service, you still have to wash the covers yourself, I believe.) It
also means that after the initial supply expense, there has been very
little cost in diapering our baby. Hope this helps!
happy cloth diapering parents
Have you considered gDiapers as an alternative? I find them better than
I was amused to read all of the thought everyone puts into washing their
diapers. We rinse poopy diapers and put them in a special water-filled
pail, keep all other diapers in a pail by the changing table. Then,
every couple of days, I wash them with Tide (horror of horrors)...once.
We are on kid number three with no problems and happy bottoms. And all
grown-ups work full-time.
Any recommendations on where to buy cloth diapers, such as pockets, AIOs and
fitteds, in the Bay Area? I see a lot of them online, but I'm one of those people who
likes to see what they are going to buy before they buy it. Also, where might I find
used cloth diapers for sale?
Hi- we use tiny tots diaper service. but they also sell diapering products. Thei store-front
is in Campbell though which is a drive...I do believe they sell used diapers (though maybe only
ones that are meant for the rag pile). their website is
They also have excellent customer service, so you could give them a call on the phone and ask a
billion questions and I am sure they'd help you out.
cloth diapering mama
Try Darla's on San Pablo in El Cerrito for used diapers.
Sorry I can't find the exact online site where I bought our
diapers, but there are several earthy sites that sell cotton
diapers at a good price. I googled it, and then made a decision
based on price. Note: I bought unbleached ones, because I wanted
less chemicals, but you do have to wash them like 6 times before
you wash away cotton's natural water repellant qualities (you
want them absorbent-- not repellant!) and they really fluff up
enough. So, that part is a pain, but ultimately, it was worth it.
Good luck. I also recommend the wool covers. Biobottoms are
good if your baby has thick legs, but if (s)he is skinny like
mine, then Imse Vimse is much better.
Seems like the two main diaper services out there (ABC and TinyTots) only offer the
cotton prefold option. No one seems to do contours, fitted, All-In-Ones, Fuzzibunz,
Wonderoos or any of the other seemingly more advanced cloth diapering options.
Are my only options to either (1) go with a service but have to settle for prefold
cotton or (2) go with the diapering system of my choice but have to launder myself?
Any experienced cloth diaper users have advice about systems/methods that work
well for them? Any advice about classic diaper covers vs. soakers, wool vs. polar
fleece soakers, etc. There are so many options out there, I'm overwhelmed!
I use Tiny Tots and love them! I have no problem with the cotton
prefolds and still use the prowraps diaper covers that the service
recommends. I knew that I wouldn't be able to keep up with washing
diapers myself. At night we use fuzzibuns, and just insert the cotton
prefolds into the ''pocket'' which keeps my baby much dryer than the
normal diaper covers. However, if he has a BM I have to dump it in the
tiolet and soak the cover before putting it in with the rest of the
laundry, but that is rare these days. Hope you make the choice that
fits with your lifestyle, it really is a personal one. Blessings to you
on the birth of your child!
I just wanted to pipe in that we wash all our baby's cloth diapers,
covers, and wipes at home, and it isn't the hassle one would expect.
She is on solids now, and we have found the flushable diaper liners to
be very useful. If you want to stick with a diaper service, though, you
should know that they only do diapers. You will be responsible for
washing the diaper covers. There are a lot of new, wonderful covers out
there that will work with the prefolds that diaper services use. You
can use FuzziBunz, which are expensive, but wonderful. We have also
been pleased with ProRaps (sold by diaper services) and other basic
covers. I have found that the covers that work best really depends on
your babies shape and size. A cover that fits a chubby baby with chunky
thighs won't fit a skinny baby the same way. Check out
www.diaperpin.com for reviews, then eBay for cheap inexpensive used and
new covers. If you want to use all-in-ones or any other kind of diaper,
you'll have to wash them yourself. One comment on the all-in-ones is
that they take a very long time to dry and wear out more quickly than
separate diaper and cover. We have had wonderful success with prefolds
(like the services use), put on baby with a twist fold, and then held in
place with a Snappi clip. Good luck! Cloth diapering has been one of
the choices we made that both my partner and I have been pleased with!
Another cloth mama
I recommend using a diaper service, either ABC or Tiny Tots, and then
checking out some good diaper covers. I like Tiny Tots because they
have a great web site (www.tinytots.com) and the staff there has been
very, very helpful in every respect. We have also really liked the
diaper covers we've been getting from Polar Babies, web site
www.diapercovers.com. Their diaper covers come in a wide variety of
sizes, and while we have still had to use snappi clips, the diaper
covers prevent leakage (for our 7-month-old) fairly consistently.
A friend of mine uses fuzzibunz, but someone got her a gift of a diaper
service. So, she uses the fuzzibunz outer shell but instead of using
the fuzzibunz inserts, she uses the cloth diapers for inserts and has
the diaper service clean those. She launders the fuzzibunz shells
herself. This has worked for her for almost a year.
Try perusing the cloth diapering forum on mothering.com.
I'm sure the mamas there will be able to give you more information on
cloth diapering than you'll ever need! Good luck!
Cloth diaper advocate
The cloth diapering section in the archives is quite out of date. I
tried to make sense of it in '93 and found that many of the diapers
mentioned aren't even available anymore. Here is what I have learned
over the past 2 years: Yes, you can only choose the prefolds if you do
diaper service, but oh how I loved to see those blue bags full of poopy
diapers go away and in their place, magically, clean soft diapers
appear. I started working 3 days a week when my son was 4 months old,
and I did not have time to wash diapers, although washing your own is
not hard, just very very time-consuming.
This is what I found out about diaper covers: the best ones for you baby
depends upon your baby's shape. I only had the first size of covers
initially until i found out which ones worked best for him. He was a
skinny, tall infant and so my all-time favorite wraps were ProWrap
Classics ($7.95 ea) with velcro (not the ones with snaps, those don't
work well) and the Bummis Whisperwraps. No matter if he was in a skinny
phase or a growth spurt chunky phase, these always fit him and they
washed out really well. Oh yeah, the dirty secret of wraps is that you
will spend an anourmous amount of time washing poop off of the elastic
leg openings and then washing the whole bunch of wraps several times per
week. I found that if I couldn't get the poop off the wrap immediately,
letting it dry actually allowed it to come off easier and stain less
than wetting it and letting it sit damp until I got home from work.
Then, a scrub with a bar of Ivory soap did the trick (I always kept a
pair of rubber gloves with the soap- this gets rough on your hands.) I
also used LiteWraps ($8.95 ea) for nighttime diapers because they were
so big! They made his butt look like a ballon if I used them under his
day clothes, but they held a diaper and insert well at night. I think I
eventually decided that about 6-8 day wraps and
3 night wraps for each size was enough.
Here are the wraps I tried and why I did not like them:
CottonWraps- just like LiteWraps but much harder to clean and not
Motherease- I really wanted to like these wraps! But they just did not
fit my guy. The Nikiwraps and All-in-Ones had the flimsiest leg elastic
so that all the goop would leak out. And they were billowy everywhere
else yet the tummy elastic was thin and strangled his tummy. I wasted
about $30 trying to get these to work.
Bumpy Imse Vimse- I got into a phase where I bought quite a few of
these, but ultimately I couldn't use them because they are cut so small
and low at the front, which is not good for a boy, and the velcro was so
scratchy that he would get little bleeding abrasions on his inner thighs
at the height of his crawling phase. They are also expensive ($12.95 for
day and $14.95 for
night) but they are made well and have very cute fabrics. If you try
one, don't bother with the night one- no different from the day one that
I could tell, maybe a very slightly more dense moisture barrier but not
enough to warrant the extra $2. They also tend to get kinda damp if your
guy is a heavy wetter.
Diaperaps- I had older Diaperaps that I loved, very simple good design!
So I bought several newer ones and was unhappy to find that they had
changed the king of velcro band that was across the tummy. Instead of
soft and flexible, it was now hard and non- bendable which meant that
every time my guy leaned forward a very thick band of hard velcro cut
into his tummy. I wrote them about this because it was so annoying, but
I don't know if they have switched back to the old velcro or not. Before
you buy this brand, go into Baby World or Rockridge Kids and take it out
of the package to test the flexibility. You will know exactly what I
mean if they have not changed it.
Aristocrats wool soaker and also the ones made of fleece- This is the
most expensive wrap ($22) and not necessary in my opinion. I tried one
as my baby tends to be a heavy nightime wetter and this seemed like a
perfect solution. But the upkeep on the wool is quite extensive, and
again, I had enough to do just getting the poop off of the daytime
wraps. Plus, the smell of wet wool and pee was very strong, and it just
became too much to be hit with first thing in the morning.
Diaper insert- I ended up using a fleece/flannel diaper insert at night
with 1 regular prefold diaper and the litewrap wrap. At first I used the
fleece side of the liner directly next to his skin, but I got tired of
rinsing and spotting all of the poop off the liner when some mornings he
would wake with a poop. I found that it worked just as well to place the
liner under the diaper, right next to the wrap where it could catch
extra pee but not get soiled by poo. I washed the liners out once a week
in a pre-wash then hot wash in my washing machine and they laundered
I can't remember the other brands that I tried, I guess I got kinda
obssessive about finding the perfect wrap! But it was worth it, now he
is almost potty-trained and the cotton really helped him know when he
was wet or poopy. I tried so many places to buy the wraps, both locally
and on-line, used and new. But my all-time favorite site for buying the
wraps and liners is:
Katie's Kisses, they were great and had wonderful prices. I even bought
a few of their unbleached Chinese cotton prefolds to have around for
accidents and clean-ups and those are some of the thickest, nicest
diapers I have ever seen. Best of wishes to you and thanks for thinking
of the environment and your baby's comfort by going to the extra work of
Another cloth baby and mommy
You know way more about diapering than I have ever imagined knowing - or
probably cared to know. Anyway, I use ABC service, their diapers and
wraps and they've been fine. I have typically used disposables when we
are out and about for longer periods of time. I do think that the only
way to ''know'' is to take your best guess and then adjust as need be.
Use the flushable liners to remove the mess, won't plug the sewer.
Don't rinse or stick in a pail of water, just put em in a container with
a tight lid and kitchen garbage bag to toss with each load. Use
disposables at night so your child doesn't wake you up. You'll save
tons of money.
I'm a typical diaper aversive guy, but changed and laundered thousands
this way, no problems.
but glad it's overwith
I'll second the opinion that Fuzzi Bunz are a really good product but
very pricey. Unfortunately there's no way to know ahead of time what
diapers will work for you and your baby. We've used a number of
different types, including diaper service, over the last year since our
baby was born. Sometimes she outgrew certain items, like the wool diaper
wraps that were really nice for the first 4-5 months but eventually were
too tight around her thighs.
The difficulty of washing diapers depends a lot on the setup of your
home. If you have to, say, climb two flights of stairs and go outside to
get to your washer and dryer, you'll be a lot less happy about doing
laundry every 1-2 days than if they are right next to your bedroom. Also
note that cotton and hemp prefolds take a very long time to dry, while
polyester fleece diapers like Fuzzi Bunz dry much more quickly. Wool
covers generally should be washed with special detergent and line-dried,
but you shouldn't need to wash these too often.
Another nice way to reduce diapering costs and hassles, no matter what
type of diapers you use, is to practice Elimination Communication, where
you start teaching your baby to eliminate in the toilet (or somewhere
besides his diaper) as early as a few days old. This system is practiced
in much of the developing world and was even common the US until 60 or
80 years ago. You can read about it on the internet or get a book about
it (it is also called Natural Infant Hygiene, Infant Potty Training, and
other things). One East Bay group that meets weekly and exchanges emails
is at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EastBayDFB. EC has worked for us so
far--with a moderate level of effort, our 14-month old now averages
fewer than 6 diapers a day.
I have two questions regarding cloth diapers and am hoping for
some wisdom from others out there who have purchased and wash
their own diapers (I know you're there; I just don't know anyone
else who is doing this!).
First: My son's Snugglebottoms diapers, after almost 2 years of
use, are showing their age. Has anyone ever successfully repaired
their diapers? I know this may be difficult without an overlock
sewing machine, but I want to hear any tips, things to avoid,
whether to avoid the whole idea, etc. I found that the otherwise
wonderful Diaper Duck has added to the shred factor, due to the
plastic flashing from the mold. (We've since filed down the rough
edges, and wish we'd known to do this from the start.)
Second: (I suppose this falls under the Recommendations category,
but I don't want to split the questions.) Though this is
lessening, night time leakage has been a problem. I know there are
special night time cloth diapers available which are supposedly
super absorbant, but I'd like to hear any ideas on names of cloth
diapers that are good for night time use. Thanks!
It's hard to know how to advise you about mending the diapers
without knowing more about the specific problem. If the seams
or stitching are unravelling, you can certainly stitch it back
up again. Even without an overlock machine, you can use a
zigzag stitch on a regular machine to keep edges from fraying.
However, if the fabric itself is deteriorating, there is really
nothing you can do. Make sure you are not using bleach, or
detergent with bleach included. It sounds like you have
already solved the diaper duck problem.
As far as nighttime goes, have you tried Fuzzi Bunz diapers?
You can customize the absorbency and the fleece lining keeps
baby's skin dry all night. However, they are pricy and, in the
large size at least, can leak on a skinnier child. I am
currently using Little Dumpling diapers at night, lined with
polarfleece. I'm not sure what the web site was, but if you
search on ''little dumpling diapers'', you will find it.
I hope this helps!
I have used a regular straight stick to repair my prefold
diapers and although it does lead to some fraying, I just snip
the frayed ends off. In terms of the leakage, when the diaper
leaks, is the cloth part super-saturated? If so, then you need
more layers (maybe a diaper liner which is usually a few layers
of flannel or a newborn or regular size prefold folded in
thirds. If the diaper is only damp or has some dry areas, your
covers may either not be on tight enough or they are likely too
small. It is also possible that the waterproofing on the cover
has worn out - test it by putting a wet washcloth inside and
seeing if you feel dampness soak thru).
For day and night time, I have loved the Bummi SUper Whisper
Wraps (velcro style for a tighter fit). THey last forever, as
long as you don't wash them on hot.
Our 2 1/2 year old twins (boy and girl) are expressing interest
in the toilet. We put a potty chair in the bathroom and one
likes to sit on it, and the other likes the ''big'' one. A couple
of times, they have occasionally used each successfully. Here's
my question: how do we transition from cloth diapers? Is there
any alternative to disposable pull-ups? If I go that route, how
long am I in for? We have used a diaper service since their
birth; should I keep those for night times? At this point, my
daughter is very unhappy about putting a diaper back on
immediately after the potty experience. Thanks for any
Two words: Get naked!
If your kids have been in cloth, they're probably very aware of
when they have to urinate. If they're naked and have a potty
available, they'll quickly learn to control the flow because they
can see and feel what's happening. Naturally, you have to expect a
few accidents on the carpet! But it's a lot easier to get a naked
kid on the potty for a successful attempt then to try to whip off
the diaper in time, or else adhere to an artificial (and time-
consuming) sit-on-the-potty-every-half-hour kind of thing. good
My son moved from cloth to being trained at just about that same
age. We talked a lot about how exciting it was to use the potty
and wearing big boy underwear, etc. We used cloth training
pants, which are basically like a pair of underwear with thicker
material in the crotch. They're available most places you can
get cloth diapers, and you often see them in thrift stores too.
As soon as we started using the trainers, I cancelled the diaper
service and bought a pack of Tushies for night time use. I had
about 6 pair of training pants, and every time I left the house
I was sure to have an extra pair with me as well as an extra
pair of pants. I offered him the opportunity to sit on the
potty a lot, like every two hours. Most of the time he didn't
pee, but some of the time he did. I think it mostly helped him
get the idea that getting on the toilet several times a day is
normal. He had occasional accidents, but was fully trained
after a month. He was more likely to have an accident on the
days he was with his babysitter, but I think that she didn't sit
him on the potty as much as I did. I personally think that
keeping himself in dry cotton versus being in a wet cotton
diaper was pretty motivating in itself (which is why I think
cloth kids tend to potty train earlier). Good luck with it
We tried paper pull-ups for a short while after having used
cloth diapers almost entirely. My daughter found the paper pull-
ups too difficult to pull down or up by herself. So we just
used those for nighttime. For daytime we used cloth training
pants (a panty made by Gerber available at Target). The panty
has several extra layers in the middle and is about half as
thick as a cloth diaper. We used a nylon cover that pulls up
like a panty for about a month. (Also available at Target.)
Although we're having problems with pooping in underwear
(I just sent in a long post about this!), my daughter ''pee''
trained in thick cotton underpants in about 2 days. We had
used pull-ups for six months after ending cotton diapers, but
she just used them like diapers. During this time we were
doing ''casual'' potty training with limited results. I waited
until I had a good long stretch of time at home (2 weeks for
the winter holidays). We talked about it (e.g., ''You're getting
to be so big now, you don't need to wear diapers or pull-ups.
You get to wear real underwear and use the potty now!''),
and she went into underwear cold turkey. She had two days
of accidents and then figured it out. I personally don't think
pull-ups are a good TRAINING option. You can get thick
Gerber training pants at Target. I seriously suggest buying
9-12 pairs/kid--they come in 3-packs, unless you want to do
laundry several times a day! I saved on laundry loads by not
putting her in regular pants on top of the underwear--this
made it easier for her to get her pants off, too. Also, stock
up on a special set of sponges to clean up the accidents
and extra bottles of laundry stain remover!
Cotton training pants is the way to go!
I am sick of using and feeling horrible about filling up the
landfills using disposable diapers for my 5 month old and want
to switch to cloth. We can't afford a diaper service and so I
will be washing them at home in the washing machine. I don't
know where to start. Please tell me where to buy cloth diapers,
wraps and clips, the best kind to buy (easiest to use), how to
wash them (preferrably using no bleach) and approximately how
much the start-up cost will be. Thank you for your help!
Are you sure you can't afford a diaper service? I used a
service for both of my kids, and it was $11/week!!! That's got
to be less than disposable diapers. This was for 80 cloth
diapers (washed and folded) each week delivered to my door
step. I was worried about it, but it was so simple with the
diaper wraps. I used ABC Diaper Service, and they were
wonderful. It was easy and neither one of my babies ever had
diaper rashes with cloth. Good luck!
Been there, Done that
Congratulations on making the cloth diaper switch. I've used
both, and I love using cloth.
On the web, either Born to Love or BabyBunz & Co are great
places for diapers and covers. I use wool Nikky covers with
china prefolds, but I think if I had it to do again, I think I'd
use the featherlight nylon taffeta covers with snaps and pins or
these neat sliding plastic clips.
Or you can go whole-hog and get the wonderful Mother-Ease velcro
diapers and use any covers you want.
You're past the ''pees constantly and cries every time'' age that
all three of mine went through for a few months.
Washing them was no problem for me. I don't rinse or keep a wet
bucket any more: just shake off any solids, toss them in the
diaper pail ''dry,'' then wash once a week. Air drying it any
available sun once in a while helps bleach them, but then you
have to air fluff them so you're not trying to press a cardboard-
like cloth around your baby!
And don't forget what neat crafts you can make with cotton
diaper dryer lint!
I used motherease diapers and really liked them. They are
pre-shaped and have snaps so you don't need to use pins or the
snappi clip, and you don't have to deal with deteriorating velcro
on the covers.
Some people can get darned
fanatic about it, let me tell you. Here's a story about cloth
by salon.com: http://archive.salon.com/mwt/feature/1999/11/22/cloth/
Here is also a group devoted to cloth diapering:
you will have all your questions answered (and more!) by them. I
got my diapers online at www.mother-ease.com and more information
at www.weebees.com. Have fun, and good luck!
Have you considering sewing them yourself? Buy diaper flannel
and cut it to a similar size as store-bought ones, or for a
shaped diaper, Elizabeth Lee Designs has a great pattern:
She also has patterns for nursing clothes, a sling, and
children's clothes. A hint on the diapers: the thicker you sew
it (more layers, that is) the longer it will take to dry. You
might prefer that the layers be separate to decrease drying
time. Just make an extra ''pad'' to lay in the full-sized diaper
to add absorbancy. Also, buy quality fabric the first time, and
the diapers will last for several children.
Here are some sites with tips:
A couple of sources of information for you.....there are SO many
choices! You do want to order the diapers since the stores
themselves rarely carry quality diapers.
I recommend that you check out the Jan/Feb 2003 issue of
Mothering Magazine (www.mothering.com), an article called 'Crazy
for Cloth: The Benefits of Cotton Diapers' on page 36. It gives
you a run down of what is available, discusses the cost, and
gives you lots of places to look.
Some of the links recommended in the article are:
I like www.babyworks.com. They provide detail information about
washing diapers as part of theit website - I found this to be
very helpful. Plus I have purchased unbleached flannel diapers,
diaper liners, and diaper doublers from them and they have been
You can even purchase good quality second hand diapers off Ebay.
To make your own diapers check out www.diapersewing.com
There is a lot of great information out there to help you start. I have bought all my cloth
diapering supplies from comfybummy.com which has a great introduction/instructions/cost
assessment for cloth diapering. Also, the most recent issue of Mothering Magazine was
all about cloth diapering and has a great discussion of the whats and how to's.
Basically there are the cloth diapers themselves and then the covers which go on with
snaps or velcro. I bought 2 dozen high quality cloth ''prefolds'' and 10 covers to start (5
each of two styles to see which ones I liked) When my daughter was young we were
doing diaper washing about every third day. As she got older and poops were less of a
blow-out we soiled fewer covers and did less frequent washes as well as buying fewer
covers as she grew.
start with the website and the magazine and feel free to email with further questions
Good for you! We used a diaper service for a long time and
when we discovered how easy it was to wash at home we
switched. I don't know the cheapest place to get diapers, but
there are tons of places! It will seem like a lot to pay at
first, but don't forget that then the prices are minimal. My
experience is that the best kind of diapers are chinese
prefolds with wool wraps. The all-in-ones never seem to get
clean enough. With the prefolds you can tell! The wool wraps
by lambkin are great, but I recommend getting undyed wool--it
seems to last longer without treating. You only need three
because you can use them over and over with out having to
wash. In terms of washing: My son is eating solids, so first
we dump the poop in the toilet, then we throw it in the diaper
pail. We have 30 diapers so we wash about once every 5 days.
First we soak the diapers in hot water for an hour or even
overnight--in the washer. Then we drain the water, add a mild
detergent, and wash in hot. We don't use bleach and most of
the websites say that it is not necessary. If you want a
little antibacterial action you can use a few drops of lavander
oil. In the summer and spring we hang the diapers outside.
The sun bleaches them, during the winter they end up a little
on the dingy side of white! Good luck! And check the market
place because there are often lots of diapers for cheap or free!
I'm now washing cloth diapers at home for my second child, and I
highly recommend it. I have a lot of thoughts on the best
practices, and if you want more detail, you can e-mail me.
Here are some basic answers:
The quality and cost of diapers and wraps is quite variable and
everybody has their favorites. To my mind, the most important
variable is the quality of the wrap (how leakproof and how soft
and flexible so it doesn't scratch baby). My favorite wrap brands
are the Japanese kinds--Nikky and Niji--and Biobottoms, which is
now out of business (but you can find them secondhand). These are
very expensive--$15 to $20 new, but so worth it, especially if you
plan to have a second child. I sometimes find them for a few bucks
secondhand. Another great source is orangestarfish.com for new and
used diapers and covers.
The quality of diapers is also key--the kind you can buy at Target
and Toys R Us from Gerber are worthless, being insufficiently
absorbent. Try to find ''Chinese prefolds'' on the Internet or look
for the fitted kind (Indisposables makes a great fitted diaper).
Depending on whether you manage to get secondhand or not, I would
say startup costs for getting a child from newbornhood to potty
training are about $400-$500. If you have a second child, your
additional cost is $0.
My system for washing is:
Have a big 5 gallon bucket with a strong sealing lid (like a paint
bucket) filled with warm water and Borax (follow instructions on
the box). Wet diapers go directly in the bucket. Poopy diapers get
rinsed in the toilet to remove solids. You can use a disposable
liner to make it easier to flush; I've never bothered. Covers only
get washed if they're poopy or have gotten very wet and smelly.
Otherwise they are hung on a towel rack to dry in the bathroom.
They go in the bucket to soak when dirty. Make sure to close all
Every 3 days, I empty out the bucket water into the toilet, then
dump the sopping diapers into the washing machine. I run a rinse
and spin cycle first, then add soap and do a hot wash and rinse. I
used to add vinegar for neutralising urine but no longer bother.
No bleach ever. Then I dry on hot; when I lived where I had a
clothesline, I dried them on the line (great for bleaching out
yellow stains when baby is tiny!) and finished them in the dryer.
For wipes, I started out using cloth rags which I washed along
with the diapers. This was convenient for washing, but
inconvenient for taking along with the diaper bag. Now I use
commercial wipes, and have to dispose of them separately. For
traveling outside of the house, I bring a supply of plastic bags
(courtesy of the Chronicle) to wrap wet diapers.
Good luck! My first kid potty trained before age 2, and I'm sure
the cloth diapers helped.
When my son was about 8 weeks old, we started using ''Kooshie's''
diapers and wash them ourselves at home. They're great! THey're
all-in-one, that is, the cover is sewn to the actual diaper, so
you launder the whole piece as one.
They're about $10 each, and we've found that we can get by with
15 diapers washing them every other day. There are instructions
in the package, and the process is really very simple. We soak
them in water and baking soda in a tall garbage can in the
bathroom until we're ready to do a load.
I really like the fact that there's only one piece to launder
and for my son to wear.
The initial investment may seem high, but it's worth it.
I am expecting my second child anyday now and am wondering how
best to handle cloth diapering for two. Specifically, do you
recommend soaking the cloth diapers separately for each child
(i.e. each child has their own diaper pail and the diapers get
washed separately) or is it fine to mix them and wash them
together? For some reason I am stumped over this! How do other
moms handle this?
cloth diapering for two
Is it financially feasable for you to use a diaper service? It
was essential when I had my twins. I cannot imagine soaking and
cleaning the sheer volume of diapers for two at a time. As I
recall, it wasn't that expensive, and the relief I enjoyed by
giving that task over to others when I had so much to do was
beyond monetary consideration. I know that doesn't exactly answer
your question, but, heck, if contemplating how to do this is
weighing on you, why not circumvent the entire dilemma and give
yourself a break!
Hi, we've been using a diaper service but have decided to buy and wash our
own. I see that there are preshaped fabric diapers on the market that cost
more than the regular ones. They look like they'd fit better and be less
bulky. Has any one tried these? What do you think of them? Were they
worth the extra money? Do you have to keep buying different sizes? Also I
found some regular diapers lined with terry cloth. Would these be more
absorbant and perhaps be a good night time diaper? Do those diaper
doublers actually work? Actually any washing your own diapers or buying
your own diapers advice would be welcome, it seems like no one does this
Thanks so much,
We have our own cloth diapers and we wash them--you're not alone! I
buying flat diapers, because the fitted ones were so expensive. But they
didn't work well at night, because the baby soaked through them. So I
invested in five fitted cloth diapers with terry cloth liners (extra little
pieces of cloth that you fit inside the diaper for extra absorbency). I
bought the diapers from my son's childcare provider, who sells her own
pattern for them (but she sewed them for me; I have no time for sewing
diapers!) But I know there are quite a few out there that look like they fit
I washed my last diaper a dozen years ago and I've forgotten the specifics,
but I wanted to cheer you on. It wasn't such a big deal. I used
good-quality, thick diapers, which were somewhat hard to find. Then I
probably soaked, then washed them with detergent or laundry soap (and
added bleach). The diapers came out fresh and clean. It adds to your
laundry, but you'll save some money and gain the perverse satisfaction of
doing a dirty job yourself.
You have many more choices than those two, but I must warn you - diapers
get ''addictive''. Many talented moms make diapers. Here is a link to a
discussion and review of many of those diapers. There are elists dedicated
to sewing/reviewing and discussing diapers.
Hi Natalie, I use cloth and wash my own, and I know it sounds strange, but
really love it. We used the service until our son was 4 months and then
switched to our own fitted diapers (the shaped ones that fit on with elastic
and velcro or snaps). I absolutely love these diapers and think they are
completely worth the substantial increase in cost. My son is so squirmy
that I'm really afraid to pin on him anymore.
There are some one-size diapers available, supposed to fit the baby from
birth through potty training. Some people love these, but I found them
insufficiently absorbant and my husband found them frustratingly
complicated. So yes, I do keep buying bigger sizes, but I am STILL
less than I would on disposables.
My best advice is for you to check out the diapering board at
www.parentsplace.com. Those great ladies are cloth-diapering addicts and
will give you more info than you ever wanted. Other websites for buying
diapers (don't buy anything you find in a store; they are terrible):
www.mother-ease.com; www.kissaluvs.com; www.cloud9softies.com;
www.naturalbabies.com. There is also a great sewing pattern available at
If cost is an issue, you can find diapers used at ebay or www.wahmall.com.
My advice with the wash routine is to keep it simple. I do a cold pre-soak
in Biz, then a long hot wash with Tide, then throw everything into the
dryer. I do this about twice a week and really find it to be no hassle at
I also canceled the diaper service and washed our own for a few years. I
found a bunch of the preshaped at a garage sale and really liked them. I
can't remember the brand name but they were made in Canada. They
with velcro and we used the plastic diaper pants with them. The preshaped
were easier than the flat b/c we didn't need diaper pins or that rubber clip
the diaper service gives you, and the diapers held in the poop pretty well.
They came with an extra pad for nighttime wear. We didn't have enought
the preshaped ones so I bought the flat ones at target. It takes a while
for them to get soft like the diaper service ones. We mostly used the
plastic clip to fasten the flat ones. I'd do two cycles for the wash, the
first with no soap to rinse, and then one with soap. I found hanging them
to dry on a rack in the sun helped bleach out stains. Overall I got used to
incorporating them with the rest of the laundry, (there;s so much laundry
that one or two extra loads didn't seem to make a difference!) but I always
did the diapers separately. Our water bill was probably higher but I
figured it was still less than disposibles/diaper service. We did use
disposibles for going out during the day and traveling. good luck!
just an addition to my message: the preshaped I bought were probably a 1
2 year size but seemed to fit her for about nine months to three years b/c
the velcro made them pretty adjustable. I plan to use them for my second
child, they held up really well. Terry cloth would probably be pretty
absorbant but for night wear I think you need something extra like a pad
double diapering the flats.
This is what we found helpful doing our own cloth diapers with our child:
-We found the preshaped ones to be less substantial and be more likeley to
-We found diaper doublers VERY effective and handy.
-We found some roll of flushable liners that we used on outings when our
child's poop became more solid. This was helpful because it meant less
to take home when out and about.
-A diaper duck was an inexpensive plastic device that allowed us to dunk
diapers in the toliet and flush and minimized hand contact.
-A diaper pail liner (reuseable and washable) was great. We just turned
the whole thing upsidedown over the washer.
-Wool soakers were expensive but worth it. They don't need to be washed
very often. Air drying really did remove smells. We only washed them if
they had poop on them or if we had gone a long long time without washing
them. We got two per size. You need to get velcro or snap diapers (or deal
with pins) to go under these.
We did our own diapers for a little over two years and are preparing to do
so again with our next soon to be born child. I'd be happy to discuss cloth
diapers further if you want to email me. Doing your own diapers is easier
than lots of people think. Hurray for you!
I recently potty trained my 2-year-old, who was in cloth diapers since
birth. We never had a diaper service, so I have ample experience in all the
things you're asking about! Here are several tips from my experience; if
want more advice, e-mail me privately.
1) Buy diapers and covers used, but get good brands. Better a quality used
cover than a cheapo new cover. You can get used diapers and covers on the
Marketplace list here, and at orangestarfish.com, and at children's resale
shops around the Bay Area. My favorite types of cover, out of maybe 15 or
I tried, were Nikky and Biobottoms. Nikkys cost $18-20 new, and
is out of business. If you can find them used, grab them! Avoid the cheapy
brands, especially Dappi.
2) Flat vs. shaped--I found it depended on the shape. The hourglass kind
never seemed to give thorough coverage, but we used them as liners.
ones that had elastic at the leg were super--very leakproof. Another
possibility is all-in-ones--a shaped diaper and cover that you take off the
baby and throw in the wash, all in one. They're expensive but very nice to
have, especially for babysitters, grandma, daycare, etc. Indisposables is a
good brand of all-in-one. For flat diapers, don't get those Gerber birdseye
weave ones they sell at chain stores; useless. Get a good quality ''Chinese
prefold,'' used or off the Internet; there are several sizes, but I got
through newborn-toddlerhood with just 2 sizes. You want thick, soft cotton
that just gets softer with washings. I've had good luck with diaper
doublers; however, by the time my kid was 18 months old, we couldn't find
any combination that got him through the night, so we switched to
disposables for nighttime only. We also used disposables occasionally when
3) Washing. My system was to have a pigtail bucket--a 5 gallon paint
with a lid that clamps down hard--next to the toilet. Fill it 2/3 full with
water and Borax according to directions on the Borax box. Rinse any poopy
diapers in the toilet, wring, and put them in the bucket. Wet diapers go
directly in the bucket. You can re-use wet covers several times, but if they
get poopy, toss them in the bucket. The Borax cuts down odors
and the tight lid keeps them out of the bathroom air.
Every 3 days or so, when the bucket is full, do a load of laundry and
thoroughly clean the bucket, toilet, and bathroom floor. Dump the bucket
water in the toilet and the diapers in the washing machine. To avoid
to wring out the diapers, I would run a rinse and spin cycle before I put
soap in for the load. Hot water, detergent, and--if there's a lot of urine,
maybe 1/2 c of vinegar in the rinse water--and that should do it. Dry in the
dryer, or--while your baby is small and the stains quite yellow--dry on a
clothesline to sun-bleach the stains. If you use a clothesline, it's nice to
fluff them in the dryer for 10 minutes before you fold them.
4) Wipes. My kid was allergic to the chemicals in wipes, so we cut up old
T-shirts for wipes and washed them right along with the diapers. My
is that if you do this, you will have less smell even than people who use
disposables, because you're not throwing poopy disposables and wipes in
Final note: I'm a huge fan of this do-it-yourself method. Not only did we
save gobs of money, but my son toilet-trained just before age 2. I'm sure
that's due to him having lifelong awareness of his urinary and bowel
movements. Also, if you plan to have a second child, your cost is basically
zero for #2. I have to admit that sometimes it was a real hassle--especially
when we had a newborn--but it just gets easier and easier. If you have any
more questions, feel free to e-mail.
Shaped is definitely easier and less bulky. My friend liked ''Rainbow
Diapers'' from Natural Baby. She used one set of diapers from birth to age
3. I tried to order some, but three months later the diapers still hadn't
arrived, and Natural Baby had nothing but excuses, so I cancelled the
I went with ''Snugglebottoms'' which are a shaped diaper with velcro
closures (very convenient when your baby is squirming!) I bought them
very nice company called Baby Bunz (babybunz.com). They ship promptly
very reasonable prices. Baby Bunz has lots of options. Heather is the
I usually talk to. She's very helpful and knows all the options.
To keep costs down, I bought 2 dozen Snugglebottoms and 1 dozen ''diaper
service flats'' (also from Baby Bunz). I use the flats as backups when I run
out of Snugglebottoms. I run a load through the wash every 3 days.
For night diapering, I use a Snugglebottom with a doubler and a knit wool
cover called an ''Aristocrat.'' The wool seems to keep his dipaer warm even
when it's damp, and it never leaks.
Baby Bunz also has the full range of Nikky diaper covers, which are softer
than Diaperaps or Gerber.
I love using our own diapers. They are softer and thicker than diaper
service diapers, I can wash them frequently instead of having a weeks
in a pail, and they wash up beautifully in the machine with a little soap
We use diaper sevice diapers, but did some research a while back on
finding/buying new wraps and came across a very helpful and
site on cloth diapering. Its borntolove.com. It will tell you everything
and more that you ever wanted to know about cloth diapering and then
It will also lead you to several WAHM (work at home mom) online
where you can purchase any and all kinds of cloth daiper styles out there.
I use the motherease system. The diapers are shaped, with snaps that
you to adjust depending on your baby's size. I had used tiny tots previously
but I found buying my own was far more economical. You can find more
information at: www.mother-ease.com. I bought the complete package plus
cover special and find that's more than sufficient. I have accumulated a
bunch of different ways to wash diapers and I can e-mail the file for you.
But basically I have two different pails for the diapers: soiled and wet.
Wet ones go directly in the wet pail. I use biodegradable liners, so when
there's poop I remove the liner+poop and flush it down the toilet and throw
the soiled diaper into a pail with water and vinegar in it. I pour out the
water and refill it after each entry of new diaper. Then when I need to
launder I dump the soiled diapers into the washing machine and put it on
rinse cycle. After that's done, I put in the wet diapers and wash with very
little ArmnHammer Free on ''heavy wash,'' plus extra rinse. I use vinegar
the rinse cycle and the dipes come out smelling nice and fresh. Every once
in a while I do a baking soda rinse -- that plus the vinegar helps balance
the pH. Also every once in a while I use Bac Out to help maintain pH and
rid of odors. Now that the weather is starting to get nice I look forward to
drying my dipes on the clothes line. For some reason I feel extra maternal
when drying dipes on the clothesline. :) The sun also is a great bleacher.
Feel free to e-mail if you have any more questions.
We use the Mother Ease (ME) one-size fitted diapers and I'm very happy
them. The diapers claim to fit babies from 8 to 35 pounds but we didn't
begin using them on our daughter until she was 12 pounds because they
just enormous on a newborn. They snap on and are obviously very
We used prefold diapers for a time as well but stopped because they would
occasionally leak or we'd have ''blow-out'' and that never happened with the
We own 30 diapers and 6 covers. They're not cheap - I think they cost $8
each. I now wash them 15 at a time (about twice a week). My daughter
outside care 3 mornings a week and we use paper diapers for her during
time. We also use some prefolds made from a gauze fabric as night-time
doublers - just fold the short way to make a long ''pad'' in the diaper.
Washing: I use a flushable diaper liner strip every time I diaper and when
there's poop I peel that strip (plus a few tissues I've used for clean up)
into the toilet and flush it down. I've been washing my own cloth diapers
for 20 months and I've never stuck my hand in the toilet (I like that)! If
it's just a wet diaper it goes liner and all into the pail. I keep two dry
pails, 1 for poopy, 1 for wet. On wash day I put all the diapers into the
washer and do a cold prewash (if the poopy diapers are really a mess I'll
put them through a seperate heavy wash cycle on cold), and then I wash
diapers twice more on heavy wash with hot water. I don't use bleach or any
wash additives except occasionally vinegar in the final rinse. You may
object to so much washing and I'll tell you ''in my defense'' that I use an
energy-star low-water front-load machine, a top-loader uses three times as
much water and may not require so many washings, I don't dunk (and then
flush) or soak, and also that I am persnickity about my diapers - they are
completely stain-free after 20 months of constant use. The diaper liners
which were washed are reused until they disintigrate. I use flannel
and water for final poopy clean up rather than disposable wipes and these
are also washed with the poopy diapers. Diaper covers (I alternate between
one on her bottom and the other hanging on a hook to air out) are washed
with the regular laundry in cold water.
I think washing your own cloth diapers is one of the best kept secrets of
parenting. I'm saving a couple thousand dollars per child this way - more
than enough to pay for my fancy washer and dryer (which I love and work
bejeezus out of). With that said - it's a lot of laundry! If you dislike
doing laundry, I don't recommend it. I started because I was thinking of
environmental impact and costs. And personally, I don't mind laundry
get what can only be called a bizarre satisfaction out of my tidy stacks of
clean, fluffy diapers. Cheers
It is sad that in America cloth diapers and products are hard to find and
only really thru catalogs. (I like http://www.babybunz.com) Cloth Diapers
are really great and I find washing my own was a very rewarding
and not at all difficult. With my son I bought some of the ''all-in-one''
cloth diapers with built in cover. I found that I was always washing the
covers anyway thanks to my son's ability to poop 5 times a day! I really
enjoyed these however they were poorly made and I had to return them
the stitching was unraveling. I noticed that they redesigned them and I
would highly recommend you try a few to see if you like them. I missed
a lot when I had to return them!
Has anyone had experience sewing their own cloth diapers' If so,
I'd love to hear specifics (where to buy fabric, good patterns,
etc.). Also, I'm considering using the ''snappi'' clips, but also
would like pattern ideas for velcro covers.
My son's daycare provider runs a company called New Conceptions,
which has a great pattern for a cloth diaper called the
PooPocket.She made a few of them for my son. They have fit him
now for ten months (8 months to 18 months); they fit beautifully
and have some kind of padding for extra absorbency. She swears
they're extremely easy to make, but lordy! I have no time to
sew! The website is www.newconceptions.com
I have made some fitted cloth diapers, using the HB-home
pattern. This pattern is meant for fleece all-in-one diapers
(not needing a cover), but I leave off the fleece and use a
separate cover. I have also used the ''Better Baby Diaper
Pattern'', which I did not like at all. You can buy everything
you need: fabrics, notions, patterns and more at
www.onestopdiapershop.com. I have ordered from them and was
very pleased with the merchandise and customer service. I am
not completely convinced that making fitted diapers is cheaper
than buying them, but you can choose exactly the fabrics and
features you want.
We are planning to use cloth diapers for our soon-to-be-born
baby (with a diaper service), but are realizing that we have
several logistical questions that I couldn't find the answers to
in the archives. First of all, is it necessary to use snappy
clips or pins with the diapers, or does it suffice to put the
diaper wrap on snugly over the diaper? Second, it seems like we
need 3 diaper pails- one for the dirty cotton diapers, one for
the dirty wipes, and one for dirty diaper covers. Am I missing
something here, or do we need all of this? Has anyone figured
out a good system for dealing with all of this in a relatively
easy, non-smelly manner? Also, we have a dog who likes smelly
things, so a secure top is an important consideration.
So glad you are choosing cloth! I know you'll get lots of
suggestions on this one, since everyone has a
favorite ''system'', but just a few ideas: If you use velcro
wraps, you won't need pins or clips. However, have a few on
hand just in case you sometimes want to go without a cover, or
if you sometimes use the pull-on covers. If you are washing
your own - not using a service - (and depending on the type of
wraps you choose), you might be able to use one pail for
everything (including wiping washcloths - much nicer
than ''wipes''). We never soaked things. If you use a service
and are washing only wraps, we found they could be washed with
the regular laundry (except the super poopy ones; these were
hand-rinsed first). I just hung them on the side of the
laundry hamper until wash day. Be sure the velcro is closed
We washed our own diapers with this method:
dirty diapers/covers were deposited in a plastic container up
high (out of dog/kid reach)until there were at least 3 and/or
until i had time to deal with them.
then, wearing dishwashing rubber gloves, i'd rinse the diapers
or covers very briefly in the toilet -- pee diapers first, and
then poop diapers. you can do about 3-4 diapers per toilet bowl
rinsed diapers were deposited in plastic filing bins with snap
on lids (available at target) filled with water and about 1/4
cup of clorox 2.
twice a week (sundays and thursdays) we'd do a load of diapers
with an additional 1/4 cup regular chlorine bleach.
we purchased about 3 dozen diapers and about 4-6 covers -- in
general, you can use a cover for at least a day if not more.
First question: you do not need pins or snappy-clips if you're
using a velcro diaper cover, though some parents I know
like the tidiness of snappy-clips under the velcro diaper
covers. Second question: we have 3 bins, a large one for
dirty diapers, one for paper trash including wipes, and one
for soiled diaper covers, clothes, changing table covers, etc.
If you don't have space for 3, you could certainly use a sturdy
plastic bag for the dirty clothes, since you won't have a very
high volume of them, and you'll wash them frequently.
We've been using a diaper service and self-purchased cloth wipes with our
15-month-old son since birth. The service gave us a snappi-clip to try out,
but we never got the hang of it. So we just use a diaper and a wrap, which
works fine for us. The wraps did get messed up almost every time he pooped
(before things ... er, firmed up), but we just bought six more wraps from the
diaper service so we wouldn't have to do laundry so often. I'm curious to hear
if people who use the snappi-clips have better luck with the diaper keeping
in the mushy stuff.
We use only two containers -- the plastic, lidded hamper that the diaper
service provides for the dirty diapers and a lidded ''hamper'' we bought for
the dirty wipes and wraps. (We also use some el cheapo washcloths to dry
his clean bum before putting on the new diaper; after we use them, the
washcloths go into the container with the dirty wipes and wraps). The
''hamper'' we bought is actually a round, lidded garbage can from Target
(~$20). It has a plastic insert with a handle that you can take out and carry
to the washing machine -- then just rinse it out. The garbage can also has
a foot-operated opening mechanism so you don't have to open the lid with
a possibly poopy hand. The lid has a good seal and we wash the stuff every
few days, so smell hasn't been a problem.
We use solely the pail provided by our diaper service, Tiny
Tots, for both pee and poop diapers in their entirety. For
breast milk alone we were able to keep the pail in the baby's
room. Once she moved onto a majority solids we keep it just
outside her room and change the deodorizing disk more often.
There is a slight odor from the disk, but not of the diapers.
For wipes, once she started on solids, we keep multiple plastic
bags in a regular bedroom trash can, tie and knot the bag w/
poopy wipes immediately and usually get them at least into the
main household garbage or out the door soon after the change.
Essentially the garbage bag in her room is replaced at least
daily. We use velcro wraps, no other closure has been
necessary. Our snappy clasps are just sitting in drawers
somewhere and they made early diaper changes considerably more
awkward before we discovered they weren't necessary!
For poopy wraps, we rinse them out immediately, and they drain
in the shower stall until the next wash. As babies get older
this happens less and less, and we use fewer diaper covers/day
provided we are vigilant about changing. The squirt bottle they
send you home from the hospital with is great for removing poop
from wraps. I've heard fels-neptha soap is good for the stains.
We used the ''snappy clip'' (or whatever it's called) at first w/
our first child and then found it is faster to just use the diaper
cover to hold the diaper in place and that worked just fine. We
have 2 containers to deal with our cloth diapering. One large bin
for the dirty diapers (we use a service) and one small well-lidded
container for poopy stuff we launder (wipes and dirty covers). Un-
poopy diaper stuff just goes with the regular laundry.
Good luck 'n' happy diapering!
Snappi clips aren't neccesary, but I would strongly recommend
them- they really help keep the poop in! They are inexpensive &
easy to use once you get the hang of them. No one really uses
As for all the diaper pails, you can definitely get away with
the one from the service for dirtys (although the dog can get
probably get into it...) & a diaper genie/champ for wipes (we
actually just use a small trash can & empty it every night- less
plastic waste). In the beginning you'll burn through covers
like they are going out of style- a bucket with bleach & H2O in
the tub at all times works like a charm. Later on, the covers
will last longer, as the blowouts will be few & far between.
One of my friends put all the diaper stuff in the baby's closet
to avoid dog mishaps & later baby mishaps.
This will definitely be a smellier endeavor than using
disposables, but Mother Earth thanks you!
We use cloth diapers (the diaper serivce kind) and snapi-wrap
diaper covers with our 6 month old. By the way, washing them
yourself is VERY EASY. Only a couple of extra loads of laundry
per week. We also use cloth baby wipes (which I soak in a
homemade wipe solution). I put the used diapers and wipes in
one ''dry'' diaper pail with a lid with a little baking soda so
they don't smell. I then wash them altogether. I put the
diaper covers in a plastic bag and wash them along with my other
laundry or with the diapers. If you use the diaper service kind
of diapers, you don't need any clips, pins or snaps. You just
fold them up into the diapers. Works like a charm!
Cloth Diapering Mommy
With our first child we had a diaper service for 2 years. With
the second, we had a service for only 3 months and we washed
them ourselves after that. I have found washing them to be BY
FAR the least stinky alternative, and the easiest too. You rinse
them out before putting them in the diaper pail, and wash every
few days. I was amazed how easy it is. Also, I can highly
recommend Motherease fitted diapers. They are a little pricey,
but are head and shoulders above the old fashioned kind. They
fit so well (and are adjustable newborn to toddler) that I have
almost never had ANY leaks, and that includes poop on diaper
covers. This has made cloth diapering a breeze. These are
available at motherease.com.
Put a piece of toilet paper in the big toilet first, then
carefully dump the poop on top of it. This works for avoiding
splashing when sitting on the big toilet as well (for children
Mom taught me well.
Use snappi clips OR diaper pins - we find snappi clips easier to
use and that they do a good job. The cover itself will not hold
the diaper in place well enough to control leakage. We have a
diaper pail for the diapers themselves. We toss used wipes in a
small box (about the size of a wipes container) and empty it
every few days. We rinse out diaper covers at the end of the
day (just to rinse off any urine residue) and hang them in the
bathroom to dry overnight. We launder them about once a week or
so. Any that are dirty (poop) get cleaned with water and hand
soap immediately and then put in the bathroom to dry - but then
tossed directly into the laundry hamper rather than back in the
rotation. Hope that helps.
We EC (use Elimination Communication) but did do cloth diapers
with the first 2 with a service. I simply placed all diapers in
the service bag and left them with the service. If you're doing
diapers at home (we use cloth wipes and pads instead of TP and
Kotex) what I find/found (with diapers) to be the least amount of
work was to use the 5 gallon buckets that Costco detergent comes
in for wipes/diapers, wash once in cold with detergent and again
in cold with Dr. Bronners peppermint soap, then hang to dry.
I never used snappi clips, but simply brought the diaper
(prefold) around the baby's bum to the front and kept in place
with a velcro cover.
Since you're not yet doing diapers, why not check out EC? I did
it with my last two and would never go back to diapers.
We have been using exclusively cloth diapers, with a service,
and are very happy and committed to continuing (our baby is now
8 mos.). Things do not need to be so complex. We have one big
pail, which was provided by the service; it's basically a white
plastic garbage can with a flap-type lid (I would ask the
service if they have experience with dogs, or if they can
recommend a pail with a special closure). This is the only
thing we use you could call a pail. We then have a small
garbage can, which sits next to it, into which we toss the
cotton balls we use instead of wipes (cheaper and easier on the
baby's skin, plus no chemicals or perfumey smells; we dampen
them with water from a squirt bottle). As for covers, we rented
newborn covers for the first 6 mos. and are now using our own.
Ours are synthetic, with velcro closures; we just fold the
diaper and set it inside (no pins). My sense is that this is
how most of them work these days, even the fancier ones (wool,
organic cotton, etc.). We haven't needed a pail for covers
because if the diaper is only wet, we reuse the cover; if it's
poopy and it gets on the cover, we take it straight into the
bathroom and rinse it in the sink and, if it is necessary (if
there's poop on the elastic) apply spot remover, and leave it
to wash whenever.
Covers are where you will have the most variation. We rented 8
covers for the first 6 mos. and are now using only 4. Consider
these variables If a natural material (wool, cotton), they are
going to take longer to dry, and you may want more; If you have
a washing machine and are willing to let them accumulate (which
we don't, and so haven't been), you may want more; Age (if you
have a newborn, he or she is going to poop 10-12 times a day
for the first 6 wks.; so, with a younger baby, you may want
more; by 3 mos., our baby was only pooping once a week; we felt
silly even with 8 covers on hand during this period.
If you were to find the smell a problem (which we really
haven't; perhaps with the dog...), Ecobaby sells some natural
deodorizers which sound convincing.
At the risk of sounding overzealous, I have found cloth
diapering to be much, much easier than I had expected.
Obviously the dog is a special consideration. But if/as long as
the baby is breastfed, no human being would ever know there
were dirty diapers in the house (and ours is not a house, but a
very small apt.).
There is a welath of information available from cloth diapering
users (in-the-trenches experts) on the diapering message board
of mothering magazine. go to www.mothering.com and click on
discuss, then go to the ''Diapering'' section. There are literally
tens of thousands of posts about people's favorite diapers,
diaper washing ideas and strategies, best places to buy, company
reviews, etc. Its an amazing resource!
Cloth Diaper Beginner
We have used cloth diapers (and a diaper service) for our twins
(boy and girl) for 2 1/2 years now. When they were newborns,
folding the cloth diaper in thirds horizontally and putting the
diaper inside a diaper cover was sufficient. As they got
bigger, we switched to larger diapers and a different
technique. We twist the diaper over the crotch as we bring it
up through the legs, and attach it with a snappy clip. Then put
a cover over it. This was recommended by our diaper service
newsletter, and it really works. Makes a little ''pocket'' to
catch pee or our son's anatomy. I highly recommend Motherease
diaper wraps (Rikki style). Available on the web at
Motherease.com. More expensive, but worth it.
We only use two containers. One diaper pail, which is provided
by the diaper service and has replaceable plastic bags and a
mini-deoderizer sticker. When you take off the diaper, it goes
immediately into the pail, without rinsing. After a week (or
with twins, after 3-4 days) the pail is full and you replace the
plastic bag (put the full one outside, tied and ready for
service pickup). Wipes go in a covered trash can, also with a
plastic liner so you can dump it fairly often. Slightly wet
diaper wraps can air-dry and be used again. Really wet ones go
into the laundry hamper (OK, I guess that's three containers).
Poopy diaper covers go immediately into the bathroom sink where
they are rinsed off, and then hung in the shower until added to
Hope this is helpful... It really isn't as daunting as it
I'm looking for recommendations for brands of cloth diapers -
there's a bewildering variety of them. Bummis, Kooshies,
Nikki's, Babykins, Indisposables, Cuddlers, Kissaluvs,
Motherease - just a few of the names I've seen on the internet.
Also, are there any places to buy these brands, or are they just
available through the internet? I've checked the website too,
but wanted more product comparison type feedback. I've had a
diaper service in the past, but am thinking of doing the wash
myself this time around. thanks.
Hi there, I also use home-washed cloth diapers on my 13-month-
old and love it. The wash routine is no trouble -- about twice
a week I dump my diaper champs into the wash, do a cold
soak/prewash with Biz, run a hot wash with detergent, then
everything goes into the dryer.
You will quickly sort out your own preferences, but here are
mine: fitted diapers during the day (I greatly prefer Kissaluvs
over Motherease) covered with Alexis Featherlight pullon
covers; FuzziBunz stuffed with Joey Bunz at night, and Bumkins
all-in-ones for the sitter and the diaper bag.
For more information than you could ever want, check out the
diapering board at www.parentsplace.com. Other sites for you:
www.kissaluvs.com; www.weebees.com; www.motherease.com;
http://store.naturalbabies.com. You can't buy the best
diapering products in stores; you have to go online.
I think you'll find that the wash is no trouble at all, and
washing your own allows you to choose something more convenient
than a prefold and saves the $16/week for the service.
I'm glad you're thinking of using and cleaning cloth diapers for
your child! I do not have a diaper service, and disagree with
the previous responder who questioned why you would want to do
this! It's not that hard to take care of the diapers and this
way, you have the comfort of knowing what exactly was used to
We have used chinese prefolds (the kind of diaper that diaper
services use) and Nikky polyester wraps since my son's birth 15
months ago. I find the chinese prefolds (which I got online) the
most absorbant- we use a double diaper at night and have never
had leaks. The Nikky polyester wraps are breatheable (important
for boys!) and very stretchy and keeps messes in. As for
All-In-Ones, we have used Kushies all-in-ones with little
pleasure. They do not seem to hold that much, and leak often.
We only use these when we run out of clean or dry prefolds
(rarely!). I have, in a pinch, used them with a Nikky cover over
them, and this seems to help lots!
Good luck with your search and email me with any questions if
Hi, I missed the original posting, but wanted to add my two cents.
We just switched to washing our own. On the advice of several
people here, I purchased some Sandy's mother ease diapers. They
are totally great, they don't leak and they fit well. I also got
some kissaluv fitted diapers and they also work really well. We
had a little trouble at night as it takes several washes for these
diapers to work up to full absorbancy. I just used the prefolds
for the first month or so at night..
I did a test last week and found that the Kissaluvs and the
prefolds will hold about the same amount of liquid, the Sandy's,
not quite as much, so now at night I either use a fuzzi bunz cover
and a prefold or a kissaluv and a piece of polyester fleece (Like
the fuzzibunz, but I bought it and cut it myself) and this works
really well to keep the moisture away from my baby's skin.
Sometimes I also use a doubler at night.
Be forewarned, not all your covers will fit over the fitted
diapers. The mother ease covers do, but the are poofy and look
lumpy and I won't buy more when I need the next size up.
The Bumpy imse vimse is my favorite right now, The prowrap
classic worked fairly well at first but I'm having more trouble
getting total coverage now even tho it should work for another 5
lbs of baby, some part of the diaper sneaks out around the leg
unless I have it centered just right which is not so easy with an
eleven month old! Good luck! Washing your own diapers is not too
much work and it is satisfying to use something well made.
ps I also tried a fitted diaper without snaps and don't bother.
There is a huge selection of cloth diapers, covers, and all-in-ones at
www.orangestarfish.com. I have bought twice from the site in the last two
months and been pleased with the results. The diapers are inexpensive and the descriptions (written and jpeg photos) are accurate. Some are new, but most are used.
The selection is weighted toward newborn and small sizes, as usual--people
seem to give up after a few months--but I've found what I've needed in large and toddler sizes, too.
Two other sources for used cloth diapers online are www.ebay.com and
www.wahmall.com. WAHMall is a site devoted to selling the creations of
work-at-home-mothers. There are new and used diapers and covers
available, and some of the moms have on-line instock stores attached to
the site with new items. I have never bid there, but I know a lot of
people who have. Feedback seems to be generally great, keeping in mind
that it is an auction site and you need to check the feedback of the
seller before bidding.
We are expecting another baby in a few weeks. After growing tired of
paying excessive sums for disposable diapers, with the last child we
decided to try cloth diapers. Disposable diapers are definitely a
negligible improvement over cloth and primarily play on the squeamish
factor present in many new parents.
Unfortunately, we went shopping for cloth diapers last weekend, but
could not find any in the appropriate size. Wal Mart (we tried three
different Wal Mart stores) had a scant few in 14x20 and 27x27, but
none in newborn sizes. Can anyone recommend a retailer that carries cloth
diapers? We also tried Long's and Walgreen's.
Thanks for your help.
I don't know about local retailers, but I know that The Natural Baby
Catalog carries a number of different styles of diapers, diaperwraps, and
combination styles, in a wide variety of sizes. My OLD catalog lists their
phone number as 800-388-BABY.
Good luck! (July 1999)
We bought cloth diapers from ABC Diaper Service in Berkeley. They
have a variety of sizes, from newborn to toddler. I think they were
$1.50-$2. each. We bought 30 when our son was in his 2nd year of
diapers (after a whole year of regular diaper service) and that held
us over quite well until he potty trained at around 3 years old.
From: Susan (3/99)
Here are the names and numbers of some great companies w/ soft
diapers. We ordered our son's through babyworks but they are prefold.
they have various kinds though. It's a great, small personable company.
call for a catalog. some of the places listed have inexpensive samples so
you can try diapers out before buying by the dozen.
Babyworks: environmentally kind baby products: 1800-422-2910 (they list one
diaper called unbleached flannel no-folds)
Simple alternatives: simple things for special babies: 1800-735-2083
(carries barefoot baby diapers that i believe are non fold.)
Hindercovers: organic products for mom and baby, that nurture the body and
Snugglebundle: bundle, bootom and layette products for the environmentally
responsible baby: 1-413-525-1972
From: Kristi (3/99)
Regarding the very soft diapers. I bought some very soft flannel diapers
to use as burp rags. They were quite large and not pre-folded. If this is
what you're looking for you can buy them at Cotton & Co. on College Avenue.
I think they come in bags of 6 and feel like a well worn flannel shirt.
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