That’s right… You read that correctly! We do use cloth diapers. We have been using cloth diapers since Munchkin was born over 3 years ago! You might be intimidated by cloth diapers. But they are not at all like they used to be! I don’t use pins or even fold (though they are both still options).
I have about a 6 or so ‘cloth diaper converts’ and this is the information I have provided them as the crucial must- know before you start. Cloth Diapers are more of an initial investment but they quickly they pay for themselves. Also, they can be resold. Yes, I said resold! You can’t resell a disposable diaper now can you?
Cloth diapers save you quite a bit of money in the long run. Here is a great resource to compare. This is pretty accurate info about the cost. As I mentioned you can resell the diapers when you done using them. There are online resources for selling them, as well as consignment sales!
Now realize just as one brand of disposables doesn’t work for ever baby nor does every brand of cloth work for all.
We used these for Munchkin and Peanut. We had about 20 and this works well during the newborn phase. We washed about every 2 days and found this to be good!
It is very important to know that when you decide to cloth diaper you need to make the switch to cloth diaper friendly detergent. You should no longer use softeners (for any laundry) or dryer sheets. They both cause a build up on diapers causing stink issues and leaks!
Here is a great site to look at the rankings of detergents. We use Country Save and have no complaints!
OK so here is the part everyone wonders about… POOP! If you are breastfeeding exclusively than you can just wash them. Breastmilk poop is water soluble. Formula and solid food poop is not. You need to make sure you get the majority of it off the diapers before washing them. You can use liners, flick it in the toilet, scrape, dunk, or use a sprayer. Or even a combination of the above!
We also use cloth wipes. It makes it much easier once they are used I throw them into the pail with the diapers. Any of the wipes work well… or if you want to be really thrifty you can buy flannel cut into squares and fold! We have an assortment of wipes that we got w/packages of diapers we bought.