Monday, June 8, 2009

My Cloth Diaper System

I have posted several times about cloth diapering. However, I wanted to go into a little more detail about the I use process- so here it is!

I currently use Bum genius one size and Bum genius AIO (all-in-one). I am trying out Grobaby cloth diapering system as well. I would like to use a cloth diaper with snaps but Eliza is way too wiggly.

I keep my cloth diapering supplies in my downstairs bathroom. I have a little garbage can I use as a diaper pail. I have been meaning to get a pail liner, but have been a slacker. I have never had a problem with odor. I spray my pail and wipe it with a cloth wipe every other day when I do a load of diapers. Then I throw the wipe in with the diapers.
In one basket I have diapers, inserts and doublers. In the other basket we have E's trainers (she calls them undies) and cloth wipes. I make my own wipe solution as well. I keep that in spray bottle in the the bathroom too.


Like I said above, I usually do a load of diapers every other night. It definitely helps to have more diapers. I need to make sure I have enough diapers to last me while the other ones are drying. This hasn't been too tough lately because with potty training E only wears a couple (2-4) diapers each day. Most of the time she has been waking up from her naps dry so I am able to reuse that diaper again later.

Sometimes I dry them in the dryer and other times I put them on the drying rack. I would love to have a clothesline because the sun would do a wonderful job of drying and bleaching the diapers. I make do with a drying rack and a window. I am trying to use the diaper rack even more because I think less drying will help to conserve the Velcro. I am currently waiting for Velcro replacement kits (FREE!) for my Bum Genius so I can revamp them for baby #2.
If you cloth diaper you must use a detergent that will not harm the diapers. I have used Allen's Naturally and Planet Ultra and they both worked extrememly well. There are quite a few that are OK to use and it is really an individual preference. I also use cloth wipes and they are washed along with the diapers. The entire process is really quite simple.
My one pet peeve is that I can't find great cloth diapering products ( diapers, wipes, detergents, pails, pail liners, etc) at major stores like Babies R Us & Target. Target carried Bum Genius for a little while but I haven't' seen them in a while. Unfortunately, these companies do little to promote cloth diapering even though it is becoming a more popular diapering choice. The current economic state has actually sent cloth diaper sales soaring- even used diaper sales. I would estimate that disposables- at the very least- cost about $1,500 from birth to potty training. I have defnitely not spent that much on cloth diapering. Additonally, cloth diapers can be reused with siblings or resold at site likes Diaper Swappers.

6 comments:

Jinxy said...

I'm going to start exclusively cloth diapering my daughter with Bum Genius 3.0 and a few Applecheek pockets.
I use cloth wipes but haven't found a good wipe solution. What do you make?

Amber said...

Can't wait to get going with CD'ing with the new baby!! I have BG and my free Gro Baby, too!

E is waking up dry from naps?!?? That's VERY encouraging!!

Beth said...

I hear good things about Bum Genius. I'm hoping we get some as shower gifts. That's a good system you have. Do you have a special system for your diaper bag as well, since they take up more room than disposables?

Marcy said...

Do you rinse the diapers/wipes out before putting them in the pail, like when they're poopy? Does your washer handle the mess ok? I doubt I could ever convince the hubby to cloth completely over to cloth, but I have been considering trying out cloth inserts for D's gDiapers... (especially since they'll be coming out with their own brand soon!)

Missy said...

I was annoyed with the fact that the major chain stores do not sell cloth diapering products too. I figured that at least Babies R Us would - I think ours just had a tiny rack of basic cloth white diapers and a few pins, but that was it. I had great luck with http://www.babycottonbottoms.com
They had good prices and a flat $5 shipping rate which was nice.

Andrea said...

I love cloth diapers. :) And I love reading about how other people do cloth diapering too!!! So thanks for sharing.