Cloth diapering is a theory that I came around to skeptically. I just didn’t want to do it. It sounded gross and like a whole lot of extra work, and I just wasn’t interested, but after some research(on my part) and persistence(on my husbands part) I eventually came around to it and I’m so happy I did.
There is no one tried and true formula for cloth diapering. You just kind of have to do what works best for you and for your family and after some trial, error and a little careful tweaking you’re bound to come up with a mix that’s just perfect for you, your baby and your lifestyle.
So today I share with you our family’s cloth diapering recipe.
First let’s start with the ingredients. Everything you need to cloth diaper the India’s Roses way!
- *18 FuzzyBunz One Size Pocket diaper (comes with 2 cloth inserts per diaper) I’ve also had success with Go Green Pocket Diapers which are much cheaper
- *36 Prefolds(Infant size 7-20lbs)
- *5-30 cloth wipes (depending on how often your baby poops)
- Biodegradable laundry detergent
- Diaper Bucket(we use a trash can with a removable bucket like you might use in your kitchen)
- Air Deodorizer (to hang on lid of diaper bucket)
- Wet Bag (optional for when you don’t want to take the diaper all the way to the bucket)
Start by properly adjusting your one size diaper for your baby’s weight and size.
Lay the diaper flat (fuzzy side up) and place a prefold folded into thirds or two cloth inserts on top of the **diaper cover and fasten it to your baby.
If your baby pees in the diaper simple remove the soiled prefold or insert and replace it with a new one, and fasten the diaper right back on your baby. When the diaper cover becomes wet from a few usings replace it with a clean cover. (By using the same cover more than once we are able to save money and water by not using as many diapers.) When our daughter pees we don’t worry about using a dampened wipe which helps us avoid chapping from being wiped down to many times. I also believe it’s good to leave as many of the natural oils on the skin as possible to help prevent diaper rash.
In the case of poop start by wetting 3-4 cloth wipes before you even remove the diaper. Take off the diaper clean your baby up with the wipes and secure a fresh cover and filling. Rinse the poop from the diaper and add to your bucket. Now I’ve found that when the poop is big the diaper leaks, but from watching my friends who use disposables on their children, this is true of ALL diapers, and at least with cloth you’re already washing poop things and you can just throw the soiled pants right in with the diapers.
For diaper washing we use laundry detergent (a little less than recommended for load size) and ½ cup Borax for the first wash cycle followed by a second full wash cycle with another ½ cup Borax and no detergent. You can either dry your prefolds and inserts in the dryer or on a clothesline, but I recommend line drying your covers so as to avoid accidentally melting them on the high dryer setting you will most likely use for everything else.
This system works wonderfully for us, and though we did have to fork out a few hundred dollars to get ourselves started, but we don’t have to continue to spend money on ***diapers which is so wonderful. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will be happy to answer them.
*Adjust depending on how often you want to do laundry; we do laundry about every 3rd day.
**We use FuzzyBunz instead of just regular diaper covers because I’ve found that the extra fleece lining prevent leaks when it comes to heavy wetting.
*** We do use Earth Best and Seventh Generation disposables when we travel because you never know when you’re going to have a washing machine to use, and I found carrying around a big bag of dirty diapers in a hot car to be a little more than I could handle.
Thanks so much for reading!