Wanted: Cloth Diapering Advice

We had a lovely in-home consultation from a cloth diapering service in our town, but after crunching the numbers ourselves (and not just blindly reading the estimated cost savings in the diaper service pamphlet), we realized that using a service would be quite a bit more expensive than buying disposables. We want to cloth diaper for more reasons than just cost, though, so we have decided to go with option #3: cloth diaper without using a service. Option #3 means we need to do our own research and supply our own materials, so I am seeking advice from anyone who has experience with cloth diapering. Some of the specific things I would like to hear about are:

  • Where you buy your cloth diapers (used from online groups, new from certain stores, etc.)
  • Your top 3 brands and why (I understand that every baby is different and therefore everyone will have different favourites, but the “why” part of this question is of particular interest to me)
  • How many diapers/covers and how often you wash
  • What is your diaper changing system like? E.g., where do you put the dirty diapers (wet bag, pail of liquid solution, etc.)? What is your on-the-go/diaper bag changing experience?
  • Do you mix disposable and cloth, and why?
  • Do you use cloth wipes too, why or why not?
  • Do you use flushable liners, and if so, when did you start using them?

Any any other general CD advice is welcome, too!

Thanks cloth diapering mamas!

11 thoughts on “Wanted: Cloth Diapering Advice”

  1. We cloth diaper with prefolds using a service, so I can only address some of your questions, but here goes: We use Rumparooz brand covers (snaps, not velcro). They’re not the cheapest, but they have a double gusset at the leg that has saved us from disaster on more occasions than I can count. The sizing is great and much more flexible than their counterpart, Thirsties. Plus, Thirsties have a white border on them that stains like crazy. (I did buy 3 pairs of newborn size Rumparooz when C was tiny because they just fit better at first.) For many months, we used cloth exclusively. It wasn’t until she started sleeping longer stretches that we were having trouble with her SOAKING her diapers, so we’ve started using a Pampers Baby Dry at night so we don’t have to change her in the middle of the night. I didn’t have it in me to bother with cloth wipes, although if I was washing my own diapers, I probably would have. Rather than use cloth, I bought these wipes on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Medline-Ultra-Soft-Disposable-Cleansing-Cloth/dp/B0054JESY6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage) that are dry and I just wet them with water and kept them in an OXO weighted wipes dispenser (http://www.amazon.com/OXO-PerfectPull-Dispenser-Weighted-Plate-/dp/B0067GKHVS/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1461605283&sr=8-1&keywords=oxo+weighted+wipes). I didn’t see a need to be using the chemicals in normal wipes on her sensitive baby parts.

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  2. We started with a service for the first three months to give us time to get adjusted. I’d HIGHLY recommend this if you can (we were able to register for some months of service, which helped!)
    We purchased most of our diapers and covers from a local store than has since gone out of business 😦 BUT, most of what we got is available online. I like Green Mountain for online things. We have primarily used sweet pea pre folds and covers, gro via covers with inserts, and some rumparooz pockets that we got second hand, which we often now use with a prefold in addition. We are not into All in Ones – they take waaaay too long to dry and don’t feel like they save time for us (we bought one to try, not impressed.) The other things that has been SO helpful is using wool covers for nighttime. We have the grovia wool cover, but we got them second hand from a BST group on facebook, and I think they don’t make them anymore. Wool covers are AMAZING – you can use them over and over again (as long as they don’t get poo on them) without washing because of how wool works. HIGHLY recommend! We use them overnight and also during the day when we might be out.
    We do about 80% cloth, 20% disposable, and that fluctuates based on who he’s with, if we are out, etc. We don’t travel with cloth, and often opt for a disposable if we’re out for the day.
    We use a wet bag in a plastic pail, and wash 2-3 times per week based on stinkage/number of diapers. We wash in hot water and always hang covers to dry to keep them good longer, and we often hang the diapers outside as well.
    We do use cloth wipes – I just cut up old flannel receiving blankets into squares and we use a wipe warmer filled with water and a few drops of dr. bronner’s baby soap and some lavender EO.
    We don’t use flushable liners, never saw the need to. Until they start solids, the BM poo is water soluble so you can just throw them in the washer and not worry. From about 6-9 months, when he was eating solids but still mostly BM, the poos were goopy and gross – so we bought a toilet sprayer that worked really well for us. Now, though, his poops are usually solid and formed enough to just plop them into the toilet without the sprayer. We keep it for the times when things are a little more disgusting!

    I’m happy to answer more Qs as well! We’re at 13 months cloth diapering and I LOVE it! Ansel has NEVER had a diaper rash, which I think has a lot to do with the cloth diapers.

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    1. Thank you! I am making a big document of all the advice I receive and your comments filled that document up a lot! I will probably have more questions for you as I sort through the info.

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  3. We cloth diapered from day three of J’s life. We’ve tried Bummis, Thirsties, Rumparooz, Motherease, Gdiapers, Flip, bumgenius, and Grovia. (Crazy, right?) We bought a lot of them secondhand (or new, but on Kijiji). Have also bought from thrift stores (bible for missions often has them), snuggle bugz, once upon a child, cozy bums, amazon… We have a lot of diapers. 😳

    When J was really little, a prefold in a newborn/small bummis cover or a Thirsties was the best thing. The ‘one size’ covers that are supposed to fit from 8 lbs up were huge and unwieldy until she was about 12lbs. The newborn covers were great and totally worth it – she wore them for about 3 months, and I think we spent about $80 on the covers and 30 prefolds. We also used cloth gdiaper inserts, and those were great for the first few months – and now we use them as doublers.

    My favourite diapers now are Grovia covers with inserts. They make snap-in inserts that aren’t bulky, and now that she moves a lot when we change her it makes things easier to have pseudo all-in-ones (actual all-in-ones take forever to dry and are expensive) so we can get a diaper on her before she escapes. They also fit the most trimly (finding pants that fit a short baby with a giant fluffy bum is a challenge!), the elastics don’t cut into her, and they wash well.

    For nighttime, we use a bamboo sandy’s/motherease fitted with a cover – either Rumparooz, Bummis super whisper wrap, or a wool cover (I made a bunch from sweaters). We change her once in the night. She’s only leaked a couple times, I think when she’s fussed so much that her diaper shifted! I love the motherease fitteds that are one-size (8-35lbs), with a wool cover, but they are pretty bulky. But they absorb well and stay in place.

    We use a wet bag (you sort of need two, so that you have a place to put diapers while you’re doing laundry) and a regular stainless steel garbage bin. We sometimes use disposables at night or on the go, but more for her comfort than for ease-of-use. We use cloth wipes except when we’re out. They’re nicer on her skin, and she has never had actual diaper rash. We do diaper laundry every other day – three days is a stretch, they get stinky. I’d say 24 inserts with 8 covers is plenty for washing every other day. Oh, and we use Nellie’s laundry powder, it is great.

    Yikes, long comment, sorry!
    We cloth diapered from day three of J’s life. We’ve tried Bummis, Thirsties, Rumparooz, Motherease, Gdiapers, Flip, bumgenius, and Grovia. (Crazy, right?) We bought a lot of them secondhand (or new, but on Kijiji). Have also bought from thrift stores (bible for missions often has them), snuggle bugz, once upon a child, cozy bums, amazon… We have a lot of diapers. 😳

    When J was really little, a prefold in a newborn/small bummis cover or a Thirsties was the best thing. The ‘one size’ covers that are supposed to fit from 8 lbs up were huge and unwieldy until she was about 12lbs. The newborn covers were great and totally worth it – she wore them for about 3 months, and I think we spent about $80 on the covers and 30 prefolds. We also used cloth gdiaper inserts, and those were great for the first few months – and now we use them as doublers.

    My favourite diapers now are Grovia covers with inserts. They make snap-in inserts that aren’t bulky, and now that she moves a lot when we change her it makes things easier to have pseudo all-in-ones (actual all-in-ones take forever to dry and are expensive) so we can get a diaper on her before she escapes. They also fit the most trimly (finding pants that fit a short baby with a giant fluffy bum is a challenge!), the elastics don’t cut into her, and they wash well.

    For nighttime, we use a bamboo sandy’s/motherease fitted with a cover – either Rumparooz, Bummis super whisper wrap, or a wool cover (I made a bunch from sweaters). We change her once in the night. She’s only leaked a couple times, I think when she’s fussed so much that her diaper shifted! I love the motherease fitteds that are one-size (8-35lbs), with a wool cover, but they are pretty bulky. But they absorb well and stay in place.

    We use a wet bag (you sort of need two, so that you have a place to put diapers while you’re doing laundry) and a regular stainless steel garbage bin. We sometimes use disposables at night or on the go, but more for her comfort than for ease-of-use. We use cloth wipes except when we’re out. They’re nicer on her skin, and she has never had actual diaper rash. We do diaper laundry every other day – three days is a stretch, they get stinky. I’d say 24 inserts with 8 covers is plenty for washing every other day. Oh, and we use Nellie’s laundry powder, it is great.

    Yikes, long comment, sorry!

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      1. Ooh, you should try it! I like it because it breathes, and so the diapers underneath get less stinky. Also, because it’s more flexible, I can tell if the diaper is wet without taking off her pants (apparently this is a knack, because Di still can’t tell).

        Basically, I just air the cover out between uses if it gets damp, and wash it if it ever gets actually peed/pooped on (but really, I’ve just dealt with pee because the fitters hold everything in well, and these days J mostly poops on the potty). When a few covers are in need of a wash, I wash them with a mild soap (usually dr. bronner’s), squeeze them out and set them aside, then fill the sink with very hot water and a small dollop of lanolin. Then I put the covers in and stir them around a bit and let them sit for a few minutes so that the lanolin adheres to the wool. Hang ’em to dry, and then you’re good to go!

        It sounds like a lot of work written out like that, but it’s actually pretty quick… and infrequent, like every couple weeks (though we have a lot of covers).

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  4. Such good advice in the comments!! We’re wondering all the same things. We’ve bought 12 newborn prefolds and about 5-6 used newborn covers just to get us started. We might grab another pack of prefolds if the first week(s) go well. After that, we’ll start sampling bigger covers to see what fits/works. We luckily have a children’s consignment store nearby that often has covers and stocks a handful of new cloth diapers. I intend to try rumparooz, gro via, and maybe one or two others to start. Craigslist near us always has TONS of used diapering supplies, so I’ll probably be shopping on there quite a bit.

    Also, I’ve read RAVE reviews about wool, if you can find them!

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  5. Where you buy your cloth diapers: We bought our fitteds either online or used if we can find them and our pockets mainly from a local coop.
    Your top 3 brands and why: We love fitteds. We use GMD workhorse and I love them because they work well, they have decent resale value, and it wasn’t much more expensive to buy organic. We use mainly rumparooz covers which I love for the double gusset and they have worked from newborn to now 29 pounds which is great. We liked best bottoms for this reason too but they did not last as long with big diapers. We tried other we did not like as well. We use pockets out and about and at daycare. We use Alva, Sunbaby, and some Fuzzibuns. The Alva and Sunbaby have lasted better and are cheap. Splurge for Charcoal Bomboo inserts if you do pockets. They don’t get as stinky as mircofiber and hold their form better than hemp or just bamboo.
    How many diapers/covers and how often you wash: We have about 18 fitteds, 6 covers, and 30 (?) pockets. We wash every other day to every three days. We always have clean diapers.
    What is your diaper changing system like? We put dirty in a wet bag and keep a wet bag in the bathroom for rinsed poop diapers (you won’t need this until solids.) Diaper bag involves diapers, smaller wet bag, cloth wipes, and a spray bottle.
    Do you mix disposable and cloth, and why? A lot of people like disposable for out and about and nighttime. We used them for exactly 48 hours of our child’s life when he was hospitalized at 15 months and then while we stripped all of his diapers after that. It’s not that hard to cloth all the time and honestly, I hate the way disposables smell and look.
    Do you use cloth wipes too, why or why not? Yes cloth wipes! It is way harder to not use cloth wipes because you need a separate place to throw them away. We do keep disposables on hand though if something gets super gross.
    Do you use flushable liners, and if so, when did you start using them?: We use reusable liners at night and only those because our kiddo sleep better dry and they keep him more dry. I much prefer just getting a bit more intimate with a diaper sprayer than flusable liners. If you do use flushable liners you won’t need them until kiddo starts solids – every poop before that can just go straight into the washing machine.

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