Can't wait to hear all about it! Well, almost all about it. You know what I mean...
Sounds like a great plan. I use disposable right now too.. but I have always wanted to try. Maybe with my next baby. I am glad you are a newbie.. then I know where to start as well. Now is a good as time as any!
I've never used cloth diapers, but many of my friends do and they love them. I think your attitude is great- it might be hard (especially at first) but it is well worth it. I've been wanting to switch over now that my baby is older, and bumGenius is supposed to be the best. They are so cute, too!Good luck!
Good luck, Steph! I truly admire you're decision. I thought about it with Mia, but just never got around to doing. I guess I was just a little lazy. I can't wait to read and see more about your new adventure. I'm sure everything will be just FINE! And you're totally right, Ivy is 100% worth it ;)
Oh good luck to you! I'm not brave enough to try it.
Yay! We've cloth diapered for about 1.5 years now. I think it's a lot less work than I expected. It wasn't really hard at all. I would suggest that you look into a diaper sprayer. Some people say they're not necessary, but we've LOVED ours. :-) Cloth diapers are soooo adorable, too. Have fun and be sure to ask if you have any questions. There are tons of people who can help you.
Good for you! I just started cloth diapering my six month old three weeks ago. I'm using prefolds with Bummis and Thirsties diaper covers. So far I love it! I hope it's a great experience for you!
Yay for you! I started cloth diapering earlier this year when my second was nearly 2 and showing no signs of potty training readiness. I started with prefolds and covers for him with a few AIO's. I have to say that it wasn't nearly as hard as I envisioned - especially the AIO's.#3 was born in September and with her I'm using prefolds with covers at home and Thirsties AIO's when we're out and I'm loving it. I suggest using a dry pail method and definitely use one of the detergents that is recommended by the manufacturer. I have a cute wetbag that I ordered from www.petunias.etsy.com that I keep in my diaper bag.Happy diapering!
yay, yay, YaY!! that is AwEsOmE!! i have cloth diapered all four of my kiddos~ the last 2 we haven't used disposables at all, even when traveling!! we use cloth wipes and a reusable wet bag too so we have absolutely no diapering waste :) my girlfriends and i sew diapers, covers and wet bags... i might just have to get a little welcome to CD'ing gift together for you, mama!xo,erika
I love cloth diapers! We have used them from the first day home from the hospital with my 8-month old daughter. We personally use a diaper service, which makes it really easy-- we just wash the diaper covers. I highly recommend www.greenmountaindiapers.com as a source for information and supplies. I don't think they sell the BumGenius brand, but you might get adventurous and want to try other types once you get used to it. Great decision, and good luck!
I think you will do your best and thats allll that counts as mothers to young children we just want the best for our kids i wish you alll the best and i am here to fully support you in this journey..
I'm so proud of you! When I first tried it with Elizabeth, I forced myself to commit to it for two months, because that's how much of the diaper budget I'd spent to get started. By the end of the two months, there was no going back for us. She had fewer rashes & it wasn't as bad as I was afraid. It's so easy to cloth diaper now-a-days! I just ordered my first BumGenius 3.0's this week, too & can't wait to try them out. I've registered for more for Baby #3 due in April.
Hmm... make sure you have a pail or hanging wetbag to store the dirty diapers. I used a garbage with a lift out inside (you know the kind... the fancy ones that don't show the garbage bag?) with Clark's diapers, and now I use a hanging pail from Leslie's Boutique with Alice. It even looks super cute in her room. It's really not that much harder than using disposables! Until Ivy starts solids you don't even have to do anything to the poopy diapers, just throw them in the washer and go. Also make sure you use a cloth diaper friendly laundry detergent. I use Purex Free and Clear and it has never given me a problem. That's all I can think of off of the top of my head... high five for cloth diapering!
Cloth diapering is wonderful!! This is my fourth baby and first one we cloth diapered. I knew nothing when we began and I just learned as we went--and still learning after 7 months! We love it and I think you will too. If you have any questions you can email me and from my limited experience I'll try to help.
You are going to love it! Ivy is already insanely cute, but seriously, cloth covered baby bottoms are ridiculously cute. Luke was about 3 weeks old when I first got him into cloth, and I'm hoping to get this next one in even sooner. Do you have a hanging wetbag for the nursery? It makes cloth so much easier.
Kudos to you! Dave and I wish we had at least given it a try with Caleb being our last baby. A good friend of mine uses Bum Genius diapers and she says they're the best! Good luck to you on this new adventure, you'll be great!
Cloth is cool!
I think you'll really like it! We switched to cloth when my oldest was six months old and started from day one with the youngest. It felt like a lot of work at the very beginning, but now it's no big deal at all. About as much work as loading/unloading the dishwasher. About 1/2 our stash is bumGenius--they're very user-friendly.Good luck!
You know, I don't think it's all that hard. For one thing, I never run out of diapers in the middle of the night the way I did occasionally (all the time) with disposables! ;)The only brilliant tip I can think of is this: if your diaper pail starts getting stinky (usually about the time the baby starts eating solids, IME), get Bi-o-Kleen Bac-Out and squirt it on the wet/dirty diapers before you toss them in the pail. Bac-Out is amazing stuff.
Good for you Steph! I wish I were able to do it, so much more enviro friendly, I just know because of a ridiculously strong gag reflex, I can't. I'm sure you will do great at this, just as you have conquered so many other things! Way to go!
I'm really interested in cloth nappies (as diapers are known to Aussies), maybe you could start with an explination of terms? Because I'm reading the comments and they seem like another language!
You amaze me! Good for you for wanting to try this. I really believe it will work and save you lots of money. I remember back in the old days people who used cloth diapers had those massive diaper pins and I always worried about sticking the baby. My, have they come a long way! Ivy's bum will be the best dressed around. You have my support!
That's great! Keep us updated. I haven't used cloth with my son, but am planning to switch when I have my next. Hopefully you'll have lots of advice for me :)
How coincidental! I too am looking into cloth diapering for the first time and am having a hard time coming to a decision as to which kind to buy. I am really leaning towards Bum Genius 3.0 one size but am not 100% yet.
I love cloth diapering! I have fuzzi bunzs and love them. The hardest part for me is remembering to was the diapers when I only have a few clean ones left! :)
We've been doing it with the twins we're fostering (its my first time with coth too). Its been going good so far, we just went with the chinese prefolds and the proraps. Even with two it hasn't been that bad or that crazy, don't listen to the naysayers :) Its worked out to be a load of laundry every other day (a load that is EXTREMELY easy to fold and put away which for me is most of the battle).
Yay Steph! I am going to cloth diaper when Alexa makes her grand appearance in April! I still have not decided between the BG 3.0 One Size or the BG S, M,L sizes and Fuzzi Bunz. I can't wait to hear about your adventure and learn some stuff too!
I think this is so neat! We recently decided that we want to get going on cloth-diapering too, hopefully sometime in the next few months. Please be sure to update all of us with how it's going and all your pointers! And good luck- I hope the transition goes as smoothly as possible!
Good Luck! Andrea has some good experience w/ cloth diapers. :) I'm sure she'd love to answer any questions, plus she's blogged about it. (and frequently has giveaways for this on her contest blog;)http://www.mommainflipflops.blogspot.com/
We LOVE cloth diapering and wouldn't do it any other way. You made a great choice! It is not as hard as everyone makes it out to be.
I have used cloth diapers and I am still using them at times, I think they are quite okay to use, no problem there!
Congrats and welcome to the world of cloth diapering!!!! I LOVE using cloth - so much that I started my own cloth diapering business! (Shameless self promotion - www.punkerdoopsdiapers.com) :-) But, my advice is to just experiment with a few types of diapers and see what works best for you. I LOVE Thirsties products - their covers NEVER leak. They also make a great All-In-One Pocket which is nice that it has built in absorbency plus a pocket to stuff extra absorbency. FuzziBunz are also a really nice quality product. Oh, and a DIAPER SPRAYER - what a great investment! I use a Sigma Sprayer - works great and can also be used to rinse your toilet when you clean it! :-)Also, don't be discouraged or confused by all of the washing recommendations. I use Tide and I know a lot of other mamas who think Tide is the best at getting the diapers super clean. But, just remember there is some trial and error in starting your washing routine - try to start with about 1/2 your normal detergent amount then go up or down - it will all depend on the hardness of your water. I get great results using 1/4 cup vinegar in my extra rinse - helps ensure that the rest of the detergent is totally rinsed out.Well, I could talk for hours and hours about cloth, so I will stop! But, once again WELCOME - you will love the way little Ivy's bum is going to look - something so adorable about a little colored cover on a baby bum! And, feel free to email me any time with any questions!!! I would be so glad to help! You have helped me with babywearing, so it is the least I can do!Love,Amber
love cloth here way less work, smell and trash!!!!
Awesome! We didn't cloth diaper our oldest (who's 5yrs old now), but we're cloth diapering our youngest (9wks old). I LOVE it! We got them through the Green Mountain Diapers site (GREAT service!). I use flat diapers with Mommys Touch One-size covers. It was WAY cheaper for us that way cuz we won't have to buy new diapers every time she moves up in size.I thought it'd be a ton of work, but it's not really. More than disposables, sure. But it's easier than I thought and it's good for baby too!
Kudos to you. It's not for me but I thinkn that it's great that you are giving it a try!
Good for you! I have thought about it for this baby...and I might just give it a try. I obviously don't have tips since I haven't done it but I'm excited for you.
Good for you! I've never cloth diapered, though I've wanted too, I have no tips :)
Bravo to you! I am going to post this week about my adventures in cloth diapering -- will let you know. About three months ago we too decided to cloth diaper ... baby number 6 is due in February and we already have two in diapers ... it just makes sense. We have found it so easy, of course getting into a routine and learning has been a process but I find it much easier. I will share some thoughts this week all about cloth diapering ... starting tomorrow!! So stop by and see how our journey has gone and I do have some links on my blog and would love to share other links!Best of luck!
Oooh good. I have been thinking about this myself so I am going to let you go first and watch and learn over the next few weeks! Perfect.
Yipee!!! I've been doing it for 6 years and love it. My favorite soap for washing dipes is Charlie's. It is cheap and one scoop does a load of dipes.I do a dry pail. Get a mini shower for the side of your toilet. It's great when she starts solid foods and you can just rinse off the gross poops.I also love motherease diapers and my prefolds with a good snappi!Let me know if you have any questions :)Oh, by the way, GOOD FOR YOU!
Good luck! I can't wait to follow your experience. I've given cloth diapering consideration but haven't been brave enough to try it yet. If you could please stop by and read my latest post I would really appreciate it. I know you are super busy but the post is something that I feel strongly about getting the word out on. Thanks!
It's less work than you think, you'll be able to do it, no problem. I use Fuzzi Bunz for my 5 week old and 2 year old. I do use disposables for church, I don't want to ask the nursery workers to change a poo 2 year old cloth, that's gross!The laundry really isn't too much work. And the cuteness is totally worth it!Enjoy!
Good luck! You can totally do it. It's just a different rhythm, that's all.I used gDiapers with Corinne, which has similar qualities in that I needed to wash the covers, liners, etc. and still needed to do the preparations the night before.It's a bit more planning, and a bit more washing. But honestly? My kids disposable diapers leaked JUST as much as the cloth covered ones did, so I was still scrubbing poop, even with disposable diapers!I understand the excitement over it. It's weird, that diapering can get you so excited, but it does!Good luck!
How exciting!! I love, love, love cloth diapering. I was actually really surprised by how easy cloth diapering really is. You'll do fine. Do be careful about the detergent you use. The wrong detergent really can wreck your diapers. Good luck to you. You'll do just fine.
Oh, yeah, you're going to love all of the cute cloth diapering accessories out there.
Just wanted to wish you luck with the cloth diapers. Don't use them personally, but have had families I've babysat for use them. They actually used a diaper service. The problem that they had was what ever cleaner the diaper service used, cauled her daughter to get a yeast infection. Just wanted to give you a heads up! Again good luck, I be thinking of you when you are going through this experience! :)
It's about time! ;)I've been using cloth since my oldest was a baby. And I have 4 in diapers right now. It's not hard! Or maybe I just don't know any better!
I've never used cloth diapers before and always wanted to. I wasn't brave enough like you! Can't wait to see your adventures in cloth diapering!!! Ooh a new blog title for you...hehe
We've been using cloth diapers since August (FuzziBunz) and we love it! We really don't find it hard or that much extra work at all! Good for you!
We started using cloth diapers on our three and a half month old about a month ago. Bum Genius are very popular. However, we found that pocket diapers were not a favorite of ours. We prefer prefolds with thirsties covers. We tried pockets (but not bum genius) at first and were very discouraged. So, my advice to you is even if the bum genius are not a favorite of yours try a different type of diaper. We love using cloth, so good luck to you.
I don't have kids but I have researched a lot of different things so I am a little prepared. I found this site and it looks helpful: http://www.ultimateguidetoclothdiapers.com/index.html
Like I said on Twitter - I've tried 'em all. I'm always available to answer questions/troubleshoot for ya!
Kudos, Stephanie, on cloth diapering! We do it too, and LOVE it!!! I use bumgenious and fuzzibunz. I like them both, but lean toward the fuzzibunz after using for 10 months. I use some prefolds as well when hanging out at home!As for tips, sorry if I repeat what others have said, but I didn't have time to read all the comments...My tips after cloth diapering for 10 months.... 1. follow the washing instructions carefully. (I use Charlies Soap. Cold soak/prewash with a 1/2 scoop Charlies, hot wash with a scoop of Charlies, cold rinse x2, dry. I also use a 1/2 cup of bleach one time per month. I didn't want to do bleach at all, but after a few months it became necessary. :( 2. make laundering part of your daily (or every other day) routine, just like eating supper! I wash, dry and stuff the pocket diapers every other night so that they are ready when the next day gets busy. 3. Use a diaper sprayer that connects to your toilet. Those things are awesome!4. Don't use traditional diaper creams... they cause the diapers to wick. I found that you can use Burt Bee's or olive oil. I also purchased a homemade baby balm made from infused olive that's good for all skin, not just bottoms!I wish you the best on this journey! You CAN do it... and it's worth it!!!!!!
Hi. I've been using CD for about 3 1/2 years now (not all on the same child. Since the oldest was 4 mos.) And have to disagree with what you said in the video about it being hard. It's SO EASY once you develop a system for it!! I've heard poor things about the BumGenius diapers and they weren't around yet when I got started, so my friends who did it used Fuzzi Bunz so that's what I got. I currently have 2 in dipes and am working on potty training the older of those 2 so I wash dipes every other evening. I have a kitchen trash can with an XL bummis bag as a liner. (I recommend 2 small bummis bags as wet bags for your diaper bag.) I use these to catch the poo and flush. (Breastmilk poo can go in the machine.) http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?products_id=702 I dump everything into the machine and then do a cold rinse and then a hot wash with a little detergent. And then the inserts into the dryer and hang the outer part of the diaper and bags. And then stuff them sitting in front of the TV with some wine. ;) It feels strange to use a sposie now! I love using cloth and DH was wary in the beginning but after a few mos he totally got the hang of it. And I'm partial to Cotton Babies for supplies. http://www.cottonbabies.com/index.phpThe owner was still working out of her basement when I started CD was extremely helpful. She's great! And the inventor of BumGenius! Plus I like to support local, small business. HTH. -Emily in StL
Sorry. I don't know how to hyperlink. The liners that I use are the Imse Vimse flushable liners. I prefer them over the Bummis bio soft ones.
Hi Steph. I didn't read thru all your comments so I don't know if someone already posted this or not, but you MUST buy a diaper sprayer!!! It made my life so much easier. You take dirty diaper to the toilet and spray it off as well as you can, then toss it in the dry diaper pail until you're ready to do a load of diapers. Simple as that. I got one off of ebay but you can also purchase them at www.diapersprayer.com. For a list of cloth diaper terms go to: http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?cPath=57&products_id=243
One more thing!!! I almost forgot! Two amazing resources to buy and sell diapers are www.diaperswappers.com and www.diapertraders.com. Watch out though, it's addicting. You can purchase everything there from cute diaper covers, wet bags, pail liners, rash creme, etc! You have to check it out!!!
Yay!!!!!!!!! We love our cloth.I've been using cloth on my 20 month old for almost a year now (we started last Christmas day!) and my 4 month old since he was 4 days old :) It is SO fun - and so addicting, lol :)
Good on you!It's nowhere near as difficult as some make it out to be. In fact it soon becomes 2nd nature.My little piece of advice is liners. I use liners about half the time, when I know poops are on their way.
Woohoo, that is fantastic!!! I have used cloth with my last three babies and have tried LOTS of brands and BumGenius are my favorite!!! They truly are easy as pie to use. The only issue I have had at all is that we have very hard water and for some reason at first I would get stinky dipers even after they were washed when I used the detergents recommended for them. I have since switched to plain old Tide and every once in a while I just wash with a teeny squirt of Dawn detergent and they do great now. Remember you only need about 1/4 of the amount of detergent you would usually need for cloth diapers. I just do one wash with detergent in hot water and one rinse. When I use the Dawn I throw in an extra rinse to make sure it all gets out. This works wonderfully for us! I wish you the best. I think you will do just fine!
Yay! I'm so glad you've decided to switch :) I'm planning on using cloth for our new addition from day one if possible.Like some other commenters said, it is sooo easy! No more running out of diapers and having to run to the store. Just toss them in the washer :)You are going to get a ton of confusing information about washing, but it doesn't have to be that difficult. A lot of people mess around and get problems with stinky diapers (think ammonia smell). Here's how you can avoid that. Do a cold rinse FIRST with 1/2 cup white vinegar. Then do a hot wash. You may or may not (I almost never did) need a second cold rinse, but most people waste a TON of water when they wash their diapers, and that's totally not necessary.I have used Bum Genius, but it was the 2.0, not the 3.0. I always had trouble with the velcro not sticking to the laundry tabs, and then I would end up with a long chain of diapers. I think they have fixed that problem with the 3.0, but here's an AWESOME tip that I got from someone just recently, that makes all the difference!Buy some velcro, just the soft loop part. Cut pieces that are big enough to cover the tabs. Stick them on just before you throw the diaper in the pail/wetbag. You will never get a diaper chain this way! It also helps your diapers look new waaaay longer.I also recommend a hanging diaper wetbag instead of a pail. I always hated washing out the pail, and a bag can just be thrown in the washer with your diapers. It's very handy to have 2, since they last longer when you air dry them.Oh yeah, the Bum Genius diapers will also last longer if you air dry them. You can dry the inserts in the dryer though, with no problem.I also recommend checking out diaperswappers.com but be warned! It is very addicting, and can also be VERY confusing at first, since there is so much information.You can also ask me questions anytime :) I've been using cloth for about 1 1/2 years now, and I've tried just about everything!
Yay!!! Cloth diapering is GREAT and it totally is not that hard. I promise. If you need any help just ask. I LOVE it and I also love to help. I have a bunch of info over at my blog. I have like three seperate posts on it but they are all listed in my left column under my Posts Worth Highlighting and I also have a Word doc that I can e-mail you which I wrote up just for beginners. Let me know if you want it. :) GOOD LUCK!! It's so worth it!
Congrats to you on making the big jump!!! I am finally ready to make my big CD purchase with my new baby, too. I finally have a washer and dryer of my very own to make it worthwhile. Thankfully, I am involved with the best AP playgroup with mamas that have used every type of CD under the sun. I was able to try some out with my toddler before she potty trained. I absolutely loved the Bum Genius diapers and plan to buy their AIO's for my newborn as soon as she hits 10lbs and can fit into them.While they are a lot of work, it really is not overwhelming. Just make washing them a part of your routine. It really won't seem like that big of a deal at all. I can't wait to read more about your experience with CDing. And you are right, Ivy is sooo worth it.
Good for you! I have a friend who uses Bum Genius, and she loves them! (She's using them on Baby #2, so they must work!) I used disposables with my daughter, but I've learned a lot since she was born. I will certainly use cloth diapers in the future!
Good for you! My SIL just started with baby Boo. I am very excited to her yours and her comments. I am tempted to try, but would rather someone else take the plunge first and tell me how it goes! That is awful, huh?! :)
Hey! I just started cloth diaper too! We got our bum genius ones from mom4life.com and I LOVE them. I got about 20 diapers (since I have two that will be using them) and then about 30 inserts so I can skip a day of washing. I also got 2 large wet bags for JR's room, and 2 small wet bags for Little Dude (since JR will use more than Little Dude) one small one that stays in the car, one small to hold two clean diapers and one small to put a dirty one in, both that will stay in my diaper bag. I also got the bum genius diaper sprayer and I LOVE that too. I did all the math, and cost wise, even though up front bum genius is more expensive, over all it turns out being the same as the prefolds and covers because you have to keep buying new sizes of all those (and they are a ton more work, I tried those for a short bit and it was a little annoying) Way happy with the bum genius and happy we made the switch; we have already made back our money from not having to buy all the disposables we were going through.
Yea! I am so happy for you to come to the other side. I swore I would NEVER cloth diaper and used all of those arguments about water and energy to clean...blah blah blah. And then I saw a friend using cloth diapers and realized it is not that much work. I tried it and love it. It saves money, the earth, and is just downright adorable on the babies! Just a warning, it is addictive! You start wanting to try all of these different types and styles -especially with a girl! We use lots of types, but BumGenius and Haute Pockets are my favorites! Go to http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentbasics.htm#Washing%20Soda to help with how to wash them based on your washing machine and water. I would say figuring out how to wash them is the hardest part, because it is different for everyone. But once you figure that out it is a breeze! Can't wait to read about it!
As someone who successfully did the keto diet for two and a half years, I don't think you'll find cloth-diapering so bad. I found it easier to stick with one or two types of cloth diapers, so you're not forever matching liners and shells. I also used a dry pail, which was less work and not as heavy to lug around. Some of the diapers did end up staining, but I figured if they were clean, I didn't care that they weren't super white. Line drying in the sun can help whiten them up. I used to use a wee bit of oxygen bleach to ensure I killed all the germs because our hot water isn't hot enough (we turned down the tank to save electricity and prevent scalding) -- yes, even though most places tell you it will shorten the life of your diapers. I just found it helped with preventing diaper rash.One resource I found helpful was diaperpin.com. They have reviews of different diaper brands as well as instructions for washing, recipes for bum cream, sprays, DIY wipes. (I ripped up an old towel and used a spray bottle to dampen the cloths -- wipes were simply washed with the diapers.)Finally, when I first started cloth diapering Jade, I used to stack them all nicely in a basket at the change table when they were freshly washed. Later I realized it was much easier to just use a large basket and leave them in a jumble. We used diapers that had snap-in liners so I didn't have to match them up, but even if I'd had to it would have been easy since there are the same number of diapers and liners.You've already got almost 70 comments that I haven't read, so I may just be repeating what others have said. You must have a hard time just keeping up with your blog comments! It's one of the reasons I don't comment on every post you make. :)
We cloth diaper and LOVE it!!!
WOOHOO! I think that you will be very surprised at how easy it is once you get into it. really. OH, and you will LOVe to see that little cloth diapered bum! Don't be surprised if she goes up a size in clothes, though, since cloth usually adds some bulk. I've never used BG, hopefully they'll work well for you. I think that they'll be a good intro and maybe you'll get sucked into it. ;) It can be incredibly addicting.Good luck and I can't wait to follow your story!
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