January 9, 2009

Totally Bummed




It's been a little over two weeks now that we've been cloth diapering and I love it.

I think I still might be in the honeymoon period, as it's new and fun and the diapers are oh so cute. But I do hope it lasts!


I can't say that I suddenly feel better as a person for being more environmental friendly or crunchy or anything like that.




To be honest, by the fourth kid I was just finally tired of that plasticky crinkly diaper and all the leaks (and I really all this time thought that cloth diapers would be the worst with leaking and have to say that not once! have we had a leak and last night when I had her in a disposable, she leaked!!)


But, it is a great plus that I might be doing something more eco-conscious and better for my baby at the same time.

So, I started off with the Bum Genius 3.0 pocket diapers (pictured on Ivy) that are one size- they adjust as baby gets bigger thanks to snaps on the cover and insert. I love these. They are by far my favorite so far to use and clean and change and for her to wear. I bought 6 at first from Cottonbabies and then ordered a few more through Mom4Life because they had a big sale.

If you don't want to wash diapers every single day you'll definitely need 10 or more of these diapers- at least that's my experience with a 3 month old.

In between using the Bum Genius I also use unbleached Indian prefold diapers with a Bummis Super Whisper Wrap or Thirsties cover. I started out trying to use a Snappi to hold the prefold in place but then lately have just been laying the prefold in the cover's pocket and it's stayed in place just fine. I think this is easier clean up, too. I am not sure how long it would stay in place, especially once she starts moving around. Then I might have to go back to using the Snappi. I bought all these items from Jillian's Drawers and I have to say that they have great service as well as the best instructions with how to care for your diapers- all brands and kinds and etc. I found that incredibly helpful.

I use a very large wet bag in our bedroom that I got from Monkey Foot Designs on etsy. I got a matching one for my diaper bag and it's worked great even when we're out. I do prefer using cloth wipes as well- which can just be simple washcloths or my favorite Bummas. I have a small spray bottle in our room made of a solution of baby wash, water, & a little olive oil. You can also add essential oils to fragrance. For my diaper bag I have a small squirt bottle of the wipes solution along with the cloth wipes. Of course in a pinch water works great! And, I still keep Seventh Generation disposables on hand but have only used them maybe three times in the last two weeks. I mainly just keep a few in the diaper bag just in case.

When I was starting out I have to say it was extremely overwhelming, but now it totally all makes sense. I think I had my diapers almost a whole week before I began using them because I was so scared about washing. It's so much easier than I thought.

I do keep the instructions right there on my dryer just for quick reference! I run them in a cold rinse first, then wash hot with a cold rinse after. And I heard some people do a warm rinse at the end instead of cold, so I might try that next wash. I also wash the Bum Genius & covers separately from the Indian prefolds. I started off using Charlie's Soap but it irritated Ivy's skin. I tried All Free & Clear and have since completely become hooked on Maggie's Soap Nuts!! That is my favorite!

I wanted to say thank you for the crazy cloth diaper love so many of you have and all the wonderful tips you shared. And a special thank you to my friend Erin who literally held my hand as I placed my orders! (On twitter she's swonderful - she's a great follow.)

So, there you have it. This is how it's going and like I said, I love it. I might even say that they make me happy. And these days I am all about what makes me happy.

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54 comments:

  1. Isn't it great? I'm totally looking forward to cloth diapering again this time around. With our last baby our washer/dryer went on the fritz right before he was born, so I just never got in the swing of it. But this time, I can't wait. It really is easy once you get used to it--and best thing, you never have to run out for diapers late at night!

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  2. I am so glad you love it!!! That is so weird about the Charlies, it has never irritated my sensitive skin family. If you want, I'll buy it off of you. Nothing worse than getting stuck with something you're not going to use.
    Hang onto those snappi's, you'll want them when she starts moving around for sure! :)
    She's a doll!

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  3. she's so cute! I'm glad you're loving it so much. :) check out BumWear if you ever want to buy more. RIDICULOUSLY cute and they perform great! just a note though: All Free and Clear (any free deterg, from what I've read), can cause a buildup on your diapers which in turn can make them start to stink. then you'll need to strip them which is a pain. Check out Bioclean's powdered detergent. (their spray is great too!) it might be a lot milder than charlie's soap. I now use it for all our laundry. best wishes and happy diapering!

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  4. Thanks for sharing that want to try out bum genius. For now we have no washer and dryer yet, (SEARS is sending it over in FEB!) so don't want to use cloth diapers until those are installed!

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  5. Ivy's pic was so distracting. I can't even begin to read your posting without looking at her over and over again. This is my favorite picture of her! She's so happy, comfortable, and content! "You're such an awesome Mommy" is exactly what she's saying here. :-)

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  6. I'm glad you love them!!!!

    I use cloth diapers since Rebekah was born and now with our new baby Sarah (So they are both on cloth) and I still am in the honeymoon period of just totally on LOVE with cloth!!!!

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  7. I'm so glad you're loving it! Ivy's chubby thighs look gorgeous in the pink cloth. I always thought cloth would be worse with leaking, but like you, we only ever had leaking issues in disposables. I think if more people knew that, they might be more apt to give cloth a try.

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  8. First time visitor, here, Stephanie. Your daughter is one word...ADORABLE!

    I'm a fellow (and fairly brand new--8 months) cloth diapering and babywearing mommy. I also use the Bum Genius (pocket and organic AIO) and LOVE them. Like you, I experience more leaking with sposies than with cloth. I've also been told by my cloth diapering friends that Country Save is also a wonderful detergent that prevent wicking and buildup...just something else to keep in the back of your mind. :-)

    Glad you are enjoying cloth diapering. It's a little bit more laundry but it'll put a little less trash in your garbage can and a little bit more money in your wallet.

    PS. There's a cloth diapering secret (that you probably already know)...but if your diaper comes out of the wash with a poo stain still on it and you *dry* it in the sun that the stain will disappear (particularly with breastmilk poo). The sun is a fabulous stain remover!

    Sorry, I got a bit carried away and left you a novel-like comment. ;-)

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  9. Stumbled upon your blog today and remembered I had bought several cloth diapers before Belly was born, then got overwhelmed with being a mommy of two and shoved them to the back of a drawer. It's time to take another look at those.

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  10. That's great Steph! I really wanted to do cloth diapering, but my husband was worried about Mr. Washie. Maybe (maybe!) someday we will have another one and I can try then!

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  11. OMG...she looks so much like Dayna's baby pictures...

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  12. I'm glad it is going well! We are a few months into using them and the love for it hasn't worn off yet. Just earlier I stared to run out, so I washed some-no rushing to the store anymore! whoo hoo!

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  13. Woohoo! I'm so glad it's working for you! Now don't get addicted :)

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  14. YaY! i am so glad it is working out so well for you :)

    charlie's is a problem for a lot of cloth diapering families. i think it may be the coconut oil that babies bums are sensitive to. you can use it on your other laundry-- it is great stuff! it just seems to cause a reaction when the diaper is peed in... weird! you might also start having build up problems with the all free and clear so be careful. a lot of the detergents are super concentrated these days... great for shipping and packaging, but not so great for cloth diaper laundry. lmk if you decide to cross over to the crazy side and start making your own detergent *wink*

    xo,
    erika

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  15. Glad you're enjoying it! They definitely look cuter than the disposables. I loved Corinne's bright diapers...

    She is getting so big! Love the smile.

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  16. Very cool! I am so glad that this is working for you and your family. I must admit they look TOTALLY different than when I babysat for a kid years ago who wore cloth diapers!

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  17. We have been diapering for about four months and I too am wondering why I have not done it before now! But am so glad -- I finally gave away our stash of 'just in case' disposables!

    I personally love the prefolds and covers and really love wool covers -- as I could not afford too many of these new, I bought several on eBay and now started making some (even me who can not sew, can do it) I bought several wool sweaters at the thrift shop for $1.00 each and can make three (1 long, 2 short) from each. And they are all so cute on little ones!!! My three year old loves his Cashmier pants that I made him!

    Oh and Ivy is sweet as can be!

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  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I can't wait to try cloth diapering our next baby...which by the way, is another girl!!!!

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  19. yay for cloth! the fact that they don't leak is yet another great benefit:)

    (ivy is such a great name!)

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  20. Your baby is so cute!!! I also use prefolds and covers, Bum Genius, and Fuzzi Bunz. The next diaper I want is an Imse Vimse snap all in one, because my daughter has learned to undo velcro! Autumn has sensitive skin, so I began making my own detergent and it works extremely well for us and many others. If you want, I'll send you a sample to try (FREE). Just let me know. Shanell
    http://earthbabyboutique.etsy.com

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  21. Wow- those bummas are a great idea! I am about to go buy wipes again...almost used a whole case again...but I may get some of those instead!

    Also, I wanted you to know that I nominated you for a fabulous bloggy award over at my place: http://ceaselesspraises.blogspot.com/2009/01/guess-what.html

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  22. Ivy is adorable! I considered cloth diapers so many times, but never took the plunge. I guess it isn't too late...

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  23. WooHoo! I am so glad you love it. I am a huge fan of the one size BG, too. I can't get into the prefolds, though. I can't tell you why, but they just don't work for me. Oh, and we also had issues with Charlie's Soap on my middle daughter. I use the All free and clear, too. Great product at a great price. Like another commenter mentioned, though, the diapers may start to stink with it and have to be stripped. I haven't found that to be a huge deal, though.

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  24. I'm enjoying cloth diapering, too, much more than I ever thought I would. Ivy looks precious in her cute little diaper.

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  25. I am SO glad that you are loving it. I've been doing it for a long time now and I still love it! Keep it up :)

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  26. Good for you. Maybe I will look into it. I am pretty lazy though. Gah!

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  27. Yay! I am excited to hear how well the diapers are working for you. I am purchasing 12 Bum Genius 3.0 (one size) and my big concern is that they will be bulky. Have you found to be bulky at all? Ivy is the cutest by the way! Thanks for posting!

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  28. Elizabeth got some of them for her 2nd birthday tonight & she exclaimed about the pretty colors just like she did about the toys! I like that when she's potty trained, I can use these for the next baby! I've been using the homemade detergent with our diapers & have no problems. Had to use disposables a few days this week & she got a rash with the disposables!

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  29. Good for you! I was too chicken to do it with my first, but maybe next time around...

    Ivy's picture in this post is just hysterical! It's like she's smirking at you for taking her pic in a diaper!

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  30. P.S. You should join the Green Goal Challenge at Crunchy Domestic Goddess.

    Here are my green goals:
    http://dundeewriter.blogspot.com/2009/01/green-goodness.html

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  31. Fabulous! I'm so glad you love it! When I started cloth diapering, I too was pleasantly surprised by how well they hold leaks. They totally outperform pampers!
    A little tip: As Ivy gets older you might notice the bumGenius inserts retaining smell. A little oxygen cleaner does the trick. I use Nellie's.

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  32. hmm.. interesting. I will have to think about this for my next one. I do want to keep hearing (uh, reading) about this, so keep us up to date, please.

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  33. I'm so glad you love it! It's really kind of fun.

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  34. Good for you for going cloth. I did it 4 years ago and will never go back. your are right. It is so easy but for some reason we have been programed into thinking it is difficult. It's really not!!

    my kids hardly ever get diaper rashes.

    I am a fan of fuzzy bunz...and anything that snaps. I discovered that anything with velcro sticks to everything and tend to tear at the material after a while.

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  35. hello! You have encourged me to use my cloth diapers. I have been a bit intimidated and have waited until the pooping slows down. Will is now 3 months old as well and I have been thinking about starting. Do the one-size fits all seem bulky that they leak?, or do you prefer those over the indian prefolds. I bought both. Also...how does your husband like it? Mine does not want anything to do with them.

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  36. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for posting this. I will be cloth diapering this little one as soon as he/she comes in April and I have been so confused on which ones to use. I am excited to cloth daiper so thank you for this post.

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  37. A low cost, green eco friendly, healthy natural way to do baby diapers and clothes is to make a homemade liquid from soapberries which grow on the Chinaberry tree and have been used for thousands of years. They work very effectively.

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  38. This post made me smile, Steph. I love seeing others fall in love with cloth diapering.

    We recently went through a huge issue in which we found out the LB is lactose intolerant. Let me tell you that no cloth diaper could have held some of those awful bowel movements. Just trust me.

    Keep on enjoying. The honeymoon period does end eventually and you will think, if only once, "Do I really have to do laundry today?" But those thoughts are fleeting. :)

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  39. How great that cloth diapering is off to such a good start for you! I totally agree that cloth performs much better than disposables.

    I had my middle child in Bumgenius for two years, and I loved the fit but they were falling apart by the time he turned two. I maybe wasn't careful enough with them?? But the fuzzibunz held up just fine.

    So have you looked into knitting some wool covers? I'm eyeing a pattern for some wool longies for my little guy.

    Ivy's pic is just adorable, as always!

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  40. Ivy is getting soo big! :) She is adorable..she has that same sparkle in her eye that Gray does.

    Hey, do I remember you posting something about a baby carrier cheapcycle type of thing?? or something like it?? I am in desperate need of a few Mei Tei's for when my new baby arrives (July). I gave away, or loaned out all of mine.. and I'm freaking out.

    Please email me if you have any info or suggestions..

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  41. Glad you are enjoying the cloth diapers. We love them too. We use prefolds without a snappi too. Although we do have some because I too wonder if we will need them when Baby Sister starts crawling (she scooted across the floor - almost army crawl style - the other day). It is funny how much people who cloth diaper truly come to love it. Baby Sister leaks out of disposables too. Although, not at nigh and we do still use disposables at night. Considering switching though.

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  42. I have been using the BumGenius one size diapers since Oliver was 3 months old. That was over 2 years ago and I still love them! I use them on Wyatt now, too. They are still my favorites, even after trying a few other brands.

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  43. oh, could you do a post chronicling what you've spent/saved to switch and just how exactly the washing works? i'm considering cloth for the next and would love to hear more about your experiences... the pooping weirds me out mostly! LOL.

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  44. Aren't cloth diapers great? We used disposables on the first 3 and cloth diapers for the last 3. The cloth diapers were such a much better experience for us and the babies. We also saved a ton of money.
    I love my www.bellabottoms.com. I get the terry cloth ones and they are wonderful.
    Good lcuk with the diapering.

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  45. I'm so happy for you and a bit jealous. I was so excited when I attempted cloth with Julia, but I made the mistake of buying tons of one type and then not liking them and giving up.

    These days I literally cannot even keep up with my regular laundry, so I'm still doing disposables.

    But it's funny... b/c I am jealous... but I still know that I won't be making the switch. Sigh. I feel like a terrible earth killing mother... but what to do... At least I am doing better about trying to cut down on paper towels. Baby steps right? LOL

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  46. I totally feel the same way. We use Bum Genuis as well. Once I'd gotten started with them it was such a piece of cake! They are cute (Cotton Babies has new bold colors), easy and feel sooo good. I kinda feel a little proud of myself for using them (eco-friendly). My only regret....? Wishing I could buy some pink ones too! ;) (Better be careful what I wish for.)

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  47. I'm glad you're loving cloth diapering! I use BumGenius as well as Chinese prefolds, and I always feel so great using them. We have recently had an ongoing bout with thrush and I used disposables, and it felt so wrong! I do use disposables at night with Libby and Hudson both, though. Happy cloth diapering!

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  48. I know cloth diapering can be addictive, but I just had to throw out there that Bamboozles are really great, absorbent diapers that fit a really wide range of babies all the way through toddlerhood. It's probably our favorite diaper, and we've been CDing since Gabe was born (17 months). :)

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  49. Steph, so did you get the diaper sprayer? You may not need it right now because she's breastfed, but as she moves into solids the cleanup becomes increasingly messy! lol! I also used All free and clear to wash my diapers. I installed a drying rack on the wall that pulled out so I could let my dipes air dry, it's supposed to keep them waterproofed longer. I can't speak from experience here. If you ever use pockets the inside becomes sticky when you use the dryer and it makes it hard to stuff. Therefore you should air dry pockets for easy stuffing. If you want to save money for all your diaper laundry I would recommend making your own detergent using equal parts of Borax, Washing Soda (baking soda will work), and Oxy Clean. Works like a charm!

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  50. I am curious how she is liking the cloth... you hear stories about babies having a preference over the type of diaper.

    I am planning on starting cloth in the next couple of months, the cost has me delaying. I actually bought enough pocket diapers to get me started, only my 10lb baby outgrew them before we ever really got started :-(

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  51. All Free and Clear is not recommended for cloth diapers, it will give baby a rash, and may not come totally out of your diapers I've heard too! Eeek! Can you find Purex Free and Clear? That is an inexpensive, very easy to find detergent that works well for babies and diapers! Also, I second the choice for soap nuts! They are awesome!

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  52. Love bumGenius... Also use haute pockets. FYI, if your diapers start to smell funny, it might be the all free and clear. I used that on them for a while and it seemed to build up a smelly residue. I now use Allens Naturally and love it.

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  53. hi!

    i am considering getting into cloth diapering for my newborn, but i'm a bit worried about all the products, extra laundry, and transition.

    i'm also a new babywearing mama

    :) thanks for the post/info!

    jen

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