Re: cloth diapering
posted at 3/17/2011 9:20 PM EDT
I did not cloth diaper, but a friend who did sent me this informative email when I was pregnant. (this informative email actually scared me off cloth diapering -- it sounded like a lot of work)
Covers: Bummis Super Whisper Wrap
Flat prefold diapers
For nighttime I use two flat prefolds (one a smaller size) and a fleece liner/doubler with the regular cover. If the liner or doubler is really thick or the baby isn't a heavy nighttime wetter you could just use one flat diaper with the doubler.
I haven't used Cotton Babies, but this is the diaper pail we use:
We line the pail with one of these bags (extra large):
We have two bags so we can wash one along with the diapers. We use the small bag to tote dirty diapers, wet clothes, etc.
I don't soak the diapers, just throw them in the pail. It doesn't stink at all. (Before the baby's eating solids, you don't need to do anything special, just wash it all off because the p**p is so loose. After you can just dump the p**p into the toilet first.)
I wash the diapers twice a week like this: one cycle in cold water with a little bit of Target baby laundry soap, one cycle in hot water with a regular amount of Target baby laundry soap, and then a second rinse cycle. I dry them on hot or hang them to dry.
I had to buy new diapers for DD, but I think that if I had line dried them, they would have lasted longer.
I wash the covers separately with Target baby laundry soap on delicate in warm water and air dry them. You don't have to wash them every time -- just air dry them -- wash them when they get stinky or soiled.
For wipes we use small squares of towels we cut up with a spray bottle full of something Darrell mixes up (has dr. Bronner's soap, water, a little tea tree oil, a little aloe juice, something else ... I can get the recipe if you want it.) They go in the diaper pail with the diapers.
When we're out for a long time or traveling, I use whole foods brand disposables with their wipes. Amazon has a subscription service with really good prices on 7-Gen disposables but they are made with wood pulp and I found that they gave DD a rash. Other people I know use them with no problem.
Some babies don't like to lie down for diaper changes when they get bigger -- I bought some Kissaluvs fitted snap diapers at that point with pull-on nylon pants so I didn't have to struggle so much. They are expensive but I bought seconds from the manufacturer.
Too much information? If you need more, there is a great website called diaperpin.com where people submit reviews for all different brands.