I’ve made another decision as my darling daughter grows. I’m going even more toward the crunchy side of life than I thought I would. I’m going to be switching away from disposables and into cloth diapers.
I wanted to do cloth diapers when I was pregnant, but the crazy amount of information available and the start up costs, depending on the route you take put me off. I began researching them again, and decided to do it.
Here’s a cute picture of my first cover!
Okay, so let me give you a brief breakdown of cloth diapers. This is the part that made me so confused and leery of cloth diapering.
There’s three basic types. There are a ton of styles within each type, and a couple of other types but I’m not going to get in depth with that.
All in ones: Abbreviated AIOs. These are the closest to disposables you can get. Everything is sewn into one diaper, and you don’t need anything else. These are the most convenient to use, but they are the priciest. I’ve seen these run about 20 bucks a pop for the good ones. They also take forever to dry.
Pockets: These are thick covers with a pocket inside. You stuff the pocket with a specially made insert. You remove the insert to wash. They are sort of convenient, less expensive, about 15 a pop for the good ones, and dry fairly quickly.
Prefolds: These are what most people think of as burp cloths. They are a big piece of fabric with three sections. the middle section is much thicker than the outside. You fold it in a special way, wrap it around your baby, and then pin it. You then have to cover it with a waterproof cover. When you do diaper changes, you can use the same cover and just change the prefold part. These are the absolute least expensive route to go, but the least convenient.
I decided on the prefolds route. I cannot justify the cost of other diapers. I’m still not sure if I’m going to have more than one child, so to me, I might as well use disposables if I’m spending $900 to start up a “stash” of cloth diapers. This is what I bought:
A boxed set package of Kawaii diapers. It comes with 24 prefolds and 6 covers. Pictures when they arrive! ($50)
The fun diaper cover shown above. It’s a Blueberry diaper cover in hook and loop (velcro) Butterflies. ($10)
A diaper sprayer. by Fuzzibunz. This won’t need to be used until Kaylen adds solids into her diet as breastmilk poop can just be washed. ($35)
A pack of imagine smart prefolds by Nicki’s diapers, a dozen in the pack ($21).
Two wetbags from superstash.net. These are where you store the dirty diapers when you’re out and about. ($10)
50 cloth wipes–hey, if I’m going to be washing cloth diapers, I may as well wash cloth wipes. ($25)
Ingredients for my own wipes solution and laundry detergent. ($26)
And finally, storage containers to put my CDs in and my wipes ($8)
Grand total: $185. Considering that I will never have to buy another diaper or wipe again, this is amazing.
I also got my husband to FINALLY install the clothesline I bought two years ago.
When my diapers arrive, I’ll do a post about how to prep brand new diapers, and a post on how to put them on a baby. In the meantime, I’m going to include the laundry detergent and wipes solution recipes.
Laundry detergent: 1 part borax, 1 part washing soda, 1 part oxyclean. I just bought a 3lb package of each of these, and dumped them all together into a plastic lidded storage box. Mix really well. For cloth diapers, you only use 2 tbsp of this solution. By the way, this cost $12 and gave me 9lbs of detergent. When you do the math, there are 144 loads of laundry in this solution. 36 diapers gives me 3 days of laundry, so 432 days. One year 2 months and one week. That’s how long $12 will last.
Wipes solution: 2 cups of distilled water, 5 drops of tea tree oil, 1 tsp of baby shampoo (I use Aveeno’s lavender scent), 2 tbsp of baby oil or olive oil (I use baby oil), and 2 drops of lavender oil (I skipped this because it already has a lavender scent from the baby wash). Mix well. You then have two options. You can take the wipes and put them in an airtight container (like a glad food storage container) and pour enough solution over them to get them all wet. The other option you have is to put some of the solution into a spray bottle and use dry wipes. You then spray the baby’s bum or the wipe to use. The wet wipes solution is the most convenient, but it molds easily. This is why it’s incredibly important to use distilled water and tea tree oil. You can use vinegar too, but this can be harsh on the baby’s bum. I plan to do a mix. I’m going to keep a small amount of wet wipes at home, and I have small spray bottles in each of our diaper bags to have on the go. Just store the leftover solution in the fridge to use as needed.