Thursday, September 19, 2013

My Year of Cloth Diapers {Update}

Now that I've been cloth diapering for a well over a year, I thought it was time for an update of our stash and what has worked best for us!  Plus, we've had to introduce the diaper sprayer since Liam started on solids.  If you want to look back at my original post on our experience with cloth, you can find it here.  A year later, we still love using cloth diapers and can't imagine doing it any other way.  Anyone who asks me about Liam's diapers probably gets more information than they ever wanted, but I love sharing what I have learned and the opportunity to try and convert other moms to cloth!


Cloth diapers have a high resale value, especially if they are well cared for; therefore, I have had no problems selling diapers that didn't work well for us.  This has allowed me to try out different brands and only keep what I like.  Some people like to stick with only 1 type of diaper, but come-on people, that's just no fun! I have about 50+ diapers right now, which may seem like a lot (maybe it is...), but it allows me to only wash every 3 days and hang dry everything.  Plus, I just like having a surplus of diapers so I never have to stress about getting laundry done on time.  It also results in less wear & tear, which will make them last longer and help me to recover more of the cost once I'm done with them and offer them up for sale.  Here's the breakdown of my current stash:

1) BumGenius 4.0:  These make up about half of my collection.  I've had these pocket style diapers since the beginning and they have continued to work great!  They are the first diaper I reach for on a daily basis.  My only complaint is the elastic is starting to relax in these diapers more quickly then some of my others.  I will need to replace the elastic at some point, which is inexpensive but somewhat time consuming.

2) "Original" BumGenius Elemental:  This is an All-in-One style of diaper and is my absolute favorite!  I love that only organic materials are touching Liam's skin and that I don't have to worry about stuffing a pocket after each wash.  This is the 1st diaper I reach for when we are going to be out of the house, or when I know that I might not be able to change little L's diaper as regularly as I usually do.  I say the "original" elemental because a newer version was recently released and I am not a fan of the new design.  Many people agree, from what I have heard, so the originals are selling for a ridiculously expensive price right now.  I've heard that the Smartbottoms 3.0 is a very similar diaper, but I have yet to try it myself.

3)  Swaddlebees Simplex All-in-One:  All-in-One diapers are becoming my new favorite.  They are the easiest to use, but they do come with a higher price tag.  I like that this diaper gives you the versatility to have either organic materials against baby's bottom or a stay dry material.  Liam doesn't mind feeling wet, so I always have the organic cotton against him.  This diaper is also the most trim of my entire stash, making it just as easy to put under clothes as a disposable.

4)  S'bish Overnight Bamboo Fitted (OBF):  This is the only diaper we use for night time now!  Liam still nurses regularly throughout the night, so he tends to be a heavy wetter as a result.  This is the only diaper I have found (and I  have tried all sorts...) that really prevents leaks.  They are so soft & squishy; however, bamboo does tend to get a little bit stiff when wet.  Liam doesn't seem bothered by that as he is really only sleeping in them, so it hasn't been an issue for us.  This diaper does need a cover, so we use Sloomb wool covers (below).

5)  Sloomb Wool Cover:  Because Liam is a heavy wetter, wool has definitely been our best option for night time.  I could go on and on about how amazing wool is, although I will admit that it can be intimidating at first.  When prepped and cared for properly, wool is fantastic at allowing the diaper to breathe while still containing all the moisture within the cloth fitted underneath.  We have two covers, that way there is always a back-up if one is being washed/lanolized and needs time to dry.  If you are interested in how to prep & care for wool you can read a guest post I wrote here.

6) BumGenius diaper sprayer: And now a lovely little discussion on the diaper sprayer! So far, it has worked great and was easy to install.  I am so glad we have this, because it makes getting the solids off his diapers so easy.  With many new toilets being more efficient (read: less water) these days, the traditional dunk & swish method doesn't really work (nor is that enticing...).  When we are traveling we sometimes HAVE to use that method, but it is wonderful having the diaper sprayer at home for more regular use.  It takes a few tries before you have the skills to keep water from spraying/splashing everywhere. But despite Liam's less than frequent bowel movements, I still have had the practice to hone my spraying skills.  Lucky for us, Liam only poops about once a week, so I don't have to use my sprayer as often as many other cloth diapering moms.  Trust me, for this I am oh so thankful!  Some people use disposable liners instead, but that just seems like a waste of money to me and somewhat defeats the purpose of cloth.  I want only the softest and most natural materials touching little L's adorable cheeks, not some crinkly plastic derivative liner!

As usual I am more than happy to answer any questions or "talk cloth" to anyone!  I am always trying to spread the love about how awesome having a baby with a "fluffy butt" is! Here are some pictures of Liam sporting his cloth back when he was just a tiny little guy and I was really getting into the whole cloth diapering program.





14 comments :

  1. Isn't fluffy talk fun! I prefer pocket dipes - I like my BGs too!

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  2. i really wanted to try cloth diapers but i cant convince the hubby to let me. He refuses to wash the poopy diapers in our washing machine :/

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  3. That's awesome that you cloth diapered! I thought about it, but I was unsure how it would really work in practice. Thanks for the tips. Maybe baby #2 will have cloth on her bum ... ;D

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  4. GREAT JOB MOMMY! Drew is finally potty trained so I just finished 2.5 years of cloth diapering and love finding other mommas who are dedicated to it too! I might need your advice and help with a diaper sprayer, though, when we have another kiddo as we're moving next week into a house that doesn't have a basement sink. I used that sink for every poopy diaper and it was AMAZING but pretty sure I'm going to have to go with a toilet sprayer! :) New follower and also hope you'll stop by and join us for our Flash Forward Fun and write a letter and your thoughts on Liam in the future!

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    1. I have always wanted a utility sink in my laundry room, it make things much easier! The diaper sprayer works fine though. So glad to see another cloth diapering mama!

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  5. Laura- I just wanted to say thank you again! I don't know if you remember this or not, but I was that really annoying girl with a million questions about cloth diapering 6-7 months ago... You were the first blogger I followed that uses cloth diapers and the way you talked so highly of them convinced me to switch. We have been using cloth since I got in touch with you and it's been the best decision we've made! We love our cloth! So, again, I just wanted to say thank you for all your advice and encouragement! :)

    Lindsay at therashids.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, I remember you! I am so glad that I could help and that you're loving cloth! I wish I could convert everyone I know!

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  6. Hello! I found your blog a couple weeks ago. I also cloth diaper with my 9 month old son. But i have some issues. He is wet like aeveryday. So i have to change clothe maybe 2 or 3 times a day! How long do you leave the diaper on? 3-4 hours? witch brand do you use during day and witch one during night ? Thank a lot ! I like you blog a lot. Your family is beautiful!! Will you do a house tour post one day ? your house look so beautiful and very new

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    1. Oh no, having leaks is terrible! I change Liam's diaper every 2 hours (because I like to keep him as dry as possible) unless we are out of the house. Then sometimes he'll be in a diaper for 3+ hours. I would recommend buying some hemp doublers if your son is soaking through so frequently. For daytime we mostly use the bum genius 4.0 and for nighttime we use the S'bish OBF with two hemp doublers and wool covers because my son is an extremely heavy wetter at night (he still nurses all night long). Hope this helps!

      I will try to do a house tour at some point. Our house is brand new so we are still painting some walls and adding our personal touch to it! :-)

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  7. Thank you very much for the help !! I'll try those diapers :)

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  8. Hi Laura! I wanted to know a few items you would recommend for a cloth diaper gift basket. Do you think the rockin green soap is worth it? How about wet bags, liners ect.? I am trying to put something together as a gift. Thanks!

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  9. Did you start cloth from day one? I have been told to hold off for a few weeks?

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  10. Hey Laura. I am thinking of switching to cloth diapering. Can i use just a charcoal insert in a pocket diaper during daytime? Cause i read that though charcoal lasts longer than microfiber, its a slow absorber. Would baby feel wet or is it fine? need your inputs.
    Thanks.

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    1. Because it's a slow absorber, it may leak before it's absorbed. I would still use microfiber on top. But I have never personally used charcoal.

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