The Lazy Mama’s guide to cloth diapering:
Okay, so you are interested in cloth diapering, but you aren’t sure about the commitment you are about to make. Here is my five step guide to half-butting your way through cloth diapering.
- Decide if you want to full-time or part-time use cloth diapers. I use cloth diapers 80% of the time. So, I use cloth at home, and for short outings. But, for night time, long outings, or trips I use disposables.
- Decide if you want to start as a newborn or after your infant grows a little and his or her poops have balanced out. I chose not to cloth diaper from day one (See? Lazy.). I didn’t want to buy newborn size cloth diapers, and I didn’t want to put the big bulky “8-32 Ib” size on my tiny baby.
- Decide what style of cloth diapers you want to use.
- All-in-ones (AIO) are as close to a disposable you can get (extra lazy for the win!).
- Then there are the Pocket Diapers, that are similar to an AIO, except you stuff an insert/pad inside the pocket.
- and then there are the covers that you lay in your own insert (such as a folded Gerber Flat).
I have 6 pocket diapers that came with their own microfiber inserts and 6 cover styles. I use Gerber flats folded up inside the covers. These work great! I rarely have leaks, my son always seems comfortable and it literally takes me about 10 minutes of getting them ready after laundering (20 if I am watching Netflix while doing it). This style is also nice because you can let a pee diaper air out and reuse the cover later (less laundry).
4. Register for cloth diapers for your baby shower. I lucked out and got all my cloth diapers for baby shower gifts! But if this isn’t an option for you look into buying used covers, look for someone who makes covers, or even check out some options on Amazon. I use Little Baby Bum, and Rumparooz. They work terrific!
5. Start small, and get 1 or 2 of a couple different styles until you learn which style you like best. Then, once you decide you like a certain style buy a couple more when you can afford to.
Laundering: (My least favorite activity)
- Exclusively breastfed babies are a breeze when it comes to washing. No rinsing or liners needed! You literally take the soiled diaper and throw it in the wash! Once your baby begins eating solids, it is time to add in a couple extra steps. Boo.
- I take literally the easiest route possible with washing. I get a plastic grocery sack, set it open next to the machine, and then as I am taking out the dirty diapers from my diaper pail I grab the liner out, put it in the trash, and then throw the insert and covers in the wash.
- I first do a rinse, then a regular wash with cold water (no softener), and then rinse once more. Then I put them all in the dryer on low/tumble with a dry towel (speeds up the process). After a short cycle the covers will be dry. I then remove the covers and continue to dry the inserts on a higher setting. Then they are ready for prep.
- Here is what I do for prep: after laundering I prep all 12 of my diapers. I put the inserts in the pocket diaper, and fold the prefolds and put them in the covers. Then in all 12 diapers I lay a disposable liner. Then, bam, I have my diapers ready to go for the next couple of days.
Occasionally you will have a poop so big your liner will fail you. It happens, and it’s disgusting. But, you just have to suck it up and go to your clean toilet, and rinse it off. Have a plastic bag ready so you don’t have to carry the dripping diaper across the living room floor. There are very handy devices on the market to help with this, including a sprayer and shield. I couldn’t bring myself to justify spending the money on it, but then again I use to work in the health field so poop and urine from my baby is nothing to me since I used to wipe the butts of adult strangers.
Below I added images of my process of prepping my diapers for a couple of days. The first 5 images are the process of rolling the insert and stuffing it in the pocket diaper, then laying a liner on top. The next 6 images are the process of folding my insert hotdog style, then hamburger, and then laying it flat on top of the cover and finishing by adding a liner. The next image is just my finished product of my prepared diapers! (Hover over an image to see its caption.)
Okay, Mama Wolf, you have all the tools you need to lazily cloth diaper your baby pup. Good luck!
By the way, a cloth diapering mom is certainly not lazy! Cloth diapering is a lot of work and I applaud you for even researching it! I hope you aren’t feeling too overwhelmed, but feel free to reach out if you want some extra tips!
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