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How many cloth diapering mamas here?

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
This is my first baby but I am excited to cloth diaper!

Anyone else?

What is your stash like?

What's your favourite kind?

What's your washing regimen like?

What kind of detergent? Home made? Recipe?

Anything else?
post #2 of 34

Anyone else?
 

This will be our fifth baby in cloth. 

 


What is your stash like?

 

Different every time! I tend to pass diapers on after we're done and gather new ones, usually secondhand, for the new baby. Our first was in prefolds and wool. Our second was in mostly fitteds and wool. Our third was in fitteds, but they were fireflies, and wool. Then our fourth was in fuzzibunz. This time, I have prefolds and wool again, my favorite. 

What's your favourite kind?

 

I like it basic. Prefolds wash clean and are very versatile. They're also affordable. It's never a good idea to not have enough diapers on hand to get sick and not keep up with the wash. With prefolds, you can afford to have a few dozen extra. I also like wool. Because you can't just throw it in the wash you need a few more than if you use plastic covers. 5 or 6 per size works well. I made most of mine. I also will have 100+ wipes made from old flannel. 

What's your washing regimen like?

 

I haven't diapered anyone in years! My youngest is 5 and most of mine have been pretty much out of diapers around 2. In the past, though, I just kept a dry pail and threw them in the wash with Charlie's Soap. I have a front loader. This time I will use liquid ECOS from Costco because I like it a lot. When baby is older, a diaper sprayer by the toilet is handy. 

 

What kind of detergent? Home made? Recipe?

 

Oh, I already said. 

Anything else?

 

Cloth diapering is easy. It doesn't have to be something to obsess over and worry about. Imagine there aren't disposables. Just cloth. You can do it. At the end of the day, it's just about keeping baby clean and dry. Change them often (just like you should with disposables) and don't worry! Best wishes. 

post #3 of 34

Anyone else?

 

This will be our second!

What is your stash like?

 

Pretty simple compared to some. I have a few packs of prefolds in newborn and the next size up and then SoftBums


What's your favourite kind?

 

Softbums!!
I like them because you reuse the covers until they get poppy or too stinky, just laying the insert in them. And the covers are lined, so if you're in a bind, the cover can catch a pee or poo on its own. Plus, the inserts are cheap. And if you run out you can just use a prefold. And you just buy once - they're super adjustable so you can use them from birth to potty trained.


What's your washing regimen like?

 

I had a small plastic trash can from the dollar store and would heap dirty diapers there until it was enough to wash. Smelled great! ;) And then I just washed them according to the diaper directions. I have a different washer this time, so it'll be different.

What kind of detergent? Home made? Recipe?

 

I first tried the Country Save but he kept getting a rash. We just used All Free and Clear. Though if Costco has Ecos, I sure like that brand these days!


Anything else?

 

People frequently use disposables for out of the house, but aside from their size (so small!!), I never got how they were easier.

post #4 of 34

I've been CDing since my 3rd!! (on my 6th baby now) I love it. We occasionally use sposies, my current diapered child uses them at night because the wetness is too much for his skin.

 

What is your stash like?

Currently I have prefolds/covers, Motherease one-size fitteds and a few Piannassimo fitteds that have survived this long. This baby, I need to go to storage and get them but he has prefolds/covers and some fitteds in NB and infant sizes until he grows into the current stash. A lot of my stash has been through 3 kids, going on the fourth, so I've actually saved a lot of $$.

 

What's your favourite kind?

Prefolds. I hated them in the beginning and towards the end of #4, came to love them. I also love Motherease one-size on toddlers!

 

What's your washing regimen like?

Every 2-3 days. I run a wash with no detergent, then a hot wash with detergent and sometimes a second one. Depends on how many dirties. I only started doing 2 washes when we had toddler pee/poop. It's retched and I have to do 2 washes to make sure it's all out.

 

What kind of detergent? Home made? Recipe?

Right now I use whatever clothes detergent I use and a few squirts of original Dawn soap. I used to make my own and am about to start doing it again. It's 1c Borax, 1c Washing Soda, 1 Fels Naptha bar. (adjust to make larger amounts) I run it through my food processor to get it nice and fine. I used it on everything, not just diapers.

post #5 of 34
Thread Starter 
What is your stash like?

So far I have 30 pre folds, home made. I made them the same size as Bummis 7-20 pounds, and I got all the flannel on super sale so I got patterns. I suppose that doesn't matter once they've been pooped on a few times.

I have 7 wraps: 5 Bummis super brites 7-20 lbs and 2 Rumparoos 5-35 pounds.

I have two AIO and six pockets that I got from EBay. I also have 2 SAHM made AIO that should be coming soon.

My luxury items are 2 Bummis stretch bamboozle and I do want to get more of those!

What's your favourite kind?

The stretch bamboozles! I love them, such soft material and they feel very absorbent! The AIO seem way too bulky for a newborn!

What's your washing regimen like?

I have to do my three conditioning washes sometime between now and when this baby gets born.

What kind of detergent? Home made? Recipe?

I'm excited to hear you can get a good detergent at Costco! I'll have to pick some up for my conditioning washes.

Anything else

Thanks for all the info, ladies!
post #6 of 34
We cloth diapered both boys until they potty-trained at 27 and 21 months respectively. We go the cheap route. I have bought almost everything this time around used because she would hve gotten used if I had saved anything...

Our stash consists of prefolds, snappis, Bummis Super Whisper wraps or similar covers because that's what I liked last time. We also use Joey Bunz hemp inserts at night for extra absorbency.

We do a cold rinse with vinegar, followed by a hot wash with 2tbsp. F&C detergent, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup vinegar rinse, followed by one more cold rinse with a little TTO. That worked well for us last time. I plan on doing laundry every 2-3 days.
post #7 of 34
I'll be cloth Diapering and lay time I used diaper service for the first 6 weeks to avoid buying a bunch of tiny diapers. This time I might live too far away for the diaper service so I'm waiting to hear from them before I pony up a stash. I too love prefolds and pins or Snappis with wool and snap covers (I hate hook & loop closure sound!). I adore fuzzibunz too. Gotta dig out my stash before I can answer this question!
Also, bleached or Unbleached? Flats or prefolds?? Just wondering :-)
post #8 of 34
My 3rd baby, and third in cloth as well.

I use prefolds mostly with a few fitteds for care giver and big sibling diaper changes, a couple ai2's for out and about. I use wool or sometimes fleece covers. I prefers knit during the day and interlock wraps for night time...oh and if I have a heavy wetter, hemp night time fitteds.

If money was no object I'd use all sized fitteds. My dream dipes would have velour or sherpa inners, bamboo or hemp soakers, would be side snapped, and hand dyed. Sadly good side snap dipes are almost impossible to find these days.

My wash routine was super simple. Standard wash and an extra cycle with no soap to rinse out extra soap...about once every two or three days.

Tide free and clear
post #9 of 34

What is your stash like?

 

Right now I have a mix of pockets, gdiapers and a few super cute NB fitteds.  I was planning on doing all pockets, but a good friend gifted me a ton of newborn and small g-diapers....so I will use those, as well.  Then I found some super cute NB fitteds, so will use those when he is itty bitty.  



What's your favourite kind?

I lean towards pockets..........After trying many diff kinds with my last lo, I pretty much stuck with fuzzibunz until he potty learned.  They are easy (imo) and easy to find used.

What's your washing regimen like?

I need help with this as I have a HE front loader this time around!!! Anyone have any advice??  

What kind of detergent? Home made? Recipe?

I used Charlie's Soap last time, not sure what kind of soap I will use now....

Anything else?

LOVE cloth diapering!!  Would love advice on washing dipes in a front loader!!
 

post #10 of 34
Ooh meraliss. I love both unbleached and organic because they are so soft and plushy. though I stick with unbleached because of the price.

I prefer prefolds over Birdseye or muslin flats thoughone bambo jersey flat that is amaamazingly soft and lovely. If I had a serger anymore. I think I'd buy a bunch of that and make my own flats...but I am to much of a tight wad to spend over 8 dollars each on a flat. I could buy predicted for less. Decadent softness is just not that high on my priority list I guess. Lol
Edited by Selissa - 12/28/13 at 3:44pm
post #11 of 34
Anyone else? Yes! Cloth diapered my first and will do our 2nd.

What is your stash like? A smorgasbord (Nickis Diapers store is less than a mile from our home:0). Imagine pre folds and covers, Motherease, Bumpkins (don't recommend this cover...issues w Velcro constantly), Ecobaby all in one diapers (old stash, don't think they make them anymore but they were lovely), Litewrap covers. The are more but I have pg brain right now;). If your starting new, I'd highly reccomend Best Bottom diapers. They work extremely well.

What's your favourite kind? If and when I need to purchase anymore, they will be Best Bottom diapers.

What's your washing regimen like? Country Save detergent is the BEsT!!, One rinse cycle (we have an old top loader) in cold, one wash in hot w detergent and one rinse again in cold, where ill add Calgon softener bc we have very hard water.

What kind of detergent? Home made? Recipe? Oops! See above;).

Anything else? It's good to know what kind of water you have, hard or not. I've ruined a bunch of diapers bc I over washed them trying to get the stink from them, thinking it was detergent build up when in actuality it was that I needed to add water softner (Calgon) to the wash. P.s. nothini is better than hanging your stash out in the sun to dry. Happy diapering!
post #12 of 34
Thread Starter 
Brilliant to know this about the water softener! Maybe this will be what it takes to,get DH to install one. Our water is so hard it leaves a film on everything, including my hair! If we don't get a water softener I will have to look into a laundry additive. Calgon, take my hard water away! smile.gif
post #13 of 34

I used them with my first two, but that was a long time ago... 

 

I'm using them this time too. I bought organic fitteds, prefolds, wool, and a few Bummis covers.  After thinking about it now though, I think I'm going to buy some extra prefolds.

 

I'm planning to just use the Ecover detergent I always use. I think I used something special last time.

post #14 of 34
My second was in cloth. These guys will be, too. I have Bum Genius, Bummis, and added some Sun Babies this time since I am having two this time. I just toss mine in a big Home Depot bucket. I wash in soap nuts and farmers stain sticks. I have found that with my He front loader it helps to have some water in my bucket so the diapers to in wet and therefore heavier forcing the machine to cycle them longer.
post #15 of 34
i plan on cloth h diapering my twin girls! i am currently gathering a stash of prefolds but i have a ton of gdiapers because my initial research lead me to think they were the best. turns out they can get very expensive so I thought id get creative. [my keyboard is acting slow so im sorry for typos and such] ... i will use some of the stay dry microfiber inserts but my main stash will be prefolds as inserts in the gdiapers and when they grow out of the tiny g size we will order some other type of cover. I heard thirstys is really good.

I also have cloth wipes and ill be making my own solution. i think osocozy flannel are great for wipes and for the diapers i have ordered newborn size from osocozy and green mountain diapers.

this is my frist time hainvg kids and cloth diapering (noone in my family has) so its definitely a big learning experience and i expect to be finding what works for me and what doesnt.. but i cant beleiuve how excited i am about cloth diapering. its been my hobby to pass the time, anxiously waiting my fraternal twins.

but as we near 30 weeks i'd like to have the whole diaper stash complete and prewashed and the nusery complete asap!

i am going to try rockin green cloth diaper detergent. i bought a diaper pail and two planetwise liners.... will keep the bags dry and wash every other day.

i am still not sure how many cloth diapers i will need for twins... i have no clue what i am doing ;-) i assume about 40 in roation? a diaper cover for every 3-4 diapers?
post #16 of 34
Amyc1688, I'm on a tablet so I can't type much. Fraternal twins- how exciting!

I wanted to reply to say 40 prefolds is enough for one baby, not two. You will never regret having too many prefolds. With all 4 of mine, I went thru at least 24 prefolds a day for 3 weeks, tapering down to a dozen. That's one kid. You want to be able to go 2 days between washes at first, more later. That's my advice.
post #17 of 34

Tabitha - wow more than 40?! haha thanks for the advice, i find all kinds of numbers thrown at me but that makes sense. i wish my area had a diaper swap or something

post #18 of 34
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Originally Posted by amyc1688 View Post
 

Tabitha - wow more than 40?! haha thanks for the advice, i find all kinds of numbers thrown at me but that makes sense. i wish my area had a diaper swap or something

I had 36 prefolds when each of my boys was born, and I never used them all.  However, I had a few all in ones & pockets that I could also put in rotation, I did diapers every 2-3 days and I wasn't opposed to grabbing a disposable when it was more convenient.  I think 40 for twins might be a little light, but you could always wait and see.  It will only take a few days to receive more if you find you need them.

 

Right now I think I have about 30+ for baby girl, plus 8 small covers (I don't have any other diapers in my stash this time).  That is more covers than I ever had in the past, but I won't regret having extras!

post #19 of 34

Washing question.  I used mostly Charlie's soap last time around..........I saw at Costco a laundry soap called Green Shield Free & Clear.  It is organic, none of the bad stusf.....wondering if anyone has used it on diapers?  Looks like it would be perfect for dipes and clothes......

post #20 of 34
Gdiapers, GroVia, flip... Anybody have insight or links comparing these or similar concepts? I am entranced with the idea of a cover I could use with a prefold or an insert or a disposable liner. Seems perfect for my teen boys to help with. But I plan to use a diaper service at first and they supply prefolds. Anyway anyone got wisdom?
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