Our son is almost 4 months old. We are about to switch to cloth (YAY), which I used with my first when I was 21 (it's 7 years later)... The first go-round I used the classic white inserts, pins, and covers. A diaper service washed the cloths. I was not super educated on how to use them at the time and didn't do well- lots of leaks, frustration, etc.
Now I am way more confident after getting older, meeting other moms who use cloth, the endless resources on the web, and the evolution of cloth in the pas 8 years. I am going to star out buying a set of fuzzibunz, but I want to make the right investment... would you recommend a sprayer? I've heard bf babies in the early months dont really need that? Is it worth it? What age is when that is useful? Also how do you store used cds before washing? I know they have a bag and in the past I used a pail with a lid.
wipe soap? detergent?
Just looking for suggestions before I invest! :)
I think you only need a sprayer for when the BMs get really solid. I imagine it's different for every baby, but my DD didn't eat much solid food for quite a long time, so it was really around the 15-18 mo. month mark that I started wanting a sprayer. Before that we really just threw the diapers in the washer and the mess washed right out. This also depends on your washer; we had a good washer then, but now we have a lousy one and anything solid (BMs, food particles wiped up with a rag, etc.) doesn't really wash out. We still haven't gotten a sprayer, but my DH scrapes the dirty diapes into the toilet before washing (some of the more solid stuff you can knock off into the toilet--how solid and how often the BMs are that solid will depend on the baby), which is really a hassle. I think a sprayer would be worth it.
We store the dirty diapers in a fuzzibunz hanging diaper bag, which is great. It has a zipper on the bottom, so when you're ready to wash you just unzip the bag and throw the whole thing in the washer.
We still just wet the wipes with water. We use Seventh Generation baby detergent.
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thanks anna- yeah, I had a feeling a sprayer might not be needed, didn't want to spend $50 on a sprayer now when i could invest in 3 more AIOs... My second child didn't eat solids FOREVER. he basically went from nursing to chewing bite-sized foods- he did not like baby food, ever... We shall see how this little guy does :)
I also liked the idea of a hanging pail- in a family of 6 we already have a ton of laundry pails taking up floor space in our laundry room as it is. I was wondering if they actually worked well- sounds like it :)
I store dirty diapers in a small plastic bin. Its clear, 27 litters. Don't put a lid on it. It will make them smell. I use the bath tub the rinse it out when I need to. It cost way less than one of those fancy bag that is going to take up space in your machine every time you wash.
I use a hanging dry bag that hangs over the washer. if it gets too smelly, I put a little baking soda and tea tree oil in there. If I spray the dirty ones, I put them outside for a while so they aren't sopping wet when I put them in the hanging bag. I use pre-folds with covers at home, and pockets when out and about because they stay dry longer.
Thank you- I actually ended up getting a set of 8 fuzzibunz from our local natural mother/baby shop yesterday! Today has been awesome so far- no leaks etc. I might try out a few different kinds here and there- I couldn't believe how MANY differnt kinds our local shop carries now- when I went there for my first son over 6 years ago, there weren't many choices. I ended up getting a bag for now, because I needed something at the moment. It doesn't have a bottom zipper but it was fairly inexpensive. Our laundry room is tiny, has the door out to the garage, and my sewing/craft supply cabinet is in there- almost any basket/pail in there blocks walking/opening/etc. And laundry for 5 boys piles up fast!
Thank you so much for your advice- Maria thanks for the idea about baking soda/ tea tree too.
It's a great idea to try out a few different diapers to see what you like. There are a lot of different styles and you may find that it's a little annoying to stuff fuzzibunz (they work well, but are really skinny through the middle). Diaperswappers.com is a good place to get some gently used diapers and save a little money before investing in more new ones. Some diaper shops also have rental programs where you can try a bunch of different kinds and send back the ones you don't like. For diaper sprayers, we didn't think we needed one but now I wouldn't like to live with out one. I got ours on e-bay for about $22. They are just a hose with a sprayer on one end and a t-joint on the other that attaches to the toilets water intake line. If you or your hubby is handy, you could probably just make one with a few parts from your local hardware store. Depending on how their laundry room is set up, some people will hook them up to their laundry sink instead of the toilet. It just depends on where it's more useful.
Amy - married to my best friend and mom to DS born September, 2011.
We use a regular trash bin and sprinkle baking soda in every time we wash. With my son, we had two bins...one pee one poo. For my daughter we had one bin for her and one for him until she was on solid food. Now we have one bin.
We have a poop spoon by the toilet and use that to get remaining solids. I love the spoon. It is cleaned with toilet paper, stored standing in vinegar and replaced once in a while. I soak it in bleach water and recycle it.
However, the most useful tool is early communication. I think if I had stuck to it, my daughter would be potty trained. But I used it to tell her to poop before we left the house and later on I no longer have poo diapers.
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On my second CD baby and have never used a diaper sprayer.
I did repurpose my peri bottle from the hospital to a mini-sprayer (thank you MDC mamas for the idea!) but I don't really like the whole spray thing, I inevitably feel like there are micronized poo droplets all over the toilet and it makes the diaper really wet and gross when you stick it in the bag.
The Biosoft liners have worked much better for us. Lift off liner, drop in toilet, flush. Diaper in wetbag. Super easy. No micronized poo particles.
(But not until solids anyway - as others have said, bf poo can go straight in the washer.)
Me, DH, DD1 (5/2009) and DD2 (10/2011).
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I have CD'd 6 children now. Had a diaper sprayer for a brief stint with baby #2. Didn't like it. I just knock the poop off and wipe any excess off with TP.
I use a wetbag that is pail size and use a dry pail. Don't have any issues.