Keep an eye out for this kind of snapping pattern because they're not the only ones. And remember that while this particular picture example has Velcro closures at the top, Blueberries makes them with snaps, too, and snaps are the better option.
Bert's Bees has the best diaper cream. Hands down.
Reusable nursing pads – the same absorbent layer and stay dry layer idea is present here, where one side is soft cotton and the other is a thin layer of a blend fabric - it's fashionable too!
Also, if you are having trouble nursing, get help! Find a local La Leche League, or check with where you delivered your baby. Listen to advice with a grain of salt and use what feels right for you and your baby! Leave behind advice that doesn't feel right and thank them for their ideas. Keep asking questions. Remember that only a generation ago women were told not to breastfeed their children by medical professionals. A lot was lost that should be more natural for us. We are making great strides forward with breastfeeding support and awareness. When it comes to the act itself, every baby and every mama are a different combination. Just like any new skill, it might take work to learn, but it is one of the most profound and rewarding things I've done.
What do I need to get started?
Checklist for your diaper stash:
6-8 covers for newborn/infants, 4-6 covers for larger sizes - minimum (you'll be doing laundry every other day) I have around 15-20 covers and do laundry once a week. I recommend having a 2 to 1 ratio for cotton absorbent diapers to covers. Sometimes you'll double up (overnight) and sometimes you can just replace the cotton part of the diaper and use the cover again.
Diaper pail (or no pail if using a door hanging pail)
2 diaper pail liners (one for use while the other is in the wash)
1-2 Snappi diaper fasteners (necessary only for diapering systems requiring fasteners)
2 wet bags (one for use while the other is in the wash)
2 dozen cloth wipes or disposables
I wash my dipes once a week, hot, and dry medium, or line dry in the summer. I use OxiClean, plus the normal detergent.
Diaper Pail (and 2 liners)
mini shower diaper sprayer – I don't have one but always wanted one
Some detergents can leave residue and make the diapers leak. Never use fabric softer! Some water conditions can cause build up too- Calgone Seems to be the recommend for that.
Recommended Detergents are:
Allen's Naturally Powder /Liquid
Country Save Powder/Liquid
Planet Ultra Powder/Liquid
Planet 2X Ultra
Mountain Green Free & Clear
Mountain Green Free & Clear Baby
Some folks have made the point that cloth diapering might not really be a better environmental option because of the water and energy that is used to clean the diapers. This is a valid point. Resources are consumed one way or another. You'll have to make your decision yourself.
Here's the shit on the poo. Breast milk poo just comes out in the wash, no pre-spraying or soaking really required. So there is incentive to breastfeed for a longer time! When you start feeding the baby solids, the poops have to be removed from the diapers before they go into the wash. Personally I'm not afraid of poop and often just grabbed or wiped the material into the toilet with some TP. Yes I got some on me sometimes. But that happens at a disposable diaper change sometimes too. Yes, Diaper Wash Day is a stinky event and perhaps there are methods that smell better.
I am continuing to experiment, but honestly I'm ready to be done with diapers altogether! Three cheers for going on the potty!
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