Monday, October 31, 2011

Cloth Diapering

For those who don't know already, we cloth diaper in this house. When I talk to friends or co-workers, I get a lot of reactions, saying "Wow, that's hardcore." Then I state to them that they have come a LONG way from rubber pants and prefolds.

The kind we use are Bum Genius 4.0 one size pocket diaper with snaps. Before I made the investment, I talked with several mommies about their experience using and if they were happy with the system. I didn't get a single buyers regret. This took me to Craigslist to see if I could find any used. Turns out, it was hard to find any of the one size modern day kinds. This showed me that mommies use them and love them over and over from kid to kid.

The retail cost of one of these is 18.00. This shocks a lot of people. Yet if you calculate the money spent over birth to potty training, these will pay themselves off by the first year (all depending how many are in your stash). Then you can reuse them for the next child! I love not having worry about running out of diapers in the middle of the night or the chunk of money being taken out of our grocery budget. Not to mention the fewer cases of blowouts and rash issues. There are other cheaper alternatives out there. This is just what we knew about at the time. It all depends on your preferences, family needs and lifestyle. Not to mention them being daddy friendly.

Commons myths

I don't have the time to be doing all that extra laundry
       1 minute spent loading diapers into machine for cold water rinse
       30 sec spent adding special detergent to hot/cold cycle with second rinse
       1 minute spent loading into dryer

What about those poopy diapers?
       The wonderful invention of the diaper sprayer! When solids are introduced, removing the waste is needed  
       before washing them. All you do is take to the toilet and use the sprayer which attaches to the back of the
       toilet plumbing and spray it off. This takes all of 1 min to complete and we do it after each poopy.

What if you are away from the house?
       We use a "wet bag" which is a nylon or plastic coated bag for storing dirty diapers or even for accident
       ridden clothes.

1 comment:

  1. I get coupon savvy with my diapers. I give you credit with using cloth and I admit the cloth diapers aren't too bad to use.