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Ok so with DD I didnt use cloth diapers....for a kind of silly reason....my dad who is super controlling and tells me what to do told me I had to use cloth. Well rebel I am i didnt even though I had considered it before DD was born. So a few questions....how do you handle poopy diapers? I have a touchy stomach..Just throwing away a poopy diaper just seems so easy.. secondly what cloth diaper brand do you all prefer? Thirdly...how do you clean them? Anything special? Im kinda clueless. Im considering cloth to help save on money. Any help would be much appreciated.
I do cloth diapering on the cheap...prefolds and covers. With the poop, if your baby is exclusively breastfed, just throw it all in the wash. Once baby starts eating real food, you have to scrape/wash off the poop and flush it before washing the diaper. I use flushable liners so I can avoid that. My wash routine is really easy because my diapers are just cotton and the covers are PUL. I do a warm rinse, then a hot wash with Tide, then 2 extra rinses. I line dry when it's nice out (the sun will bleach out BM poop stains), or just toss it in the dryer when it's not. The liners I have are washable 1-2 times, so if there's no poop, I wash those too.
Lisa, mom to Alie and Christian
I liked prefolds and covers too, especially in the newborn stage. Cheap and easy. Like Lisa said, just throw the soiled diapers right into the washer for a breastfed baby. Once we moved on to solids, it was never an issue to just plop the poop right into the potty. Very rarely did I have to dunk and swish, but maybe we just got lucky with solid poop? They do make diaper sprayers that you attach to the water line on your toilet, and then you can spray the poop into the potty to avoid dunking and swishing.
For brands, I recommend Green Mountain Diapers for prefolds. For covers, I preferred Bummis Super Brites, but a lot of people like Thirsties. If you decide to give AIOs (all-in-ones) or pockets a try, there are tons of options. I would buy one of a couple brands just to see what fits your baby best. BumGenius worked well for Lily, but Fuzzibunz worked better for Abri. I like Mom's Milk Boutique for buying other diapers. I have also bought a couple of used diapers from them (all Excellent condition) to get a decent deal.
A wash routine is about trial and error. I used different detergents with my girls. With Lily, we used Trader Joe's powder detergent. With Abri, I had to use one that was a WAHM brand that was available only online. I did a short cold wash with a little baking soda, but no detergent first. Then a long hot wash with hot rinse. Then another short hot wash. My backyard is all shade and DH would die if I put a line in my front yard, so I dried my diapers in the dryer and hung the covers on a laundry drying rack.
I think I spent maybe $300-$400 on my diaper stash that lasted from birth to 2 years and then we potty trained. Way better than spending at least $40 a month on disposable diapers. Plus, most of my stash I'll be able to reuse with this baby, so even more savings.
I used prefolds too with some all in ones. For breastmilk I just tossed it in the bin to wash but as it got more solid I just threw it into the toilet to flush. I also liked Green Mountain Diapers and Thristie covers.
For breast fed poo you don't have to do anything special, it washes out like yogurt. When they start solids you need to shake the bms out in the toilet first. I had my husband make me a diaper sprayer out of parts from a home improvement store. (sink sprayer + T valve, super cheap! There's even a YouTube tutorial on how to make one) The diaper sprayer made things a lot easier.
I tried to use one size diapers for the newborn stage, but they were just so huge on DS, plus they rubbed against his umbilical cord, I ended up waiting a couple months. This time around ill probably be using covers and homemade inserts for the newborn stage. I'm considering LiteWrap covers, they have a little scoop in the front to keep from rubbing against the umbilical area.
For bigger sized I really like Best Bottom diapers, they're inexpensive, super cute, fit really well, are easy to use, and you have the option of stay-dry fabric against baby's skin. You can find them at Nicki's Diapers online.
For washing, I do a rinse first, wash in hot with a detergent that doesn't have enzymes, softeners, or whiteners, do an extra rinse after washing, then dry the inserts in the dryer and the covers on the line.
Do you think a formula fed baby could have them just tossed in the wash like a breastfed baby? As much as i hope to BF with DD she wouldnt latch because i have inverted nipples...or at least thats what the lactation specialist said...I dont see them that way....so I pumped and was lucky if I got maybe 8 oz a day....which wasnt enough so I had to use formula with DD which i may have to do with this baby
Prefolds and covers are the best option if you are trying to save money. You don't even need to fasten the prefolds, it can help keep runny poops off the cover but esp on an older one with solid infrequent poops, you can just fold in thirds and stick it in the cover and slap it on baby. Super easy. I like sized prefolds (come in xs, s, m, l etc) because you don't have to fold them down the way you do with traditional (infant/premium) ones, they are less bulky. But the traditional ones are more economical since you only have 2 sizes to buy. If you don't mind a little extra work there are always flats- big squares of one layer cloth. Instead of just folding in thirds you would have to fold into a square, then into thirds. Still easy but more time consuming when you have 2 dozen diapers to put away from the laundry.
China cheapies (pocket diapers with brands like Alva, Sunbaby, Kawaii) are loved by many, they are dirt cheap but sometimes there are quality issues. A bit more of a gamble in my opinion but worth picking up a few from an American reseller so you can be sure the snaps will work etc. Nickis Diapers sells Kawaiis.
If you FF I would get a diaper sprayer and do a quick blast on the poopies.
Also in my experience, any detergent that works on your cloths is fine on diapers. Avoid built in fabric softeners but everything else is nbd. Tide is the most popular detergent for CDing.
Feel free to stop by the Cloth Diapering board under Parenting and check out the stickies for more info!!! it has been slow lately but hopefully with some new blood it will pick up again!
I highly recommend using a diaper sprayer. I was EBF with my son, but I still would spray off the poo into the toilet. You don't have to, but I didn't like the idea of it all floating around in my washer. I even used the sprayer on myself after delivery when my ladybits were so sensitive to wiping (they are adjustable strength sprays...you're not gonna be blasting away your vag ) I bought CD detergent to use. I had a lot of buildup issues with other brands. I do a hot wash, then 2 rinses. If they're really stinky, sometimes I'll run a rinse cycle first. As for brands, there are so many to choose from. I love the prefolds from GMD (Green Mountain Diapers), but also have a lot of pockets from various companies and a few from friends that make them.
I can't really add anything else, but good luck! We use pocket diapers, the type of diapers and brand that you decide on is all about preference really, and what fits best on your baby. We've only used Fuzzibunz and BumGenius, with a couple OhKatys...the BGs are definitely my favorite. We didn't start CD'ing until Connor was 6 months, so I'm not sure how they would have fit him as a newborn, however he was a big baby (8 lb 4oz) so I doubt we would have had a problem! I expect this one to be even bigger lol!
Oh and we've used Rockin' Green CD detergent and it's always worked well for us. When I ran out (and left it at the ILs once) I used a free & clear regular laundry detergent and it worked just fine. I've always done a cold rinse (or 2 if they are stinky), a hot wash followed by a cold rinse or 2.