After talking at length with a couple of my friends who cloth-diaper and much, much thought, I have decided to make the switch from disposable diapers. Gasp! I'm actually really excited to save some cash, do my part for the environment, and - who am I kidding - mainly see how sporty my baby looks in those diapers. Cloth diapers are seriously cute these days. We'll see if my enthusiasm remains after I've used our DIAPER RINSER (which, in case you don't know, is a hose you attach to the back of your toilet to power-wash out the solid variety of baby waste from the diaper... and which I am praying that the three-year old (or six year old, for that matter) doesn't discover).
I've purchased a mix of one size bum genius all-in-ones and the 4.0 version, which should carry us all the way into potty training. Two days into it, my favorites are the 4.0's because the fabric inside does a great job wicking away moisture from the bum (the night before I started, I woke up in a panic worrying about this very thing. Not an issue at all.)
(sorry for the bum shot, but in case you wanted a closer look at the diaper. there are about a billion snaps you can choose from to get a custom fit.)
Any tips would be most welcome (like, what do you overnight? I'm a little scared to use them all night - and, what happens if the little ones do discover the fun of the DIAPER RINSER? I'm hoping there is some kind of locking mechanism.) I totally get that this adventure is not for everyone, but so far, I really love it. The softness of the diapers and how comfortable they seem on the baby - the way they smell off the clothing line outside - I'm enjoying the entire process so much, and since I do laundry at least every other day already, it hasn't seemed to add much extra work to my daily routine.
-oddly enough, all of the cloth diaper-ers I know are named Jennifer.
-I bought mine here (free shipping, plus they threw in a dozen cloth wipes, which are incredibly soft.) You can choose your diaper colors.
-I'm using Crunchy Clean to wash them, which I bought here (again, free shipping. Such an incentive for me). It smells so good. Has anyone used the laundry detergent they sell for clothing?
-My friends tell me that to start, you should get a minimum of 12 diapers, a diaper rinser, cloth wipes, a spray bottle (for moistening the cloth wipes during diaper changes) and a wet bag (for the dirty diapers - it contains the odor until you are able to wash). All of this will probably set you back around $275, which seems like a lot until you calculate how much you spend on disposable diapers each year.
-my favorite color of diaper is noodle. So cute.