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Baby Talk: Cloth Diapering.

So many of you have commented and emailed asking about the details of our cloth diapers, so now that I’ve been doing it for about two weeks, I figured I owe you guys an update.  Here is more than you every wanted to know about diapers!

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Prepping and Washing

I was not one of those smart pregnant women who prepped all her diapers ahead of time so that they would be ready to go when the baby arrived.  Nope, I avoided them and left them all in their packaging for months and months.  I knew that having a baby was going to be a MAJOR life change, and I didn’t want to make things more complicated at the beginning than necessary.  For the first 10 or so weeks, Cullen wore Seventh Generation disposables, which worked out great for us. 

Finally after 2.5 months, I pulled them all out and got them ready.  To prep them for use, I washed all the diapers and liners in cold water for 6 or seven cycles (and extra rinses).  Then I hung them all to dry on our drying rack, before folding them and getting them ready for action. 

Now that they are in use, I do a load of diaper laundry pretty much every day.  I’m planning to buy a few more diaps to hopefully stretch this out to every other day (I currently have 16).  When the dirty diapers come off his little bum, they go into one of my two hanging wet/dry bags.  This system is working out fine for now, but I may consider doing a trashcan lined with a bag down the road, since the bag isn’t always easy to get into with one hand.  I don’t do any spraying or rinsing yet since breastmilk poop isn’t actually very smelly or gross. 

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Once the bag is starting to get full, or I looks like I’m going to run out of diapers soon, I take the whole bag and shake it out into the washing machine.  Then I toss the empty bag right in with the laundry.  It’s nice to not have to touch any of the dirty diapers!  I do two washes – one on cold, and then one on hot – and I have been using the same detergent we use for our regular laundry, either Seventh Generation or Biokleen.

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Once the diapers are washed, I toss them into the dryer for one round on low heat – this tends to be enough to dry most of them.  If any are still slightly damp, I’ll hang them on his crib to dry for a few hours before putting them away.  Once they are dried, I dump the whole load into Cullen’s crib, and he hangs out and usually stares at his mobile or watches me while I put them all together again. 

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It takes about ten minutes to stuff the inserts back into the diapers and fold them up to go in the drawers.  While the cloth diapers do tend to take a bit more pre-planning and time than disposables, I find that the extra tasks don’t bother me.  Folding laundry is kind of therapeutic sometimes.  Once they are folded, they go into three stacks in his dresser/changing table, and the extra inserts are piled on the sides. 

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What Diapers Are We Using?

When I first decided to do cloth diapering, I felt really overwhelmed by all the different options and recommendations.  Ultimately, I ended up getting three different brands and figured I would see what worked best for us.  I have actually really liked having three different options because I tend to use different ones for different times of day.

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bumGenius 4.0 One Size Snap diapers

I bought six of these because they came so highly recommended and all of the reviews I read were good.

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Pros:  Easy to snap and put on.  Option of thin daytime or thicker nighttime inserts.  Thin diapers dry the fastest.  Pretty colors.

Cons:  For some reason these are Casey’s least favorite – he thinks the snaps are bulky.  They tend to leak out the front at night now that Cullen has decided he is a stomach sleeper, but they are great during the day.

Bummis Easy Fit Tots Bots One Size

I received six of these as a gift from my big sister, since these are her personal favorites (she cloth diapers too!).  They are a UK brand and not as easily available online, but I really love these!

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Pros:  Adorable patterns (see above).  Velcro is MUCH faster to put on, more adjustable, and easier to size.  Also, the inserts are attached, so you don’t have to remove the wet or poopy insert before putting into the wet/dry bags (HUGE pro).  In the wash, the insert comes out automatically.  Rebecca has been using these for 7 months and says the velcro is still holding up very well.

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Cons:  Inserts are a bit thicker, and since they are attached they take a bit longer to dry.  Hopefully velcro continues to hold up over time – some people using other brands have said velcro doesn’t last as long.

These are my favorite diapers to use at nighttime, because the velcro is easiest when it’s dark and I’m tired and don’t want to mess with lining up snaps.  I’m planning on ordering a few more of these!

Charlie Banana One Size Diapers

I received six of these from the company in exchange for a giveaway over on Babble (going on now – make sure to click over!).  I don’t typically do product reviews other than a few things for Babble, but after receiving a few to sample, I have since ordered six more regular diapers, and a SWIM diaper for our upcoming vacation!

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Pros:  These are by far the softest and coziest of the three.  The diapers are lined in a super soft fleece, and they seem like the gentlest fabric to be up against Cullen’s tiny little bum.  The inserts are also fairly thick, which allows for maximum absorption and no leaks (so far!).  Cute colors and patterns available too – always a plus!  They are also an eco-friendly company that uses all green materials and no chemicals.

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Cons:  My only gripe with these is that the insert pocket is in the front of the diaper instead of the rear.  Sometimes I think this makes the front a little bulky.  Also the thicker pads (which are a pro!) take a bit longer to dry.

The Bottom Line

Even though it seemed overwhelming at first, once I started actually putting the diapers in action it became quite easy.  I explained it to Casey once in about ten minutes, and he was on board from day one – very simple.  I am glad we waited to start using them though, as I think I would have found the additional laundry and folding to be too much when I was still adjusting to an itty bitty newborn.  Plus, they fit him better now anyway.

All three brands are very comparable in price, with diapers running $18-$20 each.  It’s a decent investment upfront, but will more than pay for itself over the course of Cullen’s pre-potty-training days.  I’m hoping we can use them for any future kids that may come as well!

They also have a much lower environmental impact than disposables.  The detergent and water used to wash each load is pretty minimal.

The only thing that surprised me at first was how bulky they are at the beginning, and how much room they take up in his little clothing.  He’s just three months old now, but with the cloth diapers, he’s already pushing the limits on some of his 3-6 onesies!

Overall, I’m really glad we decided to switch to the cloth diapers.  Since I’m home all day, it just made sense to give it a shot.  So far so good, and I’ll be sure to share any additional tips and tricks I may learn along the way!

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For any moms or future moms, don’t forget to enter the Charlie Banana diaper giveaway over on Babble!

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Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction     at 9:30 am

Cullen looks so cute in his little cloth diapers! I bet they are more comfortable too! Can I ask you what the main reason was for you deciding to switch to cloth diapers? I assume for the environment and the cost? Just wondering :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Number one is probably the cost. It’s also just so much better for both the environment AND the baby! No chemicals, easier to potty train, less diaper rash, etc.

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Laura     at 9:41 am

Thanks for sharing all this info! I’ll be bookmarking this page for sure to keep for reference when I need it again in a couple months. And I just entered the contest too!

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Katie KS     at 9:45 am

Are you staying in a place w a washer/dryer on vacation? I always joke about if tsa had to check a bag full of dirty diapers! Oh and with both my kids even in disposables we always do one size up in the undershirt like onesies. They seem to run small. So M is in 12 month onesies and 9 month clothes.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yep, washer and dryer on vacation! We might take disposables for vacay though – not sure yet. Either way, it’s a lot to pack!

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Katie KS Reply:

That’s nice though I do enjoy a vaca from my laundry :) Two tips for diapers … I have bought them in my destination so as not to have to pack many. Also if you check a carseat when you check in (carseats are always checked free), put it in a carseat bag and there’s a TON more room in there. We’ve taken diapers, wipes, a tote bag full of toys etc. :) You all seem to have a lot of flight perks, but maybe this will help others if not you!

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Mandy     at 9:48 am

I don’t think I’m brave enough to make the switch with this baby, but it’s great information!

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 9:54 am

Good for you! I just don’t know if I would be able to jump on the cloth diaper bandwagon. Putting poopy stuff through a washer where I am going to put all of my other things through later just freaks me out.

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mere Reply:

Ok…this was my thought, too….you put the WHOLE thing in the wash? No….rinsing?

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suki Reply:

i’m in the same boat. you just put the poop in the washer?

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Dani @ Run Fit Mama Reply:

I thought that too- how do you get the inserts out without touching them?

We use bumGenious 2.0 and gDiapers (with our two year old) and I always have to pull the inserts out, dump the contents into the toilet if there’s poop then rinse before they go into the washer.

When they get a little older and the contents smell, and the bag doesn’t cut it anymore a plastic bin with a snap top works great to store the dirty diapers before washing.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yeah the ONLY thing I really don’t like is pulling the inserts out. That’s why I like the Tots Bots so much with the insert attached!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Believe it or not, baby poop (when breastfeeding exclusively) is not gross at all, and it’s really minimal. Once the poop becomes more substantial, you start rinsing the diapers first!

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Emily Malone Reply:

You rinse once they start eating solid foods and their poop becomes more like “real” poop. Breastfed poop is actually not stinky or gross at all.

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Lara Reply:

My little guy is 8 months old now and we’ve been using cloth from the start. Like the others said you’d ont need to rinse off the breast milk poop, it isn’t that gross. Now that he’s eating solids though I have purchased some disposable liners. They are AWESOME. I just put one in the diaper and when he poops it catches it all (usually) and then I just toss the liner and poop in the toilet. So easy. Charlie banana sells some liners. The ones I’m using now are bummis.

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Sarah S.     at 10:10 am

Just entered your giveaway over on Babble, if I don’t win I’m going to check out the Charlie Banana’s anyway. We use FuzziBunz for the most part and they seem pretty similar, very soft fleece. Glad it’s going well for you, it’s not as much work as people think it might be and for us it’s just a part of the daily routine. Good luck!

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Julie (A Case of the Runs)     at 10:12 am

Cool post! I’ve seen a lot of people blog about this and admire those who can successfully do this. Do you wash other laundry with the diapers? Also, do you need to wash them on low… I would be cranking those babies up to high heat immediately (to sanitize!).

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Emily Malone Reply:

No I always wash diapers by themselves. You rinse with cold water and then wash on hot to sanitize!

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RhodeyGirl     at 10:17 am

I gave up before I even started. It was too intimidating for me and I just don’t have the time to do any more laundry. I can’t believe it, but I am totally a cloth diapering FAILURE. I bought 18 BumGenius diapers too. only used 1 of them. Sad. I’m going to try and sell the 17 that never even left his drawer.

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Allison K Reply:

Sabrina…
How much do you want to sell for? I am due in may and finding that I am probably not going to get diapers (cloth) as shower gifts.
allison.kaptein(at)gmail.com

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Emily Malone Reply:

Sabrina, it took me almost three months to get started! It’s never too late! But I’m also home all day and have the time to do it – I can’t imagine doing it if I was out of the house for work. Hopefully you can sell them to Allison – don’t lose out on the money you spent!

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Tara     at 10:20 am

We started using the Bum Genius 4.0 at 5 weeks and LOVE them! Before purchasing, I had read many review saying to get the snaps but I gotta say the snaps are getting tough to snap and the velcro is so much easier. I have since purchased several more velcro which are especially great for changing in the middle of the night.

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Emily Malone Reply:

LOVE the Velcro! :)

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Emily     at 10:20 am

that goodbye disposable diaper is so cute! Glad you’re enjoying cloth! It takes a little extra planning but really once you’re in the swing of things, it’s no big deal :) I don’t mind the extra washing and stuffing at all.

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Amy     at 10:20 am

Thanks for posting this! I’m planning to cloth diaper (just added about 16 to my registry!) and hearing other people’s experiences with them is so helpful. I’m glad it’s going well!

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Noelle     at 10:22 am

I’m considering cloth diapers for our little one. I haven’t done a ton of research yet so posts like these are very helpful. Now that they make them so much more convenient then when our mothers were using them, I’m really interested in them.

Have you ever heard of gDiapers? That was the brand I was planning to look into, but I’m curious what users think about them.

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Brianna Reply:

I actually bought a ton a gDiapers before my baby was born and I wish I had started with just a couple. They are awesome, but don’t fit my daughter well because of her proportions. She’s tall and slim with chunky thighs and I found that they cut into the tops of her little thighs. Very sad because I think they are great otherwise. I’d recommend buying a diaper from several brands before committing to one brand.

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Emily Malone Reply:

I have heard of them but haven’t tried them yet. I’ve heard good things! Thanks Brianna for chiming in!

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Nikki     at 10:34 am

BioKleen is THE BEST THING EVER INVENTED for cloth diapers. (And pretty amazing for everything else, too.) We used all cloth from the time my son was a couple months up until two years. (We only stopped because he’s now potty trained.) It amazes me to think of how much money we saved by using cloth diapers. I had moments where I’d be fed up (the messes, ahem… not so much fun) but I just couldn’t bring myself to use disposables.

One thing I’d suggest – Kushies flushable diaper liners were a HUGE help. They’re flushable paper liners that you put in the diaper. When there’s a mess, most times you could just dump the liner + mess into the toilet and there’d be no poop left behind on the cloth.

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Emily Malone Reply:

I actually have some diaper liners but haven’t used any yet. Seems like they would be rough against his skin?

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Nikki Reply:

I was worried about that, too (I have a son) but they were actually fine. They seem to soften up very quickly (warmth/sweat/pee… LOL) Felix never showed any signs of discomfort, never saw any signs of chafing or anything. But again, I just liked the Kushies liners because they made it a little easier to clean up the big messes, you can definitely manage without! And still, YAY for cloth diapers!!!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie     at 10:36 am

So glad you’re cloth diapering! Such a worthy investment for your baby, your wallet AND the environment.

I love cloth diapering and it looks sort of like the Charlie diapers are similar to bum genius. I have tons of homemade diapers a friend made (used with her two sons and now mine) and a few other brands.

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Holly     at 10:36 am

As a non-parent I still found this very interesting and something I might put into use in the future, especially if you can use them on future babies too. What an investment!

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whitney smith     at 10:38 am

Thank you SO much for this post!! With my pregnancy nearing the half way point I have been completely overwhelmed with all of the cloth diaper choices. You reviews and recommendations were VERY helpful! Since they can be a bit of an investment I want to start stocking up now!! Thanks again!

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whitney smith Reply:

on more thing…do you use cloth wipes too?

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Emily Malone Reply:

I have cloth wipes, but I’m not using them yet. We use Seventh Generation disposable wipes right now. Might switch down the road!

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Kathy     at 10:39 am

Cloth diapers have sure come a long way since I used them. My kids had the all white square cotton diapers that used pins. THOSE were bulky and horrible. You had to also use plastic pants over them so they didn’t leak. The new diapers are so adorable. When you put the diaper in the “used” bag, do you leave the poo in the diaper and wash everything or do you have a liner that you can dump first? These sound so much nicer than the old ones.

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Sara Reply:

I was wondering the same thing–do you just leave the “mess” in the diaper?

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Jenny Reply:

Ha ha, my oldest is just 4, but I still used the square diapers with pins and plastic pants. I used them religiously with my first, half and half with my second, and didn’t even try them with my current little guy.
Now that I know there are other options, I might get brave enough to try them again.

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Emily Malone Reply:

You leave the poo in the diaper at this point when it’s just breastmilk poop and not very substantial (or smelly). Down the road, once solid foods start, there is a diaper sprayer attachment that you hook on the toilet to rinse them.

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ste     at 10:57 am

I use Bummis prefolds and diaper covers but the ones I have are a Canadian brand, made in Montreal, QC.

I’ve heard the biokleen is awesome for cloth diapers. Bummis does not recommend the Seventh Gen because it can contribute to urine residue problems – I only mention this because I had a problem with it and it took quite awhile for me to figure out how to get rid of it. Luckily, once I had spoken to people in an actual bummis store, they gave me simple instructions to get rid of it.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Good to know about Seventh Generation!

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Tami Jo Eaton     at 11:00 am

Wow, cloth diapers have come such a long way. I wish they were cute like that when I had my children. I remember seeing pictures of myself with those plain white diapers with the big safety pins and an ugly plain plastic cover that gave me big red marks around my legs. Cullen is so adorable!!

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Jen Reply:

I was thinking the same thing! I remember changing my younger brother when he was a baby (he just turned 34 so that gives you an idea how long ago this was), and I know I stuck him many times with those huge pins. Somehow, he survived though. :)

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Sara     at 11:10 am

We love our cloth too. All of ours are bumgenius and they’ve been going great. They definitely give her a JLo booty though! Ha.

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Brooke     at 11:29 am

thank you, thank you, thank you. My husband and I are expecting a little girl May 30th and i just ordered the book “Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering.” All the options are overwhelming especially because it’s our first child and I’ve never done this before. So thank you for sharing your opinions and your daily routines on cloth diapering! It really helps a lot :)

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Colleen     at 11:36 am

Wow, cloth diapers have came a long way. I was afraid to use them since the only cloth diapers I remember were the ones my mom used on us – pins.

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Amber K     at 11:49 am

I would like to be able to do cloth diapering, but I don’t know if I would want to deal with it. I think it’s so much better for the baby and the environment, but definitely more work. Thanks for the thorough info!

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Sarah Wells     at 12:04 pm

So I am a compete Cloth Diaper addict! I wanted to let you know there are a bunch of facebook pages where you can go to ask questions and find out more about different types of diapers! There are cheaper one’s out there!! :) Oh and Brooke the “Changing Diapers: The Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapering” is the best book ever! I love it! :) Let’s see…SewCraftyBaby.com is a great place to buy diapers and they have free shipping on all orders! :) Diapershops.com is a great place to purchase as well! :) My favorite, cheaper version of diapers is LovelyPocketDiapers.com. Love them! As far as Facebook pages…Cloth Diapers, Inc. has some great info and the welcome questions! :) Oh and Kelly Wels, the author of the cloth diaper book, has a facebook page and will answer questions…Also most of the brands of diapers have facebook pages and welcome questions also! There is seriously so much info on facebook it’s ridiculous! Oh and most cloth diaper companies would recommend you not drying your covers. It will actually decrease the life of the PUL (the waterproof lining). I would hang them up to dry and just dry your inserts in the dryer. Also…if you do happen to get stains, hanging them outside in the sun works wonders! For really bad ones, spray some lemon juice and water on them and it helps too! Also…Cloth wipes are wonderful as well! It’s easy to just throw them in the laundry too! :) I hope you have as much fun with this as I have! I’ve only been doing it for 5 months, but I know I have saved so much money! And I know it’s better for my baby too! Plus they are so darn cute! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thanks for all this great info! I think I might be addicted too. Can’t stop buying more diapers! :)

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Kate     at 12:17 pm

I have been cloth diapering my 18 month old since the beginning…I love it! My BIG tip to help with the big booty from the diaps/onesie issue is to order some Onesie Extenders from http://www.onestepahead.com. They come in a set to fit all brands and are AWESOME. My girl was long and skinny and they allowed us to keep her in the same sizes for longer. -Kate

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Emily Malone Reply:

Totally AWESOME! I had never seen these -t hank you!!

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Anna Crouch     at 12:43 pm

I know you save a lot of money not buy disposable diapers, but do you think you end up spending a lot of extra money doing so many loads and rewashing of the cloth diapers?? I’ve always wondered that! I would be interested in doing cloth when we have kids, but I’ve wondered if, in addition to being better environmentally, if they are actually more cost effective (as people say they are)

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Emily Malone Reply:

I don’t think the cost of the laundry could even come close to the cost of diapers. Those little diaps are EXPENSIVE!

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Lauren (PB&G)     at 1:40 pm

I’ve been a bit out of the loop and somehow missed these on your blog. The first time I heard of them was this past Sunday at my cousin’s baby shower. It took me a little while to get onboard but now I’m sure it’s the direction I want to take when I decide to start my family.

My question is what happens after the wee one grows out of the diapers. Are the pads recyclable?

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Emily Malone Reply:

I plan to use them for all future babies down the road, but I guess when you’re done having kids you get rid of them? Not sure about recyclable.

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Lauren (PB&G) Reply:

Yeah I think it’s great to reuse them for all future babies.

.. Someday!

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Ema Reply:

I haven’t heard of them being recyclable but there are a few sites where you can sell your old diapers if they are still ok. That may sound kind of gross but you can strip diapers and get them really clean.

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Lauren (PB&G) Reply:

It sounds a little strange to me but then again I haven’t done much research. Interesting to know that there’s people doing something with them after the fact, though!

=)

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Nan     at 3:08 pm

My daughter used cloth diapers exclusively for both my grandsons who are 7 and 9 now. She was the only one of her friends to use them and I was so proud of her. We purchased several cute ones online from working mothers and the plus was she used them again with son number 2. Both boys trained around age 2 which is far earlier than most kids today. As for size, the boys didn’t need much bigger ones since they trained early.

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Army Amy*     at 3:50 pm

Cullen looks happy as a clam in his cloth diapers!*

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Bridget B.     at 3:51 pm

I just have to say that last picture of Cullen is completely adorable! I love his little expressions. Thanks for all the great information too. I am nowhere near having a baby, but I have always considered cloth diapering as a great alternative.

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama     at 3:55 pm

We have been cloth diapering since my twins were 2 months old. I initially bought g diapers but was disappointed with how much they leaked. My kids were too petite to get a good fit. My friend suggested GroVia and we have been hooked ever since.

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Nina     at 4:22 pm

Okay, so this is awkward, but what happens when Cullen transitions to plant-based food and his poops are a little more intense? Like, will it go: poop –> diaper, diaper –> wash bag, wash bag –> washing machine? Like the poop will just sit there doing it’s poop thing?

I’m super confused and internet searches have proved useless. I’m nowhere near kid ready, but I’ve wondered about cloth diapers and how ready I have to be to deal with the, uh, stuff.

This is so super awkward.

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Sarah Wells Reply:

You actually dump the solid poop in the toilet first! :) And they make diaper sprayers that you can buy that hook up to your toilet so you can rinse it away if it’s a little too messy! Very simple :) And just an extra info…You are actually supposed to dump the poop out of disposables too. It says it on the package, but no one ever does it. :/

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Katie KS Reply:

We always dumped solid poop in the toilet from disposables. Otherwise the room starts to smell!

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Nina Reply:

Thank you so much for explaining this!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yep, you dump the bigger poops into the toilet, and there is an attachment to rinse and spray it clean. Then you wash without any solid poo. Can you imagine putting a giant poo log in a washing machine? Gross! Breastmilk poop is actually not even stinky or really very gross – it’s pretty minimal. :)

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Brenda     at 4:43 pm

Cotton Babies has select 4.0 Bumgenius on clearance. Most are hook/loop closure (which Casey might like better). With free shipping, it’s a good way to bulk up your stash!

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Heidi     at 4:51 pm

I love cloth diapers! Been using them since my son was 2 months old. He’s 17 months now and we still use them. I rarely purchase disposables anymore. I like the bumgenius 4.0 with the snaps…my velcros are just now starting to get worn. We have another baby on the way and plan on using cloth diapers for him too. Keep us updated, I’d love to hear what you think as Cullen gets older.

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Sneakers2Sandals     at 5:06 pm

I don’t have a kid. I’m not planning on having one soon but for some reason I was extremely engrossed in reading your post about cloth diapers. Besides being Eco friendly are they better for the babies?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Yes much better. Less diaper rash, no chemicals, easier for potty training down the road!

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Kit-Kat     at 5:48 pm

Sweet little baby! :-)

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing     at 5:59 pm

I never even THOUGHT about using diapers.. but such a good idea!

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Morgan     at 6:05 pm

I would really recommend cloth wipes too! We do cloth diapers and wipes and it makes the process of changing diapers much easier. I just keep a tub of ten or so on the changing table that have been moisentened…if they are chilly I just hold one in my hand for a minute then it is good to go. Green mountain diapers sells some nice ones that are rough on one side and smooth on the other so that they can get rid of the gunk and provide a nice soft finish.

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Emily Malone Reply:

I have some cloth wipes too but haven’t started using them yet. Baby steps… :)

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Katy @ MonsterProof     at 6:10 pm

I’m debating trying again. Our issue was that our son became very inflamed when he was in contact with his urine, and the cloth diapers didn’t keep him dry enough. No matter how quickly I caught it, he still seemed to get red and puff up. Any tricks on this? Or is it not an issue for you?

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Sarah Wells Reply:

Buy some fleece and cut into rectangles and use them as liners! It’s soft on the babies parts and the urine just goes right through and keeps the babies skin dry! :) Oh and organic coconut oil is a nice barrier for overnight and is cloth diaper safe! Plus it smells really yummy :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

So the first day we did cloth diaps Cullen got diaper rash and I was shocked! I put some cream on it and it was gone the next day – never came back. May have just been a brief adjustment? The Charlie Bananas with the fleece are much softer and less irritating to the skin, so maybe try a different brand?

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Lara Reply:

My son has had his problem as well, especially when we were using prefolds and covers. Since I switched to using bumgenius diapers we have not had rash problems though. They seem to wick away the moisture better than even the Charlie banana’s. I did just purchase some fleece liners from Bummis, I just got them so I haven’t used them yet, but I’m planning on trying to use them with the prefolds and covers I have. I also use some kissaluvs spray every time I put his diaper on and that also seems to help keep the redness from the pee away.

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Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement     at 7:31 pm

Isn’t there a service that picks up/cleans/and delivers new ones daily? I think my Mom had this for my sister (she is 11 years younger than me) and I bet there is something similar in Seattle for the more hectic diapers that may be coming your way.

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Emily Malone Reply:

There are diapering services, definitely! Surprisingly, I don’t find the laundry to be a hassle. I kind of like it. :)

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Brooke     at 7:39 pm

I am a new mom and I use a cloth/disposable hybrid called gDiapers. The outer shell is cloth and washable, it has a strong plastic liner which is also washable and the diaper (which resembles a maxipad) is flushable, compostable or you can through it away guiltfree because the pad biodegrades in 5 days.
I have been using them for 2.5 months now and about to move up to the medium size (my little guy is growing too quickly). They are easy to use, easy to take with you when you need to change the baby while you are out. I also carry a wet bag for the liner and cloth shell in case it gets wet.
I can usually use 2 cloth shells a day (sometimes more, sometimes just one) and the plastic liners need to be changed if baby does a #2.
Anyway, I think these were a great compromise for my partner and me. He was so fearful of cloth diapers.
It was funny when one day we didn’t have a spare cloth shell and liner and someone offered us a regular disposable diaper and neither of us could figure out how it went on. We made our midwife laugh so hard that day.
Please check of gDiapers. They are great!

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Brooke Reply:

Please check out gDiapers (not of gDiapers :) )

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Emily Malone Reply:

I will check these out! Thanks for all the info!

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Susan     at 10:49 pm

We’re using Easyfits too and I love them! They are my favourite so far of the ones we tried (Bummis prefolds, Fuzzibunz, Kissaluvs and Grovia all-in-ones). I heard great things about BumGenius, and I’d love to give them a try. I’m actually kind of obsessed with cloth diapers, but unfortunalty my husband won’t let me get any more… :D

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April     at 12:23 am

Are all these brands made in the USA? Not sure if that is important to you, but it is for me…just can’t trust them to be “chemical free” if not. I do remember reading gDiapers are made in China.
Love your reviews, very helpful! Right now I am using the cloth diaper (old school square one) with just the cover but would like to explore these others…just wanna make sure they are made somewhere I trust:)

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Erin Reply:

Diapers being made in the USA is important to a lot of moms. Most cloth websites have a “Made in US” tab and will list them there so they are easy to find!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes     at 7:24 am

Just found your blog, and so glad I did! Love it! Your baby is too precious! And I am in love with biokleen! It really is the best stuff.

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Katie     at 8:41 am

His little bitty shoes are so cute!

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Sharon W     at 9:36 am

I am so glad I came across your blog recently! It is such a relief to read as I believe our little ones are about the same age! My little girl was born October 29! So, all of your posts/blogs are right up to speed with what is going on in our daily lives from diapering to mommy’s exercise routine! So I just wanted to say HI and thanks for sharing your experiences! I am in the process of switching to cloth diapers(just need to stock pile more) and have been searching for different brands to try! Your post will definitely help in my search! Can’t wait to continue following your site!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Aw thanks Sharon! Congrats on your little girl! :)

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Alicia @culinarybliss     at 10:03 am

You don’t have to remove the insert before you wash it! Our stash is almost all BGs and I never remove the inserts, just throw them into the wet bag and throw it all into the was. They usually come out in the wash or you just pull them out after you wash before you dry them.
And the BGs do come in velcro, which my husband prefers because it’s faster!
When they have solid poop you can use disposable liners and just pitch the solids into the toilet before washing.
We dry the pockets on the line because the heat breaks down the PUL faster, but always do the stuffers in the dryer.
Finally, if yours get stained you can just dry them in the sun! It bleaches them.
Glad you’re loving cloth :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

I have heard this from other people too, and for some reason it doesn’t work for me. We have a small stackable washing machine, and I’m wondering if it’s not powerful enough to clean the inserts in the diaps?

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Anna     at 12:34 pm

That is so funny that your husband likes the bumgenius the least b/c my husband likes them the best. I guess it is all personal preference :) Plus we are using Fuzzibunz and find the Bumgenius are easier to use with less snaps. I also just tried today an Itti Bitti Tutto and am finding it much less bulky than the BumGenius. Fits very nicely under my 7 weeks old 0-3 mths clothes.

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Carlee     at 1:56 pm

Thanks for this post. We are looking into all the research and it is so overwhelming. We’ve definitely looked into all three of the brands you mentioned!

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Lindsy     at 3:02 pm

I LOVE cloth! I’ve tried many many kinds, but I’ve discovered that I do NOT like pockets! I’m a prefold or All-In-One mama. Just thinking, you may discover if you switch to cotton (in a prefold or all-in-one) you won’t have the leaking issues like you would with microfiber. Microfiber does leak when compressed, unlike cotton. Just a thought! My son is a belly sleeper also. :-)

Love your blog, the food, and the new mama twist to it! Keep it up!

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Kellie M     at 7:50 pm

I used to cloth diaper and always wished I was able to try Hiney Lineys, but my boys got big too fast. I’ve heard such great things about them because of their softness and best of both worlds of prefolds and pockets. Just wanted to throw it out there to try if you are still looking to try some. Here’s the link. http://hineylineys.com/ I know I always was looking for new options when I cloth diapered. Cullen is adorable and you are amazing for continuing to post great recipes while your new duties as mommy. Great job Emily!

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Michelle Klein     at 9:39 pm

Welcome to fluff land, it is fun. I am considering having anoer baby just so I can cd more! :-)

Cannot possibly read all the comments so hope this is not duplicate info.

You can buy onesie extenders for when he is tight on his diaper from bulk. And later, you can convert his onesies to tshirts and the feet to his footed pjs can be cut and hemmed to just be pants.

Also get some flats when you can, talk about theraputic, folding flats is seriously zen! Lots of how tos on youtube, fyi. You can fold inserts into flats for added absorbancy. Also, did you know you can double stuff your pockets? I really enjoy having prefolds, flats, fitted and pockets, I like variety and have a little of everything. Even a few wool covers are nice and really great for leaky diapers,, like the ones you have.

For the leaks on any diaper, even all in one, consider getting a few covers, I love the motherease airflows. Even once pul is shot you can just use the diaper as a fitted with a cover.

I do not use diaoer sprayers or dunk diapers. I use imse vimse liners. Bought a package and have only gone thru half of it in six months of diapering since we launder them with the diapers and only the poo ines get flushed. They really go a ling way, no telling how many times I have reused the liners. I also discovered that the disposable wipes come out of the laundry looking great and you can use them as dusting cloths, like the swiffer or reuse them as wipes. I like cloth wipes too, for wet clean ups and make my own solution.

So glad you are enjoying using cloth!

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mi-an d.     at 5:33 am

very cool post! i don’t have kids yet but i will keep this in mind. i know cloth diapers is good for the environment, but do you think washing too many loads may also not be good bc of using up too much water? waste of water? increase cost of electricity? just wanted to know your thoughts.

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stephanie     at 1:29 pm

My parents did cloth diapers with me in the early 1990′s and they had a cloth diaper service. They would bring you fresh diapers on your door step and then you would put the dirty ones in a trash bag and put it on your doorstep and they would take them, clean them, and give you fresh ones. Even with the service the cloth diapers were much cheaper than disposables.

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Shannon Bell     at 3:25 pm

He’s so freakin cute! Glad the cloth diapers are working out, definitely a pro for the environment and long-term costs!

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Maryann     at 12:02 pm

Boy do I feel old. Wow where were those diapers 30 yrs ago. Pins, pricking myself,rinsing out the …. out in the toilet horrible. Good to see these. Whoever invented them is a millionaire by now.

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Lara     at 3:49 pm

I actually like that the Charlie Banana pocket is in the front. If poop gets on the diaper it is usually on the back and I’d much rather touch pee than poop! In my mind, that is the one thing that makes the Charlie Banana’s slightly better than other brands I’ve tried.

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Samantha @ My Full Life     at 9:39 am

I want to do this SO badly but daddy is NOT on board! I’m due May 7th and I’ve read countless articles on this and how great it is. It seems like a no-brainer for a stay-at-home mom, but the fiance says there’s no way the dirty diapers are going in the same washer as his laundry. I keep reminding him – you know the washer CLEANS, right? Like cleans clothing and in the meantime cleans itself, right? Given the amount of hot water/soap that we’d put in, I feel like it’d be sanitary. How do I convince him!?

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Baby Cloth Diapers     at 5:33 am

Great article! I am pro cloth diapers. Good for baby and environment! Love the “Goodbye Disposable, Hello Cloth” !!!

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Tiffany     at 9:30 am

I love cloth diapers. I use them on my son whenever I am low on disposable (my husband is not on board with cloth) or I just feel like giving his bum a change. Love them Bum Genius One Size pocket are my favorites. Easy and the velcro is a cinch. Glad you are enjoying cloth diapers. =)

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Maggie     at 10:43 am

We’re expecting our first in October, and I’m definitely going to cloth diaper. How many diapers do you recommend I have on hand? Thanks!

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Dona     at 9:20 pm

I just ran across your blog and so glad I did! I, too, live in Seattle (also originally from the midwest), and am almost 12 weeks along with my first baby and looking for all the advice I can get — especially on the daunting task of choosing cloth diapers. Ugh! I appreciate that you blogged about your pregnancy – it’s such a help to those of us out there needing encouragement and to make us feel normal!

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Melissa     at 4:38 am

Hello Emily! I’m expecting in November and I’m set on using cloth diapers. This may be an obvious question (and please, anyone feel free to pipe in), but as I’m reading online about different types of diapers, I see just as many cloth diaper covers. Is this necessary to purchase in addition to the cloth diaper? I would think it just makes everything that much bulkier. Do you use diaper covers?

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Cassie     at 8:39 pm

This is a great post. Let me ask though, isn’t it gross to wash the poopy diapers in the same washer you wash your clothes? that would be my only concern.

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Theresa     at 5:00 pm

Might I recommend the Spray Pal for rinsing your diapers. A small business with a great product.

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Maggie     at 12:51 pm

Thanks for typing this up, its been super helpful! But I have one question. I want to get teh Bummis (I’ve read lots of great reviews on the diaper) but some people refer to them as wraps and I think you have the “whisper wrap” but Amazon has some listed as “hoop and loops” are those the same thing?

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I tried some diaper samples provided by a company and found them very good. Now I am happy to find honest company diapers.

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