This was what the clothesline looked like this weekend. The flats are okay and one of the great things about them is that they are east to bucket wash, clean well and dry quickly, but when compared to the all-in-one ease and softness of the fuzzibunz and bumgenius, we just couldn’t wait any longer. I have been using the microfiber cloth diapers for about a week now and I am loving them! I have been washing them in the camp bucket with hot water and giving them a final washing in the washer and so far this is working really well. Lorelei is happier and looks oh-so-cute in her cloth diapers.
Today there were some especially dirty diapers and once clean they were still a bit stained, so I hung them out to dry as usual and the sun completely bleached them white again. I was shocked. A few times before a diaper or two had a faint stain that I could live with, but these were very dark and covering most of the insert. I really did not know that the sun was this rad. I mean, warmth? Yes. Poop stain destroyer? Good to know! The diapers seem really durable and the ease of use and adjustability makes me think that I will most likely start using the cloth diapers right away for the next baby. It would be amazing to me if we could use these same diapers for another child, but even if we have to buy another set of cloth we are still saving a ton of moulah! Also, I like each brand equally. I like different things about both, so it is really hard to choose a favorite. I would also like to try a brand called Rumparooz. These names right? So silly. :o)
Since we do not have hot water for laundry I have decided to take the “flats challenge” and try flat diapers and wash them in my camp style bucket. I figured these would also be an inexpensive backup diaper for once we are in North Carolina. I got the flats in the mail on Monday and started prepping them. This included boiling them instead of washing them three times because I wanted to get started right away. :o) I could only do 3 at a time (out of 18 total) and I had to boil them for 30 min, so this took a few hours. A note here: I noticed that I could get a dozen flats at Target for $12 and decided to go for it although I knew they may not be as good as the ones I found online. Lesson learned! The one’s I purchased are referred to as “Gerber trash” in a respected video and are (as I noticed quickly) basically worthless once washed. :o(
After I boiled them, I rinsed them in my bucket and transported them to my washer for some spin time.
I then hung them out to dry which took no time at all! One of the many benefits of flat diapers!
Once they were dry I tried some of the folds, like the kite fold, origami fold with the snappi and the pad fold. For taking the “flats challenge”, I received a free diaper cover and it turned out to be a flip cover which allowed me to use the pad fold pretty easily.
This way of doing cloth diapers takes some getting used to, but I just keep thinking that every disposable diaper I don’t put on Lorelei saves me money. Today I was able to use all 6 cloth diapers. Cloth is different! It feels a little bit like culture shock because I’m the only person I know who uses cloth, so I’ve never actually witnessed a diaper change. It feels a little silly, but it is also kinda fun. The site I have frequented is Kelly’s Closet which has a ton of sales and pretty much anything you could want with cloth diapers. Amazon has a few things as well. I used my bucket to wash my flats this evening and was a little worried about the one poopy diaper she had, cause, you know, it’s yellow poop on a white diaper, but it all came out and is in the dryer as we speak. We’ll see how we do tomorrow. :o)
I’ve discovered that online shopping is like Christmas. You look at a picture of something you would like to have (order it) and BAM! it shows up on your doorstep! You open it and if you are like me, spread it all out to see what’cha got. Perhaps something like this…
What is all that craziness you say? It’s cloth diapers. Yep, it is about that time. We are planning to wait until we move because our current washing situation does not have hot water available, but seeing all of the bright colors and feeling the softness makes me so excited! I had to at least try one on Lorelei, crossing my fingers that she wouldn’t pee in one just yet.
This one is a FuzziBunz brand in the color kumquat. :o) I also got a few BumGenius to try as these are the most user-friendly and most everyone raves about them. These are called “one-size” which means that they have adjustable snaps and in some cases elastic to grow with your baby. I went ahead and purchased these because I found a great site that has been having fabulous sales this month including free diapers and free shipping. Yay! I was a little bit overwhelmed looking at this pile of foreign objects, but the forums and reviews I’ve read all say that once you learn how to use and wash them properly it is a breeze. Again, crossing my fingers. Not only is cloth diapering cheaper than disposables it is chemical free and we aren’t adding to the landfill bajillions of grody diapers. Winning! lol
That really pretty print in the middle of the first photo? That is called a wet bag and it is so neat! I now have a reusable bag to put my dirty diapers in when I am out and about and I also got a pail liner (in avocado green) so we won’t need to be buying garbage bags either. Cannot wait!