Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cloth Diaper Update

Since my last update I have been researching affordable options for our family to continue cloth diapering. In the meantime, we are still cloth diapering as much as we can. Some of the time I choose to use disposables because we are out somewhere and I don't want to cart around dirty diapers. I also use disposables at night because I am too nervous about leaks. During the day I try to use cloth as much as possible. Currently I am still using the Baby Beehinds that I mentioned before, almost daily, only now I am able to use the large size g diapers that I have had in my stash. I have 7 of them. I use pre fold diapers for inserts and they work quite well. You can purchase the actual inserts from their website or even make your own but pre fold diapers are cheaper and readily available most places. I really like the fact that I do not have any leaks with the g diapers. Even though the recommended size for Mary is a size medium based on her weight, the large work great for her chubby legs. I do make sure that every time I put them on that the elastic around the legs is pulled out and around the leg as it should be. Another thing I like about them is that they are slim and not bulky like other cloth diapers. They are plain and cute and are easy to put on and take off.

Something else I like about cloth diapering a breastfed baby is the easy clean up. I can literally throw her dirty diapers in the diaper pail and wash them without rinsing them first. I am sure this will change after she starts solid foods. But for now it is great. You must bleach the stained parts with the sun regularly. This is somewhat of a hassle for me. But I am impressed that the sun takes the stains right out. I usually wash them on a long cold cycle without soap to get the icky stuff off of them and then follow up with a warm wash cycle with soap. I have been using Arm & Hammer laundry detergent. I have had no trouble with soap build up or smelly diapers. The washing soda in Arm & Hammer detergent is a powerful odor fighting agent and it's the right price, cheap! I also use this detergent on all of our clothes, so it works out well for me.

As I said before I am researching the best most affordable way for our family to continue cloth diapering. It is a reality that I cannot expect to use the same 10 cloth diapers until Mary is potty trained. I have found many options out there. There is a website called www.diaperswappers.com that you can buy new and used diapers that have been previously owned. You can find awesome deals this way and I am going to take advantage of it for sure! Another website that I found that sells pocket diapers at a great price is www.alvababy.com. I also like this website www.justsimplybaby.com. If you know of any other resources for cloth diapering on the cheap let me know in the comments. Happy cloth diapering.

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