Are you just joining us? Read Cloth Diapering: The Why to find out some background information, and to just know that you read part 1 of a 4 part series!
Please note: This series is going to cover some necessary cloth diapering information. At no time do the Mommies involved intend to make you feel as though you are doing things wrong. We in no way want you to think the world will fall apart or you are single handedly contributing to overflowing landfills if you use sposies.
We do, however, want you to understand that we believe the benefits outweigh the cons. We believe it is important enough in our lives (and our little one’s lives) that we should share. I will continue this series by sharing with you my cloth diaper routine. As a mother of two, both in diapers, I hope you can take something away from this post and find it applicable to your diapering routine (now or future).
Step 1: Make sure I am stocked and ready to go for the current day’s needs:
And ideally the next day’s. If you have to wash diapers every night while your kids are asleep you may get pretty worn out at the idea. Here are my daily needs for cloth diapers:
- Clean covers and inserts for my toddler
- Clean covers and inserts for my baby
- Clean baby wipes and liquid (or spray bottle – see below)
- Wet bag for storing dirty diapers
- Any items necessary for diaper bag/travel (I will not go into detail here, that is for next week)
Step 2: I have all of my supplies…now where do they go?
Mountains of cloth diapers! The last thing we need is more piles of stuff – I already have toys and clothes all over the place! I have seen several different methods for organizing:
- Some simply throw all of the diaper products into a drawer and sort as they use them.
- This is a a fantastic method if you ask me. Diapers don’t get wrinkles (and if they do, trust me I don’t care) so why fold them? Saves a huge step because they go right from being cleaned, to a drawer to a bum. Simple.
- Problem: Daddy’s tend to get frustrated when they don’t know what goes with what and which size is for this girl and that. I needed another way: I needed them coordinated some how so everyone knows what is going on.
- Enter option two. Keep the diapers put together. Inserts go in their pocket diapers, snap in liners get snapped in, covers get wrapped around the cloth diaper, etc.
- This is another awesome method. There are no questions raised about what goes where. You know all the pieces are accounted for. You don’t have to assemble when you are at the changing table with a squirmy kid.
- Problem: This takes a chunk of my time away from my very busy day. I most certainly cannot afford to spend a block of time assembling when I can just throw it together and then throw it on the baby, literally. I needed a better solution.
- And I found it! My best option. Drawers. Yes, drawers. At first I used shelves, but stacking would sometimes fall or little hands would pull the piles over.
- One drawer for each child. Inside the drawer is all of the necessary parts and components for the diapers. You need only know how to assemble basic pieces together and which drawer to start with.
- Problem: I have yet to find one. But if this changes I will surely let you know.
Please note, when company is in town and I have extra hands, I do take the time to assemble. It is the least I can do for those that are risking it all by changing my kids diapers 🙂
Step 3: I know where they get stored, but how I do make these pieces work?
I thought it best to show this as a video, rather than take 100 pictures and edit them all and upload.Turns out I had more to explain then I thought…so in the videos below I show you which diapers I use and how they go together. If you are a diapering expert surely you can skip this, but then you miss my video! I know I personally would have appreciated this when I first began my search!
Step 4: Okay, that is the diaper, what about wipes?
I do like to clean the baby’s bottom before putting a clean diaper on! And again, I found it easier to do a video of my two favorite cloth wipe routines.
Step 5: The diapers and wipes are dirty…now what?
Believe it or not this is the easy part! Diapers are really low maintenance – ONCE YOU GET USED TO THEM. As with anything, there is a learning curve. You break in your new diapers, decide which ones you (and your little one’s) prefer and figure out what detergent/cleaners work best and voila! You have your very own diaper cleaning routine!
Well, if you haven’t noticed, there is a theme here. Video! But before that, here is my basic recommendation:
(As often as needed): Dirty diaper –> Into diaper storage (see below) –> Into washing machine –> Run a COLD quick rinse cycle –> Wash on HOT with detergent (once a week or so, add a non chlorine oxygen cleaner to the hot wash and let soak over night. Continue process in the morning)–> Remove from washing machine –> Dry (either line dry or dryer dry)
A word on diaper storage:
More information from the video: I use wet bags and my washing machine. If it is laundry day (I need my washer for things OTHER than diapers) I put the dirty diapers in a wet bag and then when it is time to wash the diapers, I open the bag, dump the diapers in the wash, then dump the bag in the wash.
Note, you will want to take the diapers apart before putting into the bag. It is really gross to have to do this after. Yuck.
If it isn’t laundry day (if my washer is open!), I put several inches of COLD water in the washer along with a tablespoon or two of white vinegar. This absorbs odor and my wash has just become my wet pail. I keep adding until I feel there is enough for a load, or I am in need of more diapers. Spin the water out and wash on HOT when ready.
Make sure to change the water out periodically if a long period of time will go before washing as stains can pass on to other diapers and actually set it.
A word on drying:
Line Dry versus Dryer Dry: I am very PRO line dry (see my pic above!). Reason: The sun is the best bleach. Diapers get stains on them. It is inevitable. Though they are clean, they may not look very clean. The sun fixes that! Hang your wet diapers out there in the sun for a few hours and they will be dry and bright white! The sun also helps with any additional odor removal.
The dryer to dry is great when I wash at night. I don’t always have my wash routine perfectly set up to remove from the wash in the morning. When that is the case, I throw them in the dryer before bed and wake up to lots of clean diapers! I do notice that sometimes they aren’t quite as fresh, but now that I have found my perfect detergent I don’t mind as much.
Step 6: Diapers are now clean and ready to go for tomorrow! Start routine over again!
One last note about this. I do a load every other day. I mix and match diapers based on what I have available. I purchased diapers a few at a time to find out what I liked for the girls and as a result I have a schmorgesborg. I would recommend you only buy a few at a time until you know what works best. You don’t want to waste money!
What additional information would you like? Did you make it through with all of those videos? Comment or email me!
Step 7: (My daily routine is done but there are others for you to visit!)
Step 8: (Am I keeping your attention?)
Don’t forget the series will continue! You have the Why and The How (Part 1). Next week we will have a few additional posts that show you:
- (The How: Part 2) Extenuating circumstances (for example, how we handle traveling, overnights and nap time, and address some reader’s questions and answers).
- (The Win!) My favorite diapers! (I will go over my personal favorites for both my little “petite” baby and also my toddler). **This includes a giveaway of my very favorite diaper (I haven’t yet shown this one to you!!! (Courtesy of the best diaper store around).**
The above topics will be brought to you courtesy of these other awesome cloth diapering mamas (they would still be awesome even if they didn’t cloth diaper):
- Mindy @ The Purposed Heart
- Leigh Ann @ Intentional by Grace
- Yours truly! With some questions answered by Erin from The Humbled Homemaker (see below)
Thirsties Cover (as show in Video Part 3)
Eco Brands Prefold (The Prefold I couldn’t seem to remember…)
gDiapers (as seen in Video Part 1)…have a disposable insert option…makes it a hybrid and great for traveling!
Castille Soap (as seen in the cloth wipes video)
Wet Bags (Planet Wise) as seen in the last video
Do you have any questions? Email me so we can address the questions in the upcoming posts. Make sure to follow my blog so you can remember to enter to win my favorite diaper through the giveaway from Jack Be Natural!
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