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Cloth Diapers for Beginners


~ all we know/are learning about using cloth cloth diapers ~

Who: Our little baby girl and any future children we (hopefully) have. Everything we have heard/read says that cloth diapers will last through several children. This will mean a greater overall savings for us & supposedly faster potty training for them.

photo (10)What: We ordered 12 bumGenius Freetime all in one diapers (in white since I was worried about the colors showing though clothing/not matching + this way they will be just fine if we ever have a boy).

When: We opted to forgo newborn sized diapers, so started using our cloth diapers once our little one reached about 8.5 pounds.

Where: Diaper Junction (they had the best price + free shipping + a free travel sized wet bag).

Why: Cheaper than disposable diapers in the long run, but mostly because we are avoiding the chemicals  in the disposable diapers.

How: We took the easy/lazy route and went with all in one diapers – meaning we don’t have to deal with a separate insert. So it’s just as easy as disposables. We just have to wash them after they are used. We’ve been doing a load about every day to day and a half. We rinse them in cold water, wash in hot, then another cold rinse. When we remember we then do an extra spin to help them dry faster. We will probably add a clothes line to the back porch for summer drying, but for now have been using the dryer and window sill in the living room.

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So, obviously, this isn’t as easy as using disposable diapers. There is washing, drying, and folding instead of just pulling a fresh diaper out of the drawer. But, I think the benefits make it worth it – for us anyway. And, all of the things people worry about – that the diapers will be super messy/stinky/difficult to clean – haven’t been an issue. They are a bit bulky, but since our little {almost} three-month old can still fit into newborn sized clothes with them on I don’t see this as much of a problem.


2 thoughts on “Cloth Diapers for Beginners

  1. I used cloth on my daughter because she was allergic to the bought ones. My husband’s grandmother made them for me when she found out I needed some! You have to change the baby more often and spend some time swishing ‘stuff’ out in the toilet, but it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. My daughter’s skin was grateful, that’s for sure!

    • I think she actually cries less about a wet diaper since we switched, but we are still changing her every couple of hours & thankfully we had an Amazon gift card and got a diaper sprayer so there is no swishing! I don’t think I could handle that!

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