I dont have a lot of options locally to buy cloth diapers in person, and once I made up my mind to try them out I was not willing to wait for the brands i had ordered online. So I went on a search, luckily it was a very short search as I found Sweet Pea Pocket Diapers at the very first store I tried.
"Sweet Pea diapers are the "most competitively priced multi-functional cloth diapers on the market"…..Wonderful for your baby, superb for you, great for the environment and fantastic for your wallet!
We have brought together all the benefits of cloth diapering; absorbent, soft, environmentally friendly, ease of use styling and all the while maintaning, value pricing for you!"
The first time I put one on her I was a little confused about the snaps, there are so many of them (This diaper is designed to fit 8 - 36 lbs by using several rows of snaps) but after a minute of fiddling around with them I figured it out. We used it around the house and I was impressed, no leaks at all, not even when she pooped while sitting in her bumbo chair, and as any mom who has a bumbo chair knows, thats quite impressive. Plus she looked absolutely adorable in it.
I was confident enough in them, that I even used one for overnight that night.
I am highly impressed with this diaper and I have recommended it to everyone I speak to, its a great value. They look great, and are available in some super cute colors; white, baby blue, baby pink, butter yellow,celery suede, apple green, indigo, bright yellow, black, sapphire. They have even won an Iparenting media award.
You can check them out here.
Cloth diapers can seem very intimidating at first, there are so many types and what works for your friend/sister/moms-cousins-hairstylist may not always work for you. The best way to find out what does work for you is to try them. There are many stores ( both online and store fronts) that will allow you a trial system with a few different types of diapers, test them out for a few weeks and just use the ones you like.
Generally you will need approximately 30 diapers to make up your stash, this will have you washing your diapers every two - three days. Your stash can be made up of all one type of diaper or a combination of the many different types.
Typically, though not always, you’ll need two parts to your cloth diapering system – the absorbant diaper, and the waterproof cover. There are a variety of different types of diapers you can choose from:
These are one-layer diapers, generally made out of 100% cotton gauze and are the most “old-fashioned” choice. The advantages are that they dry extremely quickly and fit a large range of size. The disadvantages are the folding and pinning that are required.
This is one of the most popular options. They are similar to flats, but have multiple layers with more layering in the middle. They are referred to as 2x6x2’s, 4x6x4’s, 4x8x4’s etc. These numbers refer to the number of layers in the sides and middle of the diaper (i.e., 4x6x4’s have 4 layers in the sides and 6 in the middle).
They come on a multitude of sizes from preemie to toddler. The stitching on the edges of the prefolds are usually coded to tell you the size (for example, dark green = infant, white = regular, dark blue = premium). Prefolds come in bleached or unbleached (abbreviated as BCPF or UBCPF).
Prefolds need to be pinned, snappi’ed, or folded into a trim fitting wrap-style cover. Hemp prefolds are another variation and are more absorbent but much more expensive than cotton prefolds, but can be a good option for nighttime diapering Prefolds store easily, dry quickly, fit a wide range of body types and sizes, don’t have elastic/snaps/velcro to wear out and are very absorbent.
This is another popular option. Fitted diapers have elastic at the legs and back and basically look like a disposable diaper (only much cuter, of course). They can have velcro or snap fasteners, plain or printed outers, and can be made from a variety of materials like organic cotton or hemp. There is a veritable smorgasbord of women making diapers from their homes catering to any size, shape, wetting ability, etc. of your child. They are often referred to as work-at-home-moms (WAHM’s).
All-in-ones are the absorbent part of the diaper and the cover combined into a single diaper, just like disposables. Again, there are a million WAHM AIO’s to choose from.
The advantage of AIO’s are their ease of use (These diapers are often referred to as "husband friendly" because they are just as simple to use as disposables).
There’s one other category of diapers called the pocket diaper. These have a layer of fleece sewn to a cover (either fleece or PUL) with an opening in the back so that the inside of the diaper can be stuffed with any absorbant layer from CPF’s, to specially made stuffers , hemp prefolds, or even hand towels. The fleece lining wicks moisture away from babies' skin, leaving it dry to the touch. There are also many WAHM pocket diapers with cute prints.
There are several different styles of covers:
1) wrap – this refers to covers, which can be velcro or snap closing, that fasten in front, like disposable diapers. These can be used with fitteds, pinned prefolds, or unpinned prefolds;
2) side closing – these are usually snap closing covers, but there are some side-aplix covers out there. They can be used with fitteds or pinned prefolds;
3) pull-on – Pull-ons have the advantage of being quick and easy to get onto a squirmy toddler (even if they’re standing up), but they have the drawbacks that they can only be used with fastened prefolds or fitted diapers.
Covers also come in a variety of materials. One of the most common is polyurethane laminate (PUL). This is a polyester fabric with a waterproof coating applied to it. It’s trim and relatively leak-proof.
Waterproofed nylon is used in some covers. This is the trimmest, most leak-proof material. However, it also not that breathable and takes a little TLC (it shouldn’t be washed in hot water and should be line-dried).
Then there’s polyester fleece. Fleece can be very breathable, depending on what type it is. . However, it’s pretty bulky and can wick moisture onto clothing if it’s compressed for a long period of time (like during a long car ride).
Finally, there’s wool, which a lot of people consider to be the ultimate cover material. It’s natural, breathable, moisture-resistant, and anti-bacterial.
Doublers are used to add absorbancy to your diapers. They're a great solution for naptime and overnights if you don't want to get a whole new diaper just for these heavier wetting situations. You can also use fleece liners. The advantages of fleece liners is that they keep your baby's butt drier than being directly against wet cotton, and poop tends to peel off of them.For more info on diaper types check out Diaper Pin
The simplest way is to buy flushable liners that you just take out and flush.
Its funny how being a mom can change you, and the way you think. Before I got pregnant with Sophia, I never thought Id breastfeed, if i did it would be for maybe a few weeks, three months tops. I didnt want saggy boobs, a clingy baby, or a daddy that couldn't help out.
Now, Sophia is almost six months old and our breastfeeding relationship is one of the greatest things I have ever experienced, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. In fact I find myself becoming an advocate for extended breastfeeding, and even *gasp* tandem feeding. It never ceases to amaze me how with everything i thought i knew, I really knew so little.
Another area in which Ive changed is diapering, Ive been a Pampers baby dry fan since Sophia was born, Ive heard the statistics about one child creating 2.5 tons of diapers in a landfill by age two and how diapers take over 500 years to break down, but I really didnt see an alternative. I thought of cloth diapers as a huge inconvenience ( i once heard that you had to keep buckets of bleach and water in your laundry room and spend hours soaking them before they could even be washed).
Recent news reports however really made me sit up and take notice. I started doing some research, and I learned that among other chemicals diapers contain chlorine, dioxin ( a bleach by product), Sodium polycrylate, and VOC's. Why am I going to such extremes to avoid chemicals in my home if I am going to be having my daughters most sensitive areas wrapped in them?
Cloth diapers really started to make sense to me, so i went out and bought a few.
It only took me about 24 hours to become a convert. Every morning my daughter used to wake up a little red, it wasn't a rash, and it cleared up by noon most days, but it was always there. The first night in cloth, she slept about twelve hours, when she woke up I changed her and was amazed. Not only was she not red, she was completely dry, as was the upper layer of the diaper. Bone dry, I was amazed, and I havn't looked back since.
I strongly encourage everyone to look into cloth diapering, it is so much simpler than I ever could have thought, its cheaper, better for the environment, and completely adorable as well.