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Be honest.. does a little part of you cry inside every time you pay another 20 or 30 dollars for a box of diapers that will last you a week, or less? I’d venture to say it is as close as you can get to throwing your money down the toilet. Many people are surprised to hear that I use cloth diapers for my triplets; the thought of adding the extra laundry, and dealing with dirty diapers on top of the work that is already a part of having three babies may seem slightly inconceivable. In fact, those were my thoughts exactly when it was first suggested to me by a family member when I was pregnant. Being pregnant with triplets, I was already intimidated by the notion of caring for three babies, and I was afraid to take on any additional work. Consequently, I went with the status quo and used disposables for the first 6 months of their lives.
I pored over websites for hours, trying figure out exactly what I would need, what kind to buy, and where to buy them from. There is a LOT of information out there, enough to make your head spin in fact. My hope here is that I can keep it somewhat simple, so that maybe a few more people will take the plunge and give them a try.
If you don’t know much about cloth diapers, the first thing you need to do is get rid of the image that you have in your head right now: the plain white cloths, that fold up and fasten with pins. There is also no need for a big pail of water to soak your dirty diapers in. The cloth diapers of today are NOTHING like that, and if they were, I would absolutely not be using them. The diapers available today are colorful, waterproof (but not rubbery-looking), velcro fastening, non-staining and simple to use.
There are many systems of cloth diapering now: prefolds with covers, pocket diapers (what I mostly use), and all-in-ones to, name a few. I will touch on the other systems, but mostly what I will go into more detail on the kind I personally have experience with. I began by ordering a diaper from each system, and tried them all out to see what was the easiest for me.
Prefolds and covers:
Prefolds were not for me, but I must add that many people absolutely swear by this system. There are also “fitted” diapers, which are like prefolds but are a little more expensive, and don’t require any folding.
The Pocket Diaper:
Sounds great so far, right? A lot of websites out there will tell you all the wonderful aspects of cloth diapering, and leave out the downsides. They do exist, but I think in the end you’ll find that the benefits will still outweigh the negatives.
One thing that took a little getting used to is the bulk of cloth diapers- they most certainly add a little “fluffiness” to their bottoms. It was strange at first, but the babies don’t notice it at all, and once you use them for a few days, you barely notice yourself. The only negative aspect of their size is that they may outgrow certain pants or shorts a little quicker than they would have otherwise, but that hasn’t been that big of a deal for us.
The laundering of cloth diapers can also be a challenge at times. Too much soap, or the wrong kind of soap and you will get buildup on your diapers, which will cause them to leak. Not enough soap, and the diapers can get stinky. It is usually recommended that diapers get a cold wash, then a hot wash, followed by a cold rinse, but it the end I think it depends on your washer, what kind of water you have and your personal preferences to find the perfect laundering system. Yes, you are using more water, but since there is only one hot wash, the cost of energy and water will still not come anywhere close to that of disposables.
The diapers can be dried in a dryer, but hanging them out to dry is ideal because it helps to keep them odor and stain-free, and of course saves energy.
And then there’s the question of… the poop. What about those especially unpleasant messes that are bound to happen? Solid waste goes into the toilet; most of the time I can just open up the diaper and let it drop right in, but for the less-than-solid variety, there is the diaper sprayer (costing about 25-30 dollars) which attaches right to your toilet so that you do not have to actually touch any of the mess.
If your septic system allows, you can use flushable diaper liners which make the job even easier. From there, the dirty diapers go into a “wetbag”, which is just a waterproof bag, usually with a zipper or drawstring closure. I did this for a while, but with my volume of diapers I decided it was easier to use a small plastic trashcan with a lid, which I purchased for $10.00, and I keep in my laundry room.
I do laundry about every day and a half now, and I own about 30 diapers. This was the amount I needed to buy to make sure I never ran out, but if you start early, you may need a few more, depending on how many babies you have and how often you want to do laundry. I spent about $450-500 on our diapers- seems like a lot, right? Well, these diapers are going to save us $3-4000.00 by the time our diaper days are over, so it is well worth the initial investment, time and effort.
Another great thing about cloth- there is a HUGE market for used diapers, so as long as they are in usable condition, you will be able to get back some of your investment when your kids are out of diapers. (Can’t do that with disposables!) One popular site for this is diaperswappers.com.
If you aren’t convinced yet, there are many more reasons to choose cloth that you can find on our friend Sultana’s website. I purchased most of my diapers from Simple Wonders Diapers because not only is she great to work with, her prices are phenomenal! She offers a great multiples discount as well as free shipping on all diaper packages and orders over $75. Her website is also a wonderful resource for those who are new to cloth diapering because everything is explained clearly and throroughly.
I know, it’s a lot of information to digest, but it truly doesn’t take long to get the hang of it! The type of system you use will depend on you, so its best to order a few different kinds to start with and see what works for you.
Please feel free to email me with any questions about cloth diapering! Now, on to the fun stuff.. the giveaway! Courtesy of our aforementioned friend Sultana at Simple Wonders Diapers, we are giving away a BumGenius All-In-One, size small, and an Imse Vimse Organic Diaper cover with a Fitted Happy Heiny diaper in size XS,(these are great for newborns!) Pardon my amateur photography!
You will not believe how soft this fitted diaper is, and this organic diaper cover has the most adorable animal pattern!
I love, love love this detergent, because not only does it come in tons of delicious scents, it is made from all natural ingredients, phosphate-free, non-toxic and planet-friendly. My favorite scent? Monkey Farts. It may sound funny, but it is an incredible scent (think- bananas and coconut), and it will not cause buildup on cloth diapers like most major brands of detergent. Coincidentally, that is the scent of our giveaway sample!
If you are interested in other earth-friendly detergents, CrunchyClean also comes in a regular laundry detergent variety, so please be sure to stop by this online shop and check out her items! You can use the coupon code Multiples10 for an extra 10% off your order!
This prize package is perfect for any new or expecting mom! To enter, please visit Simple Wonders Diapers, and tell us what you think the cutest diaper in the shop is! It’s going to be harder than you think! That’s one entry.
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