To see how we do diapers, diaper covers and wipes check out my post from yesterday.

Diaper Pail

We simply use a medium sized trash can and a waterproof diaper pail liner similar to this. I can’t remember where we ordered it from, but we love them. We ordered two so that one would go into the wash with the diapers and the other could then be placed in the bucket for the next batch. It makes it so easy and so much cleaner.

Washing

During many research hours I read a lot about washing the diapers. There are literally dozens of different ways to do this. Everyone claimed theirs worked the best. The Mother-Ease website has some information on this as well, specifically for their diapers. So I figured we’d try one way out and if it didn’t work for us we’d move onto something else. We have used this method from the start and it seems to work for us and our diapers.

  • Dump diapers into washing machine and turn diaper liner inside out. Pour in ~ 1/3 c. baking soda. Wash in cold water on the large setting.
  • Turn water setting to hot. Pour in ~ 1/3 c. baking soda, about 1/4 of the amount of detergent used for normal laundry loads and a downy ball filled with vinegar. Wash in hot water on the large setting.
  • Turn the cold rinse cycle on. Dump in ~ 1/2 c. vinegar. Let rinse cycle run through.
  • Remove diapers and line dry or throw in dryer. Line dry covers and pail liner.

Closing Note: I highly recommend trying cloth diapers. Whichever kind you use, you will find that it really isn’t as much of a hassle as some will tell you. Before choosing cloth diapers I was personally told by a close relative that they “weren’t worth the inconvenience.” I find this to be untrue and know that the benefits far out weigh the cons. I feel that they are the best option for our little ones’ bums.

Before our toddler was born my husband left it up to me as to whether we would use disposable or cloth diapers. I knew his preference was cloth for both financial and health reasons. I felt the same way, so I researched the different types to see what was out there. I hadn’t changed a baby’s diaper in, well, ever really so I had no idea what I was looking for. Somewhere on some search board I came across these:

 

These, my friends, are what have made cloth diapering so easy that I find using disposables when traveling rather difficult and quite leaky. These are the Mother-Ease one size diapers. I love these diapers for many reasons, but one is simply because they were designed by a mother from Canada who wanted better cloth diapers for her baby.

The first thought that popped into my head when I thought of cloth diapering was "Oh no, I hope I don’t stab our baby with a pin." These are pin free and so easy. They literally work from 8 lbs. up. Both our 6 week old baby and our two year old toddler are using the same diapers as we speak. Granted, our baby has a huge bum, but it’s very cute and charming on a little guy like him. When we first ordered diapers we ordered the complete package. This supplied us with diapers, soaker liners and covers.

I know it’s a lot of money up front, but it certainly does pay for itself in the long run. I also realize there are less expensive ways to do cloth diapering, but this is what we chose. After a while we ended up ordering 12 more diapers, along with larger diaper cover sizes along the way.

Diaper Covers

The covers are great, too. We have used the air flow covers. We very rarely have leaks, and they generally occur not because of the diaper cover but because our little man is a heavy wetter, especially when he gets a hold of a cup of tea :). As our 2 year old has grown out of them we simply order new ones and save the old ones for the next in line.

Our baby is now wearing the small diaper covers that originally came with the complete package. We have not had a single leak since we put him in these hand-me-down diaper covers about 4 weeks ago. We hope to re-use all of our toddler’s diaper covers for the baby.

Wipes

We also chose to use cloth wipes for the same reasons as cloth diapers – cost and health. To dampen the wipe we use a thermos with warm water and a couple of drops of tea tree oil. This cleans them up with no added chemicals or alcohol and the tree oil acts as both a deodorizer and a disinfectant. We purchased some wipes online and I (ahem) tore some old wash cloths in half and didn’t sew them up. I remember telling my husband "Look, I cut all of those washcloths in half and now we have twice as many wipes." He looked at me and said "You know the edges are going to fray, right?" Whoops :). We still use them, though. Our baby’s bums don’t know the difference. Tomorrow I will post about how we do diaper pails and cloth diaper washing.