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.
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.
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.