How to cloth diaper and not get overwhelmed

Baby E is 6 months old, and we have been using cloth diapers for about 5 months. The Engineer and I both love cloth diapering, but we have had our share of issues with them. I want to share with you my tips of how we worked through the issues and still love the cloth! If you are thinking about cloth diapering, I will share the resources I find the most helpful in this series of blog posts.

When I was pregnant with E, I knew pretty early on that I wanted to try cloth diapering. My friends threw a cloth diaper shower for me and I received the bulk of my stash! I am really blessed by some great friends! I also started reading everything I could find about cloth diapering. I use modern cloth diapers, which include pockets and All-in-ones. It may seem like a huge expense upfront, but I promise, cloth diapering will save you money in the long run! It really helped us to have a cloth diaper shower that our friends and family gave for us. We were able to save so much money this way. Also, if you are using cloth for more than one child, you are definitely saving a ton of money that would be wasted with buying disposables. And baby’s bottom has never looked cuter than it does in cloth!

This post includes the types of cloth diapers. Other topics in this series include: solving issues with wash routines and using cloth while out and about. If you have cloth question, be sure to leave a comment below!

Emmett in his swim cloth diaper at the pool!

Pocket diapers and All-In-Ones are what I use most of the time. I do have some fitteds with covers as well. There is a lot of cloth diaper jargon, so maybe this will help. Pocket diapers have pockets that you stuff with an absorbent insert like microfiber, hemp, or cotton. They are lined with a fleece or suede cloth that stays dry, while the baby’s waste is absorbed into the insert. You have to remove the insert each time you wash. All-in-Ones are similar to pockets, but the inserts are sewn into the diaper. These are often a little more expensive, but many people like these for daycare/babysitters/grandparents because they are just as EASY as disposables. Our pockets and all-in-ones are all from bumGenius. The outside of a pocket diaper and an all in one is usually made from a waterproof fabric called PUL. bumGenius has 2 different all in ones: Elemental all in ones are made from organic cotton. Freetime all in ones are microfiber and cotton. I use the Freetimes!

Fitteds are made of cotton or hemp and they are NOT waterproof. They require a waterproof cover (Thirsties has a great one) to go over them. We use Kissaluvs and OsoCozy and these are great for overnights because the hemp absorbs a LOT of liquid. Other diapering options: You could also use a prefold (old school diapers! but just as reliable) or flour sack towel (folded and incredibly economical) with a waterproof cover, and that is a great option! I know there are other types of cloth diapers, but these are the ones we have used and loved.

The swim cloth diaper I use is from Applecheeks. They are made of a mesh material that lets water move freely, but keeps any messes fully contained! I love not having to buy swim diapers! I just wash this with the other diapers.

Erin over at The Humbled Homemaker has written a lot about cloth diapering. I heard her speak last August and knew I needed to know more! She did a whole series that you can find here. She also wrote a book about it, and those nights when I was not able to sleep during the 6th and 7th months of pregnancy I was up reading about cloth diapering! But, I think you all know by now that I research and read everything before I dive into something new! Nerd alert!

Do you use cloth diapers? Are you interested in starting to use them? Let me know if you have any questions! Stay tuned for the next posts in this series!


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  1. As April’s mom, she explained the cloth diaper concept to me, but I was not familiar and wondered how hard it would be to change the diapers. (insert apprehensive!) The first couple of times, it was just having to get used to a new way of putting the diapers on Emmett. The cloth diapers are fabulous and look so cute on his bum! April has certainly mastered cloth diapering!

  2. God had a plan for me to use cotton diapers. I met a girl in college whose parents owned a diaper service in San Jose, Ca. I married the bosses daughter and we worked there together for the last 32 years. My first diaper change was on our first son. Thirty years later he is our web master. I was a pinned. In my view pinning gives you the best containment – keeping the poop in the diaper. With pinning you can use simple pull on’s. They are so cheap compared to Velcro wraps. We used cotton every where we went, even on camping trips or for a week to Disney World. With a diaper service you just leave all the poop in the diaper because our machines and formula get everything out. Washing simple preloads is simpler for both washing and dry. The technique of pinning is very simple and safe. I developed a goof proof way so the pin goes in easy and at the perfect depth every time. We don’t talk much about pins because most folks are afraid of them. We sell them Snappi Clips instead. Not nearly as secure as pins.

    A year ago in July my wife was diagnosed with Leukemia. God took her home on December 5th. Now I have to run the service with the crew God has given us. I know God is in the diaper business. Every customer is a miracle. Our employees are all miracles. My job is full time ministry. Not one second is secular work. Col. 3:23; 1 Cor. 15:58. Counting 2 tons of dirty diapers in one day is all worship.

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