I was a bit taken aback when the pediatrician asked how his diaper rash when she saw out kid sporting a cloth diaper. He doesn’t have diaper rash was my response. She said that was surprising.
It really isn’t. Cloth diapers are better at eliminating diaper rash. Granted, this same doctor told me to buy jarred baby food when I said I made my own. She then said if I was going to make it, I’d need a book. What? How freaking hard is it to steam and smash veggies?
I wonder if she was like “omg, another hippie mom” but cloth diapers are trendy. And there are no safety pins to contend with like in the old days.
When I first started to look into cloth diapering, I was overwhelmed. Pockets. Bambo. Hemp. Prefolds. Hook and Loop. WTF and WTS (where to start). Luckily, I worked with a cloth diapering mama who said one word that changed my life. Grovia. They aren’t paying me to peddle their diapers so opinions are all my own. I love my Grovia diapers. Granted, I never tried any other diaper but why, when I found something that worked and didn’t confuse the hell out of me. Again, a charcoal insert layered with a hemp insert, something about flours sacks, blah blah blah. I don’t want to think too hard about layers in a diaper.
I went with an entire Grovia stash of diapers bought either on sale or used. I have mostly shells with either snaps or the hook and loop (aka Velcro). Inside, I either use the snap-in insert or a prefold. Often, you can reuse the shell and simply insert a new liner. I typically do a snap-in insert then on next diaper change put in a prefold then new diaper for the 3rd change.
I used some newborn All-In-Ones (AIOs -shell and insert are sewn together) and a few one-size AIOs. The whole diaper comes off and in the wash. The ONEs diapers are heavy adsorbing AIOs that I use for long hikes, naps, and bedtime.
I wasn’t always a pro. We got home from the hospital with our wee one after a long NICU stay. It was late and we were ready for bed. I put on our first cloth diaper – a newborn AIO, baby pjs, and laid him down in his co-sleeper. I got ready for bed and came back to see baby pee everywhere. Sheets, diaper, baby clothes all had to be changed. Needless to say, I learned my lesson to try cloth when I wasn’t so exhausted. Two days later we tried again. And again. And again. Now I’m a master. Simply need to make sure that the leg holes are snug around the leg, all insert is tucked in, and the diaper is snug but not too snug. Practice and you’ll find what works. Also, tuck in the crotch area for them – pull their leg roles out of the diaper.
As for what to do with soiled diapers, I have a wet bag next to both changing tables and stuff one in my diaper bag. Clothes and everything baby goes in. Turn it inside out in the wash and run it all. Poopy diapers get rinsed before going in the bag. I had a friend that made me a DIY diaper shield and then bought a bidet toilet attachment. Works great. Helps that my kid only poops every 3-8 days.
Now some may think that it is so much work and disposables are so much easier. Maybe but maybe not.
Blowouts do not happen in cloth. I know because I’ve had blowouts in disposables where I’m in a fucking small bathroom or back of the car trying to clean up a horrific poop mess while cursing the disposable diapers. It has never happened once with a cloth diaper. With my kid not pooping daily, we get epic poops.
I never have to worry about making it to the store to get diapers. The worst I have to do is laundry but actually, I have a laundry service – okay, my mother does all the kid’s laundry. It was her gift to us. If your mom doesn’t give you this awesome gift, there are diaper laundry services if the laundry is too much for you. Yet with a baby, you’ll be doing lots of laundry anyway. And don’t get hung up on all the complicated wash routines. That almost put me off. We wash them in regular detergent with a prewash then about once a month, I use the Grovia Mighty Bubbles to help remove any ammonia build up. Easy peasy!
In the long haul, it is cheaper and better for the planet. Some argue it isn’t greener due to washing but considering how long diapers take to decompose, meh. Some of my used diapers I’m using went four other kids before I bought them for a screaming deal. They are little rugged but they do their job! Plus, the prefolds will make great rags when I’m done with diapers. And rumor has it that the shells make excellent swim diapers.
Plus they are so dang cute! Nothing like a big ole cloth booty!