Before I ever became pregnant I knew I wanted to cloth diaper. Once I became pregnant I began my research. I consulted a friend who had been cloth diapering for a year and she offered some good advice. A local baby boutique offered a cloth diapering 101 class and I signed us up. I was SO excited to learn about this cloth diapering thing. I knew it would save us a lot of money and the environment. It was a win win, really.
After learning about cloth diapering that day we decided to go ahead and invest in our first set of cloth diapers. We opted for Grovia Hybrid all in 2’s. It’s a diaper shell that you snap reusable soaker pads into. The idea is, if the child doesn’t soak through the whole diaper then you can just swap out the soaker pads. I will admit that most of the time we are swapping out the whole diaper because Khloe drinks SO much water all day BUT typically you can just swap the pad. I liked this style of diaper best because there is no need to pre stuff the diapers with inserts like pocket diapers and usually cause less laundry.
I will also admit that washing cloth diapers seemed kinda….. gross at first but it’s really not that bad. You just have to make sure you toss the poop from the poopy diapers into the toilet. When the baby is an infant it’s usually the easiest because their poop is just breastmilk poop. As they get older you will need a Diaper sprayer. I got mine from a local mom who was selling one and had never used or installed it so I got a super deal. You can check Facebook groups in your area. Those are usually the places you can get amazing deals on all things cloth diapering. ANYWAY, after you switch out the poopy diaper, head over to the bathroom and dump that poop in the toilet and spray it free of debris. Once you’re done there, throw the insert/diaper into a wet bag/wet hamper that can close.
And you’re ready to move on. I usually washed diapers once a week. Twice a week when she was an infant because we just didn’t have enough diapers to make it to the end of the week. I would suggest 25-30 diapers.
Laundering your diapers is going to depend on what type of washer and dryer you have. I consulted Fluff love & CD science group on Facebook. JOIN IT, ASK QUESTIONS!!! If you post your washer and dryer on their wall, they’ll tell you what settings to use on your washer and dryer and just so you know, you don’t need a fancy washer and dryer. I have a pretty basic Kenmore set and we got along perfectly. I will, however, recommend that you use Tide Free and Gentel. It doesn’t leave a film on your clothes like ALL does. You want the least amount of build up on your cloth diapers so that they absorb as much as possible and last longer. I never put my diaper covers/shells in the dryer. The only thing that goes in the dryer are the inserts and soaker pads. Grovia pads are so thick so I have to dry them twice to make sure they aren’t damp. I hang dry the shells/covers.
I know it may seem impossible when you’re first considering it BUT I assure you that once you get the hang of it you’ll love it. If you really are considering cloth then look for a local class and take it! Learn all you can learn. There are so many different types of cloth diapers as well. What works for me may not work for you so go and see them for yourself. Try several styles out. We also have a bunch of pocket diapers that we use as well. Grovia is just my first choice though because of quality and ease of use. Also, their limited prints are so adorable.
If you have any questions about cloth diapering I’m willing to chat with anyone about it. I’m no expert but I have experience and can probably direct you to the answer if I don’t know it.
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