I think one of the most terrifying and intimidating aspects of cloth diapering was “oh God how do I wash these things?!” There was no way I was going to use a good ole fashioned washboard and kneel by the freshwater creek in my knickers to scrub pee-soaked fabric. But I had to figure out a solution that would work for our family.
I had nightmares of baby poop smearing over all our work clothes, the utility room forever smelling of pee and regret. I did lots of research and have printed this routine out, proudly displaying it next to the washer. My hope is that it will shine some light into the mystery of “wait, you wash those… where? And with WHAT?!”
New and improved: updated January 2017 with two wash options, one for hard water and one for treated water! Continue reading
I have braved cloth diapers for the last four months, but up until now have been leery about trying cloth wipes. Making a solution, hanging them up to dry… it just seemed like more work than it was worth.
Now that I have been using cloth wipes for a few weeks, I wanted to let you know how it is going! Read on for a newbie’s perspective on cloth wipes, as well as some tips I have learned along the way. Continue reading
Thinking about cloth diapering? Wanting to know more? This is the first in a series of posts in which I’ll tell you everything you need to know about CD. See if it might be right for your family – it works for us, and we love it!
I have done both disposables (first kiddo) and cloth diapers (second kiddo), so I feel I have a really balanced, experienced perspective on the good and bad of each. I’ll try to level with you as we go along.
If you’re doing disposables, this is a great entry-level article for you, with a list of products we actually used as well as techniques. If you’re doing cloth (or just considering it), you can read that article her which I wrote recently. This article was written in 2013 and has been updated. If you’re thinking about cloth diapering (which we love), I have a Cloth Diapering 101 article you must read!
Before I was a mother, I had never changed a diaper. Seriously. And luckily, my infant care class taught me how to change diapers on a plastic baby doll. But when you have a squirming, screaming baby at 2am, threatening to shower you with everything they’ve got left, classes and baby dolls aren’t a whole lot of help. Welcome to trial and error… at its finest. (Or messiest, whatever).
Here are my recommendations for products and processes to keep you and Baby clean and happy.