(And remember, I am easily grossed out. For example: I had to pick up Cooper's runny dog poop on a walk the other day and I started gagging and then full-out dry heaving because it was so liquidy and David finally grabbed the bag of poop from me and left me retching curb-side as he pushed the stroller away, pretending he didn't know me.)
There are MANY kinds of cloth diapers, all with various pros and cons, so I'm just going to tell you what we do and how it works for us. In detail. With photo illustrations. My dad's here, so I have some time. Feel free to skip this post if you're bored already.
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|Close up of the snaps|
Our opinion? Cloth diapers rock. Disposables are lame.
|Caroline's face demonstrates her opinion of disposable diapers.|
|Voila! Insert in the pocket.|
|Plus these are so CUTE! And don't have stupid cartoon characters on them.|
|Out of the wash and ready to go|
|wipe and warmer|
The washing situation is, of course, the grossest part of the whole set up, but it is seriously no big deal. We got this diaper pail from Cotton Babies. It's just a plastic pail with a liner. (And we bought an extra liner to use when one is in the wash--an extra $20 but a necessity). The "special thing" about this pail is that it has a carbon filter and an air-freshener insert to help with stink. So far, breast milk poops don't stink much and odor hasn't been an issue at all.
|the pail - nothing fancy|
|Dirty diaper, insert, and wipe in the pail. You're welcome.|
So I just use Charlie's for everything--our clothes, towels, sheets, baby clothes, and diapers. I started using Charlie's since I was pregnant with Eliza and I've been really happy with it. It doesn't require any fabric softener (so no chemicals on baby's skin) and it doesn't really have a scent so our clothes just smell clean without a fragrance added to them (I confess, I miss the smell of Downy, but I'm getting over it.) To help with static issues in the dryer and improve drying time, I use dryer balls like these. (Tip: At our Target, these dryer balls are sold in the closet/organization aisle instead of the laundry aisle. No idea why.)
So when I put the diapers in, I follow Cotton Babies's recommendation and run them through on two full "heavy" cycles. First, on cold, with just a little bit of detergent to loosen the gunk. Then again on hot, with a normal measurement of detergent and the extra rinse option turned on.
|In case you wondered what diapers in the washing machine look like - and you can see we do not have a large or fancy washing machine but it gets the diapers clean just fine!|
|glorious diapers drying in the sun!|
Once everything is dry, I throw it all in a laundry basket and David and I restuff the diapers (putting the inserts in the pockets) while we're watching TV. It takes just a few minutes. The ready-to-go diapers go back in her dresser drawer and that's all there is to it.
|ready for baby bottom coverage|
As for being out and about in daily life, I just carry a wet-bag in the diaper bag, which I then empty into the diaper pail when I get home (so far we haven't had stink issues... of course that could change, so we're exploring our options with Flip disposables and the diaper liners).
We have only had to use a diaper rash cream occasionally (it's my understanding that babies have fewer rashes with cloth diapers, but I don't really know if that's true), and I read that some creams can stain cloth diapers, so we just browsed the shelves at Target for one that said it was cloth diaper friendly. We went with California babies, which is also the baby wash that we use. It smells nice and we've had no issues with it so far.
I do realize that things will get, uh, ickier when Caro starts eating solid foods. To deal with the solid-poo issue, we purchased a little sprayer that hooks up to the toilet. My understanding is that once the poo gets more solid, you shake it off into the toilet, then give the diaper a little spray if it needs some help, and wash the diapers the same way. And we could always use the diaper liners on a more regular basis if we need to, which peel away from the diaper and can be flushed.
Overall, I'm VERY glad we did the cloth diaper route. I know it's not for everybody, and I'm totally NOT judging those of you who are single-handedly destroying the environment by filling landfills with disposable diapers (kidding! really). But it's been a good system for us and really even easier than I anticipated. (And I am lazy, for realz.)
|Cloth diapers rock!|
So that's how it works at our house. Anybody else using Bum Genius 4.0? Anybody using the fancy all-in-ones where you don't even have to stuff them with the absorbent insert? Anybody doing old school cloth diapers with pins? Anybody now totally convinced they should convert to cloth diapers? Anybody still think I'm crazy? It's ok. You can say so.