Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Cloth Diapers in 2009?!
When I had Bug, I assumed all parents nowadays used disposable diapers. I was first introduced to the idea of "modern" cloth diapers through blogs of moms who were cloth diapering with various reasons. I was intrigued because 1. I want to be a good steward of the Earth God has given us 2. Buying nice cloth diapers has an initial investment, but saves money in the long run, and 3. The new cloth diapers looked cool!
I searched and read and priced and researched and finally bought six Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers: Fuzzi Bunz are pocket diapers, which to me seemed like the best of both worlds. It works just like a disposable diaper but you wash and keep them! (Not to mention they come in all sorts of awesome colors!)
Having become hooked, I bought more Fuzzi Bunz as seconds (diapers that are marked down in price because of minor cosmetic flaws-- a great deal!), and purchased some BumGenius one size diapers too:I am not as gungho (does that word look awfully weird to anyone else?) about cloth diapering as many bloggin' mamas, but we've made cloth diapering work for us. How's that? Thanks for asking...
We cloth diaper part time. Our kids wear sposies to church and when we're out. It's just easier for us to toss a diaper in the trash than carry it home in a wet bag (don't shoot me!) If Kid 1 or Kid 2 is sick, we use disposables. If I'm having a bad day (or a pregnant day!), I use disposables. I'm not single-handedly saving the world, but I have cut down on the diaper waste we produce.
I must also confess that cloth diapering hasn't happened much since Little Man arrived on the scene. I needed some normalcy of routine first! Now that we're settling down (and Little Man fits our medium Fuzzi Bunz), we're getting back into things.
How does diapering with pocket diapers work? The diaper has an opening in the back where a cloth insert fits inside. The diaper goes onto your child just like a disposable would, hooking with snaps or velcro in the front. When your baby is wet (or you smell something funky), you remove the diaper and deal with it according to its contents.
A wet diaper: Pull the insert out of the diaper and put the diaper and insert into a holding container of some sort-- a pail or waterproof bag.
A dirty diaper: Shake the poo off diaper into the toilet and flush. Pull the insert out of the diaper and put the diaper and insert into the holding container.
On laundry day, wash the diapers according to the manufacturer's instructions. For me that meant starting a rinse cycle and dumping my bag of diapers and inserts into the wash, washing them with the specified amount of detergent (I use Tide), and then running one more rinse cycle after the wash. On nice days I hang the diapers and inserts outside. On not-so-nice days I dry the inserts on high heat, and hang the diapers inside.
I will vouch for the fact that pocket diapers are very easy. I have dubbed them "cloth diapers for dummies" because that's what I was when I got my first Fuzzi Bunz in the mail!
Still not sure? Don't feel pressured, cloth diapering might not be your thing! (gasp!) Or maybe cloth diapering part time would work for your family.
If you'd like some more information, here are some great cloth diaper resources:
Diaper Swappers: Community for buying/selling/trading diapers
Cloth Diaper Terminology
Cloth vs. Disposables
Cloth Diapering 101