Alright, I am finally giving cloth diapering a try. Right after Jack was born I was given a stash of used diapers (super grateful) but they have been sitting in my closet ever since. Yesterday I was finally brave enough to put one on and just give it a try and I think I really like it!
A few things have stopped me from trying cloth diapering until Jack is almost nine months old. One, I just didn’t want to step outside of my comfort zone and add another thing on my never ending list of chores. The main thing though is I was just SO intimidated. I felt like there are so many things to learn- wash routines, brands to try, troubleshooting, prepping, stripping. It is pretty overwhelming, but after slowly reading different websites and joining a super helpful Facebook group (Fluff Love & CD Science) I finally feel like I can actually do this.
So this is what I have to far:
- The majority of my stash I was handed down is Fuzzibunz, with a few other brands thrown in there. I want to get more bamboo or hemp liners because I would prefer to stick with natural fibers.
- As far as laundering goes, I posted a picture of my washer and detergent on that FB page and a couple of the girls were really helpful in figuring out a wash routine for me. I also bought some Calgon because I have super hard water, and some spray Bac-Out for poopy diapers.
I am still trying to figure out what I am going to use for a pail at home. I am thinking just a normal plastic trash can (we have one we aren’t using right now) with some type of laundry/wet bag in it? Once we fully say goodbye to disposables (if we do) I would like to get a cloth diaper liner for the Ubbi. I refuse to give up the Ubbi, I love it too much. Also, we haven’t tried to cloth diaper at night yet, and I am not sure if I have a diaper that would be up for the job yet. Oh, and a sprayer situation! I am not too sure about a diaper sprayer yet. I was thinking of just using a bucket and my shower head, I don’t know.
So, we are seeing how it goes! Husband is still super overwhelmed and isn’t ready to completely say goodbye to disposables yet. I am just treating this trial as if we like it, we like it.. if not, oh well. I have to say though, I am kind of hooked already and am really optimistic that this will work out for us.
So PLEASE, cloth diapering mamas, share all your secrets with me! Do I need anything else to get started? What do you do for pails at home, and sprayers? How often do you wash with how many diapers? I want all the knowledge I can get when it comes to this. Joining the FB page was a huge eye opener and I realized it is way less scary when you actually ask questions and talk to other moms about this stuff (imagine that.) I am so, so excited about trying this out and I have to say, Jack looks pretty darn cute in a cloth diaper.