The time has come, I will dive into the endless articles about cloth diapering to talk about my experience and why you should really consider cloth. If you need a reason, check out this awesome Taco diaper I just bought (I don't have a baby right now, I just love tacos). Cloth diapers are addicting.
Why I choose cloth diapers
I can't say at what point while pregnant I knew I wanted to go cloth, I just knew it was important to me. The main deciding factor was the cost, the chemical free, Eco-friendly aspects came later. My husband and I agreed that if we could save money by using cloth, it was most certainly the way to go. I'll admit, the world of cloth is incredibly overwhelming. I was online for many nights, in tears, not knowing what diaper to go with. There are a lot of options, I mean a lot. Thankfully, my local baby boutique is very knowledgeable in the area of cloth diapers so I headed in. Best decision, I highly recommend, if you have the option, visit a local store that is knowledgeable in cloth and speak with a sales associate. My store had 10 different options at the time, all of which they had samples open to demonstrate how they were used, what they were made of and the pros and cons. They taught me the difference between all in ones, diaper covers, pocket diapers, different accessories you may need for cloth diapers and how to use them.
What brands I choose
I chose to go with Flip. Flip is made by Cotton Babies and is a cover style diaper with inserts. I opted for the snap style versus the Velcro style. I don't like Velcro, I find it scratchy and noisy and that it wears when washed a lot so that is why I opted for snaps.
Why I choose the brands I did
At the time, my husband and I did not have access to a washer and dryer in our apartment. We had to pack up every two weeks and head to the laundry mat so I wanted something that would work with less laundry. To me, Flip was the perfect solution. I could reuse the cover many times and only have to change the inserts. Less laundry and easier to wash by hand. Also, quicker to dry than AIOS. (all in ones) Flip also offered an Eco-friendly disposable insert for those time cloth would not work.
Cloth Diaper Brands:
Why cloth diapering is more Eco-friendly than disposables
Accessories for cloth
How did we find cloth?
At 2 years old my daughter was fully potty trained so we've been done with cloth for awhile. It was great. My daughter never had a blow out, never had any leaks, no outfits were ruined and I do believe it led to her potty training early. Oh and the cute tush, I mean come one, have you seen some of these diaper covers? I wish the prints came in undies for me! Our Flips were great, easy to clean, quick to dry, cute covers, held up well, cost friendly, easy to use and convenient. Even though my daughter no longer needs them, cloth diapers are like an addiction. I still enter giveaways to win them and I'm always looking to get a few more. If we opt to have another child, their bum will be covered in cloth. I'm already slowly starting my second stash. I highly recommend going the way of cloth diapers.
Other great cloth diapering articles full of even more useful information
Cloth Diapering 101
Dangers of Disposable Diapers
Cloth Diapering Lingo
Cloth Diapering Beginners Essentials
Cloth Diapering Archives
DIY Bum Spray Recipe
2 cups boiled water
2 tbps oil base (I use jojoba)
2 tbps castile soap (I use Dr. Bronners mild baby soap)
6 drops lavender/tea tree oil** (I use NOW, it has these two combined in one bottle)
Boil two cups of water. Let it completely cool. Add oil base, castile soap and essential oils. Mix together.
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** Please use caution when using essential oils. Some oils are known to burn. Contact a professional before use.
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