Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cloth Diapers: Our Plan (So Far)

Ah! First: This afternoon I have my 37-week appointment. As in, there are 21 days left until my due date. AND we get to see Baby A again via ultrasound. Super excited about that. Today, I wanted to thank everyone who helped us on our cloth-diaper-choosing adventures.

We ended up getting 22 of 'em total. A half/half mix of the BumGenius 4.0s (thanks for the awesome shower gift, Kathy!) with snaps and the Bummis Tots Bots all-in-ones.

I still don't have a baby to poop in them, of course, but -- through our prep process -- I'm already seeing some pros/cons with each type.

PRO for Bummis? The attached, all-in-one insert and awesome velcro closures. The soft bamboo liner material. Cute patterns.
CON? They take f.o.r.e.v.e.r to dry on the line.

PRO for BumGenius? The outer cover dries SUPER fast and you can put the liners in your dryer. They also seem to snap to a sleeker newborn size.
CON? All those snaps take more time and don't offer as custom a fit.

Before we can use them at all, we need a baby. But even before that -- we needed to prep them.

I spent hours searching the net to find the best method. So many different opinions on detergents, number of pre-washes, etc. I decided on washing/drying them three times total. With 1 tablespoon of Purex Hypoallergenic Free/Clear detergent (met all the requirements except including brighteners). Line dried most parts except the BG inserts. So far, they are still holding together . . . though I am a bit disappointed that a couple of the seams on the liners for the BumGenius have frayed a bit.

For at-home diapering, we bought a slim Simple Human garbage can for storage with a couple anti-microbial liners. We also bought one of those diaper sprayers. For on-the-go, we got a gorgeous Planet Wise wet/dry bag.

Obviously, there's still A LOT for us to learn about each type, and we can't wait to see them in action. Our current diapering plan is to use disposables for the first couple weeks, but then switch to cloth full-time shortly after that. We haven't decided on a laundry schedule just yet -- but with our stash, we should be able to wait a couple days between washes.

We'll be sure to keep you posted! And if you have any day-to-day cloth diapering tricks, we'd love to hear 'em. Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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