Adventures in Cloth Diapering

I am lucky. I was not the first of my friends to have a baby, so I had all their advice to build on with my own little one. One of my mommy friends used cloth diapers and they sounded like something I would be interested in trying.

“Haha. Ok, sure. You go ahead and try it.”

“Don’t waste your time. You’ll be back to disposables before you know it.”

Those are just a couple of the many things I was told when I shared my interest in using cloth diapers for my baby. But neither of those remarks came from my friend. She only had positive things to say and since we agree on a lot of outlooks on life, I thought maybe I could make it work, too.

Since her son was finished with diapers when my son was born, she sold me her lot of gDiapers for dirt cheap. She takes amazing care of her things so they were all like new. She even sanitized them before sending them my way (something a germaphobe like me REALLY appreciated). She also gave me the in-depth information I would need. I typed it all up and made the informational graphic at the bottom of this post.

I have been using them for about 3 weeks now and I love them. My husband not so much, but we a figuring it out.

Here’s what you should know:

  • Newborn poop is a huge hassle.
    • It stains and makes a big mess to rinse off.
  • I wash diapers every other day.
    • I use about 2 shells a day and up to 4 plastic liners a day. My washable pail lining and gDiaper shells take a full day to dry.
  • Have an “in-between” placement option.
    • I use a plastic wipe case to carry them to the tub and back for rinsing.
  • Your baby will pee in between diapers more often.
    • It takes MUCH longer to swap out diapers, especially if you need to change out plastic liners or a new shell. Be prepared for more pee-pee cleanup.
  • It doesn’t stink up your house.
    • We rinse all diapers with poop immediately after changing. This also prevents the need to run it twice through the wash. I use a Dekor Plus Diaper Pail with their washable liner. I put baking soda in the bottom of the pail and on the “in-between” washing days. I also have a small trash can for disposable wipes.
  • You will need a wet/dry bag for on-the-go.
    • I change the entire shell and all when on-the-go to avoid additional pee pee messes. This also helps keep the wet/dry bag clean since the mess is contained in the old diaper.
  • Don’t use a changing table cover.
    • This is because it is hard to avoid pee pee mishaps. Much easier to just wipe the plastic changing table instead of washing the cover. Babies don’t care if the changing table is soft or not so save your $ and skip buying one.

**UPDATE (4/25):

We stopped rinsing the diapers before tossing them into the washer. I just send them through a rinse cycle before cleaning them. Saves water and a lot less hassle. This is while we exclusively breastfeed at 3 months.
I stopped hanging my gDiaper shells to dry. I just throw them in the dryer on a low setting with the liners and inserts.
I love my Planet Wise wet/dry on-the-go bag and my Dekor cloth diaper pail.

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