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Cloth Adventures (continued)

1 May

Up until today, cloth diapering had been going really well! We were exclusively using the cloth diapers during the day and only using disposables at night, when we went on a trip out of town, and once when I forgot to do the laundry (eek!). We didn’t experience any leaks which was wonderful because I had read that, depending on the “build” of your baby, certain brands can cause leaks.

We use the all-in-one, one size BumGenius diapers and I honestly don’t have any complaints thus far in our cloth diaper journey. It’s really easy to just throw the dirty diaper in the laundry bag (just like you’d throw away a disposable diaper). Then every other day, you just dump the laundry bag into the washer and viola. Done. I know a lot of people think its a hassle…but most people are doing laundry every other day (regardless of you’re doing cloth or not) simply because babes are messy.

So let me share what we learned today: yeast is a nasty, nasty monster. Lol. Abbie has a yeast rash and as I researched how to treat it, I discovered that if you’re using cloth diapers you need to “strip” the diapers to make sure all the yeast is gone so that your baby doesn’t get another rash. Now, when I first heard the term “strip your diapers”, I imagined sitting there ripping the diaper up and “stripping” the cloth part off. Maybe I’m strange to have that as my thought process? I dunno. Whether I’m strange or not, stripping diapers is much easier than I thought. It just involves dawn dish soap, bleach, and doing some laundry. The BumGenius website has the stripping directions on there so it is super easy.
Thankfully the rash is going away now, the diapers are stripped, and we are ready to hop back on the cloth diapering bandwagon ūüôā

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Cloth Adventures….

2 Apr

Two things Justin and I are adamant about: saving money and giving Abbie the best we can provide.  So when we learned about cloth diapers, we knew it was the only thing that made sense.

I must admit, not knowing anything about cloth diapering, my first thought was this:

I did NOT want to mess with safety pins, accidentally poking Abbie, cleaning up a poopy mess  in that thin cloth,  or folding nasty rags after doing the laundry.

But I began to research and found that cloth diapers are pretty cool! They are easy to use, wash, and MUCH easier on the budget (we learned that cloth diapers can save you around $1500)! The other bonus is that cloth diapers are¬†much safer to use since they aren’t filled with chemicals – even those brown “chlorine-free” diapers are filled with them! As far as usage goes, the only big difference is that instead of throwing the trash bag of dirty diapers away, you dump the trash bag into the laundry.

If you are currently using or plan on using disposable diapers PLEASE go here¬†. It’s what helped me make the decision to switch.

So, with all that said, we are slowly making the switch to cloth diapers. We got quite a few disposables at the baby shower so we are finishing them up..but today was Abbie’s first adventure wearing cloth ALL day (we use Bumgenius). Here is what they look like…

left: cloth diaper, right: cloth diaper insert

insert

¬†They come in all types of colors/ patterns and its super easy! Abbie couldn’t even tell a difference!

"What? I'm wearing a cloth diaper??"

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