finally got around to this post.
i have been wanting to share about our cloth diaper journey and today is the day!
i am not very practiced in giving myself grace and choosing to cloth diaper was no different. i felt like a failure for a while because i didn’t start right away and then really liked the convenience of disposable and didn’t know if i really wanted to mess with cloth. it’s overwhelming! there are SO MANY BRANDS. i am thankful i have friends who have clothed before. they let me borrow or have their old ones and some bought us new which was very helpful! one thing i learned is to not buy newborn size. that’s silly. they are so tiny and my baby was huge and never fit them! i saved the newborn pack that we have so i can either let someone use them or wait until another baby. maybe a tinsy baby or premie and if i even have the guts to cloth a newborn in the future.
ethan and i decided that cloth diapering is important to us when we can, as much as we can, with GRACE mixed in for the times that we don’t. we want to take care of the earth and do our part to be good stewards of God’s kingdom. we feel like cloth, and organic cloth if/when possible is best. it took us nearly 9 months but we have a system now that works well and we are happy with a specific brand.
we use GroVia
we have several organic and a few non organic. i like the snaps better in the non organic version but i like that we were able to purchase organic and i’m getting used to the different snap.
we use classic rock detergent
jack requires this unscented one, but they do have scents if that you’re sort of thing! we like this detergent because it’s a clean product. we use it now for all of our clothes. i was using a brand i thought was clean but it made jack break out when we would hold him near our clothes, which is ALL THE TIME OF COURSE, so we just made the switch to all using this clean brand.
for deep cleaning the diapers every 6-8 weeks we use grovia mighty bubbles.
this bag will last a long time since i only need to use it for deep cleaning.
also, sunning is a huge help for keeping the diapers clean and fresh! + i love seeing baby diapers out in the beautiful sun on the back deck. super sweet and special. it takes me back to putting clothes on the line with my mama growing up.
we got the all in one diapers. it can seriously feel so daunting to decide what kind of diaper to get. all in one, hybrid, pocket, whatever else there is. I KNOW. I GET IT. I FEEL IT, TOO. honestly, i just picked one and tried it. we would only buy one diaper at a time to try it out. and if we didn’t like it we would sell it or trade with someone. thankfully the ones we picked we mostly liked so we just kept at it. at first i didn’t like the organic ones because of the snaps. i had gotten used to the non organic ones and liked how they go on better. but after giving it some time, i am OK with the organic ones. i still use the non organic overnight because they are thicker and absorb more so we don’t have to change him AT ALL throughout the night and that is GLORIOUS.
i’m not an expert at all, and i probably will forget to explain something or just say it in a funky way, that’s sort of my thing, but i’m happy to answer any questions anyone has for me! i took to insta and got some great questions!
how do you cloth diapering while out and about / traveling?
here’s where GRACE comes in. i wanted to be mighty mom and cloth 100% of the time which was DUMB. after a horrible experience with being alone, having to make a trip to the car dealership by myself and jack, removing the car seat and base, having his diaper bag and my cooler bag for my food, navigating jack into my friend’s van with her three boys, staying with this friend and jack having FOUR BAD BAD BAD poopy diapers in cloth, and needing to keep those diapers in the wet bag for 4.5 hours and then travel back to the dealership and all the things, back into the car and in to pay the bill and smell like massive dookey. NOPE. BYE.
so that was the day i came home and said i’m good with disposable while out and about! ha. i do always have to learn the hard or gross way, don’t i? so we did more research on disposables and landed on hello bello. not only because of my love for kristen and dax, but because of the mission and plant based material of the diapers. if we are traveling to an air bnb and they have a washer, i’d love to say we’d cloth. but in reality, we are usually traveling for work and taking baby with on a busy work weekend, the last thing i want to have to remember to do is laundry. plus, with my luck, i’d forget the diapers in the washer and then we’d be out several hundreds of dollars of our good cloth diaper investment.
did you end up with pocket or all in one?
we went all in one! but i do have some pocket ones left from a gift. i use them, too. but prefer the A.I.O
do you wash every day?
nope! usually every other or every three days. i try to always make sure i at least have a bedtime diaper ready and as long as i have that i feel like i can relax a bit on laundry. but, i’m a freak and LOVE doing laundry. so i could do it every day and be happy.
do you follow a “routine” for cleaning? how do you store the dirty ones before washing?
partially answered in number three, i do like to make sure bedtime is taken care of but other than that, just making sure every few days that i do a load. i would like to probably get one of the over the door hanger pouches but for not i just use a small plastic (i hate that i’m using plastic! one thing at a time. GRACE) bin from meijer to store them until it’s time to wash. i also have wet bags (pictured below and can purchase two for ten here) that i use at home or while traveling and those just go right into the wash, too!
how did you decide on GroVia?
i wasn’t liking anything else i tired. i tried thirsties, nicki’s diapers… i forget the others! but my friend had given me a grovia, used by her kiddos and so it wasn’t as absorbent but i liked the look and feel of the diaper overall so i decided to buy a new one and just try it out!
isn’t the poop gross? how do you get over that?
well, poop is just gross. it just is. but the idea of filling landfills up with diapers really makes me sick. it helps me get over it to think that after i deal with this poop, i can just wash my hands and go about my day and know that i’ve done something great for the environment. it really makes it worth it! we have one of those sprayer things which i have yet to use because his poops are more solid now and really just fall off into the trash or toilet pretty well.
how would you suggest i get started?
you could try facebook marketplace or buying gently used to just see if you like it. you could also just buy ONE diaper and use it and see how you both do with it. just be gracious with yourself and try something! it’s okay to make changes as you go. we used just four cloth diapers and i did lots of laundry just so i could try it before we made the huge investment for more.
how many cloth diapers do you have/ do i need?
this is up to you and your family! a friend who does cloth full time has between 25-30. i now have between 15-20 and i’m doing fine! i wouldn’t mind having more but really that’s just so i don’t have to stay on top of laundry. we did a bundle deal and also got 20% off so it was worth it for us to use the grovia website vs. amazon for that big purchase.
more than anything i just want to encourage families to give it a try! it’s a lot less scary once you get started. and it’s easy to teach the loved ones who care for your kids, too! our nanny took right to helping out with us using cloth. and i know it’s not possible for every family, some daycares can’t/won’t allow it. and that’s OK. you can research biodegradable diapers so that you’re still doing your best part and use cloth at home on weekends when you can! it’s great fun and feels really good to help the environment we live in!