I admit it. I am lazy as all get out when it comes to cloth diapering. Yes, I love the fact that cloth diapering is reducing what I put in the landfill. I love the fact that my son’s little heiney gets red far less often in cloth diapers. However, I don’t love to work hard. So, I choose cloth diaper supplies that allow me to work smart (or be lazy), not work hard. What cloth diaper supplies give me that freedom?
It took some trial and error to figure it out. We bought a wet bag to line the diaper pail. This should have allowed me to work smart, but it didn’t work out as anticipated. Our diaper pail rocks. It’s a Graco diaper pail that requires something like two C cell batteries. You wave your hand over it, it opens up, you insert the diaper, it closes. No smell. The problem with the wet bag is, it’s too long and narrow to fit the diaper pail. So that means it takes up more space and allows less diapers to go through, thus increasing the amount of time spent cloth diaper washing.
So, an awesome diaper pail is a crucial item on the cloth diaper supplies list. The great thing about the particular pail that I have is that it fits into the mouth of my front loading washer, so when cloth diaper washing time rolls around, I just take the top off, put the top of the pail in the mouth of the washer, and shake. Then I wipe out the pail itself with a disinfecting wipe so that it doesn’t get vile and disgusting.
In order to prevent diapers from being absolutely vile and disgusting for cloth diaper washing time, there are a couple of ways to get the baby poo off of the diaper. One is a diaper sprayer that attaches to your toilet. Yeah, no. I tried to use the shower head over the toilet, but that got water everywhere. So I decided that the flushable liners were the way to fly. Most of the poo is caught in the liner. If it’s not, then no problem. Just wipe the excess poo up with a baby wipe and dispose of it.
I tried using cloth diaper wipes instead of disposable wet wipes. It was getting annoying to have to have a separate garbage for dirty wipes. With cloth diaper wipes, I figured I could use the wipe and then toss it in the diaper pail with dirty diapers. Yeah, that was also annoying. We bought some cheap baby wash cloths to use for that purpose. They worked, but I didn’t quite enjoy the experience.
Plus, it seemed rather stupid for me to try to get the excess poo out of the cloth diapers with cloth diaper wipes. After all, they ended up in the same diaper pail and the same washer.
So I found a way to make the disposable baby wipes work for me. See, for all of my love of cloth diapering, we aren’t exclusively using them. We do use disposables for outings and overnights. And there were some really, really vile poops in those disposables. I was taking them right outside since the garbage can sits outside our front door. Then the husband pointed out that summer is coming up, and we’d better find a better way to dispose of them. So we got a Diaper Genie II Elite. That is the new home for the disposable diapers when they are no longer fit for Norton’s bum. It’s also the new disposal unit for the disposable baby wipes that I use when cleaning Norton’s bum or Norton’s poopy diaper.
It’s not exactly the greenest method out there, but you know what? It really, really works for this lazy mom.
What kind of short cuts have you found to make cloth diapering easier for you?
Originally written April 24, 2010. It’s amazing how things have changed! We’ve gone to a diaper sprayer (and will never go back), the Diaper Genie gets used in the bathroom for feminine hygiene products, and disposable wipes are only used on bums on the go. Oh, and that diaper pail? It’s also been ditched in favor of a hanging Planet Wise wet/dry bag. I also switched to microfleece liners instead of using those flushable liners. Some of the things that I thought were making my cloth diapering career easier were just not. Sure, they worked at the time, but when you know better, you can do better.