Why I Love Bummis Prefolds

I love prefold diapers.  They’re super versatile.  You can fold them in a variety of ways.  You can use them as doublers in your pocket diapers.  Or you can use them as cleaning cloths once your baby has outgrown diapers.  I love Bummis prefolds in particular for a few reasons.

1.) You can get them in a perfect little package.  The Bummis Beautiful Basic contains everything that you need for three prefold diaper changes.

2.) Bummis prefolds are made in Canada.  Since they’re made in Canada and not outsourced to a third world or developing nation, that means that they are made in good conditions, have emissions guidelines that must be followed, and the staff has access to medical care and is paid a humane wage.  I’m a huge fan of companies that keep their jobs in the United States and Canada.

3.) Bummis prefolds are made of organic cotton.  I like organic fibers against my baby’s bottom, just like I like organic food in their bellies.

4.) The waterproof wraps are adorable and super easy to clean. Why do you love the Bummis Beautiful Basic package?

Using Cloth Diapers with 2 Or More Still in Diapers

Is it really any harder to have two in diapers than one?

It sounds like a common parenting dread is having two or more in diapers at the same time. When using cloth diapers, it sounds even scarier. It turns out that it’s surprisingly less awful than one might think. If anything, the advantages of using cloth diapers is even more apparent. Here are some things that I’ve figured out in my six months of having two in diapers.

1.) I’m avoiding dropping $80 or so a month at Costco on a couple of monster size box of diapers.  You hear a lot of commentary about how kids in diapers are so very expensive.  Granted I do spend a lot of money on buying cloth diapers, but that’s because I’m a crazy person who enjoys buying diapers.  I have enough diapers right now where I would never have to buy another one ever again.

2.) I never run out.  I did a little experiment.  I thought I was doing a less than stellar job of rotating through my cloth diaper stash, so I decided that I wasn’t going to put away cloth diaper laundry until I was out.  I went eight days.  Granted, I do have an obscene stash, but the point is, even if I had only half of what I’ve got on hand now, I’d still never run out of diapers for my kids.  That means that I never have to make an emergency run to the store.  Of course, that goes along with the not dropping $80 on diapers.

3.) It’s no harder to change two butts than it is to change one.  Sure, my boy fights diaper changes like no tomorrow, but that’s because he’s ticklish and hates wipes.  However, having a second butt to change in the form of a tiny Eudora bottom isn’t any extra labor.

4.) Just keep a huge wet bag.  Or better yet, multiples.  Since I have two in diapers, I have two diaper changing stations: one in each kid’s bedroom.  Then I carry the diaper into the bathroom and drop it in the wet bag after I’ve shaken out the pocket insert or dealt with poo.  I don’t have to wash Norton’s diapers differently than I wash Eudora’s.  They all go in the same Planet Wise wet bag, in the same wash cycle, and then get straightened out and sorted when I get around to folding the diapers to put them away.  I recommend three wet bags: one to use, one to wash, and one for back up.

5.) Do laundry a bit more frequently.  I’m still playing with finding out what the right ratio is for me to do my cloth diaper laundry now that I have so many more diapers to wash.  I have a high efficiency front loader, so if I let the diapers pile up for a full two days, it seems to be too much for my machine to clean effectively.  I’m still working on the soap ratios so that I get the right balance to my cloth diaper laundry routine, too.

The long and short is, everything gets bigger with two.  You do more laundry more frequently anyway, so doing some extra loads of diapers really doesn’t even figure into the equation.

Have you had more than one in cloth?  What secrets have you figured out for your success?

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Using Cloth Diapers & Coping with Poop

What about cleaning poop?

It’s actually not that difficult.  There are a few different methods.  It’s just a matter of what your “squick” factor is.

Swish and dunk: Dunk the soiled diaper in the toilet and shake it around, or flush it while you’re holding onto the diaper, to get the poo off.

Scrape: Some people will use a designated spatula to scrape the poo off.

Flushable liners: Another method is to line the diaper with a flushable liner and then just flush the mess.

Spray it away: If you have a diaper sprayer, you can use that to just spray the poop away into the toilet.  It works like a sink sprayer in the kitchen, except it attaches to the toilet.

Or if you have a breastfed baby, you can always just throw the whole thing in the wash.

The whole poop thing sounds like way too much work.

Not at all.  It doesn’t take much effort to get the poo into the toilet.  If you get lucky like I did with my son, your kid may produce poo that’s solid enough to just fall off the diaper and into the toilet.  But really, you should be flushing the poop even if it’s in a disposable diaper.  It prevents pollution, like keeping it out of the groundwater supply.

Not only that, but you should not have blow outs.  Think about the blow outs that happen in a sposie.  You will end up having to clean the outfit, clean the baby, and possibly clean yourself and whatever the baby touched.  Because cloth diapers contain explosive poop so much better, you’re actually less likely to get poop on yourself than you are with a disposable… even though it’s slightly more labor intensive.

Give it a chance.  And if you have any questions, you can always leave me a message or PM me at the Cloth Diaper Addicts Facebook page!

Overnight Cloth Diapers for My Super Soaker Toddler

Overnight cloth diaper

Finally! We found an overnight cloth diaper solution for us. It’s not trim, but it works.

I struggled with using cloth diapers overnight for Norton.  I went through a variety of diapers.   In fact, a large part of the reason that I have so many varieties of cloth diapers started because I was on the quest for an overnight cloth diaper solution for my boy.

I bought two Bumboo fitted cloth diapers for Norton, but the husband refused to use them because the rise adjustment was just too confusing for him.  He requires a diaper that has the rise pre-set for him (and pre-stuffed if it’s a pocket diaper) so all he needs to do is slap it on a baby’s butt and go about his day.  For a while, we did all right with Tots Bots Easy Fit diapers.  That was when Tots Bots Easy Fit first came out with their old style, which was Velcro only.  We had intermittent success with that method when stuffed with a hemp doubler, but we ultimately had to give up any sort of Velcro diaper on Norton.  Right now, Tots Bots Easy Fit diapers are what I use on Eudora for overnights; I stuff them with an extra Fuzzi Bunz microfiber insert.

For well over a year, I gave up on overnight cloth diapers with Norton.  My pocket diapers weren’t cutting it.  My fitted diapers were too confusing.  My GroVia hybrid diapers just weren’t overnight material, particularly considering at that time the only inserts available were the organic cotton.   We ended up using disposables overnight.  Even that wasn’t a perfect solution; we still frequently found both Norton and his bed saturated in the morning.  Sometimes the diaper would rupture and he’d have all of those yucky microbead gel things on him.  I really didn’t like those on my boy’s bits.

Recently, I got an idea.  I thought it was pretty inspired.  Blueberry diapers have this wonderfully long insert.  It’s so long that it folds completely in half and covers the entire length of the diaper.  What if I tried two of those inserts?  It’s not like I was using the second long insert that I had…  At that time, I only had two Blueberry diapers: one was a spotted Blueberry diaper I bought a year ago for Norton, and the other was Eudora’s beautiful Butterflies diaper.  She’s far too tiny for that super long insert.

So I double stuffed that diaper.  It was super stuffed.  Norton looked like he had a pillow under his pajama pants.  I kept my fingers crossed that we wouldn’t have compression leaks.

The next morning, Norton’s diaper was just saturated.  It was at the point that it could have been weighed in pounds.  But his pajamas were dry.  So was his bed.

A few days after that experiment, I bought two more Blueberry pocket diapers off of a mom in my local diaper swap group.  I tried stuffing two Blueberry long inserts in the pocket with a hemp insert in the middle.  As soon as I saw Norton wearing that one, I realized that it wasn’t going to work.  The diaper was stuffed so thick that it made the rise way too low.  I took out one of the long Blueberry inserts and left one long Blueberry insert and one Jamtots hemp insert.

It was fantastic.  Norton was still soaked, but the results were even better.

Now I have two overnight cloth diapers for Norton: a double stuffed Blueberry pocket diaper and a Blueberry pocket diaper stuffed with one long Blueberry microterry insert and a Jamtots hemp insert.  Even better, it’s an overnight cloth diaper solution that my husband can use.

What are you using overnight?

Prepping Your Brand New Cloth Diapers

So you’ve taken the plunge.  You’ve decided that you’re going to use cloth diapers.  Now you’ve got this beautiful stack of fluff in front of you.  What next?  Prepping your cloth diapers for the first use is actually pretty simple.  It depends completely on what kind of materials you’re using, but here’s a good run down that will help you out.

The first thing that you need to look at is if you’re using natural or synthetic fibers.  I use mainly synthetic because I just like the absorbency of microfiber and microterry.

Synthetic – Wash it once using a good cloth diaper laundry routine, including a cloth diaper friendly detergent.  Dry the inserts and the shells if the manufacturer instructions recommend it.

Natural – Wash three to five times, preferably not with your synthetic diapers.  There are natural oils and such that are on your brand spanking new hemp or bamboo diapers that can impact the absorbency of your synthetics.  If you’re only looking to prepare a couple of inserts, you can always boil them for ten to fifteen minutes.  This is only if they are inserts or prefolds.  If the diaper has any sort of elastic or PUL, boiling will destroy the diaper.  So how do you prep those beautiful bamboo fitteds?  You can always wash them on hot with your towels, but use a cloth diaper safe detergent.

Will you wreck your diapers if you initially wash them all together?  No, of course not.  You may end up with repelling issues and have to strip your diapers, but that’s still fixable (albeit time consuming).  In the interest of true confessions, when I got my first bamboo diaper, I didn’t know any better and washed them all together.  I got lucky and didn’t have issues, but that’s probably because it was only one diaper.

Or, to for a quick explanation on how to prep your new diapers: wash them.  A lot.  Synthetics with synthetics, organics with organics.  After they’re prepped, you can wash them all together and they’ll live happily ever after.

Synthetics I’ve used and loved:

Flip by Cotton Babies with a microfiber insert


Best Bottom stay dry insert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural fiber inners I’ve used and loved:

Bummis Beautiful Basic (prefolds & cover)

Baby Kicks Joey Bunz Hemp Inserts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Diaper Bag Contents – Packing Light with Cloth Diapers

I don’t need to carry the kitchen sink when we go out.

I love chatting with other moms about diaper bag contents.  Sometimes I’m just amazed by the amount of things that moms pack.  Other times, I’m almost a little smug because my diaper bag contents are quite minimal.

When Norton was first born, my diaper bag contents were ridiculous.  We used disposable diapers on the go because there was so much to carry already that I didn’t want to add fooling with using cloth diapers to the pile.  I carried outfits, diapers, toys, burp cloths, wipes, scented bags for disposing of Norton’s diapers, baby powder, Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, pacifiers, receiving blankets, bottles, and more.  Getting ready to leave the house with a baby required the same level of preparation as taking a family vacation.

It was ridiculous.  I never used the vast majority of those things.  Why on earth was I carrying so much in such a huge bag?

I didn’t make the same mistake with Eudora.  In fact, even with using cloth diapers on the go, I can still pack extremely light.  For a trip to my in-laws’, I can still get away with a small backpack roughly the same size as Norton’s Skip Hop backpack.  In fact, I’m thinking about getting a girly Skip Hop backpack to carry Eudora’s things because it’s just so much more fun.

Here’s what I carry for Eudora for an expected three hour trip to Grandma and Grumpy’s house:

*3 cloth diapers
*1 wet bag
*1 travel case of disposable wipes
*1 travel size bottle of baby powder
*1 changing pad
*2 changes of clothes
*3 receiving blankets and/or burp cloths
*2 bottles
*2 cans of Alimentum ready to drink formula
*a couple of toys

If Grandma is baby-sitting for a few hours, I pack three or four disposable diapers and leave the cloth diapers at home.

That’s it.  And it fits in one little tiny diaper bag, plus there’s room for my Coke Zero, my iPhone, and my tablet.  If she were less inclined to throw up constantly, then I could probably get away with packing even less.  It may sound like I under pack, but I’ve never been caught without enough supplies for a trip out.

Norton carries his own things to his Grandma and Grumpy’s in his Skip Hop backpack.  That’s only because he always brings a couple of toys, his iPod, a sippy cup, and his Pillow.

What do your diaper bag contents look like?

Making the Conversion to Cloth Wipes

Some things make using cloth wipes much easier.

You’d think that as a cloth diaper addict, I’d also be all about the cloth wipes, right?  You’d be wrong.  I did go through a phase where I tried using cloth wipes.  With Norton, I bought some extra infant wash cloths, wet them with water, and used those.  However, it didn’t stick.  It was just more work for me than the diapers.  I gave up and went back to disposable wipes.

A lot of people say that disposable wipes are just not convenient when you’re already using cloth diapers.  For us, we already had a Diaper Genie for disposing of wipes and the occasional Huggies diaper anyway, so we didn’t have the inconvenience factor of separate disposal.  However, we only have one Diaper Genie, and it’s in Norton’s room since he is in disposables overnight.  That means that using disposable wipes is a little less convenient with Eudora, particularly considering she has exceptionally runny poo.

At first, I started small.  A local mom had some new BumGenius cloth wipes that she’d never used for sale on a local group.  I bought those nine wipes.  Okay, great.  They worked.  But I needed a convenient way of storing them.  With Norton, I tried keeping a wipes box with some water in it, and then dipping in the wash cloth that I used and wringing it out.  It was a pain.  It was messy; I’d invariably drip water on that beautiful nursery set; it just didn’t work.  This time around, I used the wipes warmer that I’d received from a friend when Norton was born.  Perfect.  I go wet enough wipes to last for a day in the bathroom sink, wring them out and roll them up, then store them neatly in the wipe warmer.  The wipe warmer keeps them warm and damp while being stored.  (I do clean out the warmer every day to prevent mold growth.)

Then there’s the issue of cleaning them.  With Norton, using cloth wipes just didn’t work for us because I didn’t like cleaning them out.  I was still using flushable liners in his diapers to catch poo.  I didn’t have a diaper sprayer.  So the cleaning up of cloth wipes was a huge hassle, and really just gross.  We got a diaper sprayer when Norton had a stomach bug, and it solved my poo cleaning issues.  Now I just spray the wipe off the same way I spray the diaper and toss it all in the wet bag when I’m done.  It really is easier to use cloth wipes… at least, in Eudora’s room. Upon realizing how much better it works with her nursery set up, we bought more cloth wipes to use.

I will be honest: if not for the fact that I have a wipe warmer and a diaper sprayer, I absolutely would not use cloth wipes.  But since I have them, it’s very doable.  Because the Diaper Genie is parked in Norton’s room, I do still primarily rely on disposable wipes with Norton.  And I always use disposable wipes when I’m on the go for easier transport.

Are you thinking about using cloth wipes?

Cloth Diaper Laundry and Bleach

Would you use this on your fluff?

Getting your cloth diaper laundry routine just right is a very personal thing.  There are a lot of factors that can influence the perfect cloth diaper laundry routine: water type, washing machine, number of diapers washed, the type of diapers, your kid’s deposits, and how you handle those kid’s deposits.  That’s just for the normal stuff.  Then there are the other things that come up.

Sometimes, I see a post in a group or community that suggests that one use bleach on cloth diapers.  I wince when I see that.  You see, using bleach on cloth diapers depends entirely on a few things.  (I’m realizing that “It depends” is a common answer when one is first using cloth diapers.  How maddening for the beginner or the curious!) [Read more…]