Cloth Diapering is a Go! (A Throwback Post)

I love finding these old throwback posts, back when cloth diapering was still shiny and new.  Before Norton was even born I was quite certain that cloth diapering was what I wanted.  My husband was less certain, but he did come around.

 

 

Using Cloth Diapers is a Go! (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Little baby Norton is modeling one of those original FuzziBunz we started out with!

I now officially have every single thing that I need for cloth diapering Norton.  I just got my last order of cloth diapering supplies in.  One thing that I love about ordering from a local distributor: she delivers it to your house free of charge while she’s out and about running errands.  Plus, supporting local businesses over big box stores is always cool.

I am now the proud owner of a total of nineteen FuzziBunz one size diapers.  However, I am also a smart owner, so I will only wash one diaper as a test run before Norton comes home.  We’ll use it and see how we like it.  If I absolutely hate cloth diapering and figure out that it’s not going to work for me, I can return the unwashed and still packaged cloth diapering supplies to my distributor for a refund.  I have a pack of size one disposables just to be on the safe side.

I’ve got two rolls of Bummis diaper liners, so I can neatly dispose of Norton poo without scraping or spraying.  Ick.  And because I’m not terribly crunchy by nature, I got a massive box of baby wipes when they were on sale.  I have the diaper pail.  I have the drawstring liner for the diaper pail so that I have a convenient way of stashing Norton’s diapers until they are washed.  And I have a wet bag to stash in the diaper bag for diaper changes on the go.  And I have the extra liners to stuff in his diapers at night to prevent floods.

I have the diaper cream (which shouldn’t affect the absorption of the cloth diapers since I’ll have that barrier of the flushable diaper liner between Norton’s skin and the diaper itself in the event of diaper rash), and the baby powder.  I have baby lotion.  I have baby oil.  And I have all of these things in a convenient little travel size bottle to fit in his diaper bag.  I’ve got a little travel size wipes container, too.

Whee!  I’m so excited.  It’s rather lame, I think, that I’m so excited about cloth diapering, but such is.  Norton will be here any time between the next thirty-two to fifty-three days.  Oh, I’m so ready. But just to be on the safe side, am I missing anything regarding Norton’s bum?

Originally written on January 19, 2010.

I’m amazed at how much things have changed in three and a half years.  Could I have gotten by with the majority of what I started cloth diapering with?  Oh, yes, but it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as fun.

I loved those Bummis liners, but I’ve moved beyond them to a diaper sprayer.  I’ve stopped using disposable wipes at home in favor of cloth ones.  I ditched the diaper pail for storing dirty diapers in favor of a hanging wet bag.  I sold that liner for the diaper pail since it just didn’t fit nicely in that pail, anyway.

Overnight diapers?  Ha.  With Eudora, that was an easy thing.  With Norton, it took a lot of trial and error.  The little AppleCheeks booster I bought was more for daytime use to give a little extra protection.  It was not, in any way, shape or form, appropriate for overnights.  I have still been known to use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, but that wasn’t the non-cloth diaper safe cream I started with.  If I have to use it, I use a microfleece liner in between.  Baby powder is awesome.  I switched brands of baby lotion, but it’s not used much, and I never used baby oil.

Oh, yeah, and those 19 FuzziBunz one size diapers that I started with?  I still have some in my rotation.  I’ve never thrown one out.  I still do the majority of my cloth diaper shopping at Cozy Bums.  I still get amazing service from them.  I still prefer supporting local businesses whenever possible and feasible.

How have your cloth diapering habits changed since you first took the plunge?

Thirsties Fab Wipes & Booty Luster Review

Thirsties Fab Wipes & Booty Luster Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Recently, I received some Thirsties Fab Wipes and Thirsties Booty Luster for review from Cozy Bums.  Now that I’ve had it for about a week, I’ve had time to try it out and give a review.

Thirsties Fab Wipes Construction

Thirsties Fab Wipes are a two ply 8×8 wipe.  One side is a super soft cotton velour that is wonderful for cleaning up the icky bum messes; the other is a microfleece that’s great for drying off smaller messes.  The colors are fantastic, coordinate with Thirsties diapers, and are in a “boy” and “girl” pack.  (The boy pack has two green wipes, the girl pack has two purple wipes.  They are both actually quite gender neutral.)  Plus, like other Thirsties products, the Thirsties Fab Wipes are made in the USA.

As for care, I just toss them in the wash with the rest of my cloth diaper laundry.

Using Thirsties Fab Wipes

I’ve used a lot of different cloth wipes since I made my conversion to cloth diaper wipes.  I’ve used single layered, double layered, commercially made, home made, and even baby wash cloths in my cloth diaper wipe supply.  Getting my husband on board with cloth wipes took some doing, and there are some (particularly double layered) wipes that he hates and will pick past.

The Thirsties Fab Wipes are the first cloth wipes that my husband has liked enough to tell me that they are great.  He thought they were single layered because there was no separation issues like we’ve had with other double layered wipes.  At home, I typically wet a hand full of wipes (about a day’s worth, maybe less) and then leave them in the wipe warmer.  The Thirsties Fab Wipes work great that way.

Another awesome use for my Thirsties Fab Wipes: they’re awesome on the go.  This is where the Thirsties Booty Luster comes into play.

Thirsties Booty Luster

The good news about the Thirsties Booty Luster spray is that the four ounce bottle is the perfect size to go in my diaper bag.  I can carry it with some dry Thirsties Fab Wipes and then I have a cloth wipe solution that works well on the go.  As for how it works?  Well, it’s great at freshening up bums when they’re a little… um, ripe.  Considering I don’t use a wipe solution at home (instead, I just wet with water), the Thirsties Booty Luster spray is awesome for taking care of a little bit of bum funk.  The Thirsties Booty Luster spray is the only cleaning solution that I use with my wipes.

The only downside about the Thirsties Booty Luster spray is that I’m not completely in love with the scent… but it’s still better than the smell of butt.  And even more surprising, the smell doesn’t bother me.  That’s huge since I have a lot of fragrance sensitivities.

Are They Worth It?

In a nutshell?  Absolutely!  From this point onward, if I buy any other cloth diaper wipes, they’ll be Thirsties Fab Wipes.  It’s the only ones that have actually been husband approved in my house.  The husband found the Booty Luster spray to be “non-offensive.”  (That’s high praise from my husband.)  If you haven’t used Thirsties Booty Luster spray or Thirsties Fab Wipes, start!  (And pay attention, because there will be a giveaway from Cozy Bums coming up very soon.)

How Cloth Wipes Saved My Sanity (and My Face)

A wipe warmer makes using cloth wipes much easier.

Some things make using cloth wipes much easier.

For quite some time now, I’ve used disposable wipes on Norton.  I tried cloth wipes, but the rinse thing seemed yucky since I didn’t have a diaper sprayer at the time.  Convenience wasn’t an issue; we had a Diaper Genie in his nursery anyway.  Cloth wipes were really not even worth bothering with.

With Eudora, though, I hopped on the cloth wipes bandwagon.  We used our wipe warmer to keep her cloth wipes warm and moist.  We already had our diaper sprayer, so using the sprayer to rinse the poopy wipes was a non-issue.  And with Eudora, we’d found overnight cloth diapering solutions that worked with her early on.  That made me more confident about going almost exclusively cloth with her.

But with Norton, the using disposable wipes continued.  We only have one wipe warmer and we moved the Diaper Genie into his room when he got the Elmo room across the hall.  It was a while before I finally found overnight cloth diapering solutions that worked for Norton at all.  (Even disposables were pretty much a gamble with him, so if he floods out a cloth diaper, it’s just as possible that he’d have flooded out the disposable.  I’ve got about the same success rate with our overnight cloth solution right now.)  So, yeah, it wasn’t any sort of inconvenience to keep using disposable baby wipes anyway.

It was, however, frequently a battle.  I’ve lost track of how many times Norton has kicked me in the face, etc.  I finally realized that he’s ridiculously ticklish, and he’s even more ticklish in the diaper area.  He was fighting the diaper change so hard because he was avoiding tickles.

One day I got annoyed with his refusal to go into his room for a diaper change, so I just put him on the changing table in the nursery.  I used cloth wipes on a very yucky bum.  I didn’t get kicked.

Hm.

Now he’s at the point where he goes into Eudora’s nursery for a butt change when he’s got a stinky bum.  It’s generally voluntarily, even.

To make it even better, he’s gotten a bit destructive with his Diaper Genie.  Twice now, he’s managed to completely unravel the refill cartridge.  The one he unravelled yesterday was brand new.  I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve left the wipe container out on Norton’s dresser and found that he’s strewn wipes all over his room.

So, new plan.  Diaper Genie will be moved to Eudora’s room for the occasional disposable use.  And we’ll get another wipe warmer so that we can keep a little supply of cloth wipes ready to go in Norton’s room.  Here’s hoping that continuing to use cloth wipes on Norton’s bottom will help make the diaper change a nicer process.

Are you using disposable or cloth wipes?  Why?

How to Make Cloth Baby Wipes

I am completely not the crafty DIY type.  Fortunately, I’ve met people online who are.  Devon, a local mom from Prince George, recently made cloth baby wipes.  Here’s how she did it.  Thanks, Devon!

I chose to use old receiving blankets. I actually bought 9 of them for $2 from another mom. I used them to make 30 7×7 wipes (double layer). I’m big into recycling, and this is a nice way to repurpose old receiving blankets.
Wipes can be made to your size preference, I went approx 7×7. I cut 2 squares of equal size. I used different blankets for each side because it’s cute:) put the squares right sides together, and stitch around the edges. Leave approx a 1 inch gap to turn the wipe right side out.

Turn the wipe right side out through the 1 inch gap you left

Turn in edges of the gap

Hand stitch the gap closed.

Completed wipe

 

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?