Formula Feeding and Using Cloth Diapers

The other night, I was wasting time on Facebook.  I like to do that when I’m not chasing after my kids or trying to be mom of the year.  A question that I thought was kind of funny popped up.  She asked who was formula feeding and brave enough to use cloth diapers.

Wow.  Obviously, my formula feeding days are long over since Eudora is approaching two and Norton is approaching four… but I certainly do have experience with formula feeding and using cloth together.  I didn’t get the bravery part of it.  It was just… how I did it. [Read more…]

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?

Cloth Diapering Twins

It frequently seems that cloth diapering twins or higher orders of multiples would be so, so much harder than cloth diapering one… or even having two in cloth of different ages.  However, Brooke, a local Prince George mummy, is cloth diapering twins with style.  She shows that it really IS doable!  Here’s Brooke’s story:

When we first found out we were expecting twins so many things went through my head. The first was “thank goodness I don’t have to do this again” (extreme morning/day/night sickness). Then the thought of we are going to need TWO of everything and it’s going to cost TWICE as much. TWO! [Read more…]

Start Up Cost for Cloth Diapers

One of the biggest hurdles that struggling families face when looking into a sustainable diapering solution is the start up cost for cloth diapers.

I can’t afford the start up cost for cloth diapers!

Start Up Cost for Cloth Diapers (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

The cost of getting this much fluff to start can be intimidating…

Starting with premium brands like Fuzzi Bunz and BumGenius can be expensive.  Starting with, say, 18 Fuzzi Bunz Elite diapers with no sort of volume discount or sale comes out to right around $400 in Canada, or $360 in the US.  But you’ll spend right around that in six months on disposable diapers.

There are a few ways that you can work around the scary price, including using prefolds and covers, buying diapers here and there, or starting out with a non-premium brand.  You can start out with a stash of prefolds that will work for you for right around $100.

There are also brands of diapers that are less expensive that can be bought online in bulk.  Keep in mind, though, that with these less expensive diapers, the quality is not always the same… but it’s still better than disposables and a cheaper option until you can bulk your stash up with better diapers.  If you start out with the inexpensive brands (or “China cheapies”), it will at least pay for itself in the first month or two.

Plus, if you’re open to the idea, you can always start out with used cloth diapers.  There’s absolutely no harm in buying used cloth diapers.  In fact, I have a few used cloth diapers in my own stash that I bought because I wanted to try out that brand or it’s just not something sold locally in my area.  You can often buy very good to excellent quality used cloth diapers for 50% to 75% of retail value.  Sometimes you can get new cloth diapers that the seller hadn’t even washed for 75% of retail.  There are ways to start slowly with building a cloth diaper stash when  you’re on a budget.

Not only that, but you can recoup some of your expenses when you’re done with diapers by reselling the used ones.  There are groups online and on Facebook that are great places to sell your used diapers.  Those are also the great place to buy your used cloth diapers when you’re starting out or are looking to experiment.

If you’re still in a bind, there are groups dedicated to loaning out cloth diapers to those who cannot afford them.  I work with Cloth for a Cause‘s Prince George chapter.  There’s also The Rebecca Foundation in the States.

While the initial start up costs of using cloth can be scary, it’s something that can be overcome!

How did you cope with the start up costs of using cloth diapers?

Switch to Cloth Diapers – How I Create Addicts #clothdiaperhop

Cloth Diaper Blog Hop 2013 (Switch to Cloth Diapers) There are few things that I love more than converting others to cloth diaper addicts.  Most of the time, the suggestion to switch to cloth diapers can be met with some resistance.  Still, though, I’ve convinced at least four friends to switch to cloth diapers.  I suspect that a large part of how I did it was by using my sales background to overcome objections.

It’s Too Expensive to Switch to Cloth Diapers

This is my favorite objection.  When someone tells me that it’s too expensive to switch to cloth diapers, I point out that they will spend thousands of dollars on disposable diapers, which means they are throwing away far more money on disposables that they literally throw away!  If they can’t afford the initial start up, I’ve been known to help with that, too.  I’ve bought some starter diapers for a couple of friends.  I’ve also encouraged some of my friends that are struggling to apply with Cloth for a Cause for a loaner stash.  While they are using the CFAC stash, they can apply the money that they’d have spent on sposies to build up their own cloth diaper stash.  Additionally, if you hang out on your local Facebook buy/sell/trade pages, you can find some smoking deals.

I Don’t Know Where to Even Start!

This one is so very fun, especially if it’s a local mom.  When it’s a local mom, I invite her over to my house and we just take a tour through my stash.  After she finishes marveling over the beautifully stacked array of colors on Eudora’s changing table hutch, we sit down and go through some of the various cloth diapers.  At the end, she has a better idea of what to buy when she makes her switch to cloth diapers.  If she’s not a local mom, then I send her links to some explanation posts I’ve done on the subject.  I also give her the links to some demo vlogs I’ve done.  (I’ve already convinced some that prefold cloth diapers are pretty easy!)

I Don’t Want to Touch Poop!

Ick.  Who does?  If you’re touching poop, you’re doing it wrong.  Really, though, you’re more likely to have to deal with poop in disposable diapers due to the increased likelihood of blowouts.  I usually hear from a mom after a switch to cloth diapers about how much less mess she has to deal with!

I know I’ve created a whole lot of cloth diaper addicts this way.  I think I’m the most pleased with converting Heather over at The Parenting Patch.  She claims that her addiction is all my fault.  Hey, I’m totally down with taking the blame for that one.  Have you ever created a cloth diaper addict?



Considering Using Cloth Diapers? It Doesn’t Have to Be Exclusive…

Using Cloth Diapers doesn't have to be all or noneWow.  Congratulations to The Stiletto Files on expecting TRIPLETS!  I’m not sure if my sanity could handle that many little people all at once.  Maybe a reality show?  Either way, congratulations on this special time!  I know that you’re considering using cloth diapers, and I totally get your concerns.  Three babies at once is a lot of work (and expense), anyway you slice it.

From your blog post, I gathered that the most appealing part of using cloth diapers is the savings.  After all, with three babies, you’re going to go through diapers by the pallet!  Even buying disposable diapers at stores like Costco or Sam’s Club, it’s still going to be a very expensive proposition.

The biggest draw of disposable diapers seems to be the convenience factor.  I totally get that.  I think you might find yourself surprised to find that using cloth diapers is, in some ways, more convenient than disposable diapers.  Obviously, from the title of my blog, I love using cloth diapers and I encourage anyone with regular access to a washing machine to use them, too.

Here’s what I’m going to suggest for you:

Keep a case of disposable diapers on hand at all times.  Use them for when you’re taking all of them out.   Use them for overnights.

Take a tour through this site and find out a bit about life while using cloth diapers.  Discover that using cloth diapers is perfectly doable with more than one.  In fact, I find it actually easier.  Sure, I do some extra laundry… but nowhere near as much extra laundry as you would think.

For one, you’ll find that you’ll do less laundry with cloth because you’ll spend less time dealing with blowouts and other forms of poop-splosions.  Pay a visit to Nicki’s Diapers so that you can order an array of cloth diapers to try out on your new bundles.  Due to the sheer volume of children you’ll be dealing with, I strongly encourage you to try something like Best Bottom diapers.  The snap in inserts are great for absorption and the shells are awesome for containing hideous poo.  (Hey, mine managed a prune explosion.  It doesn’t get much nastier than that.)  They’re cost effective.  They’re really cute.

For a convenient all-in-one diaper, then you might want to take a look at the BumGenius Freetime diaper.  You get the fun of using cloth diapers, but more free time because you don’t actually have to put anything together.

Consider getting a Planet Wise hanging wet/dry bag or a massive hanging wet bag from Cupcake Covers.  They’re cute, they hold in smells, and just plain work.  I’d actually suggest that you get three of whatever you get so that you’ve got one to wash, one to use, and one for back up.

I’d definitely suggest that you get things to make the clean up process easier, like a diaper sprayer and/or fleece liners.

Ultimately, you’ll do what’s best for you and your family, right?  Whatever you decide, good luck!  With three babies, you’ll need it.

What suggestions do you, gentle readers, have for a mom-to-be who is expecting multiples?

Using Cloth Diapers – What Do I Love Best?

I was surfing through the Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway Hop and having fun, dreaming of winning fun and different fluff.  While entering Natural Living Mama’s Fluffy Christmas giveaway, I came across a question on her Rafflecopter form that she wanted answered in the comment section.  She asked “What do you love best about using cloth diapers?”  There was no way that I could answer that in a few simple words.  There are far too many things that I love about using cloth diapers to make it short and sweet.

Using Cloth Diapers Gives Options

There are so many options available when using cloth diapers.  Sure, those options make it really, really overwhelming to start, but once you realize that you’re a cloth diaper addict and embrace it, those options make it so much fun.  Need a lot of absorption?  Sure, there’s a solution for that.  Want something that’s not going to take up too much space while you’re on the go?  I’ve got that.  Want something that’s just absolutely gorgeous to show off to the relatives at the family reunion?  Oh, yeah, I’ve definitely got that!

It’s Fun

I love cloth diapers.  I have so much fun with my diapers: pairing them with outfits is a highlight.  I love to launder, stuff, and put away my pretty fluff.  I enjoy experimenting with different types of diapers and materials.  I love the different patterns and colors.  I even have fun with different means of diaper storage.  In fact, the only thing that I don’t love about using cloth diapers is when I have a day that generates seven poopy diapers.  But, then again, that’s why I have a diaper sprayer.

It Builds Friendships

Because of my love for cloth diapers, I met some great people along the way.  It’s also how I got involved with the Cloth for a Cause charity, which is just awesome.

It Reduces Waste

I’m not throwing out a disposable diaper every time my kid goes.  And since I have two in diapers right now, that would be a lot of diapers in the landfill.

Using Cloth Diapers Can Be Cost Effective

If you aren’t a full-blown cloth diaper addict like me, using cloth diapers costs less.  A reasonable sized stash of premium diapers can be had for around $300, as opposed to spending roughly $60 per month on disposable diapers.  Granted, when you don’t stop buying cloth diapers, the cost effective quality can be lost, but, hey, at least it’s fun!

What do you love about using cloth diapers?

Getting Dad on Board with Using Cloth Diapers

I come across a lot of people online who think that using cloth diapers is a great idea, but the partner is on board.  Usually, Mom loves the idea and Dad is grossed out, but I do have friends that are the opposite.  A big part of the parent opposed is fear of using cloth diapers based on misconceptions.  Sometimes the parent who wants cloth will go ahead and go with a system of using cloth diapers and disposables so that there are alternatives. [Read more…]

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!