Wednesday, August 24, 2011
We're cloth diapering!
So, here's what I've learned:
1) wash diaper every night on a heavy wash (same is true for front loaders) with as hot as you can get your water.
2) use 1/2 than recommended detergent
3) all natural detergents aren't always the way to go. We were using Mrs. Myers and i think that the Lavender was too much for the dipes. But, with that being said, Tide isn't the way to go either- there are plenty of additives in there too. Something Free and Clear is best.
4) sometimes Vinegar and/or baking soda can help. Sometimes not. It depends on how hard your water is. If you use it during the wash and the dipes don;t come out smelling clean and fresh, then skip it. I've heard Oxiclean can help, but it can also break down the fibers of the dipe, so use sparingly.
5) when changing baby, wipe bottom area REALLY well. This was key for me. I always cleaned her well, but now I do a much more thorough job every time. I read that because cloth diapers don't "pull" the moisture away from the skin, you have to make sure to get the area clean and dry in between diaper changes. This was key for us.
6) You don't have to use cloth ALL the time. This was also key for us. I keep the disposables on hand for when we are out of the house for an extended period of time and at night. Maybe we'll go back to cloth 100% of the time. But for right now this is working for us, so I'm not going to push it.
I guess all of this is to say, see, it's not that bad, you can make it work for you however it works into your lifestyle. So, if you're thinking about trying it, go for it! Maybe just start with 4 or 5 diapers though....
P.S. the diapers we chose were the BumGenious 4.0 with snaps