Confessional

Grace started using the potty at 15 months.

I hasten to add: I am not bragging.

Because it looked like she might be out of diapers by her second birthday or so, I did not replace her cloth diapers as they wore out or she outgrew them, and by said second birthday we were using disposables “temporarily.”

We’re still using them. OOPS.

Look, I don’t care if you use disposables, but I hate using them. They’re expensive (even with Amazon Prime), they smell bad (even the all-natural ones), they don’t biodegrade, like, ever, and they delay potty training.

Basically, I was grossing myself out and costing us money. So this month I cancelled the diaper shipment and bought prefolds.

DUH, WHY DIDN’T I DO THAT SIX MONTHS AGO?

Now if I could just fix the elastic in our pocket diapers, we’d be all set. But I have to A) find them, and B) find space to set up my sewing machine, and C) find/prioritize time.

And YES, I am aware that doing all of this kind of guarantees that Grace will be done with diapers. THAT IS FINE WITH ME!

Whoo nesting!

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Our friends Erin and Nick gave us this shelf (from IKEA) as a shower gift. Maybe it is a little silly to be as excited as I am about a shelf, but it means a place to keep diapers so I will not apologize. (When Sam was a baby we kept his diapers in a dresser, but now 1. his clothes are in there, and 2. we have more diapers.)

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Sam and I ran to IKEA yesterday to get some storage boxes. That trip is a whole post of its own. Here’s a teaser: it took four hours.

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I’ve been having way too much fun organizing all the diapering supplies onto the shelves.

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But seriously, it is like a little island of organization in the midst of the chaos that is our apartment. It makes me so happy. NO APOLOGIES.

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At least until I ran out of room. And realized that I don’t have a diaper bag. I’d better get sewing. (What I really want is a fancy knitting bag to use, but if I had that kind of money I’d buy fancy groceries with it.)

All photos click through to Flickr, where there are notes identifying stuff.

Cloth Diaper Redux

Now that I have cloth diapered one baby from birth to potty training, I wanted to revisit the subject and share what I’ve learned.

1. It is easy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. They are either feeling defensive about their choice to use disposables (as if that is under attack) or are of an earlier generation when it was much more difficult and annoying than it is now. The extra laundry is not even that big a deal–we had two loads of diapers a week when Sam was a toddler, and maybe one more than that when he was an infant (they poop more and pee whenever they feel the need). We have coin-op machines. If I can do this, anyone can.

2. Different diapers fit different babies. Just like one parent will swear by Huggies while another says they leaked and only Pampers work, different babies are different shapes and therefore different diapers will work best. For anyone starting out with cloth, whether you have a newborn or an older baby or a toddler, I really recommend getting a selection. Use them all a few times, then purchase or make more of the kind that works best for you. Cloth diapers have tremendous resale value, and you’ll be able to earn back most of your initial investment. (Some diaper stores will also take returns.)

2A. Different cloth diapers fit the same baby at different stages. So your baby might have chubby thighs and do best in one type as an infant, then slim down when he starts to crawl and need another type. Or he may need a different type once he starts walking. But since he’ll need bigger diapers at that point anyway, you’ll be able to work with it.

3. It does not have to be all or nothing. We used disposables at night and for most travel for the first year of Sam’s life. Then we found the (more expensive) pocket diaper option and never looked back–literally, he has only been in one disposable diaper since then, and it was when family was watching him and used one of his cousin’s diapers. Using cloth exclusively worked for us, because I am home with Sam and don’t mind the laundry. For babies in daycare, you might want to use cloth at home and disposables during the day. (Ask, though, if you want to use cloth–many daycare providers are happy to use All-in-Ones or Pocket diapers, and some will even use prefolds.) There is also the option of G-Diapers, which have the flushable/disposable liner and reusable pants.

4. There are a lot of different reasons to use cloth diapers. You might do it for the environment. You might do it for your baby’s health. You might do it for economic reasons. We did it for all three. It saved us a ton of money, Sam almost never had diaper rashes, and we put almost zero plastics and gels (chemicals) into the landfill. Two extra loads of laundry a week is not so much water use that I feel any guilt, even living in the land of water shortages. (Besides, the amount of water used in making disposables is way more than I could ever manage to use.)

5. Cloth diapers really are cuter. Even if you use plain prefolds, you can put sweet wool pants over them, or adorable plastic wraps.

So. Any questions?

Another way in which I am weird.

I call it window shopping, though you might call it something else. Online, it means that I dreamily shop around, filling up a cart with things I don’t actually intend to buy. Sometimes it is yarn. Sometimes it is books. Sometimes it is… diapers. Yes folks, I just spent half an hour longingly shopping for hemp inserts and infant-size diapers (not pregnant) and thinking about being less selfish and knitting some more longies for Sam, and maybe a few for the next babe…

Diapers, people. I make diaper wish lists in my head.

Bisy Backson

Today is Will’s 33rd birthday. It is also the day that I threw a baby shower for two dear, dear friends who are expecting twins in March (this is the only day they could do it, and Will was a remarkably good sport about the whole thing). I had a marvelous co-conspirator in rockstar Peggy, who upgraded my idea for a mellow high tea sort of party to a Mad Tea Party complete with hat decorating contest. I had a ridiculously frustrating week trying to get all the shopping done, as recorded here. The insane part is that all I needed was some ingredients (we catered the party ourselves) and some fucking diaper pins to hold together the prefolds I used to make a “diaper cake.” But no one ON EARTH sells diaper pins, so the cake was held together with willpower and prayer. Also ribbon.

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I think it turned out very nicely. As did the party. My friend cried and told me no one has ever done something this nice for her, which I think is criminal. She is splendid and should have nice things done for her frequently (though only on occasions such as twins will I cut the crusts off three dozen sandwiches). There was a five-year-old boy in attendance who utterly charmed Sam and had a bag full of toy cars with which they played inexhaustibly. Naturally, I left the camera in the car.

And now I am going to collapse on the couch and mutter incoherently at the birthday boy.

And now for something completely boring.

I am still recovering from fainting dead away when I found this dress, and now am very busy plotting ways to get $99, so I am just going to share this extremely boring photo with you:

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That is a brand new, unwashed prefold diaper under the exact same type of prefold after several times through the washer and dryer. Isn’t it amazing how much they fluff up? After a year and a half of cloth diapers, I am now firmly in the prefold camp. I could not do this without pockets for overnight and I love good fitteds and AIOs, but I’m running out of the latter two* and want cotton on his bum during the day (pockets are synthetic), so prefolds are king around here.

*I have the supplies to make more, but my machine does not like knits and I am a scaredy-pants about trying again.

Mom of the Year!

My award is in the bag, folks.

Yesterday Sam and I went out (in the rain! we are so brave!*) with the intention of washing his dirty diapers (which was most of them) and checking the mail over at Tim and Andrea’s house. We were also hoping to make it to the post office but we failed again. Mailing things this month has turned into a comedy of errors, and I am the butt of all the jokes. I AM SO SORRY, EVERYONE. I swear, the fault does not lay entirely with me.

So we’re at their empty house, sad because they are not there, but maybe a little excited to steal their Netflix, and the laundry is going and I’ve finally put a snap on Baby Boy’s bib, and I think to myself that I should put Sam in a dry diaper and then I realize: the diaper bag that I packed before we left? The one that’s full of the back-up diapers because all the good ones are dirty? Yeah, it is sitting on the stairs at home. I have NO DIAPERS. No clean, dry diapers, at any rate. And I won’t for at least an hour and a half. And I think he has pooped.

I came through in the end, using a wash cloth as a wipe and an old towel as a diaper (naturally I found diaper pins in my purse, because I am a Mom with a capital M) and it was fine until the laundry finished. But seriously. I forgot the diaper bag. Can you imagine what I would have done if we used disposable diapers? Yeah, I can’t either.

*I also braved the elements on Monday night and met up with some awesome local bloggers at an awesome local bar. I am deeply infatuated with them all. Especially Randi, who takes Reckless Capitalization to a whole nother level.

Cloth diapers: pictures, resources, and miscellany

First, please accept my thanks if you slogged your way through the cloth diaper post. It was a lot to read! And, you know, I have more to say, so please make yourself comfortable.

First of all, to answer Liz’s questions:

  • Our washers probably hold about a bushel, and we wash dozens of diapers each load; I’d say we do diaper laundry two to four times a week.
  • Snappis are quite durable. I have two, one for at home and one in the diaper bag. They say to replace them every six months, but they’re just covering their tushies because plastic can dry out and become brittle. Ours haven’t. (By the way, you’ll want to use a cover with a snappi, because they don’t go through the fabric like a pin so they can fly right off.)
  • I think four covers in each size would be about right, and you’ll probably want a couple ahead of time (if you plan to hang out at home for the first couple weeks, you can do without, but may not want to because newborn poop is really messy).

TRAVELING

This is the one big thing I did not cover in the previous post. Partly because it was already so long and partly because I don’t really have this down yet.

Around Town

Just as with disposables, you’ll need a bag to carry your supplies in. You can use a commercial diaper bag, but they tend to annoy me. Too many bottle pockets (I really hate this culture’s assumption that everyone uses formula). We got a bag from BabyStyle that we ended up selling at our yard sale. We did keep the roll-up changing pad that came with it, and I really recommend that everyone get one of these, because it makes diaper changes comfortable anywhere (I can’t tell you how many bathroom floors I’ve had to kneel on). We keep it in the back of our car and change Sam there frequently. Very handy on road trips and in parking lots. You will also need a wet bag — a bag made of PUL to keep used diapers in. Mine was a gift and came from WAHMies. You could use a ziplock bag or reuse a grocery bag if you like. In this instance you do want something waterproof.

Incidentally, we used an Army surplus messenger bag for a while and then downsized to a bag I bought at a yardsale. In my fairy tale spare time I am thinking of making a bag to use for baby #2. Maybe Amy Butler.

Long Distance

To be perfectly honest, it is much harder to travel with cloth than with disposables. We’ve switched to “sposies” on more than one trip. Sam used to scream his head off when he was wet, and disposables are so absorbent (which is bad in the long run) that he didn’t get upset. Also, cloth diapers take up more room and the used ones pile up quickly. If you don’t have laundry facilities, that can be a problem.

Because of my promise to myself to use ZERO disposables this year (starting on Sam’s birthday, when we used the last of an old pack), I’ve been thinking about ways to make traveling easier.

One idea is to switch to gDiapers for extended travel. Even if you can’t flush them, the inserts are biodegradable and can be tossed in the trash (wet ones can also be put in with compost, by the way). This would be handy on an airplane or in a hotel.

If you can bring a large supply of cloth, it might be worth investing in a large wet bag and just saving the laundry till you’re able to do it.

If anyone else has ideas about using cloth on extended trips, please share them!

Wipes

We keep a package of Seventh Generation wipes in the diaper bag. They can be washed and reused. I’d like to come up with a solution that doesn’t involve buying anything, but this works for now.

RESOURCES

Because as awesome as I am, you just need more.

More info about cloth diapering

Make Your Own

Purchase

(These are online shops I have personally bought from. There are many, many others to choose from.)

Discussions

PHOTOS

Sorry, no real babies in these pictures. There are too many diaper fetishists on the internet.

Every thumbnail can be clicked to go to flickr, where there are notes.

First, here is what our diaper storage looks like:

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And laundry:

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A few of the different types of diapers, modeled by the Elephant Man:

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If you’d like pictures of any other types of diapers, on or off, just let me know.

And here is a picture of my assistant, who was shocked to discover, when I moved all the junk out of the way to take that picture of the laundry, that there is a window back there! And, um, apparently I have not cleaned the sill in forever.

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(I can tell you when I last cleaned it, actually: when I moved things around to put the co-sleeper there. The week before he was born. Eww.)

The cloth diaper post

I never considered using anything but cloth diapers, so this isn’t a post about how I like them (fine!) so much as a how-to for anyone who’d like to try them.

This tutorial will not include pictures of Sam in the different types of diapers. You can thank internet predators for that. If I know you, I will be happy to share pictures — just ask. I will be posting pictures of just the diapers (no baby) in a separate post, along with a list of resources. This post is already the longest blog post of all time at almost 3000 words. (If you want to skip to the previous post, it is right here and has just 26 words and a picture.)

WHY:

Cloth diapers save money and are good for the environment. For a couple hundred dollars you can own enough diapers to last through multiple children; putting one child in disposables costs thousands of dollars. Plus, disposables stay in landfills for at least 500 years. Any concern about the water used to wash cloth diapers or the energy used to make them should be mitigated by the fact that Shakespeare’s disposables (had they been available back then) would still not have decomposed. Not to mention the horrible health risks associated with disposing of fecal matter anywhere but the toilet.

There are also studies that show that disposables are bad for babies. In fact, a diaper manufacturer conducted a study that proved that with the use of their diapers, incidence of diaper rash went up from about 7% to 60%. You can read more about the health risks of disposables here.

HOW:

There are options. SO MANY OPTIONS.

Flats and prefolds

Our grandmothers were limited to flat diapers, which are huge squares of birdseye fabric that must be folded (and folded and folded) until they fit around a baby’s bottom. Our parents were limited to flat diapers or prefolds, which are rectangles of cotton sewn into multiple layers, thicker in the center, and are usually folded in three, placed around baby’s bottom, and then splayed at either end to go around the baby’s waist. Both of these options require pinning, though you do have the option now to use a snappi (which replaces pins) or just lay the diaper, folded in three, into a wrap cover (these were not an option thirty years ago — they just had pull-on plastic pants or wool soakers, which I’ll get to later) and fasten the wrap around the baby. I don’t like that option because the cover gets soiled faster and the diaper doesn’t really stay put. However, everyone should obviously use the method they’re comfortable with and that works on their baby. Some of the ways to fold a prefold are described here. Prefolds come in three sizes: preemie (teensy!), infant (still just barely fits Sam) and regular/premium. The diapers are described with a series of numbers, such as 4-8-4. This means there are four layers of fabric on each side and eight layers in the center panel.

Prefolds cost around $1-2 each. When I was pregnant I bought 3 dozen used infant prefolds on ebay for $25 and we still use them daily. If you prefer to buy them new, many shops have package deals (this is a good one). The Gerber prefolds you can buy anywhere are total crap, but make great burp cloths.

Fitted Diapers

Fitteds are shaped more like disposables and fasten with either velcro or snaps. They are not waterproof and require a cover. They’re great if you want to let the baby run around without any plastic on his body, but don’t want to let him run totally naked. We used fitted diapers primarily for the first few months. We liked them better than prefolds because they’re super-easy and were more absorbent. Sam pees A LOT and hates being wet, which was a challenge — we changed his diaper every five minutes for a long time.

We use Very Baby fitteds which my mom sews for us. If you do not have my mom, there are many WAHMs (work at home moms) licensed to sell Very Baby diapers, and there are several other brands to choose from as well. We also have some Lovey Bums and Mudpies which are great (very absorbent) but I do not love the way they fasten (you’ll find that’s very much a matter of your preference and your baby’s shape).

Fitted diapers often require a doubler, or booster, which is an absorbent piece of fabric, often contour shaped, that you lay into the diaper. The booster being separate makes the diaper dry much faster, and makes poop easier to clean up (more on that later).

Fitted diapers range from about $8-13 each.

All In Ones

All in Ones (AIOs) are exactly what they sound like. A fitted diaper with a built-in absorbent layer and a waterproof outer layer. An AIO goes on like a disposable and works pretty much the same. These are sometimes referred to as Daddy Diapers, as if Moms don’t like shortcuts too. I do imagine they’re very handy for babysitters and relatives unaccustomed to cloth, but I also don’t think it would be very hard for anyone to learn whatever diaper system you choose.

Brands we’ve used include Very Baby (I am not crazy about the fit on Sam), Rumpsters (awesome but very low rise and outgrown quickly), and Bumkins (would be perfect if the velcro tabs overlapped).

Also available are All In Twos, which I believe just have a separate booster to speed drying time. I don’t have any of these but I think they sound awesome.

AIOs cost about $15-20 each.

Pockets

Pocket diapers are very expensive and totally worth it — to us. A pocket diaper is shaped like a fitted diaper. It is just two layers: an outer waterproof layer and an inner microfleece layer which wicks moisture away from the baby’s bottom. There is an opening at the back and you stuff the “pocket” with absorbent material. The two most popular brands are Fuzzy Bunz and Bum Genius. We’ve tried both and did not think Fuzzy Bunz were absorbent enough, but absolutely love Bum Genius. At $17 a pop we could not possibly use these exclusively, but we don’t really want to. While it is nice for Sam to not feel too wet, never feeling when he pees would delay potty use significantly. Did you know that babies today potty train (gah, hate that phrase) an average of 1.5 years later than in the 50s? I am quite certain it’s because disposables don’t let babies feel when they are wet, so there is no motivation for them to move on.

We use Bum Genius pocket diapers, stuffed with an infant prefold (tri-folded) and the micro terry insert they come with overnight. This is the FIRST cloth diaper Sam has ever made it all night in. We had a little luck with Rumpsters, but he had to be changed an average of twice a night, which was our entire stash. Until he was almost a year old we were using disposables at night, which I hated to do. When I bought a sampler pack of premium diapers (Bumkins AIO, Fuzzy Bunz, and Bum Genius) it was like a whole new world opened up for me. I spent the next $100 I made from ads on this site on half dozen more Bum Genius and we’ve used them every night since. We often change him once in the night, but not always. (Note: Bum Genius are a one size diaper, which means they fit from birth — or shortly thereafter — till potty training.)

Pocket diapers cost around $17 each.

Inserts

Micro terry is the stuff shop towels are made from. It feels like sandpaper, only nastier. You would NEVER put it next to your baby’s skin, but it is super-absorbent and great for stuffing a pocket diaper. In addition to the inserts you can buy that are made for diaper stuffing, you can buy micro terry towels in the automotive department and fold them to fit. You’ll need to wash them at least once before they are absorbent enough.

You can use anything absorbent to stuff a pocket diaper. Some popular ideas include cotton prefolds, flat diapers, and hemp terry.

Covers

You basically have two options: plastic or wool. Plastic generally comes in the form of PUL (polyurethane laminate) wrap covers; wool is either a fleece wrap cover or a knitted soaker. All covers can be used multiple times — until they are soiled or start to smell like pee.

Wraps
We have some Very Baby covers and some Bummis Super Whisper Wraps. The Very Baby ones are great, but I have had some trouble with the fit between sizes. The Bummis are awesome, my very favorite with any type of diaper. I have never used them, but several friends swear by Prowraps, especially with newborns (who are harder to fit in cloth diapers because their thighs are so skinny, making for leaks). Fleece wraps are the same style as the PUL ones but made from microfleece. I’ve never used them, but am considering cutting up a maternity sweatshirt to make a few.

Wrap covers run about $9-12 each, and up to $20 for wool/fleece.

Soakers
I love to knit wool soakers. I use my own pattern which I will someday write down and make available. There are plenty of patterns already on the web, some free and some for sale. Some of the patterns do not require knitting or crocheting, just cutting up old sweaters. Some sewing may be necessary.

Basically, they are just a little pair of pants that pull on over the diaper — sometimes just to cover the bum and sometimes with long legs. Wool is naturally absorbent, and some people like to boost the absorbency by either partially felting the pants or soaking them in lanolin.

Wool soakers can be purchased for anywhere between $15-40, but everyone I know makes their own.

Other Options

There are lots of other types of cloth diapers. Contours are kind of like fitted diapers with no elastic to contain poop. I don’t see the point, but I’ve never tried them. Maybe they’re great! Who knows. Poo Pockets are semi-fitteds, with elastic gussets at the legs. They’re another one-size, but didn’t work on Sammy till he wore a medium. They work best with a booster or prefold. They are not a pocket diaper — the name describes the pocket formed by the leg gusset. We have some of these in our backup stash.

Another great possibility is gDiapers. These are an absolute revolution in diapering: cloth pants with a snap-in nylon liner that holds the absorbent part: a flushable liner. We’ve used these and love them — but the best part about these is reusing them with infant sized prefolds instead of the pricey flushables. Essentially, they become another diaper cover. We use these all the time.

A gDiaper “starter kit” with two pairs of pants, four liners, and ten flushable inserts costs about $25. Refills of the inserts are around $14.

Wipes

Disposable wipes are kind of icky when you think about it. I do like the Seventh Generation ones, though, and they are really cool because you can throw them in the wash and reuse them! Tushies disposable wipes are OK. They’re slightly perfumed and can be flushed (use caution, of course). You can buy cloth wipes, but it is much cheaper to just buy a yard of nice flannel and cut it into squares. Surge the edges if you have a surger, stitch a hem, or just let them fray (they won’t fray too much).

You can just wet the wipes with tap water, or you can make a wipe solution of water with a squirt of baby wash (I like California Baby), a little oil (olive works nicely), and a few drops of tea tree oil. Use a spray bottle or just dunk the wipes in the solution.

BUT…

Oh yes, the big one: caring for cloth diapers. Aren’t disposables easy? You just roll them up, wrap them in plastic, wrap that in more plastic, and stick it in a bin that promises no stink (but really, really smells). Yeah, they’re bad for the environment, but you don’t have to touch the poop!

Look, I’m poking fun, but I really do sympathise. It’s true: while cloth really is easy (once you wade through all the damn choices), disposables are easier.

Have I mentioned how much less cloth costs? We have spent (estimated) around $250 on supplies for making diapers; $200 on new fancy diapers; and $100 on assorted used diapers. We have coin-op laundry, and spent about $9 a week washing diapers; now that we’ve hung a line to dry them, I expect that amount to go down to about $5. Disposables cost between $7 and $15 per package of ~36. That’s an average of $11 every three days for two to three years! Which comes to $3,345.84. You could maybe cut that down to around $2,500 if you buy them by the case at a warehouse store. I estimate that by the time Sam is using the potty we will have spent $1,408 (assuming we continue to use pay washers). That is still a lot of money, but only $550 of it is actual diapers, which was spent over a year and a half… and they will all be usable for subsequent babies. PLUS, the resale value on cloth diapers is ridiculously high. Used Fuzzy Bunz ($17 new) often sell for $15. Keep in mind, too, that we have fancier diapers. If you just want prefolds and covers, you could probably lay out a full supply for well under $100.

Assuming that I’ve convinced you it’s worthwhile, you’ll need to know how to clean the diapers.

First of all, do not use a wet pail and do not use a pail with a tightly fitting lid. I know it seems counterintuitive, but letting the diapers breathe keeps them from smelling too much. We use a canvas bag on a wooden frame, and we drape Sam’s changing pad (homemade: PUL on one side, flannel on the other) over the top. Before putting the diapers in the bag we prep them for washing, so that when we go down to the laundry room we can just invert the bag into the machine (we then wash the bag right with the diapers).

Prepping the diapers consists of separating any layers (boosters, etc.), closing any velcro (there are often fold-down tabs for this; if not, just fasten the diaper inside-out), and disposing of poop. Before your baby starts solids, you do not have to do anything with poop (assuming you breastfeed — treat formula as a solid here). It is basically liquid and will be washed away just as the pee is. Honest! Once poop becomes, um, poopier, you will need to remove it from the diaper. Folks used to “dunk and swish” which is just as revolting as it sounds and I think involves holding the diaper in the toilet while you flush. Yuck! Trust me, there is a better way. It will cost you about $35 and is worth twice that: the mini shower diaper sprayer. Ours (a gift) was purchased here. Separate the dirty part of the diaper — with any luck it is just the innermost part, whether that is a booster or prefold or whatever. Let any true solids roll off the diaper, then spray off any gunk. Spray off the wipes, squeeze the water out of everything, and drop it all in your laundry bag/pail. Done!

The actual washing of diapers couldn’t be easier. Use about a tablespoon (really) of dye-free, perfume-free detergent and 1/2 to one cup of baking soda. Add dirty diapers (they will get cleaner if you only fill the machine about 2/3 of the way). If it’s an option, soak for about 30 minutes. Wash on hot with warm or cool rinse (extended rinse doesn’t hurt). Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup plain vinegar to the rinse cycle (NEVER use store-bought fabric softener, as it keeps diapers from being absorbent and can cause irritation). Dry on warm (NO dryer sheets!) or hang in the sun (this bleaches out stains).

Wool needs to be handwashed, which is very easy: fill a small tub or bucket with lukewarm water and add a few tablespoons of no-rinse wool wash (Eucalan is great). Let your wool soak for 15 minutes. Gently squeeze out the water. Do not wring. Roll the wool in a towel to draw out more water, then hang or lay flat to dry.

That’s it. Really. And if it is still more than you’re willing to do, hire a diaper service! You will only get prefolds, but they provide everything and you don’t even have to rinse off the poop.

So! Any questions?

Saturday Afternoon Diaper Blogging

I am drafting a huge post all about cloth diapers. It is taking for-freaking-ever. In the meantime, we are using them every day (exclusively now!) and I’ve got pictures to prove it!

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We save money and electricity by line drying Sam’s diapers. It would work better if we had a real line (this is kitchen twine) and more clothes pins (or binder clips, which work nicely).

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Also featured in this photo is Sam’s new Wrangler jean jacket. (!!!) I bought some Rowan Denim yarn a while ago, intending to knit him a jean jacket, but there are no patterns that met my standard and eventually I realized that’s because I wanted a jean jacket that looked exactly like a Wrangler jean jacket. And while we are so broke we can’t pay the bills in real life, I had a few dollars in my Paypal account and found this one on Ebay for the right price. Size about two years, so maybe next spring.

You may click on either picture to go to flickr and see larger versions with notes.

Oh! As I published this post I got an email that some diapers I ordered (see above, re: Paypal) have shipped! Yay! (Yes, I really do get this excited about diapers.)