We decided to cloth diaper Judah for a number of reasons. Not only is it better for the environment, but it is better for his bottom as well and saves me a ton of money! I’ve gotten so many negative comments and crazy looks from both friends and family members claiming that I can’t/won’t keep up with it or that it’s disgusting. However, cloth diapers have changed a lot since I was a baby, which is why I wanted to share more about them. Here’s how we run our diaper mill around here:
- Diapers || We absolutely love the BumGenius 4.0 with snaps. They are one-size and adjust as the baby grows. This means theres no need to go up a size and spend more money on a new batch! It’s recommended that you have at least 24 diapers per child. This gives you enough to go approximately 3 days before washing and some to use while the others are getting clean.
- Inserts || Some diapers come with inserts, some don’t (the BumGenius 4.0 comes with an insert and a soaker to add for extra absorbency). I ordered 24 extra inserts as well. While we don’t use them now, they will come in handy when he starts sleeping through the night and produces more urine (that sounds so much more adult-like than pee, huh?)
- Wipes || There are plenty of recipes online for making cloth wipes out of paper towels. However, I prefer the reusable cloth wipes. They are much more absorbent and clean the baby’s bottom SO much better than any of the disposables I’ve tried!
- Bum Cleaner || When we’re on the go, I LOVE the BumGenius Bum Cleaner spray. When we’re at home, I use the Lusa Organics Baby Wipe Juice – 1TBS mixed with 8oz of water lasts a couple of weeks!
- Rash Cream || There aren’t many cloth diaper friendly rash creams and most of the “all natural” ones I’ve tried were still filled with things I can’t pronounce! When Judah got a rash from thrush, I was frantically trying to find something to make it go away. CJ’s BUTTer® did the trick! This stuff is magical. And it’s not JUST for baby butts! You can use it for all sorts of things!
- Coconut Oil || This stuff is seriously God’s gift to the world. I’ll be doing a 101 on this this month as well, but it really comes in handy with a baby. For diapering purposes, when he has thrush, I use it to combat the yeast and get rid of the rash.
- Diaper Sprayer || This super soaker hooks up to your toilet and blasts off any solid residue. I cannot say enough how much it comes in handy. Never put soiled diapers in the pail without rinsing first!
- Bac-Out || After rinsing and ringing out the diapers, we spray them with Biokleen Bac-Out. Not only does it remove the stains, but it prevents mold and bacteria from growing in the diapers between washes. It also keeps any possible smells at bay. I guarantee you couldn’t sniff out our diaper pail if you tried!
- Stain Remover || Biokleen also makes a biodegradable pseudo-bleach that’s great for soaking clothing. We put 2 scoops of the powder in the wash with the detergent and let the diapers soak over night then run the wash in the morning.
- Detergent || I’m officially obsessed with Molly’s Suds. She’s a local to St. Pete that began making detergent for her own household and now she ships it all over the place! It’s cloth diaper safe, scented with peppermint oil and works better than any chemical filled detergents I’ve used in the past.
Other Important Stuff:
- Diaper Pail || We use a plain tall trashcan with a foot pedal top! No need to waste money on an “official” high tech diaper pail! Thankfully, the bad smell is rinsed out then covered with the Bac-Out, so the trash can has been good to us!
- Pail Liners || I would suggest getting 2 water resistant pail liners (one to use while the other is washing). Grow Via makes some really great ones with draw strings to keep them on the can.
- Wet Bags || I always keep a wet bag inside the diaper bag. It makes cloth diapering on the go so much simpler. You don’t have to worry about the rest of your stuff getting wet! Just throw all of the soiled diapers in the wet bag and worry about cleaning them up when you get home!
- Disposable Inserts || While we rarely use them, we have the Grow Via biodegradable inserts. They are great if we’re going to be gone longer than a few hours and don’t want to fill the wetbag up while we’re out or if the baby has thrush and you don’t geel like going through the process of sterilizing all of your diapers. What I really like about them is you can use the same diaper shell several times since the insert catches all moisture.
- Old Fashioned Cloths & Pins || Since I work from home, I like to give Judah a couple of hours to “air out” each day – especially if he has a rash. Keeping him naked can get pretty messy, even if he’s on a towel and picking him up is like playing Russian Roulette. These are really loose and airy but provide just enough coverage to catch any flying matter! I just load him up with coconut oil, throw one on, lay him on a towel and let him go about his day!
While it saves a TON of money in the long run, cloth diapering a little one seems like a big decision since you’re shelling out all the money up front rather than making a weekly trip to the store. So I thought it might be nice to kick the new year off with a little cloth starter kit with a few products I really love. Here’s what you’ll get:
- One Bum Genius Freetime Cloth Diaper with Insert
- Pack of 12 Reusable Bum Genius Cotton Flannel Baby Wipes
- Bum Genius Spray Bottom Cleaner
- Bum Genius Diaper Sprayer
- CJ’s BUTTer® Vegan Formula, Narwhals & Unicorns
- Biokleen Bac-Out Odor & Stain Remover Spray
- Molly’s Suds All Natural Detergent
- Coconut Oil
Here’s how you enter to win:
- Like BumGenius, CJ’s BUTTer®, Biokleen & Molly’s Suds on Facebook.
- Visit the BumGenius, Rinse Works, CJ’s BUTTer®, Biokleen & Molly’s Suds websites & check out their awesome products.
- Come back here and leave a comment letting us know which products you like best and why you’d like to win!
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Each entry must be a separate comment to ensure we are able to choose the correct winner using the Random Number Generator (learned this by experience). You have until this Sunday at midnight to enter and the winner will be announced Monday!
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