Ten months ago, before Harley was born, if you’d asked me if I’d be willing to try cloth diapering I honestly would have laughed in your face with a big, fat “Heck no!” The idea of cloth diapering seemed like a huge hassle and, quite frankly, disgusting. It wasn’t until about 5 months into being a mom, when all our gifted diaper-raffle boxes ran out, and we started buying our own every other week at $40 a box, that I was ready to consider the idea.
I posted one of our Target trips on instagram with a joke about how I felt like Harley was “pooping” on all of our money. 😛 A friend of mine messaged me explaining how she’d been cloth diapering her babies and that it was a huge money saver and, other than an extra 15min of laundry a week, really wasn’t all that different from disposables.
I’ll admit I was pretty skeptical at first, and while the idea still seemed daunting, it didn’t take her long to peak my interest once she started listing off the benefits her and her hubby were enjoying. Things like spending just $10 for 200 liners and N O B L O W O U T S !
My First Impression
Unboxing my order felt like Christmas morning! The diapers are insanely cute and once you figure out how to work the snaps (I’ll put a photo below for reference), they’re really easy to use.
I’ll be honest though — after ordering all these diapers, it took me a while to actually muster up the courage to give them a try. I am extremely Type A, so I like everything to be in perfect order and have a flawless process. My poor friend put up with me asking endless step by step questions on exactly how she did this whole “cloth thing.”
She finally told me if I didn’t just jump in and give it a try, I’d end up avoiding it forever. So I went for it.
Our First Poopy Diaper
Of course, with my luck, our very first diaper change was a poopy one. But. YOU GUYS! I was seriously shocked at how easy the cleanup was. The GroVia liner caught all of the poop and made cleanup a breeze. I just threw the liner and wipes away, and put on a fresh diaper. EXACTLY like using a disposable! Then I put the used cloth diaper in a reusable pail liner and that was that. Easy peasy!
In the Spirit of Keepin’ it Real
Now, I’m not going to promise every diaper change in the beginning will be that incredible. While you discover the perfect fit for your little one, you’re bound to have a few slightly messy situations. Honestly though, it’s worth the process. The liners are a huge help. While we did have a few times when poop got around the liner, we never needed a special toilet bowl sprayer or anything. We just used baby wipes to clean the excess, then sprayed Babyganics Stain & Odor Remover directly on the diaper to prevent stains.
Once your babe is consistently having solid poops, the cleanup will be even easier.
Managing & Cleaning the Dirty Cloth Diapers
The laundry process is painless. We keep a mesh trash can in our laundry room with a reusable pail liner inside for the used diapers. When the pail gets full I literally just dump it into the washer, pail liner and all, and run it on the “sanitary” cycle. All that means is it uses extra-hot water. You’ll want to use a free and clear detergent and no fabric softener.
When it’s finished, I move everything over to the dryer. Viola! It’s that easy.
If you use pocket diapers like the AlvaBaby ones we have, the microfiber inserts will likely either come out or bunch up inside the diaper while going through the wash. No worries! There’s absolutely no need to stick your hand inside of a dirty diaper to pull the inserts out pre-wash, just send them through as-is and re-stuff them after they are dry. This typically only takes me a few minutes.
On the Go
Cloth diapering on the go is, again, no big deal. 😉 Instead of using disposable bags like the Arm & Hammer ones, I carry a wet bag. There are many different brands, some more affordable than others. But of course, you get what you pay for. I have both Bumkins & Itzy Ritzy brands. Itzy Ritzy is my favorite! It locks in smell and moisture really well and the overall quality seems much better.
On the go, I simply throw away the liner and store the used diaper in my wet bag until I get home. At home, I unzip the bag and empty it into the basket in our laundry room then add the bag itself to the basket, as well. These bags go through the washer and dryer cycles with the diapers and pail liner.
Do I Recommend Cloth Diapers?
100%. Yes! While there’s a slight adjustment period, it’s very brief and the savings are completely worth it! Why spend money when you don’t have to? Plus, cloth diapering is so much better for the environment.
What do you think?! After reading my review, what are your thoughts on cloth diapering? 🙂 Let me know in the comments below!
Also! Remember when I said I’m suuuper Type A and like things to have a flawless process? Well, make sure to Join the Pack so you don’t miss my upcoming post with my detailed process laid out step by step. From prepping to cleaning, and absolutely everything that comes in between. I’ll give you my tried and true method so you can hit the ground running like a pro. 🙂
As always, I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Happy diapering!
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