Is it worth it?

IMG_6723As you all may already know, I cloth diaper. I started cloth diapering with my 2nd son Taite when he was about 4 months old. One day while browsing the internet I came across some cloth diaper sites… and the look of them just really appealed to me. I mean lets be honest, they are just plain cute! Fluffy, soft and colorful.

The more I thought about cloth diapers though, the more It made sense. We knew after having our 2nd child, that we wanted more. We also knew the more babies you have, the more money you spend on disposable diapers :) – To me it just seemed smarter to invest in a good set of cloth diapers, then to flush money down the toilet on disposables… Todays society is very on the go and rush rush… its all about convenience and whats FAST and EASY… Who has time for cloth diapers? – don’t we have enough laundry?

It honestly is an investment, not only to start (It will cost you around $200-$300 initially to get a good stash of cloth), but also an investment of your time. It does take an extra effort to cloth diaper, but I am not lying when I say its COMPLETELY DOABLE AND EASY once you get into the routine.

IMG_3573 copyI remember one day putting a disposable diaper on Taite… and it getting so wet that the chemical gels in it came out and covered him! – The idea of that chemical sitting on my babies new skin and “baby parts” really bothered me. Babies are in those diapers FOR TWO YEARS basically. Besides bath time and pool time, they live in diapers… I didnt want that for my baby…

So with the combination of wanting to save money, my baby look cute (really that was a pretty minimal reason) and keep my baby free from those chemicals, was enough to push me to use cloth diapers.

and I am so glad I did…

Someone asked me the other day “Is it worth it?”

YES YES YES.
It is worth the effort!!! It has saved us well over 2,000 dollars already and im sure more than that if I did all the math. Taite was in the same cloth diapers Owen is using (although I have gotten some new ones), our savings with Owen will be even more than with Taite. We plan to also have more babies (either biologically or adoption), so those same diapers Owen is using another baby will one day use… saving us even more… so lets say we have 2 more babies after Owen… if you add up the savings between Taite, Owen and 2 more, that is a total of like 8,000 dollars we will save by cloth diapering… and thats if our babies potty train by age 2!

Ive done cloth diapering post before… but wanted to do another one for those who may of missed previous ones.

So to those curious how I cloth diaper :)

_MG_0521Let me start with what I have.

1) Around 10-12 Unbleached Indian Pre-folds. – Size Normal and a few in the Size Newborn

2) 6 Diaper Covers (you really don’t need this many – Ive gotten a few for review – I think I maybe paid for 2?)

Diaper Covers I have:

– 3 FLIP Covers
– 1 Thirties Duo WRAP – size 1
– 2 Etsy Diaper Covers

My favorite cover out of the 3 is by far the FLIPS.

3) 1 snappi for the pre-folds – I like using a snappi with pre-folds instead of the tri-fold method, I find that it makes the diaper less bulky when this way.

4) 25-30 Bum Genius Pocket One-Size Diapers

I only paid for like 15 of those. Ive been blessed with the opportunity to do pictures for Bum Genius, so I didnt have to buy my entire stash, Most of what I have was given to me – which was a huge blessing… I also have around 15 BRAND NEW BumGenius 4.0 diapers in storage. I plan to save all of those for baby num 4 (whenever that day comes)

5) 3 size small Bamboo Fitted Diapers (*no longer sold*)

6) 1 Bamboo fitted Diaper from weeones.biz (she makes great diapers!!)

7) A pull up cover (for potty training) – from weeones.biz

8) A Cloth Diaper Pail and Liner from www.kidalog.com

9) A HUGE wet bag (that I use in place of the pail sometimes)

10) A Medium size wet bag for my Diaper Bag.
– these are awesome for wet bathing suits too btw or to put soiled outfits due to blowouts or whatever.

11) A basket to hold it all – 50% off from Michaels Craft Store!

12) A spray bottle to spray off any messes in the toilet (The bottles you get after you have a baby work great!)

13) Diaper Detergent. I am using the Bum Genius brand detergent currently but recently purchased Rockin’ Green Diaper wash samples and Love them!!! – Diaper detergent last forever btw – if you want you can use dye free and fragrance free ALL, I just prefer the diaper washes more. 1 Box of the Bum Genius wash lasted me 9 months – I use a scoop 1/2 per load. (the are prob equal to a tablespoon each)

14) A drying rack (from walmart) for indoor drying when its rainy out – otherwise I use a clothes line.

15) Dryer Balls – May soften things for you more, if you want. Although I don’t dry any of my diaper covers -just the inserts.

16) A good sized diaper bag (Cloth diapers take up A LOT OF ROOM in your diaper bag, so dont go with a tiny diaper bag if you plan to cloth diaper)
The 31 UTILITY TOTE is an awesome bag for cloth diaper moms – Its super roomy and easy to clean.

and….

I think thats it!

Lots to take in :)

Now… how do I tend to them…

1) I use mostly the Bum Genius diapers…
As of Jan 2011 – I am completely BUMGENIUS – I dont use my pre-folds anymore because I have so many of the BG diapers… however when I didnt have them this is what I did…

When at home I used covers and pre-folds. Also on days im doing diaper laundry I can use pre-folds and covers. For me personally… Im not a huge fan of the pre-fold method when out and about. Its just to much to do for me. With a bum genius style diaper you stick it on and off very fast. No snappi issues, soggy wet pre-folds flopping around :) – just easier to me to use the cloth diapers that have everything together.

2) When I finish using a Cloth diaper I unstuff it (if its a pocket style diaper), put the velcro tabs down (it teaches you this in the diaper instructions), then throw it into the diaper pail (that I keep beside our changing table)

3) I can go 2 days without washing… 3 if im really slack – but I try not to do this because diapers sitting that long wet and dirty can really stink!

Weeone Cover-What happens if a diaper is soiled?? I simply spray it off in the toilet, or let it soak… This may not be the most pleasant, but you do what you got to do :) -Also you can buy liners to put in your diapers that can catch messes if you dont want to deal with spraying a diaper… it cost extra tho, and for me its no big deal to spray off a little poop :) – they do have cloth diaper liners that are re-usable, I do like those! but not needed all the time.

Don’t be scared if the diaper has a little mess left on it. Washing machines are great inventions :) they can clean more than you think!

4) When I wash them I fill the washer with warm water, a scoop of the cloth diaper detergent, and if they are super stinky I will actually let them SOAK in the washer water (no detergent) over night… then in the morning throw in the detergent, shut the lid and it can then wash….. then they are ready to hung by like 9am! Dry by mid afternoon if need be.

– Sometimes if your diapers are really stinky you can wash them twice… but its not needed all the time.

I also wash my pail liners along with my diapers each time.

5) I hang dry my covers (outside or inside), if outside I also hang my inserts. If its rainy out I put my inserts in the dryer and hang the covers on my drying rack inside. The reason being is inserts take FOREVER to dry inside…

6) After diapers are washed and dry, I simply stuff all my bum genius diapers, fold my pre-folds and stick everything into one big basket next to the changing table. The Bum Genius are always ready to go… so my husband (who doesnt do well with pre-folds) can just grab the diaper, stick it on and be on his way. Travis has NO TROUBLE using the Bum Genius Diapers, AT ALL.

7) Your done! See not hard :)

If you stick with it, it becomes 2nd nature.
Ive actually gotten to the point I miss my cloth diapers, if I go for a period of time using disposables (for whatever reason).
I dont dislike using them at all – they have become a part of our routine.

Are you a bad mom if you don’t cloth diaper.

YES!

Kidding, noooo you’re not! I dont think cloth diapers work for every family. For me tho, it has been worth every investment and I would highly recommend every mom do it. Even if you only cloth diaper one baby, you still save.

To those who may wonder if I use disposables ever.

YES… I do :) Im not picky on brands either, I buy whatever is on sale. At night I use disposables. So 1 diaper a day. I have just found that my babies sleep better dryer.. There are thicker inserts you can use AT NIGHT in cloth diapers… I tried those, and even with thicker ones, my babies tend to wake up a bit to wet for my liking. So disposable it is – at night.

Also on days I run out of cloth diapers (due to getting crazy busy and not having time to wash), I will use disposables.. but that doesnt happen very often.

When we travel I use disposables as well because I dont always have access to a washer. When I visit my mom I will use cloth sometimes, since she has a washer I can use. I would just take my HUGE wet bag for the car and to use while at her home.

Let me know if you have any questions! I will try to help answer them as best I can :)

*note: the 2nd baby photo isn’t Owen.. hehe – Thats my 2nd son Taite wearing a Bum Genius*

13 thoughts on “Is it worth it?

  1. YAY great post! I love seeing the passion others have for cloth :) We love bg too but don’t sell them in our store *yet* (the ‘to stock’ list is long!) and like you, use a sposie at night – because SLEEP is nice and so is the lil break from cloth on my sensitive boy’s bum… silly I know but it works.
    Question: do you use cloth wipes too?

  2. Hi Pam, I dont use cloth wipes but I want too.. I just havent had a chance to get any. I saw on a site where you can get swatches super super cheap and sew them yourself.. one day ill do that :) for now im still using wipes we got from the baby shower, so I havent had to buy any.. which is nice.

  3. Great info! I discovered the world of cloth diapering w/ Matthew and it sure is a trial and error type of thing :) I’m loving my Rumparooz and Happy Heinys AIO’s although I do have several others.

  4. P.S. You should definitely think about using cloth wipes – it has made things SOOOO much easier for me (I’ve been known to wash the disposable wipes from time to time…lol). If you mix your own solution and put it into a spray bottle instead of soaking the wipes it will save you even more $ (PLUS its a lot easier on the go). Then you can just toss them all in the wash together! Also, I have a few different types but I really love the bumgenius wipes – they are made of egyptian cotton, which, if you have the time, you can find a a similar material at a decent fabric store and make your own :)

  5. Not putting cloth down at all…never used them myself…but sounds like way too much work for me…and nasty too…maybe I’m just lazy…haha…im sure Id try if I had one in diaper.

  6. Its not any nastier than disposables, seriously. And with cloth you dont ever have to worry with disposable diapers stinking up your trashcan… diaper pails hold in that smell GOOD and because you wash every other day you never do smell it.
    Its not that much extra work either, just takes getting use to.

  7. I agree Andrea :) Cloth is waaay less stinky than disposables! I use one disposable for night every day too. What I’ve been doing lately is putting a wool cover over the disposable, because if I don’t, we’re bound to get a leak. Did I mention that cloth basically NEVER leaks? Yeah. Beat that, disposables, lol :)

  8. What a great post. I had big plans to cloth diaper with Emmett but never did but I would really like to for any future children. This post (and the video of Caleb changing Owen) really show us how simple cloth diapering can really be. Thanks so much.

  9. I have a question for you. Would you consider CDing if you worked full time? (outside of the home) I obviously didn’t w/ Celia, but I am thinking of trying it with our next child.

  10. Absolutely!
    They arent hard to use, and your day care or whoever watches your babies wouldnt have any issues I dont think, as long as they didnt have to wash anything :) which they shouldnt, they would just stick the stinky diapers in the wet bag you provide them with.
    :)

  11. Love this post! :) We’re big cloth fans and advocates. It’s my theory that if more moms and dads really understood cloth, they’d use it. It’s such a win-win for almost every family.

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