Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cloth Diapers?!?

I don't know if...

1. I'm so thorough that I answered everyone's questions in the original posts
2. Nobody is reading my cloth diaper posts
3. Nobody cares about cloth diapers

...but I only ended up with one question about cloth diapering.
Which leads me to this post.

What 2.0

So, you want to know what exactly I'm using to diaper, well here you go.

Alessandra wears the AI2 - OS Soft Bums Echo diaper cover with 

the Organic Bamboo inserts.

I absolutely love these diapers and have/would recommend them to everyone.  Once you get the diapers sized for your kiddo by adjusting the tiny little toggles that hide between the waterproof and soft lining of the cover, changing these diapers is a snap.  Literally - You snap in the inserts, put the diaper on like you would a disposable folding the extra bit of liner in between the legs for extra absorbency, close the velcro, and your done.

We use the Thirsties Fab Wipes as our cloth wipes, but we don't just use these things at diaper changes.  They are AMAZING; very absorbent, with a textured side and a smooth side for whatever kind of mess comes your way, and they are so fun and colorful.  In a nutshell I love them.  We use them for; dirty hands, faces, and tooshies, as her wash cloths, dust rags, and they work great for cleaning the tub and windows.

At the Changing Table

Wipes Solution/Container
In an empty disposable wipes container fill with water and then add 1 TBS baby soap and 2 TBS baby oil, stir gently.  Instead of baby oil you can also use olive or coconut oil.  Take a handful of your cloth wipes and slowly submerge them in the solution until they have absorbed all the liquid.  They will be dripping wet when you take them out of the container so make sure to wring them out well before you use them at diaper changes or for sticky fingers and faces.

Diaper Cream
I am still using my first tube of diaper rash cream and that's because Alessandra hardly ever gets a rash.  I really think this is because of the cloth wipes.  When she has gotten a rash it's been when we've been using disposable wipes, maybe it's a coincidence but regardless when her heinie does get a little red this stuff knocks it out - and quick!

Wet Bags
All the wet, stinky stuff has to go somewhere and I prefer these zippered wet bags from Planet Wise as we don't really have room for a large trash can with a pail liner to hold all the stinky diaps.

Hanging Diaper Organizer
This awesome organizer is from Ikea.  It isn't only fun and whimsical but this Frog Prince keeps this OCD mom as organized as she likes.  :o)

On The Go

Diaper Bag
My Skip Hop Via Messenger Bag has so many pockets to help me find everything quickly.  There are stroller clips to keep the bag at hands reach right on the handlebar.  It's just the right size for me to carry a full days worth of necessities without being too big.  The following is a list of everything currently in my diaper bag;  cloth diapers, cloth wipes, medium size wet bag, the bottom half of the changing mat (below), a change of clothes, a couple small toys, a snack, a receiving blanket, my nursing cover, a burp cloth, travel size diaper cream and hand sanitizer, kleenex, a couple pacifiers, all my necessities (wallet, change purse, phone, keys, lip gloss, sunscreen, pen...) plus my large water bottle and Alessandra's little one.  
Whew - Now that was a list! 
Skip Hop Travel Changing Mat
Skip Hop Travel Wipes Container

Grab 5-7 wipes out of  the changing table
 wipes bucket and wring them out well.
  Put them in this over sized wipes case
 and your set for a day of messy fun.

Travel Inserts
There have been times when I knew I was going to be out longer than cloth would hold me but not long enough to buy a whole package of diapers so I have used these flushable, compostable (wet only), biodegradable diaper inserts.  They work perfectly in the Soft Bums covers to get me from diaper change to diaper change leak free.  Warning for you Penny Pinchers out there, they are a bit pricier than regular disposables would be - but they are so darn convenient.  


Laundry Detergent
I can't say enough good things about this laundry detergent.  My diapers still look like new and on the rare occasion I do get a stubborn poop stain an afternoon in a sunny window bleaches them out without any extra work on my part.

There you go, that's everything I use to diaper my kiddo.
Hope this helps!
All of the  opinions in this post are mine and I was not paid or given any of these products to review.


  1. WOW! Your Cloth Diaper posts have been awesome and full of great information! You've also made it less scary, and that's coming from someone who doesn't have any kids. YAY! :-D

  2. Jamie Thompson22/9/11 3:26 AM

    I read all about your diaper post.  I'm super impressed with you.  I must be lazy because my disposable diapers seem so much easier.  I guess I'm your typical Texan :)

  3. Grandmommy22/9/11 4:04 AM

    I am so impressed! You are one very organized Mommy. (I am very proud of you!)

  4. Great Grandma Schrock is invited to a baby shower that is to be for diapers only as there are so expensive. 
    She thinks one cannot even find cloth diapers today--boy is she mistaken.  I think today's options are amazing and I swear that it is easier to potty train from cloth vs disposable, plus incredibly pluses to the environment.  I would highly encourage young moms to consider this as a huge plus!!  Mom's convenience is not the be all or end all!

  5. Not that cloth really is that more difficult--which I should have stated before.  I just think that considering environment, baby comfort, economy, etc.  these cloth things are amazing.  So little work compared to what would be in your mom's idea from the 70's.  I give them a 10!!  Please consider.

  6. I'm sure you're not lazy, you're a mamma to a one year old little boy!  And yes, those throw away diaps are WAY easier but when your baby budget is just above nil you make it work.  :o)