Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cloth Diapers? Really?

For a while now I've known that I want to use cloth diapers. It's something that I researched long before getting pregnant and it just seems to make sense for us. I love all the benefits. It's better for baby, it saves money, and it's better for the environment. However, whenever the topic comes up with others, we get this face of disbelief/dissapproval/disgust. Really? What's the big deal people? This is kind of how the conversation normally goes.

Person: You know, children are really expensive.

Us: Yes, we are aware of that. That doesn't change the fact that we want a family.

Person: Oh. But did you know that diapers are like $20 a pack and they go through A LOT.

Us: Yes but we're doing cloth diapers so it won't be AS expensive.

Person: Cloth?! What year is this? And what do you do with the dirty ones?

Us: You clean them

Person: Ughhh. That's kinda gross. Just do regular diapers. It's easier.

I'm not kidding, this is how the conversation goes with a lot of people. Of course this is mostly with people who don't have kids and at least right now, don't want kids. I personally love the idea of my child being in cozy cloth diapers as opposed to the alternative but everybody has the right to make their own decision. Sometimes I go into more detail about how I plan on cleaning the soiled diapers. Enter the BumGenius Diaper Sprayer...

Have any of you tried this little gadget out? Any other ideas on how to clean the dirty diapers? I have a few methods planned out but it's always good to hear from those who are experienced.


  1. I spent two weeks or more researching this in the past 2 months. And I was really about an inch away from making the switch, and then Payton pooped LOL. I just can't do it. But, I have read plenty good things about that sprayer, and had we switched we would have gotten it. If you breastfeed you don't need to rinse (if you don't want). Go to diaperswappers.com (if you haen't yet)... lots of information and people to help. Plus people sell their diapers on there.

  2. And the truth is...no one who uses regular diapers will ever understand. We use cloth diapers and LOVE them!!!! They save us a ton of money, and are so not gross at all! They wash in the washing machine just like everything else!! Best of luck! If you're still looking at which brand to use I have Fuzzy Bunz and would recommend them.

  3. I'm not an experianced user, I'm also in the research stage. This is the first I've heard of the diaper sprayer, and does indeed sound like a viable way to go. I wonder if this would be used instead of liners?

    Keep us updated!

  4. I know exactly what you mean, I want to use them, and whenever I tell anyone, the only reaction I get is 'eurgh!' x

  5. We use Cloth and also LOVE them! I would never be able to switch to sposies, they stink, are super expensive, and are no where near as cute as a fluffy butt. I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago on our first 5 months using cloth, http://norrisfamilyboise.blogspot.com/2011/08/dirty-on-diapers.html
    I tried to put all the information that has been the most helpful to us, and I tried to answer the questions I get asked about the most.
    Dont be afraid of a little fluff, you will love it :)

  6. We use cloth and also LOVE them. Lily is 13 weeks old and we've only had to buy ONE pack of disposables so far, and this was because we were travelling.

    We use FuzziBuns one-size fits all snap diapers and recently purchased a pack of Kozies. A few words of advise:

    -buy a Diaper Genie (or another form of diaper pail) and keep it close to your changing table for the diapers. Then have a trashcan nearby for disposing of your wipies.
    -Definitely use your diaper sprayer to rinse the poopy diapers.
    -Buy cloth diaper detergent. We use Rockin' Green and have been very happy with this. 3 tablespoons per load of clothies and you're good to go.
    -Don't bother drying the diapers in the drier; hang or lay them in the sun! This keeps the diapers soft AND the sun bleaches away any and all stains. Really!


  7. i just found your blog today and am reading all your posts. my SIL tried to tell me (before my miscarriage) that cloth diapers were dirty and kids got more rashes with them. but if you know how to do it properly, it's better for them definitely. plus, kids potty train earlier

    check the blogs I follow for these two:
    a little of this, a little of that
    Baby Making

    They're both twin mommies who cloth diaper their kids.

  8. Thanks for the tip. I will definitely check them out! :)


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