I am participating in a blog hop this month about cloth diapers. You can link up here and follow along with the writing prompts.
The first week is about getting started with cloth diapers and how to wash them. You can find a short, but informative washing guide here.
We started cloth diapering because we have two children in diapers. We wanted to lessen the economic impact of having multiple children as well as stop the constant rashes our oldest son was getting. He was always changed often and we tried multiple disposable brands, but we could never fully kick the rash and we knew cloth may help.
The Cloth Diaper Connection provides a broad spectrum of information on anything you want to know about cloth diapers. I used it frequently to learn the lingo, the different types of diapers, and as an informational hub in regards to cloth. Youtube is also a nice place to watch sewing tutorials or tutorials about how to use a snappi or diaper pin. You can find cloth diaper reviews, comparisons, and even tips on laundry via youtube.
The Real Diaper Association has a great getting started guide as well. When it comes to cloth diaper retailers, I appreciate when they are willing to provide troubleshooting and help in regards to use of the diapers. I feel like Kelly’s Closet does a great job of this through their Cloth 101 links as well as their facebook group where you can ask all sorts of questions and get help from fellow cloth diaper moms as well as Kelly’s Closet employees.
For sewing diapers, I used the Rita’s Rump Pocket pattern. The pattern is free and it isn’t complicated. You will need diaper pins or a snappi for this pattern to get the full adjustability it offers. You can add snaps, but you will lose some of the adjustability which is what I think makes this diaper so great. This diaper fit my newborn and it still fits my almost 3-year-old who is a little over 3ft tall and 32+lbs. I did make my pattern a little wider and slightly longer for a taller rise. The first several of these I made were from old t-shirts and receiving blankets we had around the house. I made my first inserts (the absorbent part of the diaper) for these from old t-shirts and inexpensive terry towels I purchased.
The Rita’s Rump Pocket is not a waterproof diaper, so I did have to make covers as well. We used the Rita’s Rump Cover pattern. All the covers we started with were made from a fleece robe and a fleece hoodie that we already had but never used. They both worked wonderfully and are still in use almost two years later. I’ve found that most fleece does work well as a diaper cover if you use two layers. I typically use anti-pill and blizzard fleece.
Starting our cloth diaper stash only took about $30. That investment was for materials to make the diapers and wipes as well as diaper pins and a couple of snappies. Many of my materials were upcycled clothing or blankets we had, thrift store finds, and fabric purchased on sale. I did later invest more money for a pair of snap pliers and snaps as well as more fabric for sewing different types of diapers. As our finances allowed, I also purchased a few diapers from reputable diaper manufacturers and retailers.
One of your biggest supporters in cloth diapering will be other mom’s who cloth diaper their babies. Experience is the best teacher and I think most mom’s love to share their experiences and wisdom. Cloth diapering can seem scary at first, but it will open up a greener life! Money savings, keeping trash out of landfills, keeping chemicals off baby’s bottom, and a cuteness factor that disposables just don’t have. Using cloth led us to many greener choices unintentionally and it has been a welcomed change in our house.