January 14, 2015

Those weird cloth diapering hippies – Part 1


Yep, we’re one of those crunchy hippie families that uses cloth diapers…and cloth wipes, and coconut oil (instead of diaper cream). We even take our diapers down to the river to scrub ’em down before hanging them up to dry in the sun.

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Well, ok, maybe we don’t do the river part….and we’re not really hippies either (though I’m seriously tempted to give birth on The Farm, and if you know what that is you might have a little hippie in your heart too).  But we do take a pretty natural approach to the diapering thing.

When we tell people we cloth diaper, we get a whole range of responses. Anything from “oh, ok” (which is great, because it means it’s normalizing…or rather re-normalizing since it’s really what most of history did), to “ugh, I would never do that” (which is also great…you do your thing, I’ll do mine!)

Here are the most common responses we get:

“You mean, you throw poop in your washing machine?”

Yep – at least until we start the solid foods…then we make an effort to actually rinse or shake the poop off first.  Breast milk poop is completely water soluble (it’s basically all liquid) and totally not gross.  It actually doesn’t even smell bad…kinda like Cheerios if you ask me.  A good washing machine will get it all off no problem.  (Note, formula poop is a whole different story…that stuff is YUCKO and definitely needs to be rinsed off first.)

“Doesn’t it take a lot of extra time and effort?”

Not really…every few days we throw them in the wash and run a few cycles.  Almost zero effort.  When it’s warm and sunny, we will hang dry them outside (get’s them nice and white too!), but usually, we just throw them on a drying rack in our bedroom and let air do it’s thang.  Easy peasy.  As far as prepping, we don’t fold or pre-stuff them…just grab them when we change a diaper, so hardly any extra effort involved there. See?  It’s really no big deal once you get in the groove.

“But they’re so expensive!”

Umm, I’m no financial analyst, but man, if you did an actual cost comparison, you’d totally come out on top with cloth diapers.  Have you looked at the cost of ‘sposies lately? I have, because I bought some the other day (*gasp* yes, we actually use disposables too…but more on that later).  We used our cloth diaper stash with Jay and are now using the same ones with Elle and let me tell ya,  we’ve definitely saved money using cloth.

Cloth diapering may seem like a daunting undertaking, and back in the day it was.  You had huge cloths, actual safety pins (yikes), and you might really have had to wash your diapers down by the river.  But today?  EASY.

No it’s not for everyone, and that’s totally ok.  But if you’re considering cloth, I want to encourage you that you’ll probably love it…or at the very least think it’s worth the savings.  Interested in learning more about cloth diapering?  I’ll be posting Part 2 (the basic essentials) soon, but in the meantime, take a look at this roly poly…doesn’t it just take baby cuteness to a whole new level?

Cloth Diapering is Easy (A Basic Tutorial) www.bestofbabylady.com
What’s your biggest reservation about cloth diapering?


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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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    Reply Kris Von January 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Any diaper cover favorites?

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    Reply Iulia Gulia @ Best of Baby January 14, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Kris, not really..we’ve really only tried Bum Genius and Flip diapers, and because we liked them we just stuck with them. Between the two, I’d say it’s a toss up. I think Bum Genius have more stay power as far as preventing leaks, but Flip diapers are so convenient. I can just take them off of her and dump them in the diaper pail without.

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    Reply Jennifer A January 16, 2015 at 8:03 am

    When people see my kids in cloth diapers, they are awed and say how cute the diapers are. They really do make a baby’s bottom cute, and they are a lot cheaper. Especially when you have two in diapers!

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    Reply Kristen Campbell January 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Interesting perspective on this, Iulia! Thanks for linking up with us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week! 🙂

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    Reply happilyeverafteretc January 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I can’t wait to read your second installment! The hubby and I have talked about using cloth diapers when we have our own babies and really love the idea. There are so many brands to chose from though… it’s a little overwhelming! Luckily we have a couple years before we have to make a decision! We’re still in the talking stages now!

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    Reply Amy Will January 18, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I was originally very intimidated by cloth diapering 1. Because of the initial cost of buying diapers and 2. Because of the hassle of washing them.

    Then a friend gave me a few of her Bum Genius 4.0 diapers to try and now, after giving them a chance, I’m sold! Washing an extra load of diapers is not really extra “work” for me! I air-dry mine on a rack in our basement or on the line in the summer… so easy.

    And they save so much money, if you are smart about it – you are so right! That generous friend that got me started gave me quite a few diapers for free and then I have bought more diapers second hand, but in great condition, on the clothdiapertrader.com site.

    I look forward to your second diapering post! Cloth diapering is actually kind of fun, in a weird way (maybe it’s all of the cute patterns available these days 🙂 )
    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

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    Reply Lisa @ Two Martinis January 19, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I honestly never thought I would be the type of mom who would cloth diaper, but here I am, 6 months in! I absolutely love it and wouldn’t have it any other way. If people (especially expecting moms) bring up the whole poop in the washing machine I always tell them that with a baby there’s going to be poop at some point, and I’d rather have it on diapers instead of my clothes (because in our case, my daughter has never had a blow out)!

    PS – I totally know what The Farm is, so I probably AM a bit of a hippie. 😉

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    Reply nelle monaco January 20, 2015 at 11:31 am

    hi! i don’t have kids yet but hopefully we will be starting a family soon and i have been interested in this… thank you for sharing! made me feel much better about the thought/hoping to now! have a great week and your baby is adorable!

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    Reply Jamie Tomkins January 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Be proud to do what you feel is right. As parents, we have to do whatever we can to keep our kids safe and who knows what’s in the other ones anymore. Crazy!

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    Reply Angie Church January 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    we used cloth diapers with our grand-daughter and she did great
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    Reply Becca Hall January 21, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I definitely plan to use cloth when I have kids. They are adorable and so cost effective! You definitely hear a lot of the “you’re so brave” comments, I’m sure.

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    Reply Lynda H January 21, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    It makes me so happy to see cloth diapering becoming popular again! Thanks so much for linking up to Awesome Life Friday – I hope you’ll come back again this week! http://rchreviews.blogspot.com

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    Reply Alison Agnew January 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    I used cloth with two of my four kids, mainly because my daughter kept getting rashes that I couldn’t cure. Someone suggested cloth and the rashes disappeared immediately. Now they are so easy to use, and not inconvenient at all. There is an initial investment in the diapers and covers (especially the nice ones) but I think if you use them for more than one child you can save some money over disposable. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


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    Reply Lisa Healy January 23, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Totally got your “Farm” reference and we love cloth diapers, too! It’s so easy and way cheaper than disposables, not to mention better (IMO) for baby!

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    Reply Nathana Clay February 16, 2015 at 10:48 am

    We just registered for our cloth diapers . . . And, yes, I know what the farm is! 😉 I am reading Ina May’s book on birth. My husband likes to tell me when I am “leveling up” as a hippie. We really are not that crunchy though. Our main motivation for cloth diapers is our budget. The fact that it means less chemicals and nicer treatment of the environment is a perk! I am also planning on making my own wipes and using coconut oil for almost every thing if possible!
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