Category Archives: Cloth Diapering

Washing cloth diapers: a learning adventure

I have been meaning to post about washing cloth diapers for a while but never really know where to start. Everyone I know washes diapers a little differently, but there is the basic outline that everyone sticks to. The reason in the different ways we all wash diapers is that we all have different washing machines, water quality (soft/hard), and diapers.

Here is the basic “How to wash cloth diapers” that everyone starts with

1. Put the diapers in the wash and run a cold cycle with an extra rinse without detergent. Make sure your water settings are set to “large load”. The more water you use, the better. This just rinses the diapers and any extra big “deposits” left on them. If you have pockets be sure to un-stuff them before putting them into the wash. I unstuff them before putting them into the laundry bag so I don’t have to deal with smelly 4 day old urine/poop when I am doing laundry.

2. Change the cycle setting to Hot/Cold with the extra rinse and add detergent. What detergent you use will depend on what you like, what works with your diapers and what you can afford. More on detergent below.

3. Run another laundry cycle on cold with no detergent as an extra rinse for your diapers. Some people just run an extra cold rinse, some people run the whole cycle. This will depend on your washer and how well your diapers rinse. I have to do two wash/rinse cycles after the original wash because my washer sucks so badly. If I do not do the extra cycles then my diapers get build up and smelly. I believe this step is why so many people have build up/smell issues in their diapers, they just do not get all the detergent out at every wash. I know all the extra cycles are not as “green” as we want BUT it is better than having smelly build up diapers that give our babies rashes. E hardly ever gets diaper rash.

I have an old crappy washer that needs some love. It was making some very bad noises today doing a not so large load of clothes. I think it might be nearing its retirement age. Having an old crappy washer means I do need those extra rinses.

A friend of mine has an HE washer and this is her regimine for washing her diapers:

We do one rinse/spin cycle (no detergent),then I add a couple soaking wet towels to the load (otherwise the machine doesn’t use enough water) and do a heavy-duty cycle, hot water, extra rinse. That usually does the trick, but sometimes if it’s a bigger load I do another rinse/spin at the end. It took some experimenting to figure out what worked for our machine, but with this routine we haven’t had build up issues in forever, so I’m pretty happy about that! – Alison P.

About Detergent:

The kind of detergent you use will depend on the type of washer you have (HE washers need to have very low suds detergents), what type of water you have (hard/soft), and how your diapers handle detergent. We have very sensitive skin in this house, and hard water so I prefer to use the un-scented Hard Rock laundry detergent. It works great for us. I know people who hate that brand. You can always make your own detergent, or get one of the many cloth diaper safe detergents. There are great lists out there that tell you the best cloth diaper detergents so you don’t have to feel so lost in the woods.

A fair warning, if the detergent you are using has artificial colors/scents/fabric softeners they are not good for your diapers. You at best will have build up and diaper rash issues, and worst might ruin your diapers and have to throw them out because they wont absorb anything! Be fore warned.

Also, if you use those detergents on your regular clothes, and use the same washer to wash your diapers, even with the cloth diaper safe detergent, you still might have build up issues. I suggest stripping your washer before starting to cloth diaper, and sticking to natural laundry detergents for all of your laundry needs so you do not have to worry about build up issues and cross contamination.

As I said earlier, everyone washes their diapers a little bit differently. Do what works best for you, but remember, it never hurts to run that extra rinse cycle if your diapers are getting a little extra build up/smell.

How do you wash your diapers?

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Give away! Fuzzy Woolly Balls!

In Caitlin’s post about DIY Laundry Detergent  she mentioned that she uses Wool Dryer Balls as a fabric softener/static reducer with her laundry. We also use wool dryer balls, in fact we have two sets of four! One, unscented, for the diapers, and one that I have scented with lavender essential oil for our every day laundry.

I love wool dryer balls as a natural alternative for our laundry drying needs and LOVE Woolly Balls made by Mindy Hughes, who has been so generous as to send us a set of her very own Woolly Balls to give away!

Introducing the Amazing, Versatile, Hand-made Woolly Ball

Woolly Balls are made from wool yarn and roving, that have been felted in layers to maximize durability. They are super eco-friendly (not just regular eco-friendly), and come from a totally renewable resource (ba aa aa).

In Your dryer they absorb moisture from your washed clothes, cut drying time, and they bounce around with your clothes and beat them into softness. They DO NOT emit chemicals when heated, (like the plastic balls), last for years, and you can use them in every load of laundry. They allow you to stop buying that expensive fabric softener (which actually makes your towels and other cloth LESS absorbent), are naturally antibacterial, resist mildew, and help reduce static cling (separating the synthetic fibers from your cottons helps even more to avoid static).

Why wool? Wool is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial. It can absorb up to ONE THIRD of its weight in water before feeling wet. It has natural anti-static properties. Gently bouncing dryer balls will soften your laundry without dryer sheets or chemical fabric softeners. Wool is mostly non-allergenic. For those with chemical sensitive skin, wool is a great choice. Wool is an easily renewable natural resource and is biodegradable. Woolly Balls should last several years, saving you money with each load!  We recommend three to five balls in your dryer, depending on the size of the load.

Woolly Balls are also wonderful natural alternatives to children’s plastic balls for indoor play, are easy to juggle (if you are into that) and perfect for fetch with your favorite pet!

www.mintheweaver.etsy.com

Bio

Mindy Hughes is an intentionally unemployed former corporate flunky who decided she was not happy completing other people’s to do lists.  She officially opened her home-based business, Anachronology, in 2011 and sells quality hand-dyed, hand-knit and hand sculpted items made primarily of wool at craft fairs, Renaissance Festivals and through her web-store at www.mintheweaver.etsy.com. She takes pride in the things she creates, and does nothing on a mass-produced level, preferring to create something unique of which she can be proud.  Along with playing with wool and yarn, Mindy is enjoying raising two gifted tweenagers and making a home for her family in Arizona.

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Saving money, living better, being green.

Ok so I have been thinking a lot about our budget lately, and looking at the “average” budgets most others have. I am trying to figure out where people get their numbers! Comparing our budget for a 3.5 person house to the national average is eye-opening.

Where we spend:

Food

We spend 18% of our income on food. We do this because it costs more money to eat organic whole foods. There is really no getting around that. By increasing the quality of what we eat we save in other areas of our life. My husband was missing a lot of work because of health problems before switching our diet. He is out of work 3-5 days less a month than he was before the switch saving us his PTO time and the salary cut he had to take when he ran out of PTO.

We spend less on doctors visits because of our diet changes as well.

Healthcare

Our insurance is subsidized through Mikes work, so we “only” pay about $400 a month for insurance. We do get the good insurance though (an extra $60 a month) so we can take advantage of the alternative care. I get masages almost every week for prenatal/post natal care and health maintenance. Mike and I take full advantage of the Chiropractor/Acupuncture benefits as well. I wish I could say we used a Natropath instead of a MD but there are no ND’s in our area who accept insurance and we don’t have the money to pay out-of-pocket and hope for reimbursement from the insurance company. I have found a holistic MD that I think I like though. We have a FSA so our co-pays are at least paid with tax-free money. It is helping a lot too with the hospital and midwife payments for the pregnancy. Too bad they are changing the way FSAs work starting next year due to the new health care legislation. Maybe we will get lucky and our insurance rates will drop?

Where we save:

Cleaning products

We have made our last big market cleaning product purchase. From here on out we make our own house hold cleaners, bathroom cleaners, kitchen cleaners, laundry detergent AND dish washer soap! I am terrified of the dish washer soap, that is one we have not switched yet I just stocked up on my favorite out of fear, but when we run out I am making our own! Mark my words! Instead of spending an average of $30 a month on cleaning products we will be spending an average of $14 about every 3 months on vinegar, baking soda, borax, and Dr. Bonner’s soap.

By switching to home-made, natural cleaning products we not only reduce our cost of living but also reduce our families exposure to many carcinogenic, teteratogenic, and mutinogenic chemicals lurking in our home.

Personal care products

I make our personal care products. I have been using the Oil Cleansing Method on my face which has been FABULOUS and cleared my skin right up. More on that later. I make my own body lotion and oils, bath salts, diaper salve, eczema salve, deodorant, and have been “poo free” for 2 months now. Yes I still bathe daily but use baking soda and apple cider vinegar for my hair instead of shampoo and conditioner. My hair looks and feels great by the way! We buy hand-made goats milk bar soap from farmers markets and craft fairs for soap, which feels so decadent to me. I love it! I used to spend about $40 on personal care items, not including makeup, which cost me another $20-30 a month.

By simplifying our personal care products, and knowing exactly what is going onto my family’s body we can better control the toxins we expose our selves to. I am not sure the accuracy of this statement BUT the herbalist I worked with in Spokane mentioned that 40% of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our body and blood stream.  The skin is the largest organ on the body after all. If you could reduce your risk simply enough wouldn’t you? More on the health benefits of cleaning up your personal care products here.

Housing expenses

We live in a smaller than necessary apartment and keep the heater between 62 and 65* on a day-to-day basis. We turn down the heat and turn off the lights when we leave the house. Our light bulbs are all CFL’s which save a lot of power usage and our water heater is at 120* unless I am tackling some stubborn diapers. We spend an average of 19% of our income on our housing expenses when the average family is at 34%. (Note that is not including the cost of our home in Spokane, which is a rental and netting $0 profit or loss at the moment).

Baby products

We cloth diaper almost all of the time. Ellie gets a rash at night, or wakes up wet in cloth so she sleeps in sposies almost every night. Other than that though we cloth diaper. If we were buying her disposables at the rate we change diapers and in the brand we use that does not cause her rashes, we would be spending an average of $90 a month, which would end up being about 1,080 a year. In Ellie’s first year of life we spent $320 on cloth diapers (that includes the very generous gift of my wonderful sister for Ellie’s baby shower), and I just bought some new-born diapers for when #2 comes for an additional $200. We are now over supplied with diapers and I will probably sell off some of my extras once we see how well we go through what we have. I spend $12 every 3-4 months on laundry detergent and the water/electric cost really is minimal with the washer and dryer, especially since we line dry during the summer. So we can call that a $59 a month savings on cloth diapering in the first year, and more for the second year into potty training, especially since half of year 2 will be spent diapering 2 kids! Good planning on our part.

And really what is cuter than a kiddo in a cloth diaper. Yeah she posed for this.

By cloth diapering we are reducing our child’s exposure to the toxic chemicals in children’s diapers. Ellie rarely gets diaper rash or yeast infections like a lot of babies I know who use disposables. I think once parents get over the learning curve of cloth diapering they will truly appreciate the health and financial benefits.

Breast Feeding

Ellie was exclusively breast fed for 6 months and is still breast fed to this day. She does not get cows milk when she is not nursing, she gets water. This saved us $1,733.75 in her first year of life alone (according to these calculations done with numbers from 2007). This is not including the cost of Organic Whole Milk we would have switched to afterward.

This cost is also not including the fact that miss Ellie has very rarely been sick enough to take to the doctor. Here is a good article about the benefits of BFing and some great links to scientific articles.

Clothes

We rarely buy new clothes for our selves, but when we do we buy quality. We never buy brand new clothes for our child unless they are on serious discount. It just seems like a waste of money for something she will grow out of quickly or destroy while playing. My MIL does buy her a new wardrobe at least twice a year because shopping for little girls is so fun. My savings tip: do not buy small children new clothes, they don’t need new clothes (unless it is a special occasion) nor do they care if they have new clothes. Let them be a little rough and tumble, creative and artsy, and have fun without worrying about staining or tearing. It will make your life much less stressful.

This is why we don’t need to destroy new clothes. 

How is this green? Re-use baby , re-use!

Transportation/vehicle expenses

We have 1 car. It is 10 years old and well maintained, most days. We own the car outright and have no monthly payments. Maintenance cost (including the big repairs spread out over the year) average about $80 a month. We spend about $80 a month on gas if I am driving a lot.  We live 5 miles away from Mike’s work and he bikes to work as weather permits, which is about 9 months out of the year. The rest of the time I give him a ride to and from work or he carpools. Bike maintenance is about $10 a month. Insurance cost is about $60 a month. That makes our transportation cost $230 a month, about 4.6% of our budget. The average American household spends 16% of their household income on transportation. It pays to drive an old car with decent mileage and only have 1 car if your situation allows.

By only driving one car we reduce our emissions by half, our gas usage by half, and our 10 year old car is just as fuel efficient as a car of the same size made this  year.

I could go on about how we save “being green” but I would love to know how you save? What are your tricks to benefiting your family and your environment by “being green”? I find the changes we have made help us support our expensive food habit and make our life much more enjoyable. I would love to hear your experiences.

Shared on Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, and Our Simple Farm’s Simple Living Wednesday.

Feeling Dirty? Make your own laundry detergent!

Caitlin guest posted before about her awesome DIY Orange Cleaner last week. It was a huge hit! I am so glad so many people are interested in using it. She also makes her own laundry detergent AND dish washer detergent. She wrote this guest post for us, and I bet, if we are really nice to her, she might help us out with dish washer detergent making some time in the future.

I am just so inspired with her simple household cleaning solutions that are green, cheap, AND simple! Thank you Caitlin! Check out her blog at Caitlin-lane.blogspot.com.

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I’d like to thank Amanda for letting me guest post on her blog again! It’s always fun to hop over to other’s blogs to share a few tips and tricks.

We started cloth diapering my daughter when she was five-months-old. I had considered it before having her but my mom, who had used the old pin and rubber pants method with my older sister and brother, talked me out of it. You see, I was a Pampers baby back when cloth diapering was still (according to my mother) a huge pain in the butt. Kissing metal pins and rubber pants goodbye hadn’t been an issue for my parents.

But when we finally made that switch I was at the mercy of buying some sort of expensive laundry detergent. Yeah, yeah, I know. You don’t use that much when you wash cloth, but buying separate detergents for cloth and our clothes was beginning to add up. Plus, we were simply coating our clothes,
washer, and dryer in unneeded and unwanted chemicals. Ew. So the most logical explanation was to figure out what I could make on my own that would be best for my family. And now, no more pre-made laundry detergent laden down with chemicals and, with the aid of wool dryer balls, our clothes are
better than ever.

I need only 3 simple ingredients. Borax, washing soda, and a bar of ivory soap. I’ve heard great things about using Dr. Bronner’s soap instead and plan on giving that a go after I use up the pack of ivory soap that I have left.

Grate up your bar of soap. This is actually 2 bars as I make a double batch at a time. If you want to be a super productive person you could probably make a butt load all at once, but I kind of enjoy making it, so I keep my batches smaller.

Now, add in the borax and the washing soda.

And shake the crap out of it until it’s fully mixed. You’re done!

I keep my detergent in an old pasta container that I never really used and use and old teaspoon from an extra set of measuring spoons to dole it out. For my diapers I use 1 tablespoon of detergent and for most other loads anywhere from 2 – 3, depending on how soiled the load is.

If your first try with this detergent doesn’t work out do not, and I repeat, do not throw your hands up in the air and say “Well this sucks!”. Every washer is different. You might have hard water or your laundry might still be loaded down with a butt load of chemicals. I don’t know, I don’t do your laundry. But when making homemade detergent there’s often tweaking involved that requires you to play with the amount of the ingredients or the ingredients themselves. I can’t even begin to tell you how long it took to get my
dishwasher detergent correct. So don’t be disheartened if this doesn’t work perfectly for you. Play with the recipe a bit until you find the perfect process that works best for you.

DIY Laundry Detergent:

Ingredients:
1 bar ivory soap
½ cup Borax
½ cup Washing Soda

Directions:
-Grate soap and place in air tight container. Add borax and washing soda, shake well.
-Before use, give either a quick shake or stir.
-Use 1 tablespoon for cloth diapers, and 2 – 3 tablespoons for other loads.

Bio:

Caitlin is a wife, a mom, and a lover of words, living on an Air Force base in the middle of nowhere. Since having her daughter she’s turned to the green side and has enjoyed the changes that eating and living well has brought her family. She also blogs at All About Growing up and Becoming a Famous Author (Caitlin-lane.blogspot.com).

Shared on Frugally Sustainable’s Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.

Diaper Salve-For the angry baby butt

This is just a quick post about the diaper salve I make for Ellie. It works great, is all natural and is anti bacterial, viral and fungal. Yes it kills fungus. Thank you tea tree oil! And as an added bonus, you can use it with cloth diapers!

1/2 cup Plantain infused olive oil
1/4c Nettle infused olive oil
1/4 Callendula infused olive oil (You can also use chamomile in a pinch)
1 oz of bees wax.

Melt together on low heat with the double boiler method. The bees wax melts faster and more evenly if you grate it on the cheese grater first. The flakes melt nice and evenly. Remove from heat.

Add

20 drops tea tree (Melaleuca) Essential oil,
20 drops Lavender Essential oil
10 drops Callendula Essential oil.

Pour in container and let solidify. If you want it a little creamyer add 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 oz bees wax instead.

Apply liberally to baby’s bum as needed for rash. Enjoy!

For how to make an herb infused oil see http://wp.me/p1zBYP-2u

This cream also works well on baby (and mommy’s) dry skin in a pinch.

Stripping Diapers

We have been cloth diapering for just about a year now and have had many adventures. We use a combination of systems depending on what we need. Some AIO’s, pocket diapers, and pre-folds with covers. I have used the dawn and RLR strip with my diapers when stripping them before but they recently have just had a lot of amonia build up which I think has been leading to Ellie’s diaper rash that WILL NOT go away! I know it is not yeast because it does not look like it so ammonia is my next colprate.

So today I boiled my diapers. Since we have so many systems I had to be careful not to immerse any of my diapers with PUL in them into a boiling vat of water so I did a few different things and took pictures. I do have to say you have to be very careful with your diapers with PUL because it will separate if you abuse them with excessive heat for too long. Thankfully the way I did things today did not cause PUL to separate.

I did notice a huge release of detergent build up and ammonia build up from my diapers. When they came of of the dryer they were so soft! I never realized how much stuff gets stuck in there thinking the other stripping I was doing was working well! I will probably boil my inserts about every 3 months and my pockets/aio’s every 6 months to keep them nice and squeaky clean.

So first I boiled two large pots with water.

Then I put my inserts into the boiling water about 3 at a time and swirled them around with tongs for about a minute and a half. Most of the websites I read said you only have to do it for 10-30 seconds but I found the longer I left them in the more ammonia came out of them so I let the inserts boil a bit. Then I put them into a glass bowl and threw them in the washer for a spin cycle. That was the easy part.

I do have 2 grow-via inserts that have plastic snaps on the back. I just made sure the plastic snaps did not touch the side of the pot, which was pretty easy because the bottom part poufs up and floats. They cleaned up just fine.

Then I boiled more water. I think I went through 6 of these big pots of water. So the all in one diapers I have are Bummis Easy Fit. They have a long tongue that you fold into the diaper. You can not immerse them into a boiling pot of water so what I did was swish the part that folds over so it could be boiled, but not the part of the diaper touching the PUL. I swished the bottom part around with tongs like I did with the others just making sure not to boil plastic.

Then once that was done I placed the diaper face up in a glass bowl, poured the boiling water directly onto the diaper, then flipped it upside down so it was soaking in scalding water. I then did the next diaper, put it on top of the last diaper and poured water on the top of it, then flipped it over. I could fit 3 at a time in the bowl, face down, immersed in the scalding water. I let them set until I needed the bowl for the next load (about 5 min).

I did make sure the water was not at a rolling boil but at a slow simmer so it wasn’t as hot. The PUL did not separate when I did this. I do have to say check with your diaper companies cleaning instructions. My warranty on my diapers is over that is why I was willing to risk it. I had no PUL separation using this methods on my Bummis, Kawwais, or BG 3.0 diapers.

I then hung my diapers out to dry for some UV sunshine power which made them cold and soggy, so hopefully the UV rays did their job even if it was really cold outside, then threw them in the dryer on low with my wool dryer balls.

All in all it took about 2 hours to strip 25 diapers and a lot of inserts. I am a messy cook and that translates into a messy boiler. I did splash water on my stove top and floor but the good news is my floor and stove and counters got a nice scrub down afterward.

Also a word of caution having a meddling toddler under foot is not recommended for this activity. I did about half of the job while my husband was still home before work, and the other half engaged in some good ole bad parenting and sat the kid in front of the TV watching Gnomeo and Juliette. I had a cute picture of this but I can’t get it rotated correctly for the post. 😦

But I have to say boiling worked great and I could not be happier with the results, just use caution and common since and you will be fine!

What are your experiences with stripping your diapers? Have you had delamination issues?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My response to “but we used that all the time and our kids are fine” Part 1

Thank you for your concern with my baby’s butt. It is a cute butt if I do say so my self. The cutest butt in the known universe! I appreciate your concern for said butt but I assure you she does not need baby powder. I understand that you used to use it all the time on everything and your kid is fine but mine does not need it and will not be using it.

Did you know that talcum powder is linked to ovarian cancer in woman?  Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. When analyzing biopsies they actually found talc in the cancerous tissues!(2)

Did you know that talc has a very similar fibers similar to the carcinogen asbestos?

Did you know that cosmetic grade talc remains non-regulated by the federal government?

Did you know the common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of baby powder by infants? Since the early 1980s, records show that several thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following accidental inhalation of baby powder.(3)

Did you know talc is in baby powder? In your pesticides? Your scented powders? May be lurking in your cosmetics? Your ant-acids and other medications? Talc is used in smaller quantities in deodorants, chalk, crayons, textiles, soap, insulating materials, paints, asphalt filler, paper, and in food processing.

So thank you for your concern but my baby’s butt (and lungs and ovaries) are and will remain talc free. If there ever is a point where she gets diaper rash because of too much moisture I will make my own non talc based baby powder. I found a good recipe that I will share below!

It turns out that since we cloth diaper she has only had diaper rash twice, and that has been when she was cutting a tooth so I am not worried. So please, mind your own baby’s butt and I hope this helps bring to light some before unforeseen problems to “the way I did it with my kids and they turned out fine”.

Make your own baby powder:

1/3 cup white cosmetic clay

1/3 cup powdered arrowroot

1/3 cup cornstarch

1 tablespoon zinc oxide powder

1/4 teaspoon calendula essential oil

1/4 teaspoon tea tree essential oil

1/4 teaspoon essential oil of lavender

1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in a lidded jar with a shaker insert (leftover herb jars with holed inner lids are perfect).

2. Makes a little more than a cup.

1.National Toxicology Program. “Toxicology and carcinogenesis studies of talc (GAS No 14807-96-6) in F344/N rats and B6C3F, mice (Inhalation studies).” Technical Report Series No. 421. September 1993.

2. Harlow BL, Cramer DW, Bell DA, Welch WR. “Perineal exposure to talc and ovarian cancer risk.” Obstetrics & Gynecology, 80: 19-26, 1992.

3. Hollinger MA. “Pulmonary toxicity of inhaled and intravenous talc.” Toxicology Letters, 52:121-127, 1990.

Flip Diaper System

The Flip Diaper Cover by Cotton Babies is by far my most favorite diaper cover! I have tried multiple diaper covers and AI2 systems and flips are the easiest, most straight forward system yet. They are a one size system that adjust the length and width to your baby with snaps on the front of the diaper. Once you have the diaper sized correctly just put in your insert and you are good to go!

Flip Cloth Diaper Cover and Stay Dry Insert

I have used pre-folds, cotton, hemp and disposable inserts in this diaper and they all fit perfectly. These are a great option for kids in day cares that do not allow cloth diapering. Just use a bio-degreadeable insert with the shell and you are still being eco-friendly AND not using the plastic filled disposeables.

Flip Disposable - Sometimes life happens and you need something disposable

We have had no leaks because of the wonderful tiny  extra panel of cloth and elastic around the legs, and have not once had to switch out covers when we are out and about. One time we were at Costco and her cuteness had a big nasty poop (I know gross, but it is for the good of mommy kind) that got on the inside of the shell a little bit. I did not have an extra shell with me but the nasties just wiped right off! So easy to clean.

So if you are looking for a great diaper system that is straight forward, easy to use, great for chubby babies and skinny babies alike, and very versatile, I would highly recommend the Flip system.
You can buy them on-line at multiple retailers like http://www.flipdiapers.com/index.phpwww.cottonbabies.comwww.sandboxlane.com, www.amazon.com or, if you are in the inland north-west go take a close look at Mothers Haven http://www.mothershavenidaho.com/ where the employees can show you how to use them, what you can use them with, and answer any cloth diapering questions you have!
What is your favorite cloth diaper shell and why?

Bummis Easy Fit Diaper Review

Bummis Easy Fit Diaper is  the first cloth diaper type that I bought for Ellie. The owner of Mothers Haven (http://www.mothershavenidaho.com/) just raved them to me and showed me how they worked. She said they were her new favorite. So I decided, since I knew nothing about cloth diapering, to give them a try.

They are hard to describe so I am going to copy the decription from the website at  http://www.bummis.com/us/en/easy-fit.php?adr=1. There is even a video on the site!

The innovative Easy Fit diaper features an insert that is attached to the diaper. This makes it super simple to stuff – easier than a conventional pocket diaper. No fiddling around, just a quick tuck to slip the insert in the pocket. No more losing liners in the laundry! Because the liner is attached to the diaper, the Easy Fit combines the convenience of an all-in-one (AIO) diaper with some of the benefits of a 2-piece diaper – quick to dry and easy to clean.

The innovative design of the Easy Fit allows you to adjust the level of absorption. The attached liner can be folded to create up to 6 layers where your baby needs more absorption. Plus you have the option of adding extra inserts for heavy wetters or for nighttime.

The liner consists of 2 layers. One layer of ultra soft rayon from bamboo against baby’s tender skin, which absorbs 70% more quickly than cotton (on contact), which prevents run-off leaking out the side of the diaper when baby pees! The second layer is made of an ultra-absorbent 100% polyester microfibre that basically doubles the absorbance of the diaper. The Easy Fit also has protective side guards made of anti-wicking, soft brushed polyester that prevent compression wetness. This is a diaper engineered for successful leak containment and total convenience! People who use this diaper adore its trim fit, as well as the generously sized Velcro-type closures and fold-back laundry tabs that really stick.

The Easy Fit is a one-size diaper (8-35 lbs); you can adjust the rise using the snaps on the front of the diaper. The Easy Fit comes in bright and trendy colours and prints (Oeko-tex certified dyes!), plus white. Packaged minimally and eco-consciously.

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When Ellie was a new born I decided to use the new born disposable diapers that family and friends gifted me at the baby showers. I hated to waste diapers I already had and quite frankly, I think I was a little scared to have a brand new life on my hands AND have to deal with extra laundry! I was not even doing our laundry at that point. So I waited until little miss was about a month old before we tried the diapers.

The bummis are a one size diaper with snaps on the front to adjust the rise of the diaper, and velcro across the tummy to adjust to the waist. I like how the velcro strip goes all the way across the middle of the belly so it works for the slimmist of babies.

With the snaps snapped for the smallest size my little munchkin still looked like she was drowning in her diaper. When I say “little” I am exagerating a bit. She was born at 9lb 6 oz and steadily gained wait after that! At 2 months old she was already 12lbs. So we are not talking about a mini baby here! It looked so uncomphortable to have such a big cloth booty! So I put off the cloth diapers again for another month and a half until she grew into them a little more.

I bought the one size because I figured they would work well from the very begining, but now I think I will buy the smaller size for my next child and not rely on the “one size” to work in the very first months. The diapers just seemed too bulkey.

Now she wears them as her main day time diapers and they work great. They have great absorbency, and I have not had any problems with ammonia smell or any rashes. I did have some problem with leaking at night but I stripped my diapers twice and switched the laundry detergent I was using and have not had a problem since.

All in all I give these diapers a 4 out of 5. The work great once the babe grows into them. They wash well and wear well. I hate all our other diapers that have velcro but these stand up in the wash well and stick to them selves and not the other diapers in the wash, for which I am extremely grateful!

Have you tried bummis yet? I would love your opinion!