Nursery Decisions: Cloth Diapers

Yes, we have made the big decision to try cloth diapers with Little Viking and to be honest it was not that hard of a decision for me. From the get go we want to be as eco-friendly as we possibly can & of course save money at the same time, so cloth diapers seems to be the way we can do both. We have both never been a massive fan of the big piles of boxes of diapers in local stores staring at you, begging to be bought just because they are convenient and easy to use, Benjamin is quite honestly over the whole idealistic pressure companies put on parents with advertising that they need the product or else life will fail miserably for you and your family, he is over the pressure to buy things because everyone else has them or so and so says you should get it and he is certainly over generic, colourful, plastic, loud toys & entertainment for babies. We are not afraid to use cloth diapers, the way we see it either way disposables or cloth we are dealing with poop no matter what so it does not matter. Cleaning up cloth diapers is just the same as putting on a load of washing so we are not concerned about that either, obviously we will trial packs of cloth diapers and see which works well with Little Viking and then invest in more of that one brand (apparently that is the smarter way to go about it instead of just purchasing an entire bundle from one brand) I also think that when we travel or go out I would like to try eco-friendly/biodegradable disposables just to make life a bit easier on the road so I have a few of those on our registry.

I will give you a little run down on cloth diapers from my research for those who think they are a thing of the past and should be left to die (they are honestly not that bad people).

1.       Cloth diapers are good for your baby & their skin: Disposable diapers that you find at local stores contain a tonne of harmful chemicals, chemicals which can irritate sensitive baby’s skin thus causing diaper rash and all things nasty. I for one am not on board with any nasty chemicals and things that can cause Little Viking distress or discomfort (eco friendly all the way!)

2.       Cloth diapers are good for the environment: Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials to make than cloth diapers. Also it is estimated it takes between 250 -500 years for a single disposable diaper to break down in landfill.

3.       Cloth diapers save money: From birth to training pants, a baby could use nearly 7,000 disposable diapers which could cost you $1500 just for one baby. You can easily build your cloth diaper stash from anywhere from $100-500 depending on the type of diaper you want to use. Also cloth diapers are an investment and if you care for them you can use them for multiple children, thus saving more money. You can even buy used cloth diapers and save even more money that way.

4.       Cloth diapers are easy to use: I think many people are afraid of the extra washing that is involved with cloth diapers, they think it is a messy poop situation of hell but it is honestly so easy. It is just as easy as throwing on a load of washing before bed guys. Washing a cloth diaper is as easy as flushing the solid waste down the toilet, then rinsing, washing and drying your diapers just like a normal load of washing. A big bonus with cloth diapers is they do a much better job at holding in messy blowouts and the cleaning up process (diaper sprayers and flush-able liners) makes it all easy.

5.       Cloth diapers are re-usable & re-sell-able: You only need about 28-40 cloth diapers in your stash. Some types of diapers can be used all the way up to potty training which saves space and once they wear out they can be used for a multiple of things, like burp cloths, wash cloths, changing pads or cleaning up spills. A bonus is cloth diapers can be re-sold if you take care of them and keep them in good shape, which means you can sell them and get your money back or even donate them to charity. Also have you seen some patterns on cloth diapers? They are ridiculously adorable and fun, it’s like collecting awesome stamps or cushion or something, and they can be very addictive.

So with those factors in line I will now attempt to explain the different types of cloth diapers you can get and to be honest it did take me a while to wrap my head around what I wanted to try and the types of different cloth diapers but once you get there it’s easy to remember.

Flats: These types of cloth diapers are probably what your grandma used, they are simply just a thin piece of usually cotton fabric that you can fold in different ways to fit your baby. They do involve a little extra time folding them but a good thing is you can customise the absorbency for your little one and are the cheapest option for cloth diapering. They are the easiest and most simple form of cloth diapers along with prefolds.

Prefolds: These ones are rectangles of fabric that are extra thick in the center thus you have to do less folding to use them, since the absorbency is already built into the middle section. They can be secured with pins or snappi’s and even trifolded and laid inside a cover. I am a little bit interested to try some of these out especially because you can customise the absorbency & size so they are perfect for newborns.

Fitted Diapers: Fitted diapers are very similar to all-in-one diapers except that they don’t have a waterproof cover built in. They are an absorbent fabric that has elastic at the legs and waist for a “fitted” style and usually have their own closures. They are usually made of cotton, bamboo, hemp or fleece and come with snaps or Velcro closures.

Contour: These diapers are similar to Prefolds except they don’t need to be folded in order to fit through the legs since they are tapered in the leg area.

These diapers above except the fitted ones require waterproof cover and thus you have choices with that too.

PUL (polyurethane laminate): These covers are usually polyester with a PUL coating for waterproofing, they come with snaps or Velcro closures. They come in soo many different fun patterns and colours which makes cloth diapering more fun for us mums!

Wool: These are natural, breathable and especially absorbent, so great for night-time diapering, usually they are pull-on style so they can double as clothing. You can find some gorgeous knitted ones off Etsy or other jobs that have been handmade with love.

Fleece: Similar to the wool covers but are less expensive and great for babies who are sensitive to wool. Perfect for winter and doubles as clothing as well.

Back to the different types of diapers.

Pockets: This particular type of diapers are made of two parts, the outer waterproof shell with a “pocket” on the inside, plus an absorbent insert to stuff inside the pocket. These are the more popular choice with cloth diapering mums and are more commonly known as modern cloth diapers. They are the  perfect choice when baby is alone with dad or babysitters etc. They are lined with either fleece or suede cloth which means your baby will still feel dry even when they are wet because the waste will pass through the liner and absorb into the insert that is inside the pocket.

All-In-Ones: AIO are the most like a disposable diaper since there is nothing to fold or stuff. They are made in single sizes or adjustable sizes. They are a premium type of cloth diaper and are usually pricier than the others.

All-In-Twos: AI2’s are similar to pocket diapers. They consist of an outer waterproof shell and an absorbent insert, unlike the pockets though, the insert sits directly against baby’s skin so these tend to dry much quicker than the AIO’s

Hybrid: Hybrids are similar to AI2’s except that the insert can be either cloth or disposable thus making these ones the more expensive choice.

So we have covered cloth diaper types & covers so now let’s move onto the extra’s that come with the cloth diapering. (Hope you are still with me and hope you have not lost your marbles at this point)

Liners: Liners are something you want to stock up on if you decide to cloth diaper. A liner wicks moisture away from your baby’s skin and into the diaper to help keep baby comfortable, they are often made of paper, fleece or another fabric. They are helpful with cleaning after a change because you can throw them away, get re-usable ones or flushable ones. Cloth liners also protect cloth diapers from certain creams/lotions, because they can affect the absorbency of the diaper, so it’s best to buy one that is certified with the cloth diapers.

Inserts: An insert, or a booster helps the diaper absorb moisture, some are even topped with a stay-dry fabric that helps keep baby more comfortable. Some diapers that I explained above come with them, some you have to purchase additionally. They can be made from terry cloth, bamboo, hemp or cotton.

Disposable or cloth wipes: Disposable wipes are widely available and flush-able/biodegradable versions are on the market now too. Cloth wipes are fabric versions of the disposables, you can also use washcloths.

Diaper Pails: These are just a fancy diaper bin that helps with a cloth diapering system, you can use a normal garbage bin but these ones have been designed for cloth diapering. You can line your pail with a special liner, some you can re-use and wash and some are just like a regular plastic bag. These diaper pails mostly come with childproof locks, touch-top-lids and swing lids. They are designed to allow air to circulate into the pail and reduce the odour.

Wetbags: These are waterproof bags that are an alternative to the diaper pails. They can be hung on doorknobs or hooks and can hold dirty diapers, covers, wipes and clothes. They come in different sizes and designs and some are even perfect for your diaper bag.

Diaper Sprayers: These are simply a little sprayer or hose you attach to your toilets water supply and it helps you rinse solid waste from the diaper into the toilet before a laundry wash. It is not necessary but does make rinsing poop away easier.

Yep it is so much to take in and honestly you will need to do your own research to decide whether or not you want to cloth diaper, what ones to use and try with your baby. Cloth diapers do not work for every baby hence different sizes, newborn and all of that. It does take time so do your research.

I also wanted to talk about why we want to use eco-friendly disposable nappies instead of the regular disposables, because some people might think there is not that much difference in the two. A big thing I am concerned with using regular store bought disposables is the chemicals in them and their environmental impact, firstly I do not want to cause Little Viking any distress when it comes to her skin and I want to avoid any harsh products. Secondly eco-disposables are kinder to the environment, they are made from sustainable, eco-friendly materials that break down much quicker than regular disposables.

I think when it comes to diapering it is what you choose in the end and it is your decision. I am not saying normal regular disposables are horrible but they are not the road we want to go down and I can’t justify buying them every single time you run out, rather save my money on something a bit better for Little Viking in the future. If you use them and love them then that is your choice and whatever works for your baby and keeps them happy is wonderful. I am not out to say they are bad or what I am just sharing why we decided to use them and the benefits of using them.

So now I will share with you the brands we have on our registry but before I do, if you want to do your own research or are interested in cloth diapers I urge you to head to YouTube and watch a few videos by Mama Natural, Missy off Daily Bumps & Heidi Kim (I will post a few links at the bottom on the post)

Eco-Disposables:

I want to try Eco Originals & Bamboo Nature (If you are interested in a sample pack Hello Charlie has one with a few different eco-disposables in it) The information is taken directly from their websites.

Eco Originals:

·         Key ingredients in their nappy are plant based which have the ability to biodegrade

·         Free from chlorine, phthalates, fragrances, lotions, latex and heavy metals (as tested by the CSIRO JUL14)

·         Their unique leak barrier uses Cardia Compostable film, instead of the normal plastic layer, meaning the nappy is up to 5 times more breathable for bub (less chance of nappy rash)

·         The wood pulp included in the absorbent core in their nappy is sustainably farmed

·         Non-latex leg cuffs used (better for environment)

·         World leading 100% compostable packaging using Cardia Compostable instead of plastic (GMO free)

Bamboo Nature:

  • Multi award winning eco nappy
  • Nordic Swan Eco Label
  • Lower eco-footprint
  • Biodegradable core
  • Raw materials are certified free from harmful chemicals
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Super absorbent
  • Fully recyclable packaging
  • Made in Denmark
  • 100% chlorine free
  • No perfumes or moisturising lotions
  • No optical brighteners
  • No phthalates
  • BpA free
  • No TBT, PVC, antioxidants or latex
  • FSC certified wood pulp

Now for the cloth diapers (I am honestly so excited and can’t wait till we finally purchase these so I can stare at their wonder and amazingness). Also some extra’s that I have chosen to put on the registry.

Charlie Banana One Size Nappy in Hot Dots Pattern:

These ones area 2 in 1 reusable nappy, the pack I want comes with 6 nappies and 12 washable inserts. It is a hybrid nappy that fits from newborn right up until toilet training. It comes with a waterproof shell, elastic settings at the legs (sort of like bra straps) and snaps to secure the nappy.

Cheeky Wipes Trial Kit

This is just a little kit with different wipes and an essential oil blend to decide whether we prefer disposable wipes or re-usable ones. It includes 5 cotton terry towelling wipes (nappy changes), 5 microfiber wipes (cleaning hands/faces), baby wipes container, 10ml bottle of Essential Oil blend (Lavender & Chamomile or Mandarin & Tea Tree) and an instruction booklet.

Bambooty Trial Package Newborn Small

Bambooty are one of the top modern cloth diaper brands out there and I want to try their newborn diapers just because I do not know what will fit Little Viking when she comes so this is an ideal package. It comes with 1 small/newborn Easy Dry modern diaper, 1 Easy One Size AIO diaper, 1 BASICS AI2 diaper, 1 Mini Bamboo Booster, optional Bamboo booby days/nights for breastfeeding mums and a large wet bag. Bambooty has some lovely fun designs so certainly check them out.

Cushie Tushies Newborn Trial Pack

Cushie Tushies mini nappies are made from gentle, low allergenic bamboo and organic cotton, they are designed to fit premature to newborn sized babies. This pack comes with 3 Mini cloth diapers including 3 mini Prefolds and 6 Mini Prefolds.

Pea Pods Starter Pack

I love this pack mainly because I can pick the colours of the diapers I want but this pack includes 5 one size diapers and a free booster. One size diapers can last you until toilet training so this is a handy little pack.

Also have some Pea Pods bamboo nappy liners on our registry.

Bumgenius Trial Pack (Darlings Down Under)

I could not decide what type of diaper I wanted to try with the brand Bumgenius so this pack helps me decide just that! It comes with 1 5.0 pocket diaper with two microfiber inserts, 1 Freetime AIO diaper with semi-attached microfiber inserts topped with stay dry suede cloth for fast drying and easy customization & 1 Elemental AIO diaper with 100% certified organic cotton absorbency.

Hippybottomus Nappy Trial Pack

This package comes with 6 Stay-Dry pocket natural diapers, 1 extra bamboo insert, 1 roll of diaper liners, 2 reusable bamboo wipes and 1 wet bag.

Tri Nature Enhance Express Pre Wash Spray

This is for those diaper stains that are stubborn, a quick spray before soaking the diapers in this natural product will help the stains break down.

CJ’s Butter Balm (Darlings Down Under)

As I was saying before a few balms and lotions can strip cloth diapers of their absorbency so it’s wise to invest in one that does not do that.  CJ’s Butter is safe to use with cloth diapers and can be used for eczema and dry skin. It contains lovely natural ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and other goodies.

Cushie Tushies Premium Laundry Detergent

The same as lotions, detergents can also half your cloth diaper performance greatly. The last thing you want is for the absorbency to be ruined and your cloth diaper to be soaked in nasty detergents so this detergent destroys allergens, lifts all soiling and proteins out of the fabrics without leaving residue and is safe on baby’s skin.

Planet Wise Travel Wet/Dry Bag (Darlings Down Under)

This is simply a wet bag that I can put in my diaper bag if we chose to take cloth diapers with us when we go out.

Pure Bamboo Nappy Bucket Deodorize Packet

These are like car fresheners for your diaper pail. They are organic and absorb odors from the bucket.

Water Wipes Packet

These are just water wipes, 99% purified water 1% citrus extract. They are free from nasty ingredients and just naturally good for baby’s skin.

Ubbi Cloth Diaper Pail

This is the diaper pail I want to invest in, it does everything you want it to do and also comes in variety of colours to match your nursery so it’s not an eye sought. It comes with a washable liner so you can re-use it which is perfect for us.

So that is it for this post, I do apologise that it is so long and full of information but I am glad I did it. If you have any questions about cloth diapering or anything in general feel free to contact me. Below is the links to the Youtube videos, hope they help you decide for yourself. 

xx

Mama Natural

Cloth Diapering Playlist

Missy Lanning from Daily Bumps

Why I Chose To Cloth Diaper: Pros & Basics

Heidi Kim

Cloth Diapering 101 Playlist