As promised I’m sharing with you all my cloth diapering experience. It’s amazing how modern times can revive and bring back simple ways and methods but with current twist.
I was quite hesitant to try cloth diapers because we never used one with lil’ Ms. GJG. But since Baby Leaf gave me a set of cloth diapers when I was still pregnant with lil’ Mr. GJG, I decided it’s high time I make an effort to try things I’ve never done even if it means trying and learning it with my second child.
A few weeks after giving birth to lil’ Mr. GJG I attended a CDing seminar at Medela House by Tickled Moms together with Next 9 and Jenny of Chronicles of a Nursing Mom. It was definitely a very informative seminar. We learned the different kinds of cloth diapers as well as a lot of FAQs about cloth diapering. I won’t go into details but you can find informative posts about cloth diapering here.
I’m using a pocket cloth diaper. Here’s an illustration of it’s parts.
I have a total of twelve pocket diapers, for starters that’s a good number. Also I have about six Next 9 Fluff Stuffers, these can actually help you reuse your cloth diaper (the waterproof outer layer) especially if there’s only pee on it. You simply put it on top of your pocket diaper instead of inserting it into the pocket. That way if your baby pees, the fluff stuffer is the only thing that’ll get wet and you can remove it and replace it with either a new fluff stuffer or insert a stuff soaker in the pocket.
My ALVA and Coola Baby Pocket Diapers.
More ALVA cloth diapers
I even bought a cute wet bag where I can store lil’ Mr. GJG’s cloth diapers.
Let me just share my thoughts on cloth diapering. In general if you were to compute the expenses you can really save a ton of money if you use cloth diapers. Aside from the financial reason, it is one the simplest ways we can help our environment as one disposable diaper takes about a hundred years or more to decompose.
I like cloth diapers because:
It is Eco-friendly.
It is reusable. (one size fits most)
It is breathable.
Although I wish it was:
Less tedious. (since you have to wash away the poop, laundry and dry it)
Less bulky. (especially if you use a fluff stuffer, you’ll find it hard to wear with jeans or onesie)
Easier to clean. (breastfed baby’s poop may stain if not removed immediately)
lil’ Mr. GJG at about a month and a half old with his Baby Leaf cloth diaper in red and yellow.
lil’ Mr. GJG’s latest photo at 3 months old all blue with his denim cloth diaper.
It may not be convenient at first if you’re really used to disposables but once you get the hang of it is almost as easy. Overall, it only takes a lil’ effort to pull off cloth diapering. If you think about the benefits of it in the long run you’ll probably find yourself switching to cloth diapers too or at least try.
As of today we’re still using disposables and at the same time cloth diapers. We use CD when we’re at home which is usually five days a week but use disposables when we’re out and at night time. If you’re too overwhelmed with cloth diapering I suggest take it slow, try buying one piece and a fluff stuffer first and see if you can handle the task that comes with it. Remember that even the smallest task requires a substantial amount of effort and commitment. Don’t get frustrated if you’re having difficulty the first few tries as it is normal with trying something new. As I always say, everything gets better with practice! 😉
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you!