My goal this week is to prove that anyone can successfully cloth diaper. Therefore, I am using the
bare minimum in diapering supplies. I am using 6 Swaddlebees flats for $13.95. I could have bought Gerber flats for slightly cheaper, but Swaddlebees will be more absorbent, and I like supporting USA made cloth diaper companies versus the "big guys". I also have 1 Hemp Babies Bigger Weeds for $7.95 to use at night, 3 Bummis Super Lite covers for $11 a piece, and 1 snappi for $3.95. I am also using 6 cloth wipes.
Day one was a success! In the beginning, I was less worried about handwashing and more worried about successfully using flats. In the past, I have not had much luck with the origami fold, so I am using a pad fold during the day and laying the flat in the cover. My 11-mo-old did take a four hour nap yesterday, which is unusual. I was unprepared for this, and he leaked out of the top just a little bit. That was primarily because the elastic on his pants ended up slightly under the top of the cover. This could have been avoided.
Handwashing flats is so easy. I am washing the flats in the sink with a tiny
bit of Clean B soap. We had one poopy diaper yesterday, and I held it by the two ends of the pad fold and dunked it in the toilet, keeping my hand far away from the dirty water. I'm washing 2 or 3 flats, wipes, and 1
cover at a time. It is very manageable and does not take much time. The flats dry very quickly hanging outside. I also hung 2 up in the bathroom last night over the shower curtain rod, and they were dry by this morning.
For the baby, at night I used an origami-folded flat with the Hemp Babies kite-folded inside and snappied it on. I used one of the Bummis covers over the combination. His bottom was a little fluffier than normal, but it was effective, and he didn't seem to mind.
My (almost) three-year-old still wears a diaper to bed, so I pad folded a flat in a Blueberry Coverall last night. She did not realize she wasn't wearing her super soft organic cotton diaper until this morning. She saw me hand washing the flats in the sink and thought they were her brother's "blankies." I could diaper her from now until she no longer needs a diaper at night (or until 40 lbs) for $20.
DISCLAIMER: Babies need consistent and frequent diaper changes. I am only able to use 6 flats because my son is almost one, the weather is warm outside for line drying, and I am washing more than once a day. If I had a newborn, could not wash as frequently, or dry as easily (colder weather), I believe I would need more flats.
My goal for today and the rest of this week is to make this even more economical. Instead of using the Hemp Babies at night, I'm going to use
two flats. Instead of using one of the bummis covers, I'm going to use an
upcycled wool soaker that I made from a thrift store sweater. I am excited to see if the new nighttime solution works just as well.