Woman of the Cloth


I’ve envied the girls who had it all together, those cloth diapering moms whose homes always seem to smell like freshly baked bread. (Granted, here lately my place has smelled good, too, but that’s because a girlfriend gave us bread to bake in our own oven. And don’t I know that no one has it all together, anyway?) I never thought I’d even consider cloth diapering, like home-schooling – the sweetest tasting crow – but once I saw it done, I bought all in. My house is no more smelly, my laundry is only one load bigger (every other day), and I’ve loved it

because if anything needs a rainbow, it’s the stinky end of childrearing,

because if you ever needed less trash, it’s in an apartment,

and because if you ever needed to keep a budget, it’s with something that saves thousands of dollars and costs so much less time than you ever figured.

For anyone who thinks it’s too late to start, just know that I’m a beginner, and I just had my 4th boy. I don’t have time to add big ol hassles, messes, or smells here. Imagine! I love the planet, but if this were too hard, she’d be suffering that one more little bit because of all our diapers. After a few days of it, the whole thing feels pretty effortless.

All I do is this:

Use the One Size Pocket diapers that can be used on littles anywhere between 7 and 35 pounds. I bought most of our Fuzzi Bunz from eBay.

I found a local Cloth Diapering Community. Here in Fayetteville, Terra Tots has a class once a month that helps parents explore different options. I watched girlfriends who do it.

When a diaper needs changing, I use flannel cloth wipes sprayed with a pre-made lavender solution – also incredibly easy. The diaper and wipe go in the cutest Planet Wise Bag (I have a small one for the diaper bag, too), and that bag keeps the smell totally contained. Spraying the diaper helps with that as well, and it really is a cinch.

When the bag gets full, I run bag and all in one cold rinse, and then I run a hot cycle, adding another cold rinse at the end. We use Charlie’s Soap, and it only takes a smidge of it to totally clean everything. You can line dry in the sun or put them in the dryer. Either one.

Titus was born in August, and we’ll be saving money on our diapers by the end of December. That leaves about 2 and half years of diapering that I won’t have to purchase diapers.

Forgive me if this is a bore of a post, but I wish someone had have told me! I wish I had been cloth diapering all along.

Any of you veterans have advice to add here? Brands you love? Hurdles you had to jump?

And P.S, I wish this were a sponsored post, but it’s not. Right now you can buy 6 Fuzzi Bunz and get two free – just so you know. We also did that, and the mystery print isn’t a mystery anymore if you look at T’s hiney in the above pic!

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25 Comments

Amy
Reply September 12, 2011

Cloth seemed scary to me too but I keep nursery at church and one of the little girls has them. I found them totally easy and pretty cute actually. I think if I had another one I'd consider it!

    Amber
    Reply September 12, 2011

    If I had it to do over again, I would have registered on amazon for cloth dipes, and I would have bought myself one a month during pregnancy, so I wouldn't have felt an initial hit.

Emily @ The Pilot's Wife
Reply September 12, 2011

Hmmm... I've been totally on the fence about this for the next one. I'll have to get you to show me all the ins and outs!

    Amber
    Reply September 12, 2011

    It's a date! Seriously, I just had to see a girlfriend do it, and I was all in. It wasn't intimidating at all to me.

Rae
Reply September 12, 2011

Love me my cloth! And SO much cuter on a sweet little bum :)

    Amber
    Reply September 12, 2011

    I totally agree. I do NOT judge someone for choosing to use disposable ones, but I might look at my child's rear and think his is cuter. ;)

Amy Mitchell
Reply September 12, 2011

Aren't you glad that they snap/velcro now? My mom jammed a diaper pin into my belly once (accidentally of course). Evidently we both cried. :) So glad to see some photos of little man. <3 Ames

    Amber
    Reply September 12, 2011

    AMY! This made me laugh. They put those little duckies on there to make them look all pastel and harmless. But No. You could puncture a major artery with those things.

    Snaps and Velcro are so much nicer, yes.

LoraLynn
Reply September 12, 2011

I'll have 3 in diapers again in March and I'm considering going back to cloth. Oddly, Hubs doesn't want to because he wants to protect me from more work. But with 3 in cloth, I'd just do an extra load every day. No big whoop in a family of nearly 9. (NINE?!?!?!) But I sold all my cloth diapers. So I'd be starting over with a stash for three. And my pretty front loader and I never figured out how to get the cloth diapers really clean. Dunno....

But they sure are CUTE in cloth, aren't they?

    Amber
    Reply September 12, 2011

    It's so worth it, LL!

    Also, I have a front loader. I had to plink around, but I figured out that the spin cycle could be set on No Spin with an "extra rinse." That's my initial "cold rinse," and it takes 8 minutes. After that I do a Hot wash, and add "extra rinse" add the end of that. The rinse is cold. That cycle takes 56 minutes.

    I actually put all my stuff in the dryer because you can't hang stuff out of an apartment. The front loader gets them super super clean, too. Thankful.

Elizabeth
Reply September 12, 2011

My 4th is turning one next week. Think it's too late to start? The only reason I've never tried is because my husband didn't want me to be more stressed than I already am. But really, cloth diapers are the least of my worries! Four is fun, but so much work, right?!

    Amber
    Reply September 12, 2011

    Elizabeth, least of your worries, indeed!

    It actually relieves stress for me to know I'm saving money. I wasn't sure how I would add diapers to our budget, especially when I knew I would want after-baby jeans and more fun things than diapers. I mean, for real.

    I think you'd still save money at age one, because they use fewer diapers at that age. You just wouldn't have to buy as many, and also, it would totally be worth it if you know you want more littles.

Jessica (thesavingmom)
Reply September 12, 2011

Congratulations! I started halfway through with my last guy and love it. So excited to start earlier with #3. ~Jessica

    Amber
    Reply September 12, 2011

    Thanks, Jessica.

    With this guy, I thought I would wait until he was 8 weeks old to start using mine. Once I saw how many diapers he was going through, and once I realized I had enough (23), I started right up, and I've only used 3 disposables since I started. I didn't plan to use them at night, and now I even do that.

Seth
Reply September 12, 2011

That's kinda like Proverbs 31... er someth'n.

And, it's so easy that even a guy can do it. You should'a said THAT!

    Amber
    Reply September 12, 2011

    Yep! Even YOU can do it!

    Whatever. You're good at stuff, Seth.

Rachel
Reply September 12, 2011

I don't have any advice for you, since I have never used cloth. All I have to say is that if I knew that today's cloth is totally different from grandma's cloth, then I would have done it in a heartbeat!

    Amber
    Reply September 12, 2011

    It is totally different. I've even heard that in the last three years, it has all changed so much for the better.

Kelly @ Love Well
Reply September 12, 2011

Ahhhh. I was just learning about cloth diapers 2.0 when my fourth was a few months old. Too late then. But I wish I had known all this sooner. I love everything about it.

charline
Reply September 12, 2011

Your blog is STELLAR! I mean, I’ve never been so entertained by anything in my life! Your vides are perfect for this. I mean, how did you manage to find something that matches your style of writing so well? I’m really happy I started reading this today. You’ve got a follower in me for sure!

Megan@SortaCrunchy
Reply September 13, 2011

I'll just smile and nod happily and be glad for another happy conversion. Good on y'all - even with the fourth, it's never too late to start!

Dara Cramp
Reply September 13, 2011

Good for you! I love using cloth, too. We having mostly FuzziBunz, but also use prefolds with a woolie cover for overnight (my tot is 21 months and a heavy wetter). If you've never tried wool covers, I HIGHLY recommend them! Even here in the heat of a Phoenix summer, the woolies allow for a lot of air flow and NO LEAKS. :-)

Cate Tuten
Reply September 13, 2011

Dear Amber, I just love reading your blog!! All of you young girls have such a connection and support system!!.......If this grandmama may jump in I'd like to say this in regards to cloth diapering......I loved it. But then pampers were invented and became the "new thing" and I switched. How easily young mommies are swayed by the latest craze. Which brings me to the heart of the matter.....do what your heart and instincts tell you to do. If this works and brings you joy (and yes, diapering babies CAN bring joy---have that!, Wall Street Women) then DO It. Do it all, rocking and singing and holding and DO NOT LET some "wisely" written book tell you otherwise......The sweet picture of you holding your cloth wearing baby will one day---in a flash---be just a memory......I know, for now I am rocking grandbabies!!!
So many blessings to you, Amber, precious, loving Mama that you are.......
"He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."...............Zephaniah 3:17.......such a benediction for mother's and babies too.
In His love, Cate Tuten

heather c
Reply September 27, 2011

Could you give a little advice for someone who is planning on cloth diapering for the first time in about 5 weeks? How many cloth inserts would you recommend for a newborn? Any help you can give on this, thanks!

Kathleen
Reply October 5, 2011

I'm a million times grateful for the friend of mine who introduced me to cloth diapers before I had my own kids! I just had my first baby and we registered for them. We are also borrowing from a friend, and made our own detergent. In all we've spent less than $50 0n diapers. :) And it really IS easy!

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