One thing I am strangely excited about doing when Little E comes is cloth diapering. I may have different thoughts on this once the diaperfest actually begins, but for now I am super pumped!
The way I see it, poop is gross no matter which way you wrap it- or unwrap it- in this case, so why not save a little dough & give some love to the environment while we're at it ;)
Of course, I know this is not for everyone, and it is time consuming, so I think that if I didn't plan to stay at home with our wee one, I might reconsider this quest. But here we are, about to embark on this journey and although I can't give you a review of cloth diapering quite yet, I thought I'd give a little overview of our plan for it, as it stands.
There are lots of cloth diapering brands out there & after lots of research on mommy blogs & diaper blogs, we decided to go with BumGenius Pocket Diapers with Snaps! I have also had a handful of friends who have used these diapers, and with rave reviews, so I felt pretty confident in giving these a shot. I decided on snaps because, as I hear, they tend to hold up against wear & tear better than velcro, and chose the pocket option because I hear they dry more quickly (if you plan to line dry) than the All-in-Ones.
After buying lots of butt paste & other diaper ointments, I found out that with cloth diapering, most of the normal rash ointments don't mix well with the fibers on the diapers & cause them not to be as absorbant. So I have a lot of diaper ointment if anyone wants any...any takers? I have heard that olive oil or coconut oil work really well as a substitute, so I am eager to try these out on the little guy's bum bum.
Ben and I both are pretty excited about this handy little tool--the diaper sprayer. Ours is a BumGenius, but I don't know if any brand is particularly better than the other. I am hoping it will make the cleaning of the diapers a little less messy :)
And this is my wet bag! Or at least one of them. I was very excited to venture into a new area of sewing with cloth diapers. Although, I am not brave enough to make my own diapers, the wet bags were a less intimidating option & super fun to work on. Wet bags store dirty diapers until ready to wash & can be tossed in with the laundry right along with the diapers! I loved being able to customize my wet bag to work with our system of diapering. It lays flat against the back of the bathroom door, fairly inconspicuous, & with the strap designed to hang over the door hook. The exterior is made from one of my new favorite lines, Lotta Echo & the interior is lined with PUL, which is a waterproof material that is standardly used in cloth diapering. I purchased a few yards from fabric.com and so far have made 2 large wetbags & 2 small wetbags for the diaper bag. I even used the PUL to line one of the diaper bags I made myself & still have enough left to make a portable changing pad & a few other items! Yay!
So this is the loose plan for our system- I'll keep you posted on how this all actually plays out!