We've been using cloth/hybrid diapers part-time for a few months now (I wish we'd started sooner!). Cloth diapers are in fact what started my whole green/eco-friendly/non-toxic kick that I'm gradually incorporating into our daily life. I thought I'd put together a little summary for my interested readers.
- We use cloth (Bum Genius and Fuzzi Bunz) or hybrid diapers (gDiapers) as much as possible during the day when at home. We use disposables at night and when we go out, most of the time.
- I love gDiapers best because they are easy (flushable insert) and less bulky than the cloth dipes. But due to the expense of the liners, I use them less frequently. What I do like to do though, is use 2 BumGenius diaper doublers (each pocket diaper always comes with one of these) or one homemade liner in them.
- If the Chiquita only peed in a cloth diaper, I often toss the liner in the pail and then re-use the diaper with 2 doublers or 1 homemade liner. The BumGeniuses are excellent at wicking away moisture & odor so they can easily be used again! (I do usually use the reused ones for naps just in case they smell a teensy bit peeish).
- I insist on using these awesome flushable liners in all cloth diapers (Chiquita is a very sporadic pooper- you never know when she'll strike) for easier clean-up. I order them from diapers.com who has free shipping if you spend $49. Refer me on your first order for a discount! My referral code is: NIBE4523.
- For those times when a messy poop goes off the flushable liner, make and use an awesome diaper sprayer with our handy DIY tutorial.
- In our bathroom upstairs, we keep a simple rubbermaid trash can from Home Depot with a washable Swaddlebees waterproof liner bag (I have 2 of these to switch out).
- I do laundry about 2-3 times a week. Here's my method: 1. dump in all diapers & liner bag; 2. short, cold rinse cycle with a scoop of Borax; 3. Hot/cold cycle: hot wash with Dreft + scoop of baby Oxi Clean, then cold rinse; 4. hang dry in sun (for natural stain-lightening). Never use fabric softener on diapers. The plastic liners that go in the gDiapers I hand wash and hang dry, unless they get poopy, then I throw them in with the rest of the diaper load.
- With poopy cloth/hybrid diapers I use these flushable wipes. I don't use these with disposables because they're just not that great. But it works good with cloth because then you don't have to worry about baggin' up poopy wipes to throw away.
- That's all I can think of! Please let me know if you have any other questions, and good luck cloth diapering! If you're interested in buying anything I mentioned here, please click my Shop link above and support this blog through my aStore, or use my referral code on diapers.com. Thank you!! :)