Hi there, Happily Domestic Readers! I’m a little nervous today, because I’m guest posting for the first time ever. Ever! I’ve blogged for over 2 years, but I’ve never ventured out of my cozy little corner of the blogosphere. So, I was thrilled when Beth offered me the chance to add my own voice to her Fluff Fest.
“Who are you?” you ask? “What makes you an expert on cloth diapering?” you ask? I’m Amanda, and I am NO expert on cloth diapering. There. I feel better now that we have that out in the open.
I have been cloth diapering my skinny little boy for almost 2 and a half years now, with only one make and model of cloth diaper. (See? I’m no expert!) While I did buy about 6 different diapers before Jack was born to see what I liked, I always came back to the BumGenius 3.0. I like that it’s one size, and that it’s very husband and grandparent friendly. So, I bought a 24 pack in 6 different neutral colors (no pink or white), a diaper pail, a small travel size wetbag, and a diaper sprayer and dove head first into full time cloth diapering. It worked for us and I’ve never looked back. (I have since bought new BumGenius 4.0’s for their cute prints, and someone gifted me about 7-8Blueberries with hemp/cotton inserts that I love).
I wanted to share with you some things I’ve learned over the course of 2 and a half years of cloth diapering. It’s nothing amazing, but it’s been
life changing a big help with my cloth diapering success. Let me preface my list with these statements: This may not work for you, you may not agree with me, and you don’t have to. I’m just sharing what has worked for me in hopes that you can get a little something to help you.
1. Use enough water when you wash your diapers. Seems kind of like a ‘duh’ statement to me, but it I needed to figure it out for myself, how much was enough. My washing routine is 1) cold rinse, 2) hot wash/cold rinse with detergent, 3) cold wash/cold rinse with detergent, 4) cold rinse. I wash about 20-22 diapers at a time, every 3 days. I use a lot of water with all those loads, so I decided one day to switch my washer settings from medium load to small load. About the same time I changed my load setting, I started pulling out still-poopy diapers from the wash (after my 4 cycles). I thought it was my detergent, but it turns out all I needed was more water! Problem solved. And that first rinse cycle is SO important. It keeps your diapers from being washed in pee-water during the actual wash cycles. This also helps get the ammonia smell out of your diapers.
2. Hang your diaper covers to dry if at all possible. For 2 years, I put all my diapers – pockets and inserts – into the dryer on medium heat. Recently, I’ve noticed that my PUL is starting to look a little stretched. It’s still holding up to my son’s usage, but I can tell they’re not like new anymore. Now I hang dry my pockets and toss my inserts into the dryer. I usually let them dry overnight, which is when I don’t need to change Jack’s diaper anyway, so I’m not left with no diapers ready when I finish using the rest of my stash.
Thanks, Beth, for letting me guest post today. I’m excited for the rest of Fluff Fest this month!
Amanda has been blogging at Growth Chart Moments for over two years. She is a stay-at-home mom who taught and coached 9 years in the public school system. She is the mother of a 2 and a half year old, darling little boy who she has cloth diapered since he was 4 months old. Her blog is aptly described as "A wife and mother rambles her way through life taking time to notice her family's growth chart moments." It's a hodge-podge of wonderful randomness. Make sure you stop by her blog and say "hi!"