Lesson in First Time Motherhood #4 Cloth Diapers

I’m pretty amazed by myself when it comes to diapering. I think I shock my husband every day. I do not like to be dirty. I really don’t like to get my hands dirty, so when I told him we should cloth diaper I think he almost passed out. However, I do not recommend cloth diapering to everyone.
I read a blog post once that there are different types of cloth diapering mommas. There are the ones that have to have every diaper out there and are constantly buying new, there are those that want to keep disposable diapers out of landfills, there are also the mothers that are die hard diapering ladies. Once those babies are out of the womb a disposable will never touch their little bum and there are those that just want to save a dime. I’m the last group. The math can be tricky (and it’s really close) but because of our current situation it is still more cost effective to cloth diaper than to buy disposables.
I was extremely fortunate to have a wonderful friend who gave me 75% of my diapers. I’m also extremely fortunate to have not one but two friends who cloth diaper. I picked their brains like crazy before I started.
Here is my advice: every situation is different and every parent is different. What works for me is probably not going to work for you. What you prefer may be something completely different than what I prefer. That is the tricky part of cloth diapering. I love my pockets for one reason, and I love my prefolds for another. I also have a fitted but I don’t use it that often because it’s really bulky and my daughter is slim. It just looks funny. Right when you think you have it all figured out something will change and you will have another obstacle. For this reason I recommend purchasing different kinds of diapers. I have 8 pocket diapers and 15 prefolds with 4 covers and 2 newborn covers.
When Mo was 1 month old we started cloth. We would use pocket diapers during the day because we would change her frequently enough to avoid leaks. Her little legs were so slim that her pockets just couldn’t get small enough. Then we would use prefolds and covers at night. These kept everything contained. When she started sleeping through the night this all changed. She started getting chapped on her legs because there wasn’t a stay dry liner in the prefolds so we switched. She was in a pocket at night and I used the prefolds during the day. If I leave the house I take the pockets with me because they are easier, in my opinion, to transport dirty if I change her outside of our house. See what I mean? I’ve had to be flexible and just go with the flow.
Poop stains gross me out. That is going to seem really strange to some of you because obviously there are going to be stains on a diaper. For some reason, that grossed me out. One friends wash routine didn’t work at all for me while the other friends wash routine was okay. It also depends on your water quality where you live, how much detergent you use, and how often you wash. Then I just did what my gut told me to do (use Oxyclean), I made my own micro fleece liners that catch the poop and all was well in the world again.
I also have to plan to do laundry every 3 days. With staying at home this isn’t a problem. If we go away from our home for the weekend or on vacation we switch to disposables. Mainly that’s because I want a break. It’s my vacation too (if there is such a thing as a vacation from being a mommy).
I also joined the cloth diaper support group on Facebook. They have been extremely helpful. I only posted once and the rest of the time I learn from other mom’s posting their questions and concerns. I highly recommend joining that group or one like it. There are moms on there that have been cloth diapering for a very long time and have seen it all! This has been extremely helpful, as stated before, what works for me may not work for you. Diapering is a lot of trial and error, but if you are commited you can make it work!

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