I'm feeling a bit more prepared and have actually purchased our cloth diapers, a new sit and stand stroller for the boys, and a new carseat. I haven't touched the baby's room and I'm not sure I'm going to tackle that before he comes... I just don't feel the urgency. I'm going to keep it pretty simple anyways. That's the theme we're going for these days.
So, I promised I'd fill you in on our cloth diaper stash...
Here it is... TA DA!
I decided to go with the Flip diapers system, which is made by the same people (Cotton Babies) who also make the leading Bum Genius cloth diapers.
I did a ridiculous amount of research, and a million reviews and decided this diapering system is best for us because of the price, style, trimness, ease and the fact that I have chunky babies. I also wanted a diaper that would grow with us, so basically... this is it until Jude starts potty training.
Here's our stash:
12 Flip Diaper Covers
36 Stay-Dry Inserts (I didn't include all the inserts in this photo, only four are actually pictured above)
3 Small Hemp Babies Diaper Doublers (for extra over-night protection if he's a heavy wetter)
1 medium Planet Wise Wetbag (for the diaper bag so we can use cloth on the go, it's waterproof)
1 Bum Genius Diaper Sprayer
1 Tube of Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention (You cannot use regular diaper rash cream with cloth)
1 Elite FuzziBunz Diaper (It was free because of the amount of money I spent)
Total Amount spent for cloth diapering: $322.21
(I did massive research and found a lot of great offers for "buy 1, get one free" free shipping and a percentage off my orders. I bought everything from cottonbabies.com and kellyscloset.com.)
Obviously I may need to purchase more diaper rash cream in the future, but that's basically it. Oh, and my cloth diapering friend said I NEED a diaper pale liner, so that's next on my list of things to get, it's around $16 and I'll probably buy two (if one is in the wash, one can still be in use).
So, if you're still a bit confused on cloth diapers... here's our system spelled out for you.
1. Grab a Diaper Cover
2. Place the Stay Dry Insert Inside
3. Snap on Baby
4. After baby "goes" remove dirty insert and place in diaper pale (or spray first if needed)
5. REUSE cover if not soiled and place new Stay Dry Insert inside (they say 1 diaper cover should last through 3 inserts/changes)
And here's our diapers with all the fancy labels...
Here is an image showing how they will grow with baby over the years...
Here is an image showing you the "shell" or diaper cover...
And here is the insert explained...
Here are some photos I snapped of the shell & insert so you can see inside of the diaper...
That's basically it. The amount of diapers we bought should last us up to three days before we have to do laundry, but I plan on washing every other day.
The wash routine goes like this:
Take your diaper pale liner that's full and dump everything into the washing machine, turn the liner inside out and throw in with the diapers:
1 wash cold
1 wash hot, extra rinse
You should line dry covers, and throw inserts into the dryer. You can bleach the inserts once a month, and sun them to help get rid of stains.
You also need special laundry detergent because using "soap" and other enzymes will cause build-up in your diapers which results in "barnyard smell" or ammonia stink, and then you have to "strip" your diapers... which means a lot of extra washing and rinsing to get them back to normal. *We use calgon and Tide original. I've stripped twice so far.
So I think that's it for the cloth diapers explained :) Hopefully it wasn't too confusing. There is a lot to know about cloth diapers!
Some images in this post are from Flip's Website, found HERE.