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Honestly, I cannot even remember what peaked my interest in cloth diapers. I wish I could remember who to credit. During my second maternity leave I read Jordan Rubin’s books The Maker’s Diet and The Great Physician’s RX for Women’s Health
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My son became interested in potty training sometime right before my daughter’s birth but I knew we still had awhile to have 2 in diapers. It was crazy!! Between all of the newborn diapers and toddler diapers, weseemed to fly through diapers. It is so frustrating to work all day, come home to 2 very small children, try to remember if you have anything other than pasta to fix, nurse a colicky baby, decide whether they can make it one more night without a bath, and then realize that you don’t have enough diapers for the next 24 hours. I mean, sheeezzzz. Talk about not graceful.
I pretty much fell in love with the idea of cloth diapers and no more last minute diaper runs. I never thought my husband would be crazy about it too. Let me preface, he is an accountant…saving money is his MO. He was all for it and thought that I would be the one that balked at it. He didn’t exactly offer to use the diaper sprayer, but he was extremely supportive. Score one.
The next step was to do some more research about what types of cloth diapers worked best for us. Today’s cloth diapers are not what you are probably think about. Forget safety pins and rubber pants. These babies are some of the softest things I have touched. They have pockets, velcro, snaps, wool, and only over 100 brands around the world. If you are interested in learning more about types of cloth diapers, please send me a message and/or visit my Organic Babysteps blog. I decided on using a hybrid/AI2 (all in two) system call Flip diapers and Bum Genius AIOs (all in ones). Both of these are extremely easy to use and well-liked.
Next, I needed to get our caregiver on board. We have decided to keep our kids at our home with a nanny/sitter. Since she would be doing a fair share of diaper changes, I needed to make sure she was open. I think this is often a critical step in cloth diapering as a working mom. I have heard lots of daycares that said they were opposed to cloth diapering, but once they saw the diapers in person and understood the ease and benefits they were quite interested. In very limited cases, some daycares have even started promoting cloth diapers to all of their parents. Honestly, this was not an issue for us. Our nanny was extremely open to most anything we asked, and it only took a few minutes to explain the process to her. If you encounter any difficulties, let me know and I can give you some ideas or put you in touch with moms that have successfully convinced their caregivers to at least do a trial.
Last was working out the technical aspects. Cloth diapering a newborn is actually super simple if they are breastfeeding. No pre-rinsing is required. I highly, highly recommend a diaper sprayer once they start solid food. My routine is to wash every other night. While this sounds like a lot, it really takes very little time. Usually I have 2-3 diapers to spray off, dump everything in the washing machine then dryer, and it takes about 3 min to fold in the morning. The hardest part for me was figuring out my washing machine routine and detergent preferences. Again, I’ll be more than happy to share more details in another post or by email.
I cannot tell you how happy I am to be rid of disposable diapers (and chemicals!), using something over instead of throwing it away, and saving money. To date we have probably saved close to $700 or more between the two kids. Talk about doable!