I recently received many questions about cloth diapering, and even though I have already done a post of two on cloth diapers. I will answer some of those questions here…
“Isn’t it complicated to do cloth diapers?”
No, it is really very simple. There is an insert and a cover, and obviously they both have to be used together. The insert is very absorbent and is washed with the cover in the washing machine. Cloth diapering has come a long way in the last few years, so there is no folding of white pieces of cloth. Everything is sewn and ready to go. No pins and no hassle. Depending on what type you buy, the cloth diapers stay closed with snaps or velcro. On a side note – the snaps are better because they last longer. The velcro wears out sooner and needs replacing if you plan to use the covers on baby number 2.
|Not complicated at all|
“Doesn’t it smell awful?”
Elijah is still exclusively breastfed, so I haven’t yet had a smell diaper. That will, of course, change once he starts eating normal food, but for now we are enjoying the pre-smelly stage. I know what time of the day he generally needs to poop, so I sometimes switch him over to a disposable then if I don’t feel like washing the mess from a cloth diaper. Regardless of what happens once he changes to real food, we have already made a huge saving by using cloth until he is 6 months old.
“Do they leak?”
In the first couple of months, they barely ever leaked but now that Elijah is bigger he has a couple of leaks a month. He does, however, also have the occasional leak with a disposable diaper. So for us there hasn’t been much of a difference. Both disposable diapers and cloth diapers leak, but not very often and not much at all.
“Do they need to be changed more frequently than disposables?”
When Elijah wears cloth diapers I change him as frequently as when he wears disposables.
There is no need to change your baby more frequently. Treat the cloth diaper as you would a disposable diaper.
“How do you wash the cloth diapers?”
I keep it VERY simple and stick to a basic routine:
1 short cycle warm (or cool) water wash without detergent
NEXT 1 long/ heavy duty hot wash with detergent
FINALLY 1 additional rinse cycle
“Do cloth diapers lead to more bum rashes?”
Our little man barely has any rashes at all, and if he gets a little red it is usually after a disposable diaper. The cloth diapers have no chemicals in them, so they shouldn’t cause any rash.
“What brand of cloth diapers do you use?”
We use a brand that we can order online here in China. For all of our friends living over here in China, this is the link you’ll want to heck out for supplies: BumCool. We have found this brand to be both effective, affordable, and a great fit for Elijah.
As Elijah grows and we learn more about cloth diapering, we will share that with you.
This is a great website if you want to know more about cloth diapering: Kelly’s Closet