When I was pregnant and consumed in all things baby planning, cloth diapers were never even a thought. The only times they came to mind were the handful of instances I was asked by friends if I was interested in buying their used cloths. My response was “no thanks because I suck at doing laundry.” Really… I’m lazy. I’d also decided to go with Honest Company diapers. Because they are Eco-friendly, I thought I was doing my part.
Four months down the line, day in and day out, I saw our trash can fill and refill with dirty diapers. At the average cost of $60/month, it was also literally throwing money away. Ever since Apollo was born, my main purpose in life has been to help make this world a better place for him. Considering that disposable diapers can take a thousand years – even biodegradable ones because they are often encased in garbage bags that sunlight never gets to them – to decompose, I realized that disposable diapers are not conducive to that goal. So began the research into cloth diapers. Around the same time, Bambino Mio was preparing to launch new patterns in the US market. They teamed up with a handful of bloggers and Apollo & I were lucky enough to receive a 4 pack starter kit. Two months into cloth diapering, I wanted to share my experience in making the switch. Please note that I am no authority in everything cloth – this is just my experience and can differ from everyone else.
- Options: When I pictured cloth diapering, I saw white linen fastened by pins. Modern day cloths are nothing like that. There are so many different brands, types & different patterns to choose from… It was a bit overwhelming but they boil down to inserts & covers VS all-in-ones. We’ve been using the Miosolo’s exclusively which are all-in-one and are designed to fit from newborn to toddlerhood.
- Costs: There is an initial upfront investment with cloth diapers. They average anywhere from $12-$25 depending on the brand you buy. We spent about $300 total for 16 diapers, not including the 4 gifted to us, wet bags & flushable liners for when his poops begin to solidify. Again, these diapers will last him until toddlerhood and can be used if we decide to have baby number 2. I will gladly take that small upfront cost versus $60/month for the next two years.
- Convenience: This is a word I never thought I would use in describing cloth diapering. But it really is just as convenient as disposables. One thing I love is no longer having to make diaper runs to the store. Second is that they are just like disposables. The miosolo’s have Velcro so putting it on Apollo is just like putting on any disposable. When it’s dirty, I throw the diaper into the same diaper pail I was using before. The only difference is this time, the pail is lined with a washable wet bag and goes in the washing machine instead of the garbage can. When we go out, I carry a travel wet bag with me and his dirty diapers go in there instead of the trash can.
- Absorbency: We change his diapers every 2.5 hours during the day. At night, he goes up to 10 hours without a change and we’ve only had one instance of a leak.
- Laundering: Washing poopie diapers was a concept that grossed me out. But 6 months into this mom gig, poop and all things once upon a time disgusting is a new normal. Because Apollo is still exclusively breastfed, his poops are still runny. Every 2-3 days, I throw in his load of dirty diapers into the wash, run a cold pre-rinse then wash in hot water. Bambino Mio recommends hang drying the diapers but since we live in a town home community with no access to a clothes line, I’ve been throwing them in the dryer and tumbling on low. Because the inserts are sown into the covers, I also don’t have to fuss about matching inserts with covers. I fold them quickly and they go into his diaper basket ready for use. Once we start introducing solids and his poops begin to solidify, we bought flushable liners that will catch most of the waste for easy disposing into the toilet.
This is what has been working for me for the past two months. Everyone is different. When it comes to washing, detergents & types of washing machines – Fluff University is a wealth of information on everything cloth diapering.
I was so reluctant in making a switch to cloth diapers. Now, it’s one of the best decisions we’ve made. It’s better for the planet, our wallets and Apollo’s bum. I am so convinced that you will also be sold if you just give it a try. Bambino Mio is kind enough to give 2 of the 4 piece starter pack they sent me to my readers! One winner will be chosen from the blog comments and the other from my Instagram page. To enter on this blog, leave a comment below that you’d like to try it out. The winners will be chosen on Friday, April 29th! Good luck!