We’ve been cloth diapering baby S’ hiney since he was very wee. Before he was born I thought we’d cloth diaper him from the start, minus the first meconium poos, which I’ve heard are darn near impossible to wash out. A few roadblocks and a whole lot of free disposable diapers from the hospital prevented us from starting straight away. But by week three when baby M was finally back up to his birth weight and I was feeling better, I was ready to test the cloth waters.


I had bought a few of several brands and types of cloth diapers to start with, not really knowing what we’d like most. We diapered Mr. Bear several times to get the whole hang of how each of the diapers worked. I organized the diapers by size, stuck labels on the drawers so everyone could figure out how to use them, and off to the delivery room we went.

Within the first few weeks of cloth diapering, some clear frontrunners emerged in the race for the favorite diaper. Mr. S declared the Hive a “cover free” zone, so I quickly sold all of our newborn fitteds. This included all the Kissaluvs and Thirsties. While these were perfectly good diapers, they all needed covers, thereby adding a second step to the diapering process. I wasn’t bothered by the second step, but what I didn’t love is that because the whole fitted diaper gets wet with pee, I’d be actually holding pee when rinsing the diaper with our sprayer. That’s a weak excuse now since I rinse our inserts and squeeze them out by hand as part of my wash routine. Eeew, I know. But it lets me go a full week between laundry loads. I’ll tell you all about it sometime soon.

Our early favorites were BumGenius 4.0, Charlie Banana’s Small, Fuzzibunz XS and Thirsties Duo Dry. Baby S outgrew the Fuzzibunz XS quickly even though he’s a bit of a peanut still. When we sold those three diaps they still fit, but their inserts were small so they didn’t hold enough to last through a nap. For the remainder of my maternity leave we used BumGenius 4.0, our two Thirsties Duo Drys, Charlie Bananas and reluctantly, FuzziBunz one-size.

Now that Baby S goes off to daycare with BumGenius diapers each day, we’ve come up with a system to use various diapers at different times of day.

When we wake up in the morning I use a BumGenius. They’re the most absorbent of all the diapers we own and baby M drinks a lot after sleeping for 11 or 12 hours. He’ll eat and play for an hour and a half and then go down for an hour and a half nap in his BG’s. Then when he wakes, he’ll eat again, I’ll change him into a Charlie Banana stuffed with a BG insert, dress him for the day and whisk him off to daycare. I send him off in a Charlie Banana because we don’t own enough BG to use them exclusively, and I don’t want baby S’ daycare momma to have to hassle with snaps of the Charlies. Otherwise, the Charlie Bananas are just as reliable as our BG’s.

Baby S will use one or two diapers while he’s at daycare. When he gets home he’ll eat and then because it’s unlikely that he’ll poo before bath time, I’ll change him into a Grovia. Grovias have a reusable outer shell with a snap-in insert, but so far we’ve found the outer shell isn’t reusable after a poo. I’ve slowly started to venture into the world of flats during this last change of the day, but not with any regularity. An hour or so later we’ll start the bedtime routine with a bath after which we lather M’s bum with zinc lotion and slap a disposable on him for the night. We could probably use a cloth diaper overnight, but we don’t ever do anything to mess with his sleep, so we’ve never tried.

In addition to cloth diapering we also use cloth wipes. We started using cloth wipes a few days after we got home from the hospital. We use them for the obvious purpose, but also wash baby M’s face and hands with them each morning. I have used them for vinegar washes and baths, and I’ve heard that soaked in cold water and fresh from the fridge, they’re great for teething.

We started with a stash of 40. But within a couple weeks we were finding ourselves running out often, so now we have a stash of about 80, but 60 would be plenty to get us through the week for all the gazillion ways we use them. We have a stack in the bathroom for bath time, a stack in my office to catch dribbles and drips from nursing and pumping, and the remainder are in the nursery. We have a square, plastic container that we’ll fill with ~20 wipes and just enough water to get them all nice and wet. Just water, nothing else. Every three days I change the water in the wipes. If there are still wet wipes left, I toss them in the laundry pail and start fresh so that the heebeejeebees don’t grow. Sometimes in the morning I’ll need a bit more than water to get everything clean, and will use a spritz of California Baby Diaper Area Spray. Self explanatory name, no?

When baby S first started going to daycare I wasn’t sure if I should send his nice wipes or not; I didn’t know how many they would need, etc. So I cut up a few receiving blankets into squares using pinking shears and sent those. In hindsight, I could have just sent a little stack of our good wipes each day and have been fine.

The cloth wipes are by far the easiest eco-baby switch we made. One wipe does the work of two or three disposables. Plus, it’s pretty easy to grab from the same stack of wet wipes to wash all ends of the baby. Cheese fingers, cheese nose, cheese toes and all!

Have you tried cloth diapering? What’s your favorite brand?

Cloth Diapering part 10 of 11

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4. How to choose a cloth diapering system by Mrs. Superhero
5. Cloth Diaper Styles by Mrs. Pen
6. Cloth Diapering Diaries by Mrs. Sketchbook
7. Confessions of an (Ex) Cloth-Diapering Mom by Mrs. High Heels
8. They really are genius! by Mrs. Tea
9. Who, What, Why, and How: Cloth Diapering by mrs. tictactoe
10. On Cloth Diapering at 4 Months by Mrs. Stroller
11. Real Registry: Diana's Cloth Diaper Registry by Real Registries