The scoop (the poop?) on cloth diapers
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
24 weeks, 2 days pregnant
So Darling Husband and I will be cloth-diapering Baby Boy …
… C’mon, somebody
is going to argue with that, right? I decided that cloth diapers were the way to go more than a year ago
— yup, Laptops to Lullabie
s has been around that long, peeps! — and since then, I have gotten a lot
of snickers, raised eyebrows, and outright mocking about our decision to use cloth.
But I have held my ground, done my research
, examined the options
, and have even started stocking up on cloth diapers.
I’ve compiled some of her best tips and advice, and arranged them so we, the cloth-diapering pioneers, can use them as retorts to all of the non-believers:
For people who say cloth diapers leak:
For people who think you have to soak dirty diapers in the toilet (like the olden days):
- For breastfed poops, you don’t even have to rinse off the diapers before putting them in your pail. Seriously. Amalah says “It’s like washing mustard-coloured water.”
- When the poops become more solid (when they’re eating solid food), you can always use flushable liners if rinsing the diapers grosses you out.
- Or you can use a plastic spatula to get it off.
- OR you can use a diaper sprayer that hooks up to the toilet. Awesomeness.
For people who say your nursery will reek of dirty cloth diapers:
- Storing your cloth diapers in a dry pail is the best.
- It can even be a garbage can — anything with a tight lid and a liner.
- Remember that you will have already shaken the poo into the toilet, before storing the diaper. So really, your nursery should smell less than a nursery with a reeking Diaper Genie full of pooey disposables.
- If you have a washer/dryer in your place, it’s actually more convenient to put on a load of laundry than running garbage bags outside.
For people who say the diapers will be permanently stained:
- Charlie’s Soap is apparently the BEST soap to use on your cloth diapers. It’s all-natural but gets the diapers very clean.
- If the microfiber inserts get a bit stained over time, you can wash them separately with a tiny bit of bleach. Your baby will not grown horns.
Thanks to Amalah’s tips and advice, I am totally confident with the decision! We have eight diapers so far, and I spent last night playing around with the snaps and velcro tabs. I was thrilled to hear that they make the same crinkly pat-pat sound as disposables when you pat the little butts. Adorable!