My mom cloth diapered my sister & me and once I saw the adorable colors & patterns used for modern cloth diapers I was excited about the possibilities. Jus has super sensitive skin so I figured LBL would as well and knew cloth diapers would be gentler. Add the fact that it's far cheaper in the long run & I was sold.
While I was pregnant I spent a fair amount of time researching cloth diapers online and talking to the few moms I knew that cloth diapered. I decided that bumGenius 4.0s would be the way to go. Some moms recommend getting a wide variety of diapers & deciding which you like once baby is here then ditching the rest, but I knew I wanted pocket diapers and everything I heard about bumGenius 4.0s was wonderful.
My cute baby in his cute cloth diaper
Our currents stash includes:
27 bumGenius 4.0 (with snaps)
14 bumGenius 3.0 (with Velcro bought used at Goodwill for $15 total)
2 Lotus Bumz (bought on Fab.com)
2 Flip Systems (I use cloth inserts but you can also get disposible inserts, a good option for day care)
1 Tots Bots (bought for the cute pattern, this is an all in one diaper so there's no insert to wash seperately)
The bumGenius 4.0s are my favorite and fit Rivers best, but the Lotus Bumz have nice fleecey insides & the Flips keep Rivers very dry. With the number of diapers we have I only have to do laundry about every 3 days (I often do it every 2).
We also have about 60 cloth wipes. I had read that using cloth wipes with cloth diapers is easier but I underestimated how much better they are. We started with about 20 cheap baby washcloths but have since added 6 Swaddlebees, 10 Charlie Banana wipes, & I cut three flannel receiving blankets into wipes. We keep a spray bottle with 1/2 water & 1/2 California Diaper Area Wash next to the changing pad and spray the wipes. Then we can toss the wipes in the diapers and toss both in the diaper pail.
When I'm out & about I use disposable wipes but I often toss them in the wet bag with the diapers and usually end up washing them. I really dislike the disposable wipes, they fall apart in the wash & don't smell nearly as good as our solution.
Our diaper pail is a lidded trash can that I've tossed some Munchkin Arm & Hammer Nursery Fresheners into. I have 2 Kissa Antibacterial Liners that fit in the trash can we use as a diaper pail. When the bag gets full I empty it into the wash & toss the bag in too. (Yay! I don't have to touch poop!)
A cold rinse is followed by a hot wash with 2.5 tablespoons of Rockin Green Detergent then a hot rinse. I pull covers out to hang on the line and toss the liners & wipes in the dryer. Once Rivers starts eating solids we'll have to get the poop out of the diapers before washing them but I'm planning on getting a sprayer & Potty Pail to distance myself from my darling son's poop.
I'm not lying to you when I say that the whole process is super easy & a little fun. I was a little worried Jus would complain about the extra steps but he swears cloth is easier than disposible & willing changes Rivers' diapers.
I learned a lot from following Oh! Apostrophe's posts on cloth diapering but if you have any questions feel free to ask me! Below I've listed some of the helpful hints I've learned along the way.
-Diapers with snaps last longer than diapers with velcro closures (also, velcro gets stuck to the rest of the laundry)
-Cloth wipes, cloth wipes, cloth wipes (seriously, do it)
-When prepping your diapers for the first wash toss the covers in the dryer too, this will help tighten the weave & make them more waterproof
-Pick up some hemp inserts for night time use, we have two and they're so absorbant that I'm planning to get some more
-You can often get bumGenius 4.0s as buy 5 get 1 free and Cotton Babies will give you another 4.0 if your order is over $75 (which the 5 are)
-Your diapers will get stained (newborn poop is funky!) but if you lay them in the sun the stains will fade
-Make sure to have at least 2 wet bags for your diaper bag, unless you want to dig the dirty diaper out (I just toss the wet bag in the wash, too)