I found that cloth diapers are not created equal. If you are going in this to save money, like me, then here are some things to look for: diaper changes in size as the child grows, made of high quality material that will last MANY washings, snaps instead of velcro (lasts longer) and ability to change the inserts without changing the shell. If you are not so concerned over saving money, then you can really go crazy with all the adorable designs.
I do the laundry every 2 days before going to bed. It takes as much time as throwing a dirty bag of disposables into the outside trash. While my morning coffee is preparing, I hang the wash on a drying rack outside. The sun bleaches away any poop stains. I do not use a fancy detergent, only a normal one for sensitive babies that does not have softeners or fragrances. Once in a while I add vinegar to the load to rinse away any soap buildup, if any.
I purchased three types of diapers from BumGenius and the one I like best is the Flip. I set the insert into the diaper cover and place it on my daughter like a disposable. The only difference is it snaps instead of velcros. For most diaper changes, I only need to swap out inserts. I probably go through 2 covers a day. I do not like the organic all-in-ones because sometimes the pee wicks up to the top and reaches her clothes. The BumGenius 3.0 is annoying because it takes a while to get the insert in and you must swap out the entire diaper for each change.
I am not ashamed to admit that my biggest reason for cloth diapering was for financial reasons. I hated the idea of spending money on diapers every month for the next two years. For only 250 euros, I had all the diapers I needed for my daughter, and even future kids to come. The diapers I purchased grow with the baby, so I do not have to buy different diaper sizes each time she grows. I am sure I will buy more from time to time, as needed.
You can find information about cloth diapering on Tim-Tam Nature’s website. Even though most of this site is translated in English, this section is only in French for right now – he will be translating it soon. You can find a guide for cloth diapering, as well as videos that demonstrate different diapers (there is no sound, so they are understandable in any language). To celebrate International Cloth Diaper Week, Tim-Tam Nature is having a sale of 10 – 40% off selected cloth diapers. For my readers, they are offering 10% off items that are not on sale – use the following code: MAMBLOG
This is the company where I purchased all of my cloth diapers. I am not affiliated with them and I do not benefit from you ordering from their site. I am only doing this because I am a very satisfied customer of theirs and I do not hesitate from referring people to them. I will also be keeping an eye on this sale and maybe adding more to my collection. My daughter is having her first spout of diarrhea, so I am starting to see the value of having a few more on hand right now…
Happy Cloth Diaper Week!