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Cloth Diapers – Line Drying VS Drying in the Dryer

Hello everyone. I hope you are all well. M is doing much better with the medicine they prescribed him at the ER.

As I have been spending my day (and night now too) rewashing diapers with a bit of bleach(I hate bleach) to kill the infection my son has (why we were in the ER and he is on medication) it got me thinking of a subject I seem to see pop up often on cloth diaper groups or in general when I bring up that we cloth diaper M. “Why dry the diapers on the line versus dry the diapers in the dryer”

So I figure I would put my hat in the ring and voice my opinion for why I prefer to air dry my son, M’s, diapers on the line or drying rack instead of drying them in the dryer.  I mean they both get the job done but there are some specific pros and cons to both processes.

Cloth Diapers - Line Drying Versus Drying in the dryer



LINE DRYING


PROS:

  • Prolong the  life of diaper’s elastics-

The excessive heat from the dryer will slowly ruin the elastics in the diaper and line drying avoids said heat and thus will help your elastics last longer. The reason this is important is because the elastics help keep the areas around your baby’s legs and waist snug without being too tight or too loose thus preventing the dreaded POOPSPLOSIONS. Dun-dun-dun. And trust me if you haven’t experienced one yet you do not want to. 

  • Prolong the life of PUL-

This is very similar to the issues with elastics and heat. The PUL can slowly crack or delaminate (process in which the waterproof layer separates from the outer fabric) over time when you dry them in the dryer. This is especially true with the cheaper diapers. So line drying them really helps prolong the water resistancey (is that a word? I don’t think it is. Oh well. ) of the diapers. 

  • Line Dry  smell-

Maybe this is just me but I absolutely love the smell of clothes that were hung out to dry on the clothes line. I think it smells great, and diapers are just the same I love that freshly line-dried smell when stuffing and folding diapers.

  • Removes stains-

This is an amazing plus to line drying diapers. It can remove stains. I know it may sound like magic but it isn’t . The rays from the sun bleach out any stains when you hang wet diapers out to dry. I was skeptical until I tried it. Sadly I haven’t taken any pictures but I will have to do that the next time I have stains (it doesn’t happen often).

  • It is fun to look at-

I know this may sound stupid but I love watching the diapers dry on the line. They look awesome  all hung up in a line. You can see all the different types and colours, and patterns. It is just very pleasing to look at. I know I am not the only one with this though. I am a member of many cloth diaper groups and I have seen my share of people showing off their line drying diapers.

CONS:

  • The occasional bug-

This doesn’t bother me and very rarely happens but sometimes when you bringing the diapers you once in a while bring in a little bug friend. I normally just take them back outside.

  • Takes longer-

This is one downfall and the biggest reason I sometimes dry my son, M’s, diapers in the dryer instead of on the line. Sometimes he just needs clean dry diapers sooner than they would be dry. In that case I dry them in the dryer just to have them done in time.



DRYING IN THE DRYER


PROS:

  • Faster-

There may be more Pros, but at this point I can’t think of any others at this point. As I said above this is normally the only reason I do dry diapers in the dryer on the rare occasion that I do.

CONS:

  • Wears out elastics faster-

Not only does the dryer dry the diapers faster it also wears the elastics down faster. The elastic fibers break apart and they relax. This can cause the diapers not to fit properly and to leak terribly. And I am sure no one wants that. Another reason you want to save your elastics as long as possible is they are normally really annoying to replace yourself or to find someone to replace and in that case it is also more expensive.

  • Wears out the PUL faster-

The same as the heat damaging the elastics it can also cause the PUL (Polyurathane Laminate) fabric to delaminate. This is where the water resistance layer separates from the outer fabric. This can cause leaking. The heat can also cause cracking sometimes as well which also can lead to leaky diapers, and no one wants that. Now, this is more common in cheaper diapers but has been known to happen in the brand name diapers here and there.

  • Doesn’t remove stains-

Going off from the Pro list for line drying, drying in the dryer is the complete opposite. It can often set stains where as line drying can remove stains. And let’s face it most f us wouldn’t want to have our kids wear stained up diapers.

  • You have to wait to stuff the diapers until they cool-

This is not a huge deal but for those with young kids in diapers sometimes you only have a small window of time to get all the things done you need to get done for the day. So having to take the diapers out of the dryer and just let them sit until they cool to stuff them can get a bit annoying and you may have to wait even longer if your little one suddenly needs you again before they cool.



Now, there may be more pros and cons for each of these but these are my pros and cons. I just love the process of hanging up the diapers outside on the line. It is nice to get out in the sunlight too, which can also help with PPD a tiny bit.

I  also love the way they look on the line. I sometimes order them a certain way just to give it a little more pattern. This may be weird but I don’t care I love it. Heheh. It may just be my background in art.  I also have very fond memories of helping my Grandmother hang the clothes out on the line as a child so that might factor in as well.

I even line dry inside during the winter. I use this folding drying rack, and point this fan towards to help speed up the process a bit. When I do that I just dry the inserts, flour sack towels, and prefolds in the dryer because they take so long. I also turn the AIO diapers inside out to dry because the inside takes longer than the outside to dry.

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Why I love our Diaper Sprayer

Good evening everyone. I hope everyone is well. I finally have our youngest down for a nap and our oldest re-cleaning his room.  So that gives me a little time to make a post here today.



This post does contain affiliate links. I do get compensation if you order one of the linked products, but I only ever link products I can stand behind. 


I thought I would tell you the story of how I came to love our cloth diaper sprayer.

I know it may sound strange to you but before we bought the diaper sprayer I didn’t want one. So we did not start out with one. We exclusively breastfed until about 8 months so we didn’t really need it right after our son was born anyway (breast fed poop is water soluble).

In the beginning even before we started trying to conceive our youngest I knew I wanted to be frugal and not go hog wild buying every new baby gadget out there. It just seemed like a waste to me. So this made a diaper sprayer at the bottom of our list of items we needed.

Well, fast forward to after our son arrived. I ended up having to have an emergency c-section  and the spinal they gave me for that was causing my sciatica to act up terribly. This didn’t subside until probably around 7 months. At which point I really wasn’t in the mood to be bending over or crouching down in front of our toilets to dunk and swish this terrible solid food poop off of my son’s diapers.

It wasn’t the poop that was the issue. It never was which is why I never bought a sprayer. But now I could barely bend over to get my socks and shoes on let alone try and get the diapers somewhat cleaned off in the toilet. So, I went online and decided to buy a bundled Spray Pal Diaper Sprayer and Spray Pal Sprayer Shield.

You can also buy them separately if you just want the sprayer or shield.

I had hear great reviews on their products, as well as their customer service. Plus I loved supporting a smaller business. So onto Amazon and bought the bundle. I don’t think I have ever been so excited to get something to clean poop before.

Once it arrived, which was faster than I expected, it was so easy to hook up to our toilet. The directions were clear and within 5 minutes (it likely would have been less but I had an infant and 8 year old to tend to as well. You know how it is when you are trying to do something important. They immediately need you for something. Heheh.

I luckily had a diaper wet bag the perfect size to hold the sprayer shield. So I stuck a command hook to the wall behind the toilet and hung that there to keep it off the floor and away from tiny hands. You can also purchase a bag with the shield as a bundle as well. Something great about the Spray Pal diaper sprayer is that it has this little dock you can hang on the side of your toilet tank so when you are finished spraying your soiled diapers you can just hang it up on the dock.

The Sprayer worked like a charm the first time I used it. And that was with peanut butter poop (sticky and thick). Everything sprayed right off and into the toilet and the shield prevented me from being sprayed when my little one would grab my arm while spraying.

The shield also has another great feature. You can fold it over the diaper and squeeze all the excess water out of the diaper so it is not all drippy when you have to take it from the toilet, or maybe even the bathroom if your diaper pail is in another room like ours is to your diaper pail. Plus it is great because if you do not wring the diapers out at least some it will soak through some diaper pail liners just because they are water resistant not water proof, and you do not want a leaked diaper pail.

For any of you who aren’t sure if they want to spend the money on a sprayer or are not sure which one to get I can confidently say it is definitely worth the money, and I would recommend Spray Pal any day if you aren’t sure what type of sprayer to get.

If you want to read about other cloth diaper products I would recommend you can find that here.

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

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Types of Cloth Diapers: Pocket Diapers


Good morning everyone. I hope you all are well.

Have you been considering cloth diapers for your new bundle of joy? I am sure you have started doing some research before getting here and it may seem overwhelming. I am sure you have more questions that need answers and I hope this post, the first of multiple posts about the different types of cloth diapers will answer some of your questions.

Pocket Diapers are what we are discussing today. Some people prefer these to other types due to them being slightly similar to disposables.



The anatomy of pocket diapers:

Pocket diapers consist of two layers of cloth sewn together almost completely except for a portion at the back of the diaper which is open creating a pocket you can stuff with absorbent material.  The outer material is the water resistant material, and the inner material is the soft material that goes against your child’s bum. This also is normally material that lets moisture through one way but not the other keeping that baby bum dry even when the insert is wet.

Pocket diapers have either snaps or hook and loop (Velcro) fasteners. This helps you adjust the diaper to fit your child as he or she grows.

You can stuff the pocket of the pocket diaper with many absorbent materials. You can find many types of inserts, or use flour sack towels, old t-shirts, prefolds, or other absorbent cloth.

Pros:

You can stuff them with all sorts of material to get the right absorbency for your child and once they are stuffed you just have to grab one and put it on, which is great for a squirmy baby.

The inner material keep your baby dry even when they are wet.

Cons:

You do have to stuff and un-stuff the diapers to be able to use them or wash them. So they take more than one step to get them bum ready.

Brands we like:

Bumgenius –

Pros: They have adorable patterns, and great customer service, and you can get them on sale often. They also have great relsale value.

Cons: The biggest issue I had was my skinny legged boy took awhile to fit into them but that isn’t the diapers fault.

Alva –

Pros: They also have some adorable prints. They are cheaper than the more brand name diapers. They still have decent resale value.

Cons: The biggest con I can see is they don’t have as much of a resale value as the bigger brand name diapers.

Sunbaby 

Pros: They are a great deal and have adorable prints. They hold up really well even compared to the more popular brand name diapers. These were my first diapers for our son and they still work great.

Cons: You have to order multiple at once , which for me wasn’t bad but if you just want to try one it might be an issue.


I prefer using pockets diapers when we are out and about or during naps because they have stay dry fabric inside and are easier in my opinion to get on and off and into the wet bag when changing in the car or other small areas.

Most of the diapers we use during the day are covers. If you want to check out our go to cloth diaper products you can find them here.

Do you have a favorite brand of pocket diapers?

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Do It Yourself Children’s Pants



Step 1: Find a pair of pants that fit your child.

M is cloth diapered so I made sure to pick a pair of pants that fit well over his cloth covered butt. 

Step 2: Fold the pants in half.

Make sure to get the seams lined up as well as possible and all the cloth is as flat as you can make it. 

Step 3: Trace the pants onto something.

After making sure it is lined up and flat use a pen or a pencil and trace the pants onto a piece of cardboard, paper, cardstock, ect. Then add a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance (whichever you feel more comfortable with).

Step 4: Cut out new pattern.

Cut out the Pattern you traced.

Step 5 (optional): Measure pockets on pants.

If you want to add pockets to the pants measure the dimensions of the pockets on the existing pants. 

Step 6 (optional): Draw the pockets.

Draw the dimensions on the same material you traced the pants onto and add the same seam allowance around it. 

Step 7 (optional): Cut out pattern for pockets.

Cut out the pattern you just drew for the pockets.

Step 8: Place pattern(s) on new fabric.

Take your pattern for the pants and place it on the material

Take your pocket pattern and place it on the fabric you want your pockets made out of.

Step 9: Trace pattern onto new fabric.

Trace around the pants pattern with a pen, chalk, marker, or fabric marker.  Trace the pants pattern twice with the crotch facing left and then flip the pattern over and trace that one twice with the crotch facing right. 

Trace the pocket pattern once and then flip the pattern and trace it again.

 

Step 10: Cut out the pieces.

Cut out the pants pieces you created by tracing the pattern onto the fabric. 

Step 11: Put the two pants pieces right sides together.

Place the two pairs of pants pieces right sides(the side you want on the outside when finished) together. 

Step 12: Sew from the waist to the crotch on both sets of legs.

Sew the two pieces of fabric for each pair together from the top of the crotch to the bottom.

Step 13: Place the two sewn pieces right sides together.

Open both pairs of sewn fabric up and place the two pieces together right sides together.

Step 14: Sew down the sides of the pant legs.

Sew down from the top (where the waist band will be) of the outer legs to the bottom (to where the cuff of the pant legs will be).

Step 15: Then Sew along the insides of the legs of the pants.

Sew from one bottom of the inside leg, around the crotch and back down to the other inside leg.

Step 16: Fold the cuffs of the pants up an inch.

Fold the bottom of each leg up in the pant leg about an inch.

Step 17: Fold the cuffs up another inch.

Fold the folded bottom of each leg  up in the pant leg another inch, and pin or clip.

Step 18: Sew around the cuffs.

Sew around the folded up leg cuffs. 

Step 19:  Fold the waist down 1/2 inch and sew.

Fold down the waist 1/2 inch and sew around it.

Step 20 : Fold the waist down another two inches and sew it down leaving an opening for the elastic.

Fold down the waist again but two inches and sew around the waist leaving an open for threading the elastic through the waistband.

Step 21: Measure around the waist of  your child, and add an inch and cut that amount of elastic.

Take a measuring tape around your child’s waist and add and inch then cut that amount of elastic.

Step 22: Take a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic, and thread it through  the waist band.

Take a safety pin and pin the end of the elastic, and then thread the elastic through the waistband used the pin to push it through to the other end.

Step 23: Sew the two ends of the elastic together at the ends.

Once you have the elastic threaded all the way through so you have both ends sticking out of the hole you left in the waistband, remove the pin, overlap those two and sew and X or a box over the overlapping elastic.

Step 24: Tuck the sewn elastic in the waist band and sew the opening closed sewing a little over the elastic to keep it from bunching.

Pull the waist band and that should tuck the elastic back in the waistband, if not use your fingers to push it back in.  Then sew the opening shut and overlap just slightly over the elastic inside. 

Step 25: Try them on your child.

Try them on your child and enjoy. 


Thank you for reading through this tutorial. For more tutorials like this you can subscribe to my blog. I hope you enjoyed this one. If you tried this one let us know how it turned out and if you want post photos of your end results in the comments.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Make Your Own Two Ply Cloth Wipes

Hello Everyone. I hope you are doing well.

I recently bought a few new overnight cloth diapers, and realized I needed to make a few more cloth wipes to go with them so that I had enough for each diaper change. That gave me the idea that I should make tutorial here on how I make my own cloth wipes.

It really is very easy and even if you are new to sewing, and it is worth it if you are already doing cloth diapers. You can just toss the dirty wipe in the dirty diaper and toss it all in the diaper pail together and then wash together. It is much easier in my opinion than trying to remember to throw the disposable wipe out and then put the diaper in the pail. Plus my son gets irritation from even the sensitive disposable wipes.



Step One: Buy some cloth.

Flannel is ideal for cloth wipes. It is absorbent, and soft. Terry cloth is also a good choice. You can also buy equal amounts of both flannel and terry cloth and do some dual sided wipes. We use those for the really messy diapers.  

Step two: Pre-wash the cloth.

This step is very important in pretty much any sewing project. It is important to wash your fabric before you sew anything with it because it does shrink. Wash on high heat. This also get rid of any particles left on the fabric from where it was before it got to you. 

Step three: Dry the cloth.

Drying the cloth in the dryer is also good to do to make sure it shrinks as much as it will and of course so it is dry and you can sew with it. 

Step four: Measure by 8.5 inch out 8.5 inch squares.

I use a quilters square measuring tool to trace out 8.5 in by 8.5 in squares on the wrong side of my fabric(s). You could do bigger or smaller but I would suggest at least 8.5 in by 8.5 in because any smaller and using them might get your hand messy.  

Step five: Cut out the squares.

The next step is more time consuming if you are using regular scissors, or pinking shears. I would highly suggest purchasing or if you already own some using a rotary cutter. It will save you so much time. 

Step six: Put the squares right sides together.

Next take all your squares of fabric either flannel and flannel or flannel and terry cloth and place them right sides (the side you want to see when you are done) facing each other. You can pin or use wonder clips to hold them together while you sew but if you feel comfortable sewing you don’t necessarily have to. 

Step seven: Sew around the edge leaving a hole to turn the wipe.

Sew around all the sides leaving a 1/4 in allowance on the edges but leave a 2-4 in opening so that you can turn the fabric. 

Step eight: Turn wipe.

Turn the fabric so the right side is now on the outside. 

Step nine: Push excess fabric in.

Fold the excess fabric left from the hole you used to turn the fabric in so it matches the rest of the edges.  You can pin or clip this part but you don’t have to. 

Step ten: Top stitch wipe.

Stitch around the edge of the wipe to give it a nice finish and close the hole you used to turn the wipe. You can use a zig-zag stitch or straight stitch . Both work but you may like the look of one over the other.

Step eleven: Wipe some baby bottoms.

I think this is self explanatory. Enjoy!


If you have any questions about this process feel free to ask in the questions.

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Must Have Cloth Diaper Products

Hello Everyone. I hope you all are well.

I am here today to tell you about my go to products when it comes to cloth diapering. All my favorite accessories to deal with  deification and urination. So here it goes…



My list of Must Have Cloth Diapering Products

  1. A good detergent.

    We use MelaPower or Purex Natural Elements, but their are many brands you can use to wash those dirty diapers. Check out Fluff Love and Cloth Diaper Science‘s Facebook page for a great list of good detergents, and which ones to avoid. 

  2. Cloth wipes.

    We use a mix of hand made cloth wipes, and dollar tree baby washcloths, and love them. If you want to see my DIY tutorial on how to make your own cloth wipes you can find that here. You can also find cloth wipes already made.

  3. A good overnight diaper.

    We love Happy Endings overnight diapers, which are AIO (all in ones), and have some great AIO overnight diapers we bought from online co-ops such as Sandy Tush Cloth Buys and More or Crunchy Mamas Cloth Diaper Buys and More on Facebook.

  4. A good diaper pail.

    We use a tall hamper with slats in the sides and lid for airflow and it works perfectly. It is easy to clean and the airflow helps keep the smell controlled.

  5. A few good pail liners/wet bags.

    We love both our Planet Wise pail liners, and the pail liners we bought from the co-ops listed in number 3. We also love out Planet Wise wet bags as well as the wet bags we have bought from the co-ops.

  6. Spray Pal diaper sprayer.

    I was a little wary originally at spending the money on a diaper sprayer but I am so glad I did. Our Spray Pal Diaper Sprayer makes life so much easier.

  7. Spray Pal Diaper sprayer shield.

    I am also so glad I bought the sprayer shield. It helps keep things clean and easy. You can also buy the sprayer and shield together which is a great deal.

  8. Wool Dryer balls.

    I bought our from a co-op but you can also find them on Amazon as well.

  9. Washer balls.

    These are great to help with agitation in the newer washer machines.

  10. A good diaper organization/storage system.

    This is great way to show off those adorable cloth diapers when they are not on your child’s bum, but it is also greats so you are able to quickly find which diaper you need. I use an old library book cart and fabric boxes in our living room where we spend most of our time.

… and one more for good measure if you don’t like touching the mess.

11. Diaper Dawgs.

If you are anything like my husband or older son the thought of touching a dirty diaper makes you a bit queasy then these are the item for you. They would be great for disposables as well if you do both. They guard your fingers when un-stuffing diapers or even just carrying the diaper to the pail.


These are only suggestions of what you need to cloth diaper. You can get by without some of these but they make things so much easier, and I love them.

Do you have any go to products for diapering? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Baby Bare Necessities

Hello Everyone. I hope you are well as you are reading this.

I have been wondering what to write about the past few days. We have all been ill with the flu so I had a lot of time to think. As usually I got sidetracked and instead I made a list of things that I needed to get done around the house once we were all well again.  It was quite a long list of things and it will likely last me awhile, but the first item I decided I should start with was to go through all of M’s baby things we no longer use or wouldn’t want to use if we have another child (although my husband says there is no if , and that two kids are enough). As I was going through all the items in my mind I realized this might be a good topic for a blog post. So here we are.

Now this isn’t necessarily all you, as a parent, will need, or want, but this is a list of the bare minimum we needed to use from birth to the present now that our son, M is 17 months old. You can use this list as a base or just for possible ideas of things you may need.  Personally, when I was pregnant I was very adamant that I didn’t want an entire baby supply store in our house. I just wanted the basic items, the least we could get by with. If you are like me this may help you decide if you want the things on my list or if you do not.

Our minimal baby items list


1. Diapers

2. Feeding supplies

3. Clothes

4. Blankets

5. Pack and Play

6. Place to sleep

7. Play pen

8. Bouncer seat

9. Car-seat

10. Personal Care items


Now that is just a short list, but I guess that is the point isn’t it. Heheh. If you have anything that was a huge necessity for you when you had a baby please let us know in the comments.

 

Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

Washing Cloth Diapers



Hello Everyone.

I hope you all are well.

When I was first researching cloth diapers the biggest thing that worried me was would I be able to clean them properly. I am here to tell you it really isn’t as hard as it seems. It all seemed very intimidating when I was a cloth diaper newbie, but it quickly became routine.  One of my biggest tips is to find the Fluff Love and Cloth Diaper Science group on FB.  It is a great resource if you want to double check your washing routine or have a fancy type of washer. They will ask you a few questions and then will give you a suggested wash routine. They are great.

Now in this post I will essentially be spelling out my wash routine to show you it really isn’t hard at all to properly wash cloth diapers. So with out further a do., here it goes.


How I wash Cloth Diapers

 

Step 1: Collect all your dirty diapers in one place.

This may seem like a no-brainer but with “mama-brain” sometimes it slips your mind and you will have half a load ready to go in the washer but not all the dirty diapers. This means collect all diapers from your main diaper receptacles and diaper bags.  So, make sure you have them all with you in front of your washer.

 

Step 2: Prepare the diapers to be washed.

This is the part I think many people who are new to cloth are worried about, but it really is no worse than changing the diaper to begin with especially if you are amazing at remembering to prep those diapers in between changing your child and tossing the diapers in the diaper pail or wet bag.

There are a few things you may need to do to Prep your diapers to be washed.

The first is If your child consumes anything other than exclusively breast milk you would need to remove the bowel movement into the toilet. However I was just informed that some sources also state that both exclusively breast fed bowl movements and exclusively formula bowel movements do not need to removed before washing. I only exclusively breastfed but others say it worked fine for their formula fed babies as well to just toss them in the wash without rinsing first.    Some people use a method call the dunk and swish which is pretty much exactly like it sounds. You dunk the dirty diaper in the toilet water and swish it around until the solids come off. I personally am not a fan of this method but to each their own. Some people have specific tools like a spatula (or pooptula as I have heard it called) to just scrape the solids into the toilet bowel. You can also use something called a diaper sprayer, which is what I use. My Spray Pal Diaper Sprayer hooks up to the back of your toilet and has an on off switch that turns the water flow on and off, and a nozzle like a garden hose to spray the solids off into the toilet. Now, when doing this you will want to remove the excess water. I have a Spray pal Spray Shield that you can use to squeeze all the excess water into the bowel without toughing the diaper.  Spray pal is amazing, and I love their products for my diapers. Some kids end up having ploppable bowel movements which are a breeze to clean as they just plop right off, but until then one of these methods work too.

Now that the solids are gone from the diapers you will need to prep just a bit further. To prepare the hook and loop diapers you just need to make sure the hook and loop(Velcro style) closures are flipped and hooked to the washing tabs. This prevents the hook part to get stuck on everything it can in the washer. With snap closure diapers you don’t need to worry with this.

Another thing you may have to do to prepare your diapers is un-stuff anything with a pocket. Most people I know don’t do this but we have a low water, no agitator washer and while most have the pleasure of their diapers becoming un-stuffed in the wash because of the agitator we don’t an they just won’t come clean like that.  For un-stuffing you can purchase some thing called Diaper Dawgs Finger guards. I actually found some silicone finger oven mitts at a dollar store that I use. They are as cute but they do the trick if I need them.

 

Step 3: Filling the Washing Machine.

It is very important to get the right amount of diapers in a load. I try and make sure my washer drum is filled half of the way full. I normally don’t have to but if I needed I add some socks and underwear to the load to bulk it up to half of the way full. This is important for agitation. To little and the diapers will just swim around and won’t rub against one another in the wash. Too much and they won’t have the room to move around to rub against each other in the wash.  I do Cloth wipes as well as diapers so I just toss the wipes in the diapers in the wash when washing.

 

Step 4: Adding the detergent.

This step can be switched with Filling the Washing Machine if you want to add the detergent first.  Now I use mostly Melalueca brand detergent because of my son, M’s, super sensitive skin. You can use most detergent brand but some are better than others. Make sure to get real detergent and not things that say that they are specific for cloth diapers. Most of those don’t have the power to get the diapers really clean. I also add Melalueca’s version of Oxiclean to my first cycle to help brighten the diapers during the cold months when I can’t line dry. Putting the clean wet diapers out in the sun gets rid of most stains. It is amazing. Fluff Love and Cloth Diaper Science has a great list of good and not so good detergents (they do not recommend Melaluca’s detergent do to lack of information but my son’s skin won’t tolerate other detergents and I have had no issues with his diapers in 18 months of using it).

 

Step 5: Your first wash cycle or “Pre-wash”.

In my first wash cycle I use one full cap of MelaPower detergent and one of the MelaBright packs to my load. I start the load on heavy duty hot wash, heavily soiled. This first cycle is important to get the excess urine and left over solids off the diapers and out of the water. This way on your next cycle you will be cleaning the diapers in clean water.

 

Step 6: Your second wash cycle or “Main-wash”.

Once it is done on the first cycle I peel the diapers from the sides of the washer drum to aid in agitation for the next cycle. This cycle is where the diapers really get cleaned.  I add One and a half caps of MelaPower detergent and wash this on Heavy Duty, Hot wash, heavily soiled.

 

Step 7: Drying your diapers.

This part is really up to you. You can dry your diapers in the dryer if that is what you would like. This has been known to wear the diapers out a bit faster than hang drying due to the elastics and material and the heat.

I particularly like to hang dry diapers when I can or at least hang dry the outer diapers with PUL fabric.  Then I dry the absorbent parts like FSTs, Flats, Prefolds, Fitteds, and inserts in the dryer.

You can also hang dry everything outside on a clothesline. I love doing this. I also have a clothes rack for hanging diapers inside on bad weather days.


I hope this helped you understand a little more about washing cloth diapers and hopefully didn’t overwhelm you any further. It may seem like a lot to take in but once you know what you are going to do it is like second nature.

 

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

 

 

Cloth Diapering Basics

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing well.

Today’s post is going to be about diapering, and more specifically, cloth diapering. I know when people say cloth diapering a lot of you think of the white pre-folds or flat cloth held up with pins and covered with a pair of rubber pants. Well I am here to tell you that isn’t how cloth diapers are any more. These are not you Grandmother’s cloth diapers. You would be surprised how different they are.

One big difference is you have more options now than you did back in the time when it was pretty much cloth, pins, and rubber pants.  You now have a choice of what kind works best for you and your child.

Another nice thing is you no longer have to use a wet pail. For those of you who don’t know what a wet pail is, it was a container (a pail, bucket, trashcan, etc) filled with water and form of disinfectant.  This is where people used to store their dirty diapers until wash day/time rolled around. As you can imagine this could cause many issues, like accidental drowning if the little ones found it, and bacteria build up.  Luckily the new generation of cloth diapering parents have ditched the wet pail for much better options.

Speaking of wash day/time. Once you are ready to wash your child’s diapers even this has become easier. Sometimes it may take a bit of tweaking to get a routine down just like with regular laundry but from the wet-pail to drying a lot has changed in the terms of cloth diaper laundry as well, and for the better.

Another great plus is how much money you can save using cloth diapers instead of or along with in some people’s cases disposable diapers.  Not to mention how much healthier they can be for you child, and the environment in general.

Well, now that you have read through that overview on how cloth diapering has changed over the years I am going to jump into the basics of clothing diaper your child or children. 


Your Style choices

This seems to be one of the biggest differences in cloth diapers from the time of rubber pants. Many people who used old school diapers are amazed at all the different styles of cloth diapers that are out there currently that they didn’t have back when they were diapering their children’s bottoms.

Cover style diapers-

These are probably the closest style of current cloth diapers to what used to be used. Covers are just the outer shells of the diaper. They are made out of PUL (PolyUrethane laminate), wool, and fleece which are all water resistant. The PUL style can be adjusted to fit different age and size children( These were my favorite from Amazon) , or you can buy them for smaller ranges of children like newborns, or toddler age. The Fleece and wool are sometimes adjustable but are most commonly found as a sized option meaning you would need multiple sizes as your child grows. So as an overview you can get:

  • wool covers
  • fleece covers
  • PUL covers

Under the cover style diaper you would need something to absorb the urine and bowel movements.  This is where it gets fun. There are so many options for what you can place in the covers. Some of these options are:

  • Flats
  • FSTs
  • Prefolds
  • Scrap fabric
  • Inserts
  • Fitteds

Flats are large flat  pieces of absorbent fabric that you can fold in many ways to use under a cover. You can fold them to rest in the diaper, or wrap around your baby’s bottom.

FSTs are Flour Sack Towels. You can purchase these almost at any store that sells kitchen items. They are also large flat pieces of absorbent cloth that you can fold in different ways just like Flats.  These are my personal favorite.

Prefolds are squares of fabric sewn together in multiple absorbent layers with three long rectangular sections with the middle section having the most layers.  You can also fold these like you can Flats and FSTs.

You can also use scrap fabric, like old/cheap T-shirts as long as they are 100 % cotton. You cut them into squares like Flats or FSTS and fold them the same way. This is a great option if you are cheap like me and are always looking to save some money. If you use your own old t-shirts you never wear anymore it costs you zero, which is great.

Inserts are many layered absorbent fabric sewn together in a long normally rectangular shape to fit inside your covers. This you don’t have to fold at all. Just stick them in and go. You can also use multiple types of inserts at once if needed, or wrap an insert in one of the above options for more absorbency if you need it.

Fitteds are layers of absorbent fabric sewn together in the shape of a diaper. This you can wrap around your baby like you would any diaper and then put the cover over it.

Now certain folds that wrap around the baby can hold up not being attached when a baby is younger and not really moving all that much, but once they start crawling it is best to use something to keep those folds in place. This is where the diaper pins come in. Some people still use diaper pins to hold the fitteds and other absorbent material in place under the covers, but now that is not your only option.  There are also Snappis and Boingos. Snappis and Boingos are stretchy pieces of plastic with harder plastic on the ends that grab the fabric.  This holds the fabric in place like pins do.

Pocket style diapers-

Pocket style diapers also have the water resistant shell on the outside, but also have a soft fabric inside with one or two openings on the ends. This creates a pocket that you can slide the absorbent material into.  Most the fabric on the inside of the diaper is a form of fleece. This lets the wetness go through the fabric into the pocket where the absorbent material absorbs it but creates a barrier to keep your baby’s bottom from touching the wet absorbent fabric until they are changed.

With Pocket Diapers you can stuff them the same things you could with covers although they are most commonly sold with inserts you can stuff them with.

All in two style diapers –

All in two or AI2 style diapers are almost like covers, but they use absorbent inserts that snap into the outer water resistant shell. You could use these as covers if you wished and not attach the insert and put whatever absorbent material you wanted in them.

All in one style diapers-

All in one style or AIO diapers are very similar to AI2 diapers but the inserts are partially or fully sewn into the water resistant shell. Some even resemble pocket diapers but with the insert sewn into the soft wetness barrier material. That way you can still stuff more absorbent material into the diaper as well. The pocket style AIOs are my favorite go-to for overnight diapers. 

 

No more Wet-Pails

This is a big step in getting many old school cloth diapers on board with their family members on board with cloth diapering in my opinion. The lack of a stinky health and safety hazard sitting around the house is a big plus.  What is great is you even have option in how you store your dirty diapers.

Dry pails

Like wet-pails these are some sort of container to put your dirty diapers in. The difference is, yes you guessed it! They are dry. No water needed. You can use them just as they are or you can use a trash bag like pail liner which is made out of water resistant PUL fabric just like many of the diapers. You can use a lid but you don’t have to. Many people depending on where you live don’t use a lid and don’t have an issue with stink because of the airflow. You can use the following for dry-pails and many other things:

  • large or small trash cans
  • large or small laundry baskets
  • large or small hampers
  • buckets or pails
Wet bags

The name is a bit misleading. These are not like wet-pails at all other than that they are used for storing dirty diapers. Wet bags are bags made out of PUL fabric like most of the diapers, They either have a drawstring, Velcro, snaps, or zippers to close them, and a handle to carry them with you or hang somewhere in your house to hold dirty diapers. They come in a large array of sizes to suit your different needs.

Laundry Day!

Now I am not going to delve to awful deep into this today. That is a post for another day. I am just going to say. With modern washing machines, and no more wet-pails, and the new styles of diapers washing cloth diapers is much easier. Now you want to make sure you are washing them properly so please check out my next cloth diapering post on washing cloth diapers.  The biggest thing I can say now is use REAL laundry detergent. Not laundry soap or some detergent that is supposed to be specifically for cloth diapers. They often do not have surfacants in it and wont properly clean your diapers.

You can also do a diaper service if you would rather someone else deal with your dirty diaper laundry. That will cost you more. They collect your diapers on specific day launder them and then deliver them back to you.

Save that money. 

Cloth diapering is one of the many ways you can save some money while raising children. Just like every thing else it can be expensive if you care about brand names or the cutest new prints, but if you do want to save yourself a lot of money you can. We did and we love it. This will also be another post , how to save even more money by cloth diapering.

 

Thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

 

 

Why I enjoy cloth diapering

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Yes, you read that correctly.

I know. I know. What? You enjoy diapers? What kind of person in their right mind enjoys diapers?

Well, I think the biggest reason I enjoy them as much as I do is because of our choice to use cloth diapers versus the disposable kind, and yes, I really do enjoy them.  I am sure the few cloth diapering moms will understand, but I think anyone who has not tried out cloth diapering and maybe a few who have will not.

I was the first one in our household to suggest cloth as an option for us when we started discussing when we would try for another child.  To tell you the truth I had always wanted to cloth diaper my children but before this point I had been a bit worried bringing it up to anyone. Oddly there seems to be a stigma around cloth diapering. Some people seem to think it is unhealthy, or you only cloth diaper is you are extremely poor. Let me tell you. That is not the case.

Well back to the beginning. Before bringing up cloth diapering to my extremely OCD/germaphobe husband I made sure to do as much research as I could manage to show him the perks of wrapping our new bundle of joy in a bundle of cloth.  He was surprisingly easy to convert to the idea once I showed him all my research, but he said he would just do disposable when he changed him.  I was okay with this as I was planning on being with our child the majority of the time.

Once I had my husband on board I did more research on how to get good deals on diapers and diaper accessories. I also love sewing so I inevitably researched how to make our own diapers for even less money.  I was all about cloth diapers for our baby we hadn’t even conceived yet.

I waited, however, to tell others about our decision to cloth diaper until we finally conceived and announced our pregnancy to everyone. As I guessed most did not take our want to use cloth seriously.  My Grandmother loved the idea as she clothed some of her children when they were young.

My mother seemed on board although she liked to joke with my husband that it wouldn’t last long and being a first time mother (to a newborn that is) that I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Many people it seemed, shared that same sentiment about my choice to cloth. The only thing is their words got under my skin and made me even more insistent that I would cloth diaper  and I would do it well.  I was going to prove them wrong.

I tried to get my mother to add in our baby shower invitations (that I wasn’t supposed to know about but I knew was coming) that we were cloth diapering and would not need any disposable wipes or diapers. I also had found an amazing site online that you can add pretty much anything from anywhere online to your registry in one place. This includes any existing registries you have at specific stores.  However, the majority of people bought clothes, and toys, but two people brought anything cloth related. I still appreciated the gifts that were not cloth diapering related they were all given with love, and that is what mattered. I did return a few things that we would never have used and then used that money to purchase diapers.

Now, something I was a little more unsure about was cloth diapering a newborn.  I new I wanted to but was unsure whether it would be worth it to buy specifically newborn diapers or just go with the one-size diapers and hope the baby was big enough to fit them.

In the end I decided to buy one-size diapers  as in our ultrasounds it showed our baby was rather large, and I figured I could work around him not fitting into one-size right away and either use the hospital newborn disposables until he did or just deal with leaks in the one-size until he fit the one-size.

Then luck struck one day at a consignment sale I was at when I found two gallon bags full of newborn, or extra-small, G-diapers.  Their were 20 in all and that should have been enough for a newborn as the outer  of the diaper was reusable. The only downside was that they did not come with the absorbent inserts. That meant I could either by second hand diapers for a little money and then buy inserts which would end up more than I paid for the diapers or I could be crafty and just whip up some inserts on my sewing machine.

Then after I had made a very large, probably too large thinking back on it now (I was very excited about cloth diapering) stash of inserts for those itty bitty newborn diapers I also found some great deals on one-size diapers. I could not make up my mind on what style diaper to try so I bought a few of each style. I am so glad I did this, as some I am not a huge fan off but others I loved and bought more of.

I bought a nice large hamper with holes for airflow at Walmart instead of the expensive diaper pails they sell specifically for cloth diapers, and bought two pail liners, which are essentially reusable water-resistant trash bags to put in the hamper-turned diaper pail. My Grandmother was very interested to hear you don’t have to keep a wet-pail (bucket filled with water and disinfectant) to store the diapers in with this new style diapers.

I was hitting up many of the fabric stores to collect fabric to make our son blankets, and things, and grabbed up a few pieces of remnant flannel fabric to cut up and hem into cloth wipes.  I was ready. ..

And then, our son was born, via c-section instead of all-natural, due to issues. I was just happy that we were both okay in the end. However, the initial estimation was rather close with his size. He was born at 9lbs 5oz, and was barrel chested/waisted. So, all the work that went into those itty-bitty g-diapers was for nothing. They still sit un-used in the top drawer of his dresser for now.  I did remove one the other morning for his baby doll who now gets changed when my son does.

Due to the issues and the c-section, and my son being heavy my husband did most of the diaper changes in the beginning.  We started out using cloth in the hospital. The first diaper he wore was cloth, but the nurses and my husband struggled so much with it we just decided to use up the disposables in the hospital and use the diapers people bought us right after he was born until he better fit into the cloth and I could better maneuver changing him.

As soon as I could I put him in cloth and never looked back. Even my husband has changed him, in cloth, multiple times and loves it. We have now been cloth diapering  for more than a year now. The rashes my son got in disposables disappeared when we switched to cloth. It turns out he has very sensitive skin and it was great I was prepared to cloth because disposables gave him a rash. I love that I didn’t and don’t have to leave the house in a hurry to go buy more diapers. I just throw our diapers in the wash every few days and dry them and can put them back on M.

Another great thing about them is that they are adorable. You can get them customized. I have yet to but I have seen some adorable customized diapers.  I love hanging the diapers out on the clothesline to dry when the weather permits. However, it turns out the man who installed the clothesline before we acquired this house did not do it correctly and the one end fell over while Little A was hanging his clothes on the line one day. Hopefully this spring or summer we can get a new one put in or if I am lucky I can give it a try myself.  Maybe if I am successful I can make a tutorial on how I went about it on here.

Well, I am sure I have gone on long enough about how our cloth diapering journey started. I am sure there will be more to come about the wonders of cloth diapering so stay tuned, and if you are thinking about cloth diapering your next little one feel free to ask any questions you need to. I am happy to help.

I hope you all are well,  and thank you for reading,

The Momnipresent Mother

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