Ames reading upside-down. He’s very talented.
Using the regular row of snaps for a perfect fit.
Honor showing off an extra chin and her newest trick… bicycle kicks.
Notice the diaper is folded down to a second row of snaps.
My favorite place to diaper shop is DiaperSwappers. The lingo can be overwhelming at first, but it’s amazing once you get the hang of it.
I buy my diapers used for three reasons:
1) Diapers that have been washed more are almost always more absorbent.
2) Used diapers are cheaper, and usually for the same quality.
3) I’ve found the resale value of used diapers to be great.
Some people might think it’s gross, but we’re talking baby pee & poop here. It’s sort of gross regardless, right? Used diapers have been washed more often than any other item of clothing ever has, though, and they usually haven’t been used for very long.
Because of that, all of our diapers need covers. We use PUL and wool. I’m devoting a whole other post to the magic of wool, so stay tuned! Our favorite brands for PUL are Thirsties, Bummis, Flip, and Wonderwraps. Once again, we try to stick to the one-sized covers, so everyone can wear everything. We use the same cover until it becomes soiled. Sometimes a baby will go all day in the same one, and sometimes we change covers with almost every diaper change. Newborn blow-outs? Blueberries? Raisins? Anyone? When I take off the cover for a diaper change, I flap it in the air to dry it off. Sometimes, I spray it with our diaper spray to freshen it up. It’s really no extra step or hassle for us than a pocket diaper. It’s an extra few seconds of putting the cover back on after the diaper change.
Both prefolds & flats must be fastened closed. We use Snappis instead of pins. As far as creams & sprays go, we don’t want any build-up in the diapers. Residue will make the diapers repel waste, and that is a hard issue to fix. A baby will wake up with a dry diaper, yet a soaking wet belly & pair of legs. So we use cloth-safe creams & sprays. During diaper changes out of the house, we use California Baby diaper spray. At home, we use the peribottle from birth, filled with water and a few drops of tea tree oil & lavender oil. Tea tree oil is a natural antimicrobial, so it fights yeast & other yuckies. We buy a combination of the two, in a bottle available at Earthfare!
I hope I’m not leaving anything out! Please feel free to share your favorite products here. That’s the beauty of cloth diapering. There are many different options, and every family seems to find their own set-up. I’ll be talking about wash routines next week. So exciting, right?