Friday, October 25, 2013

Cloth Diapering...The Bybee Way

We use cloth diapers. No, we aren't crazy. Yes, it is a little more work than disposable diapering but not much. In our opinion and for our family it is completely worth the extra work. Amelia can't wear Pampers brand diapers, she gets an AWFUL rash. Huggies work and we have used them when traveling but prefer to use cloth even when out and about. Here is a little about what we use, our favorites and our least favorites, and our wash routine.

Our Stash: 3 Grovia Hybrid shells and 8 inserts
                       $16.95/shell; $17.95/2 inserts
                  3 Best Bottoms Covers and 9 Size medium stay dry inserts
                      $83.85 for package of 3 covers and 9 inserts here: Best Bottoms Package or
                      $16.95/Cover and $3.95/stay dry insert
                  1 Softbums cover
                  6 Nicki's Pocket Diapers
                  1 Little Monster Pocket Diaper
                  1 Thirsties Duo Wrap Cover Size 1 w/ velcro
                  1 Thirsties Duo All In One (AIO) Size 1

We also have a bunch of Fuzzi buns pocket diapers that were given to us by a friend. When she was smaller we tried a trial package from Jillians Drawers that is for newborns. In this we tried Bumgenius Newborn AIO, prefolds, the Thirsties Duo AIO and Thirsties Cover, Kissaluvs fitteds, Prowrap cover and a Bumgenius Freetime AIO. We also purchased a Grovia Newborn AIO.

Newborn Period:
           Favorites: Grovia Newborn AIO and Kissaluvs size 0 fitteds with Thirsties cover
           OK: Thirsties Duo Size 1 AIO- we still use this one, not my favorite but works in a pinch. I  also liked the prefolds ok but they weren't my favorite and they were not as user friendly.
           Least Favorites: Bumgenius Newborn AIO (leaked) and Bumgenius Freetime AIO (too bulky)

Now: 6 weeks and up
         Favorites: My favorite is the Bestbottoms insert in the Bestbottoms or Softbums cover. The softbums cover is more trim fitting. The Bestbottoms covers are capable of preventing the most serious breastmilk poo blowouts. I also really like the Grovia shells and inserts. Jonathan's favorites are the Grovia ones followed by the Bestbottoms ones.
        OK: Thirsties Duo Size 1 AIO and Nicki's pockets. They work ok but are very bulky. The Nicki's pockets do have some seriously cute prints. I also really like the print on our Little Monsters Pocket (penguins) and it works similar to the Nicki's pockets.
        Least Favorites: Fuzzibuns. They just don't seem to fit her very well and leak. 

We have discovered that our Thirsties Duo size 1 wrap will fit our Bestbottoms inserts which is nice.

Closure types: We both prefer the snap closure to the velcro.

Wash Routine: Amelia goes through about 10 diapers a day. I prefer to line dry our diapers. If I am going to do this (it takes all day) I have to wash every day to day and a half. If I am going to dry them in the dryer I can go 2 days between washes. We really need about 6 more diapers and then I can go every 2 days and still dry them outside.

Washer Type: Whirlpool Cabrio Platinum Top Loader
Water Type: Hard
Detergent: Rockin Green Hard Rock
We start by spraying her poop into the toilet using a diaper sprayer attachment on the guest bathroom toilet. We then toss all diapers into the diaper pail liner in a normal trash can with a lid that is stored in the guest bathroom. We have never had problems with stink by rinsing the poo off and washing every 2 days. At wash time I dump all contents of the wet bag and the wet bag (turned inside out) into our washer. I first run a rinse and spin cycle without soap. This is followed by a cycle set to bulky with warm water with 2 tbsp of soap added to the soap dispenser. I also choose an extra rinse cycle. I then hang the diapers and covers to dry outside or place the diapers in the dryer and lay the covers to air dry. I dry the diapers on warm in the dryer (takes about 60 min to get them good and dry).  After I line dry the diapers I toss them in the dryer for about 10 min to help soften them. I have never had problems with leak or stink issues with our microfiber diapers but we have only been doing this for a couple of months.

Cloth Wipes: Yes, we also use cloth wipes but only when at home. We use Circo brand newborn cloth diapers for wipes with a spray bottle of water. I just spray her bottom and wipe it clean. The wipe goes in the diaper pail with the dirty diapers and gets washed with them.

When we are out and about I take a couple of inserts and an extra cover in the diaper bag. The nice thing about the BestBottom covers is the inside is wipe-able so if it just gets wet or a little bit of poop on the inside of the cover you can wipe it clean with a baby wipe and let it dry while using a different cover and it's good to go again. We take a travel size wet bag with us to store dirty diapers in.

There you have it! Cloth diapering Bybee style!

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