I’m just going to be completely frank here and say that we have a love/hate relationship with our cloth diapers. The things we love about them include: not having to go to the store to get diapers, no diaper rash (J has had one diaper rash his whole life and it was while on vacation, using disposables), the super cute prints, and the minimal impact on our beautiful mother earth!
The things I hate about cloth diapers are: finding the perfect washing nirvana, washing them in general, folding/stuffing, not being able to use them at hourly care, and overnight leaks (J is a heavy wetter overnight)!
So just like minimalism, cloth diapering is really different for every family! There are so many different types that range from super old school flats and covers (like what your grandparents used), to AIO’s that are the most similar to disposables. Most cloth diapers fit babies from 10-35lbs, these are referred to as one size; for this reason, a lot of families don’t cloth from birth, and instead wait until baby is over 10lbs. We bought a set of 6 newborn diaper covers and some OsoCozy Flats(I think 3 dozen flats total), and were able to cloth J from birth.
Look at my little peanut when he was barely a day old!! I loved the flats and covers because I would pre-fold them, then fold them perfectly around J (left picture). The covers (right picture) are awesome because if they don’t get too wet, you can just wipe out and reuse, and they usually have the umbilical cord cut out, so it won’t rub!
Once he grew out of the newborn covers, we continued using flats with one-size covers. We did this until he was about six months, because he started baby-led weaning, and the pocket diapers were so much easier to use with the ! (If you don’t know, EBF babies’ diapers can just go straight into your wash!)
Another thing I miss about flats and covers are, they wash so much easier and dry quicker! There’s something about them being one layer of fabric, I felt I knew when they needed to be stripped/sun bleached, double rinsed, etc! In my opinion, it’s harder to troubleshoot with multi-layer diapers. We went camping a few times last summer and I was able to wash them by hand in the hose water, then hang them up to dry on this pop up rack. I only brought 5 flats, and 3 covers! When I’d change J, I’d immediately wash the diaper, and then hang to dry. If we were going to be super strict with the minimalist thing, I guess we could do this again! It would be a little harder to do in rainy Washington though.
Washing is relatively easy; it’s definitely easier than I would have guessed. I’ll be posting about our washing routine soon, so stay tuned for that. Honestly, the most difficult part about cloth diapering was getting all the information! I spent most of my pregnancy looking up info about it, because it’s just such a dense topic. You definitely learn more as you go, so don’t be afraid to try it!! Go ahead and buy a small set! You can see if you like it, and order more if you do! If you don’t, they have great re-sale value! I buy/sell our CD’s on this page.
I even stuck with it through a PCS move!! Used what we had, and that was a ribbed storage box lid as a washboard! I think I’ll switch back to flats and covers for the summer! There was a flat diaper challenge back in 2013-2014… maybe we should bring that back! I challenge you to use flats and covers for 30 days straight, no washer/dryer (must hand wash and hang dry, in tribute to our past generations)! Use the #TKLflatschallenge2016, let’s see if we can get this going again!