I’ve already talked a bit about my plans to cloth diaper (I especially appreciated the responses to my questions re: AIOs vs prefolds here), but I haven’t dedicated a post to it until now. I’ll lay out a big disclaimer right at the start and say that, like any parenting (or life!) choice, I feel it’s up to the individual. Just because I give a reason for choosing cloth doesn’t mean I feel that using disposables indicates that you don’t care about that particular issue!
As I’ve mentioned before, I had figured I would use disposables until Baby M was big enough to fit into one-size AIOs/pocket diapers (I think TotsBots and FuzziBunz are both considered pockets, since there’s stuffing involved? — lots of things seem to be referred to as ‘all in ones’, though). But the more I thought about it, the more clear it became to me that a newborn bottom would appreciate soft cloth. So I decided to go the prefolds + covers route for however long they fit — they’re much cheaper than the fancier cloth diapers.
I didn’t realize how coordinated everything was until I looked at the photo above! Funny. I bought twenty-four newborn prefolds, which should be enough to last two days (which means throwing some in the laundry every day, but at least they can go in the dryer and be ready quickly). If I decide I need an extra dozen, I’ll get small ones instead of newborn, since I’m not sure how many days/weeks these will actually fit — it depends how big Baby M is when she’s born! At the moment, I have four covers — two Rumparooz newborn, one Thirsties x-small, and one wool soaker that I sewed from an old sweater. I also recently found a wool soaker knitting pattern that I want to try, but first I have to finish up the sweater I’m currently working on.
There are a lot of accessories, too! I’ll be using Snappis to keep the prefolds closed — no pinning involved. I bought some fleece newborn-size liners; the fleece should wick moisture away from the baby’s bottom, and supposedly they wash clean(-ish) of messy newborn poo during the first few days. I was also given a couple rolls of biodegradable liners, which would make the job even easier. The packaging says not to use them with ‘sensitive’ septic systems, and although ours doesn’t have any problems, I’m not sure it would be the best idea to flush a ton of these down the pipes. Even if they just get thrown away after use, it’s still a tiny (and biodegradable) amount of waste.
My one-size stash is less coordinated! I think I have eleven of these — ten TotsBots and one FuzziBunz. I’ve decided to see what I think of the prefolds before I flesh out the collection any more. I’d be happy to go half and half with prefolds and pockets, or if I decide prefolds + covers involve too many steps, I’ll go with all pockets. I’m anticipating there will be at least a bit of time that Baby M more or less fits into both, so I can get a good idea of what works for us.
I’ve got a zippered wet bag to keep in my bedroom for middle-of-the-night changes (it’s folded up in the first photo) and a lidded trash can with a pail liner in the baby’s room. I have a small wet bag for when we run errands, too. Having the wet bag and the liner will mean there’s always a place to toss dirty diapers while the other is in the wash. I also just bought a diaper sprayer (like a kitchen sink sprayer, but it gets hooked up to your toilet), which I’ll have the guys install during my bathroom reno.
I’m planning to use cloth wipes — I’ve heard a lot of cloth diapering veterans say that they don’t know why they didn’t use cloth wipes from the start. They go right in with the other diaper laundry, so it should be pretty easy. Some people spray them with just water before use, and some make up a mixture of water and baby shampoo/wash (and sometimes an oil). I’ll probably see how effective plain water is and progress from there, if necessary.
Basically, my reasons for choosing cloth come down to waste and chemicals. And cost, although I feel like that’s an easier one to ignore when you’re paying as you go. I just don’t want to add to the mountain of disposable diapers in landfills, and I don’t really like the idea of scratchy plastic and unknown-to-me chemicals on Baby M’s skin. I’m hoping that by using cloth from day one, it won’t seem like ‘extra’ work but rather just the normal amount of effort that goes into keeping the baby clean and dry. And I’m not squeamish about poo. Babies are their own particular brand of gross, to be sure, but I had a good chuckle a while back when expectant mothers were discussing how nervous they were about cleaning up kid-related messes. I guess however many years of cleaning up after cats and dogs has desensitized me!
So I think that’s that! I’m just excited to test everything out to see what works and what doesn’t!