Cloth Diapering 101


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The first installment of a 3 part series on cloth diapering. This is just the basics of the basics and should help you decide whether or not you want to cloth diaper.

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Cloth Diapering 101

  1. 1. Cloth Diapering <ul><li>101 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Why cloth diaper? <ul><li>good for the environment </li></ul><ul><li>good for baby </li></ul><ul><li>good for your pocket book </li></ul><ul><li>it’s easy and fun! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>people think that cloth diapering means touching yucky poop, dealing with disgusting smells, and doing a whole lot more laundry, but there are ways to avoid or prevent all of these unsavory details. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>all cloth diapering really means is saving a TON of money, doing a few extra loads of laundry per week, and getting to add ridiculously cute butt covers to your baby’s wardrobe :P </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Good for the earth PRO <ul><li>Disposables consume 70% more energy than the average cloth diaper per diaper change.* </li></ul><ul><li>3.4 billion gallons of oil and over 250,000 trees are used annually in the manufacture of disposable diapers.* </li></ul><ul><li>Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent 30% of non-biodegradable waste.* </li></ul>*
  4. 4. Good for baby PRO <ul><li>Some babies with a sensitivity to disposables are much more comfortable in cloth diapers. </li></ul><ul><li>Pampers and Huggies put chemicals in their diapers, especially the new “dry max formula.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Disposable diapers contain Tributyl-tin (TBT) - a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet... this increased absorbency improves the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria.” </li></ul></ul>*
  5. 5. Good for your pocketbook PRO <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>You can save more by buying cheap CDs, or you can splurge a little on nicer CDs and STILL save a lot of money. </li></ul><ul><li>Using CDs can save you an average of $1600. That means instead of spending $2,100 on disposables, you can spend $100 on a stash and $400 on laundering expenses, and then put $1600 in baby’s college fund... or go to Disney World :P </li></ul>
  6. 6. detergent electricity water laundering expense per load $0.25 $0.97 $0.20 $1.42 260 260 260 260 total laundering expense $65 $252.20 $52 $369.20 Disposables 2184 Cloth 469.20
  7. 7. Will I have to touch poop?! CON <ul><li>When you cloth diaper, you end up thinking a lot more about poop. </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusively breast fed babies (ebf) have very runny poop. It’s important to have a diaper or cover with gussets if you’re going to ebf your baby. </li></ul><ul><li>Formula fed babies or babies who have started eating solids have much more solid (and much stinkier!) poop. </li></ul><ul><li>How your baby poops can have a major impact on the kind of cloth diaper you buy. </li></ul><ul><li>Breast fed babies’ poop is water soluble. It can be throw right into a diaper pail and then shaken out into the washing machine. </li></ul><ul><li>Solid poop can be a sticky situation. This kind of poop is not water soluble and must be rinsed off prior to washing. </li></ul><ul><li>There are 2 methods of doing this. One is the dunk and swish method. The more ideal is buying or making your own diaper sprayer. This fantastic invention can cost you anywhere between $20 and $50 and attaches right to the back of your toilet. </li></ul>
  8. 8. diaper sprayer $37.95 Fuzzibunz
  9. 9. The Cloth Diaper Evolution <ul><li>Flats are your great grandma’s diapers; prefolds are your grandma’s diapers. They may not be touted as the easiest way to cloth diaper, but many swear by them! </li></ul><ul><li>The good news is that even prefolds have been improved. A new device called a “Snappi” makes prefold closure much easier than using pins, and covers are no longer plain rubber pants, but cute covers in colors and prints. </li></ul><ul><li>There are a plethora of other diapering options, ranging from the next step up at contours and fitteds, to the much fancier all-in-ones, all-in-twos, and hybrids. These new kinds of cloth diapers have made cloth diapering VERY EASY. </li></ul><ul><li>Cloth Diapers have evolved and continue to change every day! </li></ul>
  10. 10. different kinds of diapers <ul><li>There are SO MANY it can be overwhelming. </li></ul><ul><li>The most common types you will hear about: flats+covers, prefolds+covers, contours+covers, fitteds+covers, pockets, all-in-ones, all-in-twos, and hybrids. </li></ul><ul><li>’s introduction video series and the pro/con charts from Diaper Pin can help you navigate through all these options. </li></ul>
  11. 11. flats <ul><li>A flat is a large rectangle or square of fairly thin cloth, like a flour sack or birdseye cotton. </li></ul><ul><li>They are very cheap, as low as $1.00! </li></ul><ul><li>They dry super fast. </li></ul><ul><li>They are one size - fit all babies. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a learning curve in using them: origami fold, kite fold, pad fold, diaper bag fold. </li></ul><ul><li>They must be secured with pins or a snappi. </li></ul>
  12. 12. prefolds <ul><li>A prefold is a small rectangle of cotton. There are 3 panels, with many more layers in the wet zone. </li></ul><ul><li>They must be secured with pins or a snappi. </li></ul><ul><li>They are very cheap, but cost slightly more than flats. 1 dozen for $15-40. </li></ul><ul><li>There are newborn, small, medium, large, and toddler size prefolds. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a learning curve in using them, but they are less difficult than flats: angel wing/newspaper fold, jelly roll, bikini twist, trifold. </li></ul><ul><li>Diaper your baby from birth to potty training for $200 or less! </li></ul>
  13. 13. All-in-ones <ul><li>All one piece! The insert is sewn into the wet zone. No stuffing or unstuffing like a pocket, no laying in or snapping like an Ai2. </li></ul><ul><li>There is no learning curve, of all cloth diapers, they are the most similar to disposables. </li></ul><ul><li>“ regular” AiOs dry very slowly, so take more electricity in the dryer or more time on the line. </li></ul><ul><li>There are variations like the BG Elemental ($26) and tongue-style AiO that take less time to dry. </li></ul><ul><li>They are very expensive. </li></ul>
  14. 14. pockets <ul><li>A pocket diaper is a shell with a pocket in the inner lining or at the back between the lining and outer fabric. </li></ul><ul><li>Stuff the pocket with insert(s) for absorbancy. </li></ul><ul><li>Removable inserts make for a faster drying time than AiOs. </li></ul><ul><li>Lining material is usually something wicking like suedecloth or microfleece. </li></ul>
  15. 15. All-in-twos <ul><li>The basic idea of the Ai2 is that one shell can be reused many times, until soiled. </li></ul><ul><li>one type of Ai2 has a suedecloth or anti-pill fleece lining. It can be air dried, but not wiped clean. </li></ul><ul><li>another type of Ai2, aka a “hybird,” is lined with PUL and can be wiped clean. </li></ul><ul><li>GroVia makes a mesh lined Ai2, which can’t be wiped clean like PUL, but feels soft against baby. </li></ul><ul><li>A separate insert can be laid in or snapped in and makes for a faster drying time than an AiO. </li></ul><ul><li>They are a cheaper option than AiOs or pockets because you only need a few shells per many inserts. </li></ul>
  16. 16. www.My Cute <ul><li>I started sewing my own cloth diapers because I couldn’t find my ideal diaper among those commercially available. </li></ul><ul><li>I combined aspects I liked from several different brands, models, and types of diapers. </li></ul><ul><li>MCG diapers are an Ai2 style shell with reusable inserts toped with a stay-dry, wicking suedecloth or micro fleece. </li></ul><ul><li>Cute prints, appliques, and other embellishments offer something for everyone - a cover for everyBUM ^_^ </li></ul>