Not Your Mom’s Cloth Diapers

If you’ve followed me from the beginning, then you know that I bought my CD’s (cloth diapers) before my baby was even born. I took a leap of faith that they would fit and that I would actually enjoy using them. Today, I’ll tell you that after using them I have never looked back.

If you’re teetering on the edge as to whether or not they’re for you, then read on as I share my experience and how they have benefitted my family, especially my little girl.

Why Cloth Diapers are awesome @ The Sassy Momma

First, let me say that even though we had 24 brand new FuzziBunz Elites we did not use them in the first four to six weeks of Harper’s life. The main reason for this was that disposables were just easier.

  • We were going through so many diapers each day, I would have had to be doing the laundry almost every day and a half. While trying to recover from a c-section, the last thing I wanted to do was climb up and down our stairs to launder diapers.
  • Second, while Harper’s umbilical cord was still attached and healing, it was easier to fold down the disposables and let it heal.
  • Lastly, I was tired. If the baby was sleeping, so was I. Honestly, I wasn’t doing chores of any kind.

One of my good friends (who’s a CD user) told me, “Lindsey- give it at least six weeks, get into a routine and then start using them.” She was right. After that six week hurdle the skies opened up, we were getting more sleep, getting into a rhythm, and so it only made since to use the CD at that point.

Harper wearing her Cloth Diapers

Ryan snapped this right before her bath time.

Here we now are at 16 weeks and we use them 24/7. Here are the reasons I think they’re fabulous…

  • We’re no longer buying and throwing away what felt like TONS of diapers. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many disposables we bought (at least 250 in six weeks!), used, and threw away. It was almost sinful when I saw how much garbage we were creating just in diapers alone. Plus, that was a lot of money we were spending and throwing away. I have no problem spending money on our baby, but I typically like to spend money on things that look more like an investment. With CD’s, it is a one-time purchase and you can use them over and over again.
  • No more diaper rash. With disposable diapers, I changed my little girl the second she was wet. Yet, she still managed to get two mild rashes! Since we’ve switched over to CD’s, it hasn’t happened once.
  • They’re so easy to care for. People are often concerned about the laundering process. Is it hard? Time consuming? Does it make your washer machine smell? How exactly do you do it? My answer to all of these: NO. In fact, tomorrow I will post how exactly I launder them and, once you’ve read that, hopefully you won’t be so intimidated.
  • As she grows, they’re so easy to adjust. There is no need to buy a larger size diaper. With the one-size Elites, I simply make the elastic (on the waist, legs, or both) looser or tighter depending on what she needs.
  • Lastly, in a cloth diaper, her bum is just so darn cute. I don’t even have to put bloomers over her diaper because I have a rainbow of colors to choose from… soft pastels to bright bold colors. They match with everything!

Why I love Cloth Diapers @ The Sassy Momma

If you’re a CD newbie, I know they seem a bit daunting at first. Believe me, I dreaded washing that first poopy CD that I put in the wet pail. “Is this going to come out? Have I made an awful decision?” But, after using them, I am a convert and have never regretted my decision. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on how to launder them… it really is easier than you think!

As always, I love hearing from you so if you have any questions or tips about CD’s leave them below!

Xoxo Lindsey

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June 13, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Jessica - I’m not a CD user myself and I’m not denying that they have their benefits… but… Lillian wears disposables and never got a diaper rash until she was about 4 or 5 months old. I changed her diapers immediately. The whole time prior I was all, “I got this… look at me, no diaper rash!” Now, even though I keep her dry, she’ll occasionally get a rash, so it might still come! :) Especially look out for when she gets a cold or something, a lot of babies get diarrhea with a cold and that’ll bring on a rash too! :(

June 18, 2013 - 6:04 pm

Megan - We dabbled with the idea of CD. Picked a brand and had a few for starting up. We, like you, found ourselves in the madness of the first month or so of newborn life and disposables were great. I wish I had a close friend or a parent who could have showed me the way. Just like labor, CD is another “natural,” normal thing that is best learned by seeing, hearing about, etc. Thanks for sharing. Our next child will be CD and my son is soon to be in cloth trainers.

June 18, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Megan - Oh and if you’re pregnant and want to CD someone told us to save all those zipper plastic packages items come in. Like sheet sets, some baby items, etc for using as wet bags on the go (reusing something normally thrown out). We still have the ones we stored even though we haven’t CD yet.

October 9, 2013 - 10:49 am

Molly - Just wondering, 6 months out, how you guys are doing with solids and CD’s…any change in your feelings? Washing routine? Try any other brands? Do you use extra inserts at night?

October 9, 2013 - 1:20 pm

The Sassy Momma - Hi Molly, great question! I’m happy to say that we are still going strong with the cloth diapers. Now that Harper is eating solids I use a disposable liner so getting rid of poop is a cinch. Once she goes, I take her diaper off and dump the waste (liner included) in the toilet and flush it all away. It’s actually far less messy than when she was on breast milk and formula alone. The only drawback however, is that now there is some staining because she is eating peas, carrots, sweet potatoes, and the like. As for other brands, I have bought some Charlie Bananas and I love them! They absorb far more than the Fuzzi Bunz but they are bulkier and I love the way they adjust. CB uses a bra strap like sizing system and you only have to adjust two things whereas the FB has a button sizing system and you have to adjust 4 things. As far as night time goes… For the longest time the cloth diapers worked just fine. I always use two inserts regardless of the time of day and that was just fine. However, her night time feed is by far her largest feed and maybe it’s just my child but she is a heavy night time wetter and the FB couldn’t stand up to the job. I have yet to try the CB at night (I have a feeling they would work) so I just use Pampers and they work great. Hope this helps!