1.14.2010

Organic Baby: Cloth diapering doesn't have to be hard!















I’m fairly new to cloth diapering, but I’ve found an easy system that works well for me so I wanted to share it for anyone else considering cloth diapers but isn’t sure where to start.



Here’s what I suggest using:

at least 12-20 bumGenius 3.0 One-Size Cloth Diapers
 (you can use these from newborn until potty training!)
Bucket
Vinegar
Baking Soda
Baby-friendly detergent (like All Free & Clear or Seventh Generation)




I love bumGenius diapers because they are so easy to adjust as your baby grows! They come with a newborn size and large cloth insert, and the diaper cover is well-lined to prevent leaks. Notice the snaps on the outside for adjusting:


Most of the time I cheat a little and use a chlorine-free diaper during the night and for 1-2 changes in the morning until after he poops. He’s pretty regular, so after I change the daily poop, I can use cloth diapers the rest of the day and only have to worry about them being wet. However, I have soaked and scrubbed poop out of the bumgenius diapers and it’s no big deal either when you use vinegar!


Cleaning the diapers
Step #1 if there’s poop in it, swirl the diaper in the toilet to rinse of the waste then use this solution to soak the diaper until you are ready to wash them:
Fill your bucket halfway with cold water, and add 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda and soak…

DO NOT soak in detergent because it will wear out the diapers quickly! Add it when you wash the diapers.


When my diapers are only wet I collect a few in my baby's bedroom before preparing a soak bucket


Want to make your own baby wipes too?


Soft paper towels (I like Viva paper towels the best! Thanks Maryam for the tip!)
Baby wash (I like Avalon Organics because it has Chamomile, Aloe, Calendula, and Sunflower in it!)
Baby wipe tub or squirt bottle


Basic Recipe:
* 1 cup water
* 1 teaspoon baby shampoo
* 1/2 teaspoon baby oil

or try a more complex recipe:
* 1 cup water
* 1 teaspoon calendula oil
* 2 drops tea tree oil
* 1 teaspoons baby shampoo
* 1 teaspoon baby oil

You can either squirt each wipe or try cutting the roll in half (may need a power saw for this!) and storing them in a baby wipe tub with the solution in it. 



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