Cloth Diapering: A year later

I had every intention of posting this on the 16th of last month when Jacob turned 16 months old because that would have marked the year point from when we started cloth diapering full-time.... but my husband came home from Afghanistan for a couple weeks... and life got in the way :) So instead, this is a 13-month update on cloth diapering in the Murphy household.

Awww memories...

We currently have the following diapers:
10 - bumGenius 3.0
14 Bummis prefolds, and 3 covers (I had the Bummis Organic Cotton Diaper Kit but gave a few things to a friend)
2 GroVia All in One Diaper
2 Fuzzibunz One Size Diaper
2 My Baby's Green cloth diaper
2 Bottombumpers Side Snapping All-in-One Diapers
2 Babee Greens organic cotton diapers
1 Sage One Step Diaper Coversand 2 Diaperaps Infant with umbilical cut-out covers
1 Smartipants diaper
1 Katydid one-size pocket diaper
1 Babee Greens hemp diaper
1 handmade diaper from Etsy

This is our cloth diapering station

My favorite diapers:
Best all-around: bumGenius 3.0
2nd place: Fuzzibunz One Size Diaper
3rd place: GroVia All in One Diaper (I love them but they shrank so now they are a little on the small side)
Most absorbent combination: Babee Greens hemp diaper with a Bummis diaper cover (great for long naps and overnight)

Laundry time:
  1. Secret weapon: Bi-O-Kleen Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator - Bac-Out is wonderful for spot treating stains and odors, I don't know how I ever survived before
  2. Major time-saver and removes a significant part of the yuck-factor: biodegradable diaper liners
  3. Necessities: large wet bag or a soak bucket
  4. Detergents: We've tried Crunchy Clean, Eco Sprout, and Rockin Green (Alice.com has great prices on Rockin Green), all of which work well in removing stains, odors, and buildup.
  5. Stripping: I didn't know that I needed to strip my diapers until a few months ago, now I do it every time I notice that the diapers are getting less absorbent. For information on stripping, check out this link.
  6. When do we make exceptions?
    If we are traveling I don't cloth diaper, usually I'm not sure when or where I will be able to wash the diapers, and I don't have room in our suitcase. During trips I use either a biodegradable diaper like Broody Chick 100% Natural Fully Compostable Diapers now available from Amazon (but expensive) or a more affordable disposable option (check out the Subscribe &Save deal on Amazon) like Seventh Generation diapers. The thing I also love about getting my diapers on Amazon, is I can order in advance and send diapers to a family member's house and that's one less thing I have to worry about or pack!  

What's next for us?
  1. Cloth diapering two babies at once. I've already started building up a little extra in our diaper stash for Elliot. A few things I'm going to try are the Babee Greens organic cotton diapers, Econobum diapers, and the Sage diaperaps covers.  
  2. Try cloth wipes.
  3. Adding more boosters to Jacob's diapers because he is a heavy wetter and using the couple hemp boosters I have seems to make a world of difference in preventing leaks. This week I also ordered Thirsties Hemp Inserts and Kissaluvs Cotton Fleece Super Soaker Doublers to try out.

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  1. I have a cloth diaper and some cleaning or odor removing stuff around here somewhere that I won in some giveaway if you want them? I was just saving them but it's going to be quite a while before I have kids...

    Idk if I'll get notified if you respond here,so email me at veganvigilante_bethechange@yahoo if you want them

  2. I'm not sure if you got my email, I can try re-sending it.