Cloth Diapering

(An early cloth diapering photo)

Update 2/2011: One year later
Update 8/28/10: As Jacob's first birthday quickly approaches, I realized that it is time for me to update this information since we've been cloth diapering nearly a year and I've learned so much through trial and error!

What's in our diaper stash:
12 bumGenius
2 Gro Baby (now called GroVia diapers)
2 Bottombumper side snapping AIO
3 Bummis Covers + 14 pre-folds
1 Fuzzibunz
1 Smartipants
1 Little Owls fitted diaper
1 Babee Greens Growing Greens hemp/cotton diaper

My thoughts on each diaper:
bumGenius One Size 3.0 all-in-one diapers are my go-to cloth diaper. They fit great, are easy to adjust, and absorb lots of liquid with no leaks. The downside is that the velcro starts to wear out and come un-stitched, however it can be replaced. I like that these diapers come with a newborn size insert and a baby size insert, so you can double up at night or for heavy-wetters.
Cost: $17.95

My second favorite is GroVia all-in-two diapers. They also fit great and are very absorbent, but they seem to run a little on the smaller size, so I fear Jacob may outgrow them soon. I have also tried their biodegradable Biosoakers that stick inside of the shell. I'm not a fan though because when I went to unstick them, they fell apart and the soaked pulp material got all over the place.
Cost: $24.95 (one shell and one cotton soaker)

Bottombumpers: I like the snaps on these diapers, it's easy to adjust them, however considering we still have them on nearly the tightest setting, I don't think they would be good for young infants. I also am not the biggest fan of the cinched fabric in the leg opening, we've gotten leaks around the legs a few times. But we still use them on a regular basis, if I am careful to make sure the inside fabric isn't poking over the outer shell fabric.
Cost: $20.95

Fuzzibunz One Size pocket diaper: I like Fuzzibunz, but I feel like they worked better when Jacob was a little smaller, and I don't like that the elastic in the legs stretches out easily (it can be replaced). Yet, of all the snap waist diapers we use, I feel like Fuzzibunz is the easiest to adjust and most accurate fit.
Cost: $19.95

Bummis covers and organic cotton pre-folds: We used to use these a lot, the pre-folds are VERY absorbent and this is a cost effective method of diapering vs. using all-in-ones. However, the pre-folds are very bulky and can be tricky to fold/fit into the cover. As of the date of this update, we are currently only using the Bummis covers, which I LOVE because they are thick and work great as covers for a couple of my other diapers. 

Little Owls fitted diaper: This diaper is super soft and absorbent. It is one of our night-time options with a cover.

 How I wash my cloth diapers:

When there is poop -
A major time saver in my routine is biodegradable diaper liners. I purchase rolls from Amazon for about $8-10 for 100 liners. My two favorite brands are Bummis or GroVia for liners. I've tried several kinds and these stay in position the best and prevent poop from seeping through. When I am anticipating a poop from Jacob, I put a fresh liner in the diaper, so we go through a couple a day. When changing the diaper, I remove the poopy liner and flush it. If poop did get on the diaper, then I put the diaper in a soak bucket (more info to come). If you don't use liners, then swirl the diaper in the toilet to get off any poop or use a Diaper Sprayer before putting it in your soak bucket or wet bag.

When it's just wet -
If a diaper is just wet, first I thank Jacob for being nice to me and making my job easier, then I toss the diaper into a giant wet bag that stays near the changing station. Wet bags are an easy way to collect a bunch of diapers to be washed, and when zipped up they do a pretty good job and trapping odor.

The soak bucket -
My soak bucket is a large bucket with a lid that we got at Home Depot. I fill it about 1/2 way with cold water, 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!

Time to wash -
I recommend using a natural and cloth diaper specific detergent, such as Crunchy Clean. Use 1-2 scoops depending on your washer. For heavy stains and to soften the fabric, you can add a little vinegar to the rinse cycle. A great option for a spot treatment is KIDS'N'PETS. If you have a persistent stain, hang the diapers out to dry because sun-bleaching works wonders!

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.

Tips for building a diaper stash:

Buying a stash of cloth diapers is expensive at first, but it will quickly pay for itself vs. disposables. If you are on a tight budget, here are some resources to help you get started!

1. The Cloth Diaper Foundation - Will loan you 12 diapers to get you started and you can keep them as long as you need to. You must apply and meet specific income requirements.

2. Enter giveaways! There are tons of cloth diaper giveaways out there. Find some at

3. Can't afford fancy all-in-ones? Stick to pre-folds and some good covers! I recommend the Bummis Organic Cotton diaper kit.

4. See my tips for earning Amazon credit or cash online. Many of the diapers in our stash I paid for with money I earned from filling out surveys online!