Cloth diapering is good for your pocketbook and great for the planet. While a bit of an investment up front, cloth diapering can save your family over $1,000 per kiddo in comparison to buying disposables – and think of all of the diapers you’re keeping out of the landfills!
We use bumGenius 4.0 One Size diapers at our house. They are super easy, have adjustable snaps that adjust to fit your baby from birth through 36 lbs. and come with a full-size and doubling insert (for nighttime wear). The 4.0 One Size comes with either a velcro closure or a snap closure…I found the snap closure to be more difficult when our son was very little but super handy once his little hands started wanting to un-velcro his diaper.
We typically go through 6-8 per day, so we bought 20 diapers, which are in laundry rotation every other day. We also have 2 wet bags (one Planet Wise Diaper Wet Bag & one Bummies Fabulous Wet Bag) in rotation, that get washed with the diapers. For wipes, we generally use cheap-o baby washcloths with some water or
Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Wipes (While I still like Seventh Generation wipes, I like the Whole Foods 365 Chlorine-Free Wipes even better!). You can stick pre-moistened washcloth wipes rolled up in a standard wipe warmer, or keep a pump thermos with warm water at your changing station (the greener choice!)
Now, two or three (or four or five!) times a day, you’re going to need to “dispose” of poopies. There are two common options for making this a little easier on yourself:
- bumGenius diaper sprayer – spray wand that attaches to your toilet so you can easily spray off the diaper contents into the toilet.
- Bummies flushable liners – poops get trapped in the biodegradable liner, which you just dump in the toilet and flush.
Overall, the sprayer is the greener, more cost-effective option. Though the liners are super easy to use and also serve as a barrier to protect your cloth diapers from conventional diaper creams. (There are cloth diaper-friendly diaper creams, as well.)
Now go out and buy some cloth diapers! When your shopping, keep your eyes peeled for a “buy 6 get 1 free” type of deals. A couple sites that I like for diapering supplies are Cotton Babies, Thanks Mama, Granola Babies (also has a store in Orange County, CA), and Bundle Baby Shop (also has a store in Boulder, CO). There you’ll see other brands of cloth diapers, like Bummies, Thirsties, and Rumparooz.