Learning the art of environmentally friendly diapering
September 21, 2014
Love the idea of cloth diapers, you save costs, the environment and its natural. Reluctantly, for my husband, learning the art of cloth diapering doesn’t come enthusiastically, but he is up for the challenge!
Because I have the most loving sister in the world I was delighted to be given a ton of amazing Kawaii Baby Diapers. They feel substantial and soft, come in great colours and have awesome personalities to match our kiddos. Needless to say I was extremely excited to begin to learn how to cloth!
To begin with I pre inserted all liners into the cloth diapers and allocated a drawer for them. This will make using and changing the diapers much more convenient and less fumbling involved as well. Being prepared, I find, is key to doing anything successfully. Because you cannot use regular wipes and need an all natural alternative, to clean your little one, I opted for the tried and true olive oil.
While in our Pre Natal class the Doula recommended using only olive oil, as they do in France, as the best way to clean your baby’s bottom so we had this on hand anyway. We find using olive oil a safe and all natural way that is soft and leaves TJ’s skin in great condition. Also note to date we have yet to have one diaper rash – Hooray! We do also use Pampers Sensitive wipes as well daily and when we are out.
So because we are a bit squeamish, by “we” I mean my husband, I ordered additional liners to help with the poop. Rather than “flushing” or “Rinsing” straight from the cloth diaper itself, I figured these would work much better for us. The ones shown are AppleCheeks Flusable Liners purchased from Well.ca – Although I would have preferred they came in a dispensing container and were a bit more durable/thicker I am happy with my purchase.
Not only will you need to have your soiled diaper bag holder (washing bag) on hand you will also need a “bin” to place the soiled liners into until you can make it to the washroom to flush them. Please do not ever leave your little one unattended on the change table to flush these while changing their diapers!!!!!
As you can see the diapers are adjustable and perfectly snug fitting to babe! Happily I report there were no leaks and though the flushable liners were bunched up a little; otherwise, worked perfectly to “grab and flush” leaving us with only the wet and lightly soiled diapers to wash.
Once the flushable liner is set aside, to flush later, remove the cloth liner, placing on top of the cloth diaper, fold and place in washing bag. Word to the wise wash your diapers every other day and beware not to be tempted to sniff the inside of the bags – it is not pleasing, but if kept closed no odours escape. Just dump out diapers, liners, toss in bag and wash.
The washer I have has a baby cloths option, I use this, and place the temperature on hot. Also use non scented baby laundry soap. I dry these on delicate, using no dryer sheet; however, you will want to hang dry outside for best results – not only do you save money and energy, the sun will also naturally bleach the pads!
So far we are doing well with the cloth diapering and loving it. Not at all as bad as we thought and feeling pretty good about helping out the environment and our little one:) Totally recommend the cloth diapers as well they are fantastic!