Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cloth Diapering for Newbies!

Why would anyone ever consider cloth diapers when it is so easy to use disposable ones? Why would you fathom the idea of trying to pin the stinky diapers together and get baby poop all over your hands and sometimes hair? Why would you carry around a diaper full of stinky diapers when you can easily throw them away? All of these questions where directed at me when I made my biggest (and best) decision of wanting to go all gung ho and use cloth diapers on my daughter. These questions came not only from friends but from close family members, and although I was surprised to not get the support (not rightaway) that I expected, I stuck to my guns and began my cloth diapering journey.  I made this decision after finding out I was pregnant and talked to two of my friends that use cloth diapers. Both of these girls love using them and after they showed me how easy it is and how cute the designs are it was a no brainer! After realizing how interesting I thought cloth diapers were, my (loving) husband agreed to let me go out and buy a couple to see what I thought of using them myself.   I quickly realized how many decisions there are to cloth diapering and how easily overwhelming it can be. Who knew there were such things as AI1 (All-in-one), AI2 (All-In-Two), hybrids, pockets, prefolds, fitteds, covers, organic inserts, microfiber inserts and disposable liners. I was blown away by all the decisions and decided to write about the basics for all the moms (and dads) first time at cloth diapering.

Moraki Fluffles Stay-Dry AIO
AIO
The diapers that most closely resemble disposables are the All-In-Ones.  These diapers include brands such as bumGenius Freetime (great for overnight), bumGenius Elemental (one of my favorites) Moraki Fluffles, Moraki OneSize (OS) and Thirsties Duo AIO. These diapers contain a waterproof shell and a built-in absorbent layer, and Velcro (aplix) or snap fasteners. Usually these are stacked and sewn together  which makes the diapers wonderfully absorbent, but  may take a little longer to dry than other types of cloth diapers. These are a great buy for the parents or grandparents who want the ease of simply putting on the diaper with no extra steps involved.



Lalabye Baby Bamboo AI2
AI2
The All-in-Two and hybrids have a detachable snap-in or lay-in insert, which means that the shell can be reused for more than one diaper change.  You just remove the wet, dirty insert and snap in the new insert while using the same shell! (The shell is the waterproof outer part of the diaper) I have used these because the idea of just carrying around inserts as opposed to whole diapers fit my lifestyle more conveniently. The great thing about the removable insert is that you can add as many or as little inserts you feel necessary for your child. These inserts also have a tendency to dry more quickly than the AIOs. These brands include Softbums, Best Bottoms and LalabyeBaby.  



Kawaii Charcoal Bamboo Pocket
Pocket Diapers
Pocket diapers include a waterproof shell with a pocket sewn inside, where an insert can be stuffed in.  The waterproof outer usually made of Polyurethane Laminate (PUL) or Thermoplastic Polyrethane (TPU), and a stay-dry inside layer made of wicking materials such as microfleece, minky, or suede-cloth. The two layers are sewn together with an opening (pocket, usually at the back but sometimes in the front or middle) to add an absorbent insert (or two).  These diapers are great for first time cloth diapering parents, they just include the extra step of stuffing the shell. Types of pocket diapers include Rumparooz, bumGenius 4.0, and Kawaii.



Article/Post written by Mary Kohler, mama of one extraordinary little girl.  A cloth-diaper loving, baby-wearing maven and eco-friendly lady on a journey.  Mary contributes to the GreenPath Baby blog and works as the social media coordinator for greenpathbaby.com.

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