Originally Posted by vaknitter
My first baby is due the end of this month and the hubby and I would like to give cloth diapering a try. As with everything else, cloth diapers have gone high tech....while the "old" Gerber pre-folds and rubber pants are still made but now they also make G Diapers, Bumkins and Bum Genius that as far as I can tell are self contained units and look like disposables but are washable. They are $$$$. So my question is have any of you done cloth diapering and have a recommendation?
I used cloth diapers for both of my boys. They are extra work, but they saved us enough money that we could get a babysitter, and go out for an evening, once a month. It is important to disinfect so staph and other germs are not spread, so I'll list the steps I used. At the bottom of my list I'll tell you about a really neat find I made that made my life easier.
1) Have a diaper pail with a lid.
2) Pee diapers go straight in the pail.
3) Poop diapers get washed out in the toilet first, to remove solid waste, and then put in the pail. (I used rubber gloves for this nasty chore.) I kept my diaper pail, with the rubber gloves on top, in the bathroom.
4) Machine wash daily. Run the diapers through the rinse cycle first (spin out). Wash with hot water and add chlorine bleach. After finished, run through another rinse. Don’t use fabric softener. Fabric softener cuts down on absorbency. Machine dry is softer than line dry.
5) Wash and disinfect your toilet daily. It is the largest source of staph germs in a home.
6) Cloth or disposable…WASH YOUR HANDS!!
My neat find was “diaper liners”. I was living in England when my second son was born. The English had diaper liners. They dispensed from a box like Kleenex, and were placed on the inside of the clean diaper. Then if there was solid waste in the diaper, you just picked up the diaper liner and flushed it away with the waste. Glenn was out of diapers when we moved back stateside, so I don’t know if you can find them here.