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The End of an Era: Saying Goodbye to Cloth Diapers


I was hoping to cloth diaper both of my boys all the way through potty training. I came so close! Potty training Z didn’t work exactly as planned, and now he has his second staph diaper rash in the last year. It’s not necessarily cloth-related—staph will grow anywhere warm and moist—but I will need to have him in disposables for a while until his rash is completely cleared up.The cloth diaper that started it all. This was Nic back in 2010.

I was already considering moving him to pull-ups to help with the gradual potty training that seems to work best for him. Now that I know we’ll need to be off of cloth for at least a month, I think my decision has been made for me. I put him in some Honest Company training pants this morning and he really liked his “robot underpants.”

A New Life for the Dipes?

And what should I do with my stash? I had hoped to pass it on to a friend or donate it, but now I’m not sure anyone will want it. After Z’s first staph infection, I disinfected the diapers and he wore them for a year without incident. His current case is certainly not related to the first--he’s likely just susceptible to the bacteria, which is present on everyone's skin. I have the diapers running in a hot wash with bleach as I type and will run that again when it’s done.  Hopefully, someone will still want to take my stash in.

Thanks for the Memories (and the Money!)

I’ll miss seeing my littlest boy with a fluffy bottom. I probably won’t miss washing them (and the California drought might even thank me), but I will miss seeing stacks of freshly folded, brightly colored fluff.

I’ll also miss not paying for diapers. I’m not one of those fluff addicts who drops tons of cash on new prints. I buy only as needed and haven’t spent a dime on new diapers in over a year. But the other day, I ordered a ton of training pants and my husband asked me what the heck I bought from for $90. Ouch!

Years ago, when Charlie Banana sent me a huge box of diapers and I cancelled my diaper service, I started saving the money I would have been spending on the service. I set up an automatic transfer for $74 per month, and since I started washing my own diapers I’ve put over $3300 into our savings account.  And that’s not to mention the thousands of diapers that we didn’t put in a landfill.

I am so happy that we chose to cloth diaper and that we stuck with it for so many years. I would do it again in a heartbeat. It’s also amazing to know that through my own personal friendships and through this blog, that I’ve influenced other people’s decision to cloth diaper. I’m so proud to have been a part of the cloth diaper community.  


Where to Donate Used Cloth Diapers?


Recently on the podcast, Natali asked our listeners where she should donate the cloth diapers that Miles and Ava have outgrown. I have the answer: Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.

Their mission: “To provide free cloth diapers to low income families to help alleviate the cost of diapering their children which will help them use their money for other essentials.” My most recent donation to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.

I’ve donated diapers and covers to them several times and plan to continue doing so. This testimonial from their site really hit home for me, “Transitioning to cloth diapering has been a dream! I had no idea how much of the stress in my life was how I was to diaper my daughter. On a regular basis I was down to using my own tshirts with tape and plastic pull up pants because I had to save the disposables for daycare.”

Moms have too much stress in their lives already to worry about how they are going to diaper their little ones. I feel good knowing that the diapers that have provided my babies with comfy, fluffy bottoms are now going to help relieve financial and emotional strain in families experiencing rough financial times.

So, if you’ve reached the end of your cloth diapering adventure, or if you have too-small dipes in your stash, please consider sending them off to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. 


Cloth Diaper Hacks


After three years of cloth diapering, I’ve found that I can bend the “rules” with good results. I started cloth diapering with a service (pre-folds) and then switched to pockets. Now I use both, and sometimes even mix the two! Here are a few of the hacks that have made my life less complicated and my stash less expensive: Baby Z in cloth. Photo by Adriana Klas Photography. 

  • OsoCosy BetterFit prefolds: These prefolds don’t need to be folded lengthwise, which makes diapering quicker and less bulky. They also don’t require a Snappi clip—you can just close it up inside the cover and it stays put. I bought these for Baby Z’s newborn stage and they were wonderful! They fit him from the time I brought him home until he was about three months old.  
  • Using prefolds as inserts: Natali has been generous enough to loan me the dipes that Ava has outgrown for Baby Z. Because my boys tend to be heavy wetters, I sometimes need to add extra absorbency. I’ve found that tri-folding an OsoCosy prefold and using that as an insert works great as a nighttime solution (although it’s a bit bulky for day).
  • Using bigger prefolds to fit for longer: A few months back, chose me as their “Mom of the Month,” and sent me a great prize pack. Included was a package of Real Nappies, which are super soft pre-folds. The sizing was for 6+ months, but Z was three months old and we needed some more diapers in the rotation. I was able to use the bigger diapers by just folding them lengthwise an extra inch or two. This saved me from buying the in-between size and only made them a bit more bulky in the interim.
  • Using pocket shells for covers in a pinch: I love the Real Nappies, but they only came with three covers (Z has grown out of his Thirsties covers). Occasionally, I run out of covers and in desperation one day I realized that I could unstuff one of Nic’s medium FuzziBunz or Charlie Bananas and use it as a cover. Since Nic is only in nap and nighttime diapers, I have plenty of extra “covers” if I need them.

The moral is, be confident in your diapering! Mix and match to save yourself some trouble and some money.


Fighting Ammonia Diaper Stink


I really love cloth diapering, but I really needed to reduce the frequency that I was washing (and stuffing!) diapers. I decided to invest in a few more diapers so that I could wash every three days instead of every other day. Great plan, right? I thought so, until Nic’s room started to smell strongly of ammonia late on the second day of the diaper rotation.

I needed to de-stink. Occasionally, I strip my diapers to help with ammonia and other stink issues, but this smelly fluff needed more than that. For regular washes I’ve been using the Kirkland Free and Clear detergent with some vinegar and baking soda thrown in for good measure, so I decided that it was time to bite the bullet and buy some Rockin’ Green. I’ve been hearing about this special diaper soap for a long time, and they even make a product specifically to fight ammonia issues.

I bought a bag of Funk Rock Ammonia Bouncer and Classic Rock Bare Naked. The process of getting my diapers clean again took about a day: I started with an overnight soak in Classic Rock, followed by an hour soak in Funk Rock, followed by a full wash in Classic Rock.  Today was my first day-three after the Funk Rockin’ and Nic’s room still smells fresh and clean. I’m impressed.

I’ll continue to use a bit of Funk Rock in my pre-wash and using Classic Rock as my soap. It’s definitely not as cheap as my old routine, but if it keeps my eyes from watering when I pick up my full wet bags, it’s worth it.


Win it: $100 Gift Card to Safeway, VONS, Randalls and more

This week we are giving away $100 worth in gift cards that can be used at Safeway, Vons, Genuardi’s, Carr’s, Tom Thumb, Dominick’s and Randalls. A big thanks to Safeway for the gift cards. 

A friendly PR rep from Safeway reached out to us to introduce Safeway’s mom to mom® line of diapers and training pants - making improvements based on the advice of real moms. (They also have formula which Jennifer tried and Beth liked.)

I guess I’ve never really considered buying diapers from a grocery store on a regular basis aside from when I’m traveling. But, Jennifer and I (non-cloth diaper users) decided to give them a try. We both use Pampers®Swaddlers Sensitive diapers on Reese and Beth so we were curious to find out how the mom to mom diapers would stack up. Here is what we found.

Oh so soft. They are super duper soft and include a soft hypoallergenic liner with aloe, vitamin E, and organic botanicals.

Ultra absorbent. The mom to mom diapers have an ultra absorbent core, so I could quickly tell when Reese needed a diaper change because it looked like she had a big poop hanging out. Not appealing to the eye but it was easy to tell when she needed a diaper change.

Great for overnight. I use Huggies Overnights diapers and to put mom to mom diapers to the test I used one on Reese for night time use. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Reese had not leaked through her diaper in the morning. Way to go mom to mom diapers!

So would we recommend Mom to Mom diapers? Absolutely!

These Diapers can be purchased at Safeway, Vons, Genuardi’s, Carr’s, Tom Thumb, Dominick’s and Randalls.

To enter to win a $100 gift card (to buy your very one mom to mom products or on what ever else you'd like, click here and follow the instructions at the end of the post.