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Entries in Cloth diapers (13)


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.  


When Cloth Diapers Are NOT Best


Baby Mo's staph infection is clearing up, albeit slowly. Yesterday I took him to the doctor because a new rash had popped up. I thought it was impetigo, which can be caused by staph infections. Thankfully the doctor did not think it was impetigo but he decided to treat it as such just in case with a topical ointment. 

I asked the doctor why this rash had come up while the staph was healing and he said that the cloth diapers were likely irritating his skin. He said that since cloth diapers don't chemically wick away wetness, the urine that collects in the fabric overnight is probably causing a new rash while there is already an infection in that area. He suggested I switch back to disposables until the staph clears up. 

I left his office feeling a bit defeated, I have to be honest. You try to make choices that you think are best for your child and then in instances like this, they backfire. I hate disposable diapers - for a lot of the same reasons as Nathalee - but I obligingly switched back until the infection clears up. I hope that is soon! Staph can be known to take its sweet time going away! 

I called my mother-in-law on the way home from the doctor's office and she was very sweet and encouraging. She told me I was being too hard on myself. How was I to know that staph was one of the few instances where cloth diapers would not be the best choice? She basically told me to take a breath because motherhood will continue to throw me curve balls like this and all I can do is try to keep up. I know she is right but I still can't help but feel a little responsible. 

Thankfully Baby Mo does not seem sick, uncomfortable, or otherwise inconvenienced in the least by any of this. Kids are resilient, eh? 

Meanwhile, I am putting gauze over the infected area in between the medicine and the diaper. I am also using Thirsty Duo Diaper Wraps at night over the disposable to prevent leaks. These things work just as great with sposies as they do with cloth! Highly recommend for all mommies! 

Side note: I had forgotten one thing since switching to cloth diapers nearly a year ago: disposable diapers are expensive! Sheesh!!