My babies are all getting bigger and it's been years since they have been in diapers (does anyone else hear the hallelujah chorus or is that just me?), but several friends and family members that I know of are starting to jump on the cloth diapering bandwagon, so I wanted to share a few of my experiences just in case you are in the same boat.
I cloth diapered because it was cheaper. After buying most of my kids diapers used, I was able to resell them all for nearly what I paid for them, sometimes even more! Making cloth diapering virtually free for us.
My oldest was only sort of in cloth diapers. That was before the internet was available to help me research all of my options. The new cloth diapers are definitely not the same ones your mama used to use!
My younger two kids were both in cloth diapers full time, with the exception of some nights (I wasn't getting any sleep and wanted to make sure a wet diaper wasn't to blame!).
Both of the younger two kids potty trained SUPER early. And by super early, I mean before their first birthday.
Back when my little brother was a baby, I remember my mom rinsing out diapers in the toilet. YUCKO! I didn't rinse a single diaper out. I figure if you join a diaper service they don't make you, so why should I do it at home?
We used cloth wipes on our babies bums too. Easy to make, and easy to use. And no joke, so much better than the disposable wipes. They really get the job done, especially when the "job" is messy!
My sister in law is planning on using cloth diapers on her baby, so I whipped a few of the wipes up for her like the ones I used on my kids.
I took two coordinating pieces of snuggle flannel 6"x7" and serged it together. Easy as that. I even made my own baby wipes solution. Here's the recipe:
Basic Wipe Solution
1/2 cup baby oil
1/2 cup baby wash
2 cups water