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New to cloth diapering....... here we goooooooo

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Alright, so I have never cloth diapered before.  This will be my first attempt as we are trying to be more natural with our kids and also it is a lot less expensive to cloth diaper than it is to use disposable diapers.  Not to mention that disposable diapers contain lots of chemicals and are bleached.  Not good for babys bumm.  They have actually linked the chemicals to a higher rate of UTI infections in babies.  I know it sounds nasty to wash pee and poo in a washing machine, but breast milk is water soluable, so it actually isn't an issue at all.

It is so hard when you are just begining to CD (cloth diaper), especially if you have never done it before or never seen it done by someone close to you.  I had no idea where to buy diapers, what diapers to get, and the list of questions goes on and on and on.  

After watching many many youtube videos, I finally decided to get the pocket diapers. They seem to be very versatile because you can use it as a cover or stuff it with your absorbent material.  I bough porbably 2 dozen or more of the one size pocket diapers.  The problem with the one size pocket diapers is that they don't fit newborns very well from what I have heard, so I went online and found a pattern for a newborn cloth diaper cover, and newborn prefold diapers.  I made about a dozen covers and a couple dozen prefolds.  I made the prefolds out of receiving blankets I purchased at a yard sale for $0.25 a pc.  Each blanket made 2 prefolds.  LOVE IT!!  I also went to ebay and bought a couple snappi's and some safety pins to keep them in place.  Not sure which I like better yet since I am still pregnant, but my due date is officially within the next month! so I will know in a few months which I prefer.

I also read that you can't use regular diaper rash cream, so while searching for that I found out that coconut oil works great for diaper rash and is CD safe! That was great news, not to mention it also works for if your breastfeeding instead of using other nipple creams.  For the diaper rash cream part, you can actually add essential oils such as tea tree as well which is an antibacterial and can also help.

So after deciding to CD, I read a lot of CD families use Cloth Wipes (CW). I got a little nervous becasue after seeing the price of the diapers, I was thinking "how much is this going to cost?!?!"  Well it turns out, you can make your own wipes out of flannel, cotton or fleece.  I made some out of flannel first, and I don't have a surger, so I attempted to do a fake surge on some, and then I also made some that were double lined so I didn't have to worry about fraying.  I also went to walmart and bought a few yards of tan fleece and cut it all up to make some wipes, because fleece doesn't fray, so those were so easy to make.  Just cut and go.

I will go into more detail in later blogs.  I think this was a good intro for now.  I will talk with you soon, and as always thank you for visiting and reading.  God Bless