Adventures in Cloth Diapering

16 Aug

Our foray into cloth diapering will be starting in the next week. Granted, I’m not starting with much (2 covers, 10 inserts {though I have TONS of prefolds that we used as spit rags that I might be able to make work}), but I told Dave that I didn’t want to jump in with both feet right away. We still have almost 2 boxes of diapers left (though I MIGHT work through the one I have opened and take back the other. Hey, it’s $30! That’s 2 more covers and 4 more inserts!).

I’m starting with these:

It’s pretty much an all-in-one system, but supposedly isn’t good for babies under 8 or 9 pounds, so we might end up starting the new baby in Pampers (unless it’s bigger than Paige) and moving to cloth after a couple weeks. No biggie…I can deal with one or two packs of diapers. And it’s not like Paige can’t use them. I LOVE that I won’t have to worry about who gets what diaper!

If I were to completely outfit us using the Flip diapers, I would need to spend around $350. That’s about 11 boxes of diapers and with 2 (and possibly, 3) going through diapers, it will be well worth it.

So now I just have to make sure that we can do this and the laundry doesn’t kill me. That was Dave’s biggest concern. The nice thing about the Flip system is that they do offer a disposable insert that’s considerably cheaper and very convenient for the times that you would need disposables…although I don’t know many times that I would need it. My family won’t have any problems with us washing diapers in their machines, I’d just have to bring my own detergent (since you can’t use a commercial brand…the Melaleuca I use would work though since it’s all natural, so I won’t even have to switch that!).

I’m a little nervous that I’m going to absolutely HATE it and will have wasted money. But I’ve only invested $60 so far…and hopefully, this will be a good change.

I’ll let you know how it all works out. But if you have any tips for me, let me know. I’m doing my internet research, but I’m still slightly freaked out that I’m going to mess things up!

PS. still sick, but I felt the baby kick today. It will all be worth it in the end 🙂


One Response to “Adventures in Cloth Diapering”

  1. Valerie August 19, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Good luck! I used cloth diapers for a while with Lara when she was first born. I loved them! I will definitely be going back when I am able to stay home.

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