When creating my incredibly long baby registry list (3/4 of which I didn’t need), cloth diapers weren’t even a option to me and I marked down newborn and size 1 disposable diapers. Cloth diapers seemed intimidating, strange and unhygienic. Now, 17 months in and getting to the other side of my little one’s diaper wearing days, I decided to give cloth diapers a try. Getting further into this whole motherhood thing, there were days when I ran out of wipes and scrambled to find some gauze pads or even to just let her sit in a low warm bath. I realized I didn’t have to run out to buy pajamas the day I discovered she had outgrown all of hers; a tee-shirt worked perfectly fine. I learned to improvise and stray from that registry list that I thought was so important.
I made the decision to try cloth diapers with the onset of my newest obsession DIY natural product making. I get some strange thrill from know I can make something from kitchen ingredients that I would normally spend a lot more money on with the added benefit of avoiding toxic products. I’ve been replacing my skin care with essential oil blends, laundry detergent with a homemade variety and I’ve really started to simplify the products in my home. My husband may think I’m crazy but I’m so into it! On this journey, I reached out to some of the top cloth diapering companies to see if they would like to be apart of this post. I received a sample from Bum Genius, KangaCare and Charlie Banana to give their products a try. Here are some things I think you should know if you’d like to try (or consider trying cloth diapers) plus my cloth diaper picks at the end:
1.) It’s not all or nothing. You can keep a single cloth diaper for those days you don’t want to run out to the store to pick up a disposable diaper and you can keep a single disposable diaper for those times (say a day at a festival) when you don’t want to use cloth diapers. You can really do any variation in between; it’s not a choice where it’s one or the other. I wish I had brought both disposables and cloth diapers home in preparation for my daughter so I could have tried both options.
2.) A Cloth Diaper Can Take You From the Hospital to Potty Training. The one size diapers offered by Bum Genius, Kanga Care and Charlie Banana are adjustable so you don’t need to continuously buy new cloth diaper sizes. Buy diapers once and you’re done! It is suggested that you purchase 24 cloth diapers if you would like to cloth diaper full-time (if you want to do a wash every other day. Note: Leave a maximum of no more than 3 days between washes).
3.) Save Money. You can save approximately $1500 over disposables when cloth diapering full-time. Woah!
4.) Save the Environment. Prevent 1 ton of landfill waste. Also, when you are done cloth diapering, you can donate to a cloth diaper bank to help a family in need. Visit www.cottonbabieslove.com to learn more about this program.
5.) Natural on Baby. Avoid harmful chemicals found in disposables and help prevent diaper rash with more natural and breathable fibers.
Here are my picks for my favorite cloth diapers:
Most Comfortable Pick: KangaCare EcoPosh
This is the ultimate luxury for your little one’s bum made using organic bamboo velour to create a plush feel against their delicate skin. Can they make these in women’s underwear?! 🙂
Most Convenient Pick: Bum Genius Freetime All-in-One Diaper
This all-in-one diaper equals less time diapering with overlapping semi-attached, stay-dry inserts to adjust absorbency. This diaper has an extra layer of microfiber sewn into the shell, a waterproof outer cover to prevent leaks with accessible, replaceable, gentle elastic. Super easy!
Most Stylish Pick: Charlie Banana One Size Diaper
Beyond being a great disposable diaper, the patterns offered by Charlie Banana are so cute! They have everything from soccer ball prints to polar bears and humorous expressions. You’ll have a hard time choosing!
What are your favorite cloth diapers and tips? Comment below! Click here to check out more natural products on the Your Little Ladybug Marketplace, products created by moms for moms.