Early on in my pregnancy, my midwife's daughter, Brittany, brought up the question of whether we were going to use disposable diapers or reusable ones. At the time, I was a bit floored and the thought of using reusable diapers gave me flashbacks to when my little brother was a baby. My mom did the cloth diapers with safety pins and I remember it wasn't a lot of fun to deal with plus they were sometimes difficult to keep on if my brother decided to be a little wiggle worm. lol
Brittany assuaged my concerns and told me that the cloth diapers have really improved since then. Now they come in cute patterns and colors with velcro and/or snaps and are much easier to use and clean. Plus she told me about this spray head that you can easily install on your toilet to rinse off the diapers before you put them in the diaper pail. She said she usually does her diaper laundry every 3 days and has enough diapers on hand that she can rotate them perfectly. The best part about it all is that she saved a ton of money not buying disposable diapers and wipes. Also, keep in mind that if you want to buy the really good kind that are organic and free of nasty chemicals it's gonna cost a whole lot more. So, after thinking about all of these factors it seemed like a no-brainer for us to go the reusable route.
Below I will share with you the brand I decided to go with along with what I'm going to do for reusable wipes and wipe spray plus I'll link you to the accessories like the diaper pail & reusable liner, toilet spray head, etc.
After spending an inordinate amount of time reading reviews on several brands of reusable diapers, I decided on Bambino Mio. I bought the All-In-One Cloth Diaper Premium Pack from them on Amazon, which came with 15 diapers, a bucket and laundry bag, extra liners, detergent, boosters, and wipes. After that I bought another set of 6 diapers along with a few individual diapers that I found on sale. Then my mom bought me another set of 6 from Koala Care, so now we have 31 reusable diapers ready to go! From what I've read you should have 24-30 on hand to make it easy to rotate when it comes time to do the laundry.
I also bought one of these Kanga Care wet bags to store some of the diapers in for when you're out on the go. You can hang the wet bag on your stroller, diaper bag, doorknob, etc. I also bought a super cute watermelon changing pad from Kanga Care, which will come in handy at the baby's changing station, living room changing pad, in the car, or stored in the diaper bag for when we go out to provide protection wherever we are.
Next thing you're going to want to have are cloth wipes. I found these packs of 15 of cotton flannel ones with great reviews on Amazon. I bought 2 packs for now to see how often I will go through them. I figure I can always buy more if needed. I also bought this very durable dispenser case to put the wipes in so you can pull them out one at a time as needed. In addition, here is a handy wipe dispenser for on-the-go that I found!
After researching what other mommas have done successfully for wipe sprays, I came up with my own based off of my preferences and some ingredients I typically have on hand.
Here is my Cloth Wipe Spray Recipe:
- 1.5 cups distilled water
- 1 tbsp witch hazel
- 1 tbsp aloe vera juice
- 1 tsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp Dr. Bronner's Baby Unscented Pure Castille Soap
- 10 drops Grapeseed Extract Liquid Concentrate (acts as a preservative
- 12 drops Young Living Gentle Baby Essential Oil
- Pour all of the ingredients in a spray bottle.
- Shake well before each use.
- May store out in room temperature.
Another item you'll want to have is a diaper pail. I found this highly rated one for a great price on Amazon. What's nice about this is that it doesn't absorb odors and is hands free, so you can open it with your foot at the pedal and just drop the diapers in. It came with some scented plastic bags, but I opted not to use them (don't know what they use to scent them first of all and secondly the plastic is not sustainable). Instead, I bought a couple Kanga Care waterproof pail liners, which are supposed to be great for containing the smell.
Lastly, you will want to buy a Sprayer and Splatter Shield to install on your toilet to make clean up a lot easier. I bought this bundle from Spray Pal, which got the best reviews from what I could find.
With all of these items, you should be all set for cloth diapering your baby! Not only will you save a lot of money, but you will also prevent your baby from being exposed to things like pesticides, chemicals, and other things that may irritate their bottom and are detrimental to their health. You are also decreasing your environmental footprint. Yay!