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Cloth diapers Jamie & Baby Aria 1 child; Ahmeek, Michigan 2503 posts
27th Mar '13

Didn't switch to CD around Christmas due to money. Thinking of using some taxes to switch, still very interested in Alva baby. But a little confused about pockets. What's the difference between other kinds of cloth and pockets?



And this may be a dumb question but with the pockets how exactly does that work? How many liners do you use? When you wash them, do you soak them before you wash them? Just explain everything, I'm dumb :lol:



I'm reallyyyy wanting to do this but my mom was SOO discouraging. "You'll have to bleach them everyday" "before you wash them you'll just have shitty diapers sitting there" "you have to scrape the poop in the toilet" just all sorts of negative stuff making it sound like the worst thing ever. But I'd rather do it, I don't care about negatives. I also like how I can save money in the long run when it comes to buying diapers.

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50677 posts
27th Mar '13

http://forum.baby-gaga.com/about2234581.html

I'm me 4 kids; Kentucky 3109 posts
27th Mar '13

I've flirted with the idea of switching the twins to cloth but I don't know enough about it either. Sorry I'm no help. I would just like to get some info from experienced cloth diaper momma's also.

Jamie & Baby Aria 1 child; Ahmeek, Michigan 2503 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Brink:" http://forum.baby-gaga.com/about2234581.html"

:D Thank you

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50677 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jamie & Baby Aria:</b>" :D Thank you"</blockquote>




Welcome.




Pockets are easy. Alva is my fav they just snap on. I keep the dirty in a laundry basket with a liner. It's super easy.



You don't bleach.



I do one one more load of laundry a week then normal that's it. And if the baby is ebf you don't have to plop the poops

susanesque 2 kids; Georgia 8400 posts
27th Mar '13

YouTube is your best friend.



I use mostly pockets and I love them! I just use one insert per diaper during the day and two at night. The difference is mainly that with the pockets you can stuff in as much absorbency as you want, but it's easy to put on like a disposable. No folding like with prefolds or flats, and they dry faster than the all in one diapers.



I have only been using cloth about 2 months-ish, but I have yet to bleach them. I spray the poop off into the toilet with a sprayer and I don't scrape anything. It's not hard or scary, but I have had people try to deter me from it as well. You can totally do it. Check out youtube's cloth diaper channel or obbs and lala.

Mom of 3 munchkins 3 kids; Ohio 406 posts
27th Mar '13

I think our momma's are scarred from the "old" way of cloth diapering LOL :). So far what I get from pocket dipes is that it's just a place to hold the inserts rather than having them just sit in the cover. I'm a newbie lol, but I'm trying to learn.

Jamie & Baby Aria 1 child; Ahmeek, Michigan 2503 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Brink:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Jamie & Baby Aria:</b>" :D Thank you"</blockquote> ... [snip!] ... I do one one more load of laundry a week then normal that's it. And if the baby is ebf you don't have to plop the poops"

Okay yay :) Lol. She's BF but on solids too, so I'm assuming that changes things?

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
27th Mar '13

You never bleach them haha!! You're mom knows nothing about new age cloth diapering :)



Anyway, yes you do scrape poop (or plop depending in consistency) into the toilet. You use vinegar or tto to disinfect them. Not bleach!!! You use the sun and you can put some lemon juice on then then lay them in the sun to bleach them. But you don't have to do it everyday :roll: haha



They can sit for up to 3 days in an open dry pail. I do every other day. It depends on how big your stash is.



Pockets are ok. You stuff the inserts into a pocket on the diaper cover. An AI2 the soaker would snap into the inside of the cover instead of going into a pocket. I like flats which are a flat square piece of cotton fabric (I use receiving blankets) that you fold in a certain way (there's lots of diff styles Of folds you can use) to make a diaper out of, and you can use a snappi or boingos to keep it on. Then put a waterproof cover over it. There prefolds which you kind of do amen thing similar but you don't have to do any fancy fold on them. Then there's fitteds which snap or Velcro on just like a diaper. Then you out a cover over it. You can use a wipe able cover several times before washing it. Or just use a cover that you wash each time.



Pockets you can adjust the absorbency well and they're one if the cheaper options for a dummy proof cding system. Prefolds or flats are gonna be your cheapest option with a wipeable cover. But it doesn't hurt to get a few kinds of dipes to try out first to see what works for your child. I have a good mixture and what I thought I'd like best I don't at all haha. And what I never even thought if using I actually prefer :) what works best for us are flats with a doubler (extra soaker I took from some nb ai2s I had that dot fit her anymore) with a tiny tush wipe able cover. If I would have known they'd work so well I'd have done it from the get go and never bought anything else haha!!! You could actually get started for probably $30 if you went that route. Mybabypumpkin.com has everything on clearance and 35% off. So their tiny tush covers come out to $6.50 a piece. You could get 3-4 of those and 2 snappis. Then use receiving blankets you have on hand or find some used ones at goodwill or for sale on fb garage sale groups or whatever. Or find them at cheap stores. You can usually get them if you look hard enough for about $2 a piece. 28-30x28-30 is good for older babies. I think for my little bitty baby I use about a 23-25x23-25 ish size. I've never measured them. But I have some bigger ones so that's what I think they are. They're the small burp rag size ones.



Then you can order some alvas (actually really nice option for going out in public. But it will take a couple week or more to get them cause they're overseas. So you could get started with the flats if you wanted to while you wait.



I also make my own cloth wipes. I use washcloths, baby wash clothes, and cut up cotton shirts. I make a solution of about 1/4 cup olive oil, a few drops of tto, and I was using a drop of baby soap but I didn't like the crap in it so I ditched that. Then I add 32 oz of water. I dip all my wipes in it and ring them out then put them in a food storage container. I make them every other day when I wash my dipes because you can just throw the wipes right in the wash. Wrap them innthebdipe like you would with disposable dipes and wipes. Then toss in the diaper pail. Then toss in the washer when it's wash time. Easy peasy!!!



Plus look at all the chemicals your baby won't have to have in her system
http://www.livestrong.com/article/111348-chemicals-disposable-diapers/



The only thing I'd buy is some tto and vinegar. You can put conegar in the wash every time. It helps keep them from growing bacteria. Oh and get some cloth diape safe detergent. Like Ecos or sun free and clear. You don't use very much. Then washing routine varies depending on what kind of washer you have.

Jamie & Baby Aria 1 child; Ahmeek, Michigan 2503 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting susanesque:" YouTube is your best friend. I use mostly pockets and I love them! I just use one insert per diaper ... [snip!] ... had people try to deter me from it as well. You can totally do it. Check out youtube's cloth diaper channel or obbs and lala."

Yay I'm getting excited haha. And I'll have to look into a sprayer. Ad I'll have to check out youtube too! Thank you

Hy'ska 2 kids; Washington 50677 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" You never bleach them haha!! You're mom knows nothing about new age cloth diapering :) Anyway, yes you ... [snip!] ... Ecos or sun free and clear. You don't use very much. Then washing routine varies depending on what kind of washer you have."</blockquote>



I only wash 5-7 days

Jamie & Baby Aria 1 child; Ahmeek, Michigan 2503 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting lolajessup:" You never bleach them haha!! You're mom knows nothing about new age cloth diapering :) Anyway, yes you ... [snip!] ... Ecos or sun free and clear. You don't use very much. Then washing routine varies depending on what kind of washer you have."

Thank you very much! I'll have to read all this in the morning when its not 2am and I'm exhausted! Lol, but wow lots of info! I'm really excited to try cloth, plus Alva has such cute diapers! I'm looking right now and wanna buy them all haha.

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Brink:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" You never bleach them haha!! You're mom knows ... [snip!] ... very much. Then washing routine varies depending on what kind of washer you have."</blockquote> I only wash 5-7 days"</blockquote>



Dang how do you get away with that haha!!! My kids' pee reeks!!! Haha I can't even stand walking by them. And they're not closed or anything. I actually don't have a pail I have a designated spot with a blanket down to put them on it outside the laundry room haha. So they're getting air flow.

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Jamie & Baby Aria:</b>" Thank you very much! I'll have to read all this in the morning when its not 2am and I'm exhausted! Lol, ... [snip!] ... of info! I'm really excited to try cloth, plus Alva has such cute diapers! I'm looking right now and wanna buy them all haha."</blockquote>



I know it's so hard to resist the cute ones :D you can become addicted. I love wahm dipes because they're adorable as heck!!! I have ruffle butts and super cute prints. And super soft minky. Do minky!!!! Sooooooo soft.

susanesque 2 kids; Georgia 8400 posts
27th Mar '13

Gogreen are some of my favorites and they're pretty cheap. They just got new prints and I'm not letting myself even look at them because I do not need more diapers!!! lol