Missionary Mommy Advice – Cloth Diapering

Amy LOVES giving parenting advice.  She is passionate about cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and sleeping.  One of our friends recently found out she was pregnant and asked Amy for advice.  This series hopes to capture that email exchange for posterity sake!  Missionary mommies, mommies on mission or anyone in general…ENJOY!

So here is what I have learned about cloth diapers, information overload might happen.  One thing is it is much easier in the states than here to do so that is good. Also cost if you plan on having one kid it is savings if you have more than it is huge. We have literally spent $30 on Elijah except the birth costs.
Newborn Diapers:
We didnt start cloth with Joseph until almost 2 months, was hoping to get some for Christmas but that didnt happen. So we didnt do newborn cloth diapers.  Since our kids come out big (8/9 lbs) we didnt get any for Elijah either.  I just used disposable until the umbilical cord falls off.  Honestly I would go that route first time around.  Being a new parent you have enough to worry about rather than doing extra laundry those first weeks. Elijah literally went through at least 2 diapers every change. The first couple of weeks. If I had done cloth we would have never stopped doing laundry.  They do have rental programs that you can get diapers from.
Diapers:
What we use is bumgenius 4.0s snaps.  Do not get the Velcro, it doesn’t last and most people end up putting snaps on the diapers because of that.  They didnt have freetimes when i started so i dont know about them.  I went with them from various peoples recommendations.  they are one size which is nice because you dont have to worry about various sizes, just get one and done.  A lot of people have various kinds. Josh just wanted one to make sure he did it right. i now have about 40 or so but that isnt needed for one kid, madeline and joseph still uses them during naps and night.  They are usually around 18 bucks a pop, I got quite a few from a diaper grant though and found them on a website for $15. You could make due with 24 and do laundry every other day. since we have so many we do laundry every 3 days now.
Diaper grant:
so it is for missionaries. I would find out if you guys could get it. We got like 15 diapers, wipes, wet bag, diaper pail liner, and wipe spray. http://www.cottonbabies.com/?cPath=58 It looks like they changed the requirements when I went to share this link but it is worth asking.
Cleaning:
In the states I made my own detergent from this website  http://theecofriendlyfamily.com/2009/08/cloth-diaper-detergent/ but here I use 2 tablespoons of regular tide powder because I don’t have any other option.  You can get different cloth diaper detergents but everyone has a different take on them and they are expensive.  I also use vinegar in a downy ball every cycle to help with ammonia. You don;t have to do this until they are older (around 1)  The companies say don’t use it but anyone that actually cloth diapers say use it.  In the states I ran a hot load then a cold load both with detergent.  We don’t have hot water here so we do more work.  We place inserts in the sink and rinse them out before going to bed or when we have a chance. We just dunk our diapers in the toilet to get off poop. Josh thought he wouldn’t be able to do it but you get over it.  Here we just wash them on cold with a rinse cycle in the machine. We dry the inserts either outside or in the dryer and hang dry the shells. I try to hang everything outside at least once every other week because it santizes them and gets any stains out.
Wipes:
I got special spray and bumgenius wipes from the diaper grant.  Once we ran out of the spray we just used water works the same.  Don’t get the bumgenius wipes they are terrible and unravel and aren’t that soft.  I got grovia wipes and love them. You can also use flannel or baby wash clothes. If you know someone who sews or you do you could easily.
Wet bags/pail liners:
We have a wet bag that we just use when out to put the dirty diapers in.  We got a pail liner with our grant and We don’t use it.  We just use a plastic trash can and put it  next to the toilet.  We don’t go longer than 3 days between loads otherwise they start to smell and they build up grossness. We just put the trashcan out in the sun when we are washing them.
Diaper sprayer:
I think is a waste of money.  We just dunk our and use our hands.  Josh was grossed out to begin with but honestly you get over it.  You just think of all the money you save and that does it for me.
Butt cream:
We use Cjs butter.  It is expensive but lasts forever.  I still am on the same big tub that I got when I lived in our house a year ago.  Great thing about cloth diapers is you don’t really get diaper rash unless you get ammonia build up. You cant use any of the regular stuff you get in the store like destitin.
I do keep disposables around for weekend trips or when we go to the states.  Dealing with them on the airplane isn’t very easy.  But otherwise I use cloth all the time.
Cost wise definitely way less expensive than disposables unless of course you have someone give you diapers. I think it is also way better for the environment.
You go through A LOT of diapers.
Feel free to leave comments, ask questions. I love answering them!!  That’s it for now!  Enjoy!
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