cloth diapers

This time around my husband and I made the choice to try cloth diapers instead of disposable. Why we switched? After reading an article with some of the harsh fact of disposable diapers my stomach started to hurt. I couldn’t help but think that I alone had deposited nearly 6,000 diapers that would sit in a landfill for the next 500 years….yikes!    {Check out some of the facts here.}   We made the switch for the environment, but it really helped our wallets too!

gdiapers on the line

We use the gdiaper system which includes 3 parts; the gpants outside, the plastic snap in liners, and the cloth insert. The gpants come in lots of super cute colors, and the cloth insert has a soft fleece side– making it so comfy for our little babe’s booty.

Here is our routine:

We have the diapers assembled and ready to put on. Meaning, the liner is snapped in and the cloth is inserted. This helps keep changing time quick and easy for our little peanut.

The dirty parts get thrown in the diaper wet bag that we keep in a trash bin (with a lid). When I say dirty parts I mean the cloth, sometimes the snap in liner, and occasionally the gpants. In one day we dirty about 8-10 cloth inserts, 4 snap liners, and 3 gpants.

The washing takes place every 2-3 days. I empty the wet bag and all the diapers in to the wash machine in HOT water, with detergent that biodegradable and free of any phosphates, brighteners and fillers—this is important because you don’t want residue on your cloth diaper, which can make them less absorbent.  We use GroVia Tiny Bubbles, but there are lots of options. Check out this nice chart to help make a good choice.

The drying happens on the line outside. This way no energy is used to run the dryer and the sun does wonders for the diapers. The sun’s UV rays act as a natural bleach, which both disinfects and whitens the diapers. Three cheers for the power of nature! Here is a blog that offers some good tips on sun bleaching : Keeper of the Home

Once dried we re-assemble the diaper and off we go to start the cycle all over again.

We {barely} attempted cloth diapers with our first born, but it didn’t work out for us. Here our a few reasons we think we have been successful this go ’round:

  1.  Time: my schedule allows me to complete the cycle of washing/drying in a timely manner.
  2. gdiaper sizes: there are 3 different gdiaper sizes, which make for a tight/right fit for our little one—which means less leaks!
  3. tri-fold benefits: our environment, our wallets, and the baby’s buns.

happy bun, happy baby.


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