Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cloth Diaper Experiment

So I'm on Week 3 of experimenting with cloth diapering. This is based on my own desire to try it out. I'm not being paid to review these.

It's been a good experience so far. I bought about 15 BumGenius 4.0 one-size pocket diapers and a variety of cute colors. I got them from for $17.95 each. I also had 1 FuzziBunz one-size pocket diaper that I had previously bought.

I've had hardly any leaks with the BumGenius diapers and almost every time he wears the FuzziBunz, it leaks out. I don't think it's because I've put them on wrong either.

Laundering them hasn't proved difficult. I've stacked them in a plastic grocery bag lined garbage can and then wash a whole bunch of them at a time. I've been washing about every other day. Pre-rinse in cold and then wash in hot. Hang dry the covers and tumble dry the inserts. Not extremely time intensive or gross.

Since the little Chicken Hawk is still only breastfed, his poop is water soluble and can just be thrown in the washing machine without me having to do much else with it. I suppose when it becomes more solid, I'll just scoop it into the toilet and hose it off with the shower nozzle before putting it into the washing machine.

Now that I've got proficient in that, I've gone even more crunchy and started using cloth wipes too. I bought some neat Thirsties Fab cloth wipes that work incredibly. They are soft and wipe up like a charm. I even went nutso and actually made my own wipes solution and put it in a wipes warmer. Now I'm a certified GREEN MAMA. LOL. I made my wipes solution out of 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons Aveeno baby wash, 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 drop of tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is kind of stinky. I don't know if I'll continue that.

I also took an old Victoria's Secret body spray bottle and dumped it out and filled it up with my solution for the diaper bag.

So far, the little Chicken Hawk's diaper rash has disappeared and I haven't had to continually slather him up with butt paste.

The only problem I'm experiencing is he is spitting up a lot more. I think it might be because the waistband is too tight around his abdomen and doesn't give much when he's bent over. Since then, I've tried to loosen up with my snapping. I hope that helps.

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