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Aug-2016

The Best Cloth Diapers

IMG_1301I love our Funky Fluff cloth diapers! They are easy to customize (sizing, absorbency) and clean- they always come out smelling fresh!

I spent countless hours researching what brand of cloth diapers to go with and finally decided to go with Funky Fluff, a Canadian brand that my friend had wonderful success with. It’s always nice to have a recommendation from someone you trust- especially considering there are hundreds of brands to choose from!

Cloth diapers have come a long way from our grandparents’ generation and while some people are still using “prefolds” with pins, the more common type now is the pocket diaper or the all-in-one, both which look like a regular diaper with snaps or velcro closures. The pocket diaper means you stuff a pocket (or use snaps) with absorbent boosters whereas the all-in-one has boosters that come already attached. Most of these diapers are one-size-fits-all and you adjust the rise of the diaper with snaps so that it will last a child through potty training. I recommend using disposables for the first few weeks while your baby is so small and you are getting the hang of parenting, plus that way you can just throw away those meconium poohs! Funky Fluff are good for babies seven to thirty-five pounds.

Reusable diapers are great because:

1. They save lots of money! Cloth diapering websites estimate you save about $1500 in two years- even more if you’d be buying a more expensive brands like The Honest Company or Seventh Generation . Our initial investment was about $550 for twenty-four Funky Fluff diapers (Black Friday sale). When I went to Canada recently I decided to use disposables and went through about seventy disposables in eight days. Yikes. So that’s about $20 a week, $80 a month that we’d be spending on disposable diapers. That means that it takes less than seven months before our Funky Fluff stash has paid for itself.

2. You don’t have to worry about the chemicals in disposable diapers. When I do use disposables (traveling or when I didn’t get the laundry done in time) I like Seventh Generation because they are chlorine free and fragrance free.

3. It’s good for the environment! In this YouTube video, Mama Natural says that the average baby goes through 5000 diapers!

4. Better for nighttime! I’ve found that the cloth diapers don’t leak during the night. Yay!

As for accessories, any people swear by the diaper sprayer and I’ve heard that the Spray Pal is a great invention for keeping this spray system splash free. This video explains how to spray your diapers and how disposable inserts work. Unfortunately the disposable liners didn’t work for us as my son got a rash both times we tried (which actually caused me to keep putting off using my cloth diapers). I’ve also read that a breastfed baby’s poop is water soluble and can just go into the washer.

Here’s a video by Funky Fluff on how to wash your cloth diapers:

I use Eco Nuts laundry soap. Here is an interesting post from Eco Nuts on washing cloth diapers. Remember, don’t use dryer sheets or fabric softener. Funky Fluff doesn’t  recommend bleach, although people online using other brands use bleach to “strip” the diapers of smells, however I’m hoping that my Funky Fluff diapers don’t get smelly, unlike diapers that use microfiber, which I’ve read can hold onto smells. The woman who owns Earth Baby in Sherman Oaks recommended Molly’s Suds for washing. However, the couple times I tried Molly’s I found that the diapers didn’t smell as fresh, so I went back to Eco Nuts and so far so good!

It’s a good idea to use a reusable diaper pail liner or a reusable hanging diaper bag so that you can just dump the diapers into the laundry and throw in the pail liner or hanging bag too. Do your wash every other day, so that you don’t run out of diapers and they don’t get too stinky or stained between washings. Reusable wipes are another great way to save money (you can just toss the dirty ones into your diaper wash). A good disposable wipe brand is Water Wipes. You can buy them on Amazon but the cheapest place I’ve found is Target.

Other popular brands I considered were Thirsties, Fuzzibunz, Apple Cheeks and Bumgenius. Going on Dirty Diaper Laundry is a great resource for checking out reviews.

Apart from Funky Fluff, Bumgenius was the frontrunner because it’s a well known brand recommended by Mama Natural, whose online videos and blog I really enjoy. Bumgenius has a thirty day money back guarantee which is awesome. Another alternative is G Diapers that combine a reusable shell with disposable absorbent pads that you just throw out.

Cloth diapers are an investment to start, but if we stick with it I know we’ll save a lot of money and protect my baby’s tushie.

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