Adventures in cloth diapering Part 1

Iggy is now a little over 4 weeks old, and although I was pretty green to the whole world of parenting a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten into the swing of things quickly.

My little man.

My little man.

One thing I wasn’t prepared for was the frequency of diaper changes a newborn goes through everyday!  Having made the decision to go with reusable’s before Iggy was born, I thought I’d impart my four weeks of wisdom and personal experience by addressing a few common myths surrounding the use of cloth diapers.  

We were lucky enough to be given a Real Nappies Birth to Potty pack by a couple of good friends before Iggy was born.  The pack is fantastic, and includes all of the diapering materials new parents will need from the day baby is born to the time he’s ready to potty train.

A BIG box of reusable diaper essentials!

Based on our experience using Real Nappies I’m going to disprove some common myths surrounding the use of reusable diapers:

Reusable diaper myth #1 Cloth diapers are expensive

Real Mom fact #1 From birth to potty training disposables can run anywhere between $2,000 – $3,000 per child.  A huge out of pocket expense, and don’ forget about the enormous impact on the environment!  Although the initial investment for a cloth diaper system is more, they work out to be significantly cheaper from birth to potty training age running about $600.00 total.

Reusable diaper myth #2 Cloth diapers are stinky!

Real Mom fact #2Having used disposables on Iggy for a week after his circumcision, I can attest that a trash bag full of dirty disposables is much stinkier than a contained bucket of soiled cloth diapers. 

I find disposables take up a lot of trash and are stinkier than reusables.

I find disposables take up a lot of trash and are stinkier than reusables.

We use a dry pail method, meaning that the soiled cloth diapers are stored in a large bucket with a lid instead of left sitting in stagnant water, meaning that any nasty smell is contained. 

Here's the big bucket.

Here's the big bucket.

Reusable diaper myth # 3 – Caring for cloth diapers is time consuming and a hassle.

Real Mom fact # 3 – Cloth diapers have progressed since the days of our Mom’s multi bucket laundering system.   By using a dry pail system, it’s as easy as flushing the bio refill down the toilet  and then throwing the diaper in the bucket until you’re ready to wash a load.  On average, we wash Iggy’s dipes once every three days.

Iggy's dirty dipes are contained in the bucket until it's time to wash a load.

Iggy's dirty dipes are contained in the bucket until it's time to wash a load.

Resuable diaper myth # 4 – Cloth diapers leak

Real Mom fact # 4– In our experience, newborn poop is RUNNY and can be hard to contain.  Friends had tried to steer us away from reusables, claiming that they would leak and that disposables were far more efficient.  It’s just not true!

By using a multi part reusable diaper system and correct folding techniques you can effectively eliminate the risk of leakage.  

Absorbent cotton diaper = no pee spillage

Absorbent cotton diaper = no pee spillage

No poop leakage!

No poop leakage!

Unfortunately our experience with disposables was not as pleasant and we were often faced with explosions and leakages up Iggy’s back and out of his legs.  

Messy, messy, messy!

Messy, messy, messy!

In our opinion the benefits of using coth diapers on Iggy clearly outweigh any disadvantages, and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to any of our friends and family that are considering switching from disposables.  

Iggy’s snoozing right now, but we’ll put together a cloth diaper step by step user guide for our next post.

I heart reusable diapers.

I heart reusable diapers.

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mason Hell-Cat on August 7, 2009 at 12:45 am

    What about the other myth I have heard, that cloth nappies give rashes?? Or is that just the type our parents would have used?

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    • Posted by mynaturalbaby on August 10, 2009 at 9:49 pm

      Hey Mase!
      Word on the street is that cloth diapers actually reduce nappy rash because there aren’t any chemicals or plastics in the materials, unlike disposables. My cousin’s baby suffers from terrible bouts of it and she’s using disposables…..
      I can’t rave enough about using cloth. It’s scary how the amount of disposables adds up.

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    • My husband found this blog and suggested I read it~love it. We’re cloth diaper users, too. I believe rashes can be a result of 1. Not washing the diapers well when you first get them 2. Using a detergent that leaves residue and/or 3. Leaving a baby in the diaper too long. Cloth diapers must be changed more often than chemically laden disposable diapers or they leak and cause rashes. Cloth diaper users really need to learn about detergents or cloth diapering isn’t so fun anymore. Happy Diapering!

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      • Posted by mynaturalbaby on August 25, 2009 at 7:39 am

        Hi Wendy,
        Great to hear from another cloth diapering Mama! I totally agree with your comment on laundry detergents. We use an eco product that doesn’t have any scent or fillers so we haven’t experienced any problems so far, but it’s also important not to use any dryer sheets or fabric softeners when washing the diapers as they place a coating on the dipes that affects absorption.
        Good luck with your diapering!

  2. Hello!

    mmmm… interesting experience! We’ve tried Real Nappies too – they are ok… but had a few more issues with leakage (mainly wee soaking through) than you seemed to have…

    But am persisting, though wading through the endless discussions about cloth diapers/nappies has been difficult to say the least…

    I’ll let you know how we go – be interested to hear more from you too!

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  3. Posted by mynaturalbaby on August 10, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Hi!!

    My little guy pees A LOT but I haven’t run into any problems with leakage so far. Our diaper fits nice and snugly on Iggy, so it soaks everything up. Do you have a boy or a girl? I know that different folds should be used for each sex, so would be interested to know what kind of fold you’re using. Real Nappies is really good at helping you out with any questions you have regarding cloth diapering. I emailed them with a couple of questions and got a response very quickly. You can also call their 0800 number as well……

    Hang in there! I have really enjoyed my cloth diapering experience and recommend perseverance.

    Keep me posted with your progress!

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  4. Posted by cassonaquest on August 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I loved your photos of the poo messes!!! My littlest one is nearing 6 months, and had the most massive poo ever the other day–and was in his excersaucer/stationary entertainer. When my older son would do that in his excersaucer (in disposables), he would get poop everywhere! This time around, all contained in his cute little cloth diaper!

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  5. Posted by tory on August 24, 2009 at 5:48 am

    your baby is adorable!! and i applaude you for trying the no throw away method!!

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