Cloth Diapering: How We Set Up Our Nursery

Before I launch into something new I try to get as much information as possible and then I imagine how everything will go.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error.  Cloth diapering was like that for me.  Ok, it still is!  I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with my fast heavy wetter of a daughter, but that’s not what this post is about.

So what is this post about?  Well, when you do a Google or Pinterest search for cloth diapering, many of the posts are about washing those diapers.  But there is a lot more to do with diapers than just washing them!  For example, where do you put them when it isn’t laundry day?  What do I do with a poopy diaper?  Should I use cloth wipes or disposable?  Where should those wipes go?  What kind of wipe solution should I use if I am using cloth?  The list could go on and on.

Now for some, all this might seem obvious, or not that big of an issue.  For others these might be the exact questions that you are trying to figure out.  So I’m going to share how we set up our nursery for cloth diapering.

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Here’s the change table in the nursery.

1. A place to keep the clean diapers.  The top left and center boxes are where we keep the clean, stuffed diapers.  When changing E, the diapers are easily within reach and it is easy to see when we are running low and need to do laundry.  The other drawers hold washcloths, extra cloth wipes, lotions, etc.  We do also use disposable diapers at night and we have put those beside the change table for the time being.

It is hard to see, but we have two identical laundry baskets to the left of the change table.  That way we have a basket for dirty cloths as well as a basket for the diapers when they come out of the dryer.

2. A place to keep the dirty diapers.  Hanging above the laundry basket are the extra large wet bags that we use as our diaper pails.  We bought a towel hanger from Ikea, and it works great for this!  The little shelf adds for some extra space to decorate too.

The wet bags are from Colibri.  We had originally only bought one extra large wet bag, but since it goes in the laundry with the diapers (what a great way to keep it clean), we found we would have a bunch of wet diapers piling up on the change table before the bag was dry.  So we bought a second one and now we always have a bag available to hold the wet diapers.

At first this system was working great, but then our daughter reached the solid food stage and the poop changed!  It isn’t like the breastfeeding/formula baby poops that wash away in the laundry, these ones need to be rinsed first!  Ok, not a big deal.  Take the diaper to the bathroom, rinse it in the toilet, and into the wet bag…that is in the nursery.  Eww…wet dripping diaper across the carpet.  I don’t think so!  We purchased a couple regular sized bags and we keep those bags in the bathroom for quick placement of the rinsed out diaper.  These wet bags also go in the laundry so they are kept nice and clean.

You might also notice that small pink thing hanging beside the wet bag.  That is a container holding plastic diaper bags for when E poops in a disposable.  They are from the Dollarama and work great at keeping the poopy smell to a minimum.

IMG_37413. What about wipes?  The first decision to make is whether you want to use cloth or disposable wipes.  Since you’re doing laundry anyways, cloth wipes can make sense.  Lots of places sell cloth wipes.  I decided to make my own.  I bought some cheap flannelette and cut it into squares.  I then folded the edges over and did a zig zag stitch to keep them from fraying when washed.  They might not be the nicest looking, but they work great!  And really, there are so many cute fabrics out there that would make great cloth wipes!

IMG_3740The only thing with cloth wipes is that they do require some sort of solution to wet them.  Do a Google or Pinterest search and you will find a whole bunch of ideas if you want to try some fancier solutions.  I did for awhile, but then found that I preferred the simple solution of water and baby wash.  I have a wipes warmer that my sister lent to me that I use.  It isn’t one that is meant for cloth wipes, but it still works.  At first I put the solution in the warmer along with as many wipes as could fit, but found that they started to smell bad really quickly.  So now I put the solution in the warmer (I fill it 3/4 of the way with warm tap water then mix in a squirt of baby wash) and when we need a wipe we put it in the water, wringing it out before we use it.  This system is working great for us.  The wipes warmer keeps the solution at a good temperature so E isn’t shocked when we wipe her cute little baby bum!  🙂

We keep the wipes and warmer on a plastic shelving unit right beside the change table for easy access.  The drawers in the shelving unit are perfect for storing the cloth-safe diaper rash cream and other miscellaneous baby items.

So there you have it…how we set up our nursery for cloth diapering.

How is your nursery set up?  Do you have any “why didn’t I think of that earlier” kind of moments?  I love hearing about other people’s systems, so please share!

 

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Charlie Banana Cloth Diaper Review

One of the greatest and most overwhelming aspect of cloth diapering is deciding which diapers to buy!  Many people suggest trying out a few different types of diapers before settling on just one.  I didn’t take that advice and only bought two types of diapers: Charlie Banana One Size diapers and AMP One Size diapers.  This post is about the Charlie Banana Diapers.

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Sizing from x-small (pink) to large (yellow)

The Charlie Banana diapers have some great features.  I went with the One Size diapers because they can be sized from x-small to large, easily fitting a newborn baby and lasting until potty training.

IMG_0299A friend of mine had been told in their prenatal class that they should hold off with the cloth diapers until they were a bit more comfortable having a baby around.  My opinion: if the diaper fits, wear it!  🙂  My daughter, E, has been wearing these cloth diapers since the day she was born.  She was 7 pounds 8 ounces and these diapers fit snuggle around her waist and legs.

Sizing a Charlie Banana diaper is super easy.  Unlike other cloth diapers, the CB diapers don’t have the sizing snaps on the front.  Instead they are even more customizable with a bra strap type system.  The elastic is able to be sized from x-small to large by moving tightening the elastic like you would a bra strap.  The idea is a great idea and allows the strap to be tightened to exactly the size that will work for your baby.  One thing I have found, though, is that the straps do start loosening up as the baby wears them and so they need to be adjusted back to the correct size every so often.

 

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The bra strap system works around the legs of the diaper and the waist is adjusted using the snaps.  Some people like snaps others prefer the hook and loop.  I don’t mind the snaps, but I am thinking of purchasing some cloth diapers with the hook and loop for when someone is babysitting E.  The snaps can be a little overwhelming when you’re not used to what you’re doing!

 

IMG_3522IMG_3523The Charlie Banana diapers have two rows of snaps.  The flaps have three snaps on them to secure the diaper in place.  One of the things I really liked when E was tiny was the cross over snap option.  See the middle snap on the left wing?  That lines up with the outer snap on the right, making an even tighter fit.

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Two inserts are included with every Charlie Banana diaper.  When sized for a newborn, only the small insert is used.  As my daughter needed a bit more absorbency I switched to the large insert and eventually to using both.  The inserts are pretty absorbent and aren’t too bulky either.  The diapers stuff from the front which is nice because when the diaper is a poopy one and the inserts need to be removed your hands don’t get dirty!

I do wish there was the option for an even more absorbent insert, though, as my daughter is a heavy wetter and if I don’t change her diaper every hour and a half she starts leaking through the legs onto her clothes.  Maybe this is an issue with other cloth diapers as well.

My daughter cannot wear these diapers at night because she will be soaking in the morning.  We have switched to using a disposable at night in order for her to wake up dry.

Charlie Banana diapers come in some great colours and patterns!  Knowing that we couldn’t go crazy buying diapers my husband and I decided to buy the more gender neutral colours so they can be used for the next baby regardless of gender.  I did splurge and get a couple pink and purple ones though.  A girl has to have SOME girly things, after all!  🙂

I have been pleased with my decision to use Charlie Banana diapers.  Hopefully you’ve found this review helpful.  If you have any questions, let me know!

 

Why I decided to try cloth diapering.

IMG_0380Cloth Diapers seem to be a new fad among moms these days.  Ok, I guess cloth diapers have actually been used for over a hundred years, but they have come a long way since then!  I don’t imagine that our great great grandmothers had the selection that we have today.  We are certainly spoiled!  🙂

I had actually decided that I wanted to try cloth diapers I was even pregnant with my daughter.  Here are some of the main reasons.

#1: The Environment

A baby goes through a ton of diaper changes before she is potty trained.  I change my daughter at least 9 times a day!  That’s 63 diaper changes a week; 252 diaper changes a month; 3 285 diaper changes a year!  That’s a lot of diapers to be throwing away!  And each of those diapers can take about 500 years to break down.

Cloth diapers, on the other hand, get reused and if in good shape can often be used for the next baby or even sold to another mom wanting to cloth diaper.

Now to be honest, I don’t just use cloth diapers.  We put E into a disposable at night as well as when we leave the house for longer than an hour.  But we are throwing away less than 500 diapers instead of over 3 000!

#2: The Cost

Cloth diapers do require a large initial investment.  Good quality diapers average around $20 each and we have 25 diapers.  That’s $500, which sounds expensive, but compared to buying disposables it ends up costing way less in the long run!  Even factoring in the cost of laundry detergent and water, it still ends up being cheaper to use cloth.

#3: The Cuteness Factor

I love the way cloth diapers look.  There are so many fun colours and patterns.  🙂  Whenever people tell me that they are thinking of cloth diapering I warn them that it can become addictive!

Are cloth diapers really that great though?

Having used cloth diapers for about 10 months now, I will admit that there have certainly been times when I considered switching to disposable.

Cloth diapers are a lot of work!  There’s the washing, the stuffing (at least for the ones I use), and the stripping of the diapers.  They also aren’t as absorbent as the disposable diapers and so I have found that if I don’t change my daughter’s diaper every hour to hour and a half, that she just starts leaking.  Today, for example, she is on her third set of clothes because of leaks.  :/

But, overall, I have been happy with my choice of using cloth!

The really fun part of cloth diapers is buying them.  🙂  There are SO many types to choose from!  I think this is because one mom was using one type of diaper and liked them except wanted “this” feature…so she designed a new diaper.  The next mom came along and liked that new diaper but would prefer it if it had “this feature” so another style was born.  My sister borrowed one of my cloth diapers to test them out and that was exactly her reaction…she thought they were great, but would have preferred the hook and loop closures instead of snaps.

We use Charlie Banana cloth diapers and I will be reviewing them in my next post!  🙂