How I Became a Cloth Diaper Revert

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Today’s guest post is written by my blogging and in real life friend,  Grateful for Grace.  She shares her take on going back to cloth diapers.

I am a cloth diapering re-vert, not exactly a convert.  I’d used them before, but I came back around.  It had been ten years and three kids since I used cloth diapers.  I researched more this time (the internet grew up with my first cd baby, so that certainly helped) and found a great diaper.  I reverted back to cloth to help my family’s budget.  We have six amazing children and my husband helps run a summer camp, so we aren’t rolling in dough, even if we are rolling in happiness.

I flirted with the idea of going back to cloth diapers with each new kid, but just couldn’t do it.  I had been too frustrated by persistent leaks.  Constant leaks equal messes, laundry, and headaches.  I simply didn’t trust cloth diapers any more.  To even consider going back meant I was serious about saving my family money because last time I was not happy long term.  Gratefully, Autumn came into my life and showed me how much the cloth diaper has changed in the last ten years.

Reverting back to cloth has been truly enjoyable and I’ve seen a few differences this time around.

First, there really are leak proof cloth diapers.  This astounds me still, even after using cloth for seven months.  The fact that I haven’t had to deal with a single poopy leak makes me giggle.  Sure, maybe I’m too easily entertained, but it does make a mama happy when she doesn’t have to worry about poopy clothes/bedding/laps.  This fact alone (ok, and the money saving benefit) has convinced me cloth diapers are worth their weight in gold (or cotton or microfleece, whatever).

Secondly, diapers are so stinkin’ cute now that it can be addicting to keep buying them,even if you start using cloth to save money.  I’ve resisted the urge, thus far, but it hasn’t been easy.  At all.   I share this to encourage you to stay the course with your reasons for choosing cloth, whatever your reasons.

Is your main reason: To save money?  Then first, follow Autumn’s tips and second, only buy what you need.  It’s probably best to not ‘window shop’ unless you should be buying.  Trust me on this.  To help the environment?  Then be sure your laundering detergent is just as good.  To guard your baby’s health?  If that’s your only reason, well, I think you pretty much have free reign and you’re the envy of your cding friends.  ;-)

Third, cloth diapering just doesn’t feel like the work it did the first time around.  Granted, this could be because I’ve been changing diapers for over thirteen years (did I just say that?!), but I think it’s more than that.  I think I am committed to making it work, so the extra effort (and three more loads of laundry a week when I already do two-three loads a day, is work) simply doesn’t feel that bad.  Just as I don’t consider washing my hands every time I use the bathroom or change a diaper too much work, dunking a poopy diaper and doing three extra loads of laundry a week just don’t feel that burdensome.

Finding  a leak proof diaper certainly cut down on the effort. I am also not as grossed out by dealing with the poop.  This is partly helped by the kind of diaper I use now (vs. a prefold), but really poop is just poop and I can wash my hands.

Finally, whereas before I was just focusing on the financial side of my decision, now I am also excited about the testimony I am living out for my children.  Last time, my eldest was three when I stopped using cloth.  She doesn’t remember it at all.  Now, however, I have a teenager and older kids watching and participating in using cloth diapers.  They are learning how much money it saves the family (terrific math lessons), how easy they are to put on and take off (oh yes, I make them put diapers on their two year old brother), how much better it is for the environment (a lovely science lesson, thankyouverymuch) and how the poop isn’t really all that awful (ok, ok, they aren’t totally convinced of this yet).

I love letting Wee Babe pitter patter around camp and home with his clothed behind showing.  I try to let others see my darling wet bag and diapers so I can encourage them, even if silently.  Just as I made sure to breastfeed in public sometimes, I now want others to know cloth is do-able.  Even with someone who does three times as much laundry.

This time around, I wish I had reverted back sooner.  Using cloth is a stinkin’ fun way of life.  Seriously.


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About Autumn Beck

Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ. She began cloth diapering in 2005 and has experienced many joys and trials throughout the years. Autumn enjoys writing but would choose camping with her family any day!

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21 Responses to “How I Became a Cloth Diaper Revert”

  1. Grateful for Grace Says:

    You all chiming in with the diapers you have found to be poopy proof makes me happy! More wonderful info for others and proof that I am right. ;-) Cloth can be leak proof. Such an asset.

    The only time we have urine only leaks is when I leave them on for 10-12 hours. Ahem. Not that I have. Nope, not me.

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  2. Jessica Says:

    “Using cloth is a stinkin’ fun way of life. Seriously.” I love that, you are so right! And I am tickled to know that i am not the only one that secretly hopes others will notice the cloth when i am changing a diaper and ask a question!

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    • Crystal Says:

      LOL, Jessica, I always hope someone will notice my cloth, too. I do get comments on how stinkin’ cute it is, but most people just look at me like I’m crazy when I suggest they try it. Once you get into a routine, it really is sooo easy, and so much better for baby.

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  3. Autumn Beck Says:

    Grateful for Grace here-
    We went leak free for months using Motherease Sandy’s. I was stunned. BUT my son has sensitive skin, so the cotton next to the skin wasn’t working. I used different wraps with those (BioBottoms, Motherease, and Thirsties) and they were all good.

    I switched to Rumparooz and have been leak free since January with them.

    I am a Snappi and prefold flunkie. I have tried and tried to use a Snappi, but just can’t seem to master it. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true. Which is a shame because I have 18 unbleached cotton prefolds not being used.

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  4. Agnes Says:

    Great post. I wonder what diapers she’s using :)

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  5. Sarah Flukinger Says:

    I do have a question though, for anyone that can help. I mainly like my pockets for night time, because of their amazing absorbency. Is there any way to use a prefold with a cover at night and get that great absorbency? For the record, I use unbleached cotton prefolds, Gen-Y covers (love them!) or Bummis covers, Fuzzi Bunz old style smalls with mf inserts and joey bunz hemp inserts and my all time fave one-size blueberry minkies with bamboo inserts. Any ideas on how I can use prefolds at night?

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    • Anonymous Says:

      Have you tried hemp prefolds? Polar Babies make good ones and I think Babykicks too. We use fleece or wool covers or sometimes a Thirsties cover with a hemp prefold and a hemp doubler and it works well. I put a fleece liner over the prefold so that she doesn’t feel wet all night.

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    • Lissa Says:

      Have you tried hemp prefolds? Polar Babies make good ones and I think Babykicks too. We use fleece or wool covers or sometimes a Thirsties cover with a hemp prefold and a hemp doubler and it works well. I put a fleece liner over the prefold so that she doesn’t feel wet all night.

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    • Millie Says:

      I use prefolds at night for my 2-year-old super-soaker boy. Here’s what I do: take a smaller prefold that he has grown out of, fold it in thirds and lay it inside the bigger prefold, snappi the whole thing on and then use a Disana wool cover over top. It’s pretty bulky, but it works for me — I’ve never had a major blowout and I think the wool cover keeps him comfy. I’ve had to use disposables at night a couple of times, and he always wakes up with soaking wet jammies and bed.

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  6. Sarah Flukinger Says:

    I also have to say that the second time around, with Sam, I use prefolds and covers now, whereas with my first, it was towards the end of his diapering days when I discovered prefold love. I NEVER have a poopy blowout with my prefolds and snappies – EVER!!

    I also love my pf’s because they seem to come out a lot cleaner from the wash and don’t get the stinkies like my microfiber and hemp.

    For me, cloth is great because I don’t have poopy blowouts, but sometimes I do get the tee-tee leak, if I didn’t fasten it properly and he goes right out the side of his leg hole or up his back. But also, I CANNOT find a disposable diaper that can stand up to the absorbency of my cloth!! I say this, moreso, for night time!! I had Sam in sposies last week while I fixed my diapers from the dreaded “our water filter was out of order” debacle, and he would wake up damp on his pj’s every morning!!

    Of course, I do have more rash issues than in sposies when my diapers get funky monkey, but usually a lot of stripping fixes this problem.

    Cloth is hard work. But only sometimes, and I think you have to be committed, the same way that mothers who want to breastfeed have to be committed. It’s definitely not the easy way out, but overall, a great choice for many families, even if it’s done only part time!!

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    • Martha Says:

      What do you do with your PF’s around the legs? I do (especially with my new born) have blowouts within the cover at the leg. I use pins because my husband is convinced that Snappi’s give our babies tummy aches. I’m not convinced, but I am pretty much persuaded. Suggestions?

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  7. Autumn Says:

    Thank you, dear friend! Love you tons.

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  8. Angie Says:

    Cloth is fun! I started using when my oldest was fifteen months (he is now 2-so I’ve only been cd’ing for a year), but I wish I had followed my mother’s advice to use cloth from the start. I told her she was crazy though, and then I found pocket diapers… Want to know what the funny part is now? I use flats and prefolds most of the time! Yes, I am getting rid of the pockets and using grandmother’s method of diapering, without the plastic pants and pins (although he does get to wear plastic pants every now and again when my covers are all soiled, and I use a snappi). I actually just finished making a bunch of flat diapers from an old flannel flat sheet my mom had in her closet for 10 years. Hopefully my sister won’t be peeved when she sees that my diapers are cut from the sheets she slept on as a kid! HA! Love, love, love cloth.

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  9. Michelle Says:

    Fantastic story… and I’m dying to know which diaper has you swooning!

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  10. Julie Kieras Says:

    I would LOVE to hear which diaper you found to be leak proof – I think my cloth diapers are certainly more leak proof than the disposables, but I have still had about a dozen poop leaks and several pee pee leaks… still looking for that perfect combination! :) Thank you!!!

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    • Brooke Says:

      The OP is using Rumarooz. I have found prefolds, snappied with a PUL cover to be leak proof. I also really like Motherese one-size with a PUL cover to be leak proof too. I really like Fluffy’s covers and Thirsties covers.
      The Best Bottom diapering system is great as well!

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    • Crystal Says:

      Julie – I am a fairly new cd’ing mommy but I have only had 2 poo leaks (I’m fairly sure that an occasional pee leak is unavoidable) in the 4 months-ish since I started. And I think that both of the poo leaks were user error. As in once a caregiver put it on incorrectly and the second time, I opened a gap in the leg to check dirtiness (boy, was it dirty!). I use mainly gDiapers, with a Flip, BG 3.0, SoftBums, and some Bumboo Bamboo/Silk diapers thrown in for variety. I did used to get more pee leaks at night before I switched to using the Bamboo/Silk fitted with a Disana wool soaker. Now, we have no nighttime leaks! Wool is wonderful – I am working on building up my wool stash, so I have some to use during the day for my LO, too.

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      • Tanya Says:

        We love our wool covers too and we use them with either 2 hemp prefolds (my kids are 2 and 10 months) or we use a hemp Tiny Tush Fitted…either way Wool is the way to go for nigh time. We have day time leaks (not in the fitteds) but that is usually due to my 2 yr old drinking vasts amounts of water or user (me) error…like I waited too long to change, etc…

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    • Tessa Burt Says:

      I have found envibum to be the most leak proof of all so far. They have VERY cute minkey all in one dipes. They also have a mom for mom cover that you put a diaper under and have not had leaks with either. With every diaper sold they donate a portion of the procedes to charity. With every mom for mom cover sold they donate a cover to a mom in need.

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    • Anonymous Says:

      I use bumgenius. As long as they are stripped regularly you don’t have to much of a problem. I don’t remember having any poop leaks and just a few pee pee leaks. My second wears disposables at night because even with a doubler she still pees to much for the cloth. I was very against cd until I came across bumgenius. I’ll never go back now.

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      • Lissa Says:

        I have been cloth diapering my 10 month old daughter since birth and have had only a couple of pee leaks (except at night until I found a good night time cloth diapering solution) and no poo leaks. We mostly use prefolds with Apple Cheeks and Thirsties covers and they are great. We have some Thirsties, Bumgenius and Drybees AIOs/Hybrids and they all work great as well. The only diapers I used and was not happy with were the Omaiki OS pocket diapers (they are made in Quebec – I am Canadian).
        As for night time, have you tried hemp prefolds and doublers with a fleece or wool cover? My daughter pees buckets at night and this works for us because hemp is very absorbent.

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