Cloth Diaper Q & A Volume 6
Robin asks: (bolded areas are my emphasis and will be addressed below)
I am still not sure about using cloth diapers. I am going to potty train my 22 month old and would like to use cloth training pants instead of pull ups when we go out. I will be using regular underwear at home.
My 4 month old is not having any sort of problem with disposable diapers, but I think it might save us money. We have had “blow outs” (using disposables) with my oldest and do not want the same thing with my 4 month old.
My 4 month old is a pretty heavy wetter and sometimes he leaks out the top in the front of his disposable. I looked at the flip diapers and seem pretty interested in those, but I’m not sure if I’m ready for the cloth diaper world. I am kind of scared of making the leap and then finding out I don’t like it.
Have you had any problems with “blow outs”?
I also wanted to get the flip day pack, but would doubling the insert at night be enough?
I also read on their website that you should line dry the cover, do you line dry the cover or put it in the dryer? If I make the switch it needs to be before we buy our next box of diapers so I am not wasting money, but putting the money we would use on the disposables towards the cloth ones. Thanks for the website (:
Robin, I completely understand being scared. I was for months before I finally made the leap. I was pushed off the ledge, so to speak, but getting there is what matters!
I will now address the bolded points in order.
- Although you aren’t seeing any problems with disposables, there are chemicals present that aren’t healthy. Dioxin and sodium polyacrylate are the big ones. You can read more about them by clicking the link.
- Cloth diapers will most certainly save you money! I know moms that cloth diaper their child for $100! That’s amazing. My Budget category will introduce you to a number of different options that will save you money over disposable diapers. Tiny Tush cloth diapers put together this chart that may help you see how much disposable diapers are costing: If you compare that to the cost of 24 Tiny Tush cloth diapers (one-sized pocket diapers) $18.45 * 24 = $442.80. That’s crazy, isn’t it!!
- Cloth diapers are awesome for nighttime! Hemp and microfiber are two super absorbing fabrics that don’t create the problems that “super absorbing” gel crystals do in nighttime disposable diapers. I have written a ton on nighttime cloth diapering. There are many options out there but for saving money I recommend 1 of 2 options: a. Pooters hemp fitteds. They are extremely affordable and very absorbent. You can use them day or night but they shine in my book as a nighttime diaper.b. If you don’t want 2 different things for day and night, go with a pocket diaper. A pocket allows you to vary the absorbency by adding more “stuffing” to it. I recommend a substantial microfiber insert like the Rumparooz 6r soaker paired with a Hemp Babies underneath.
- Blow outs happened all.the.time with our first 2 children who wore disposable diapers. For babies 3,4, and 5 I could count the number of blow outs on one hand total. With elastic at the back of most cloth diapers and gussets available on many brands you have super containment. Will it still happen in cloth? Sure but it’s rare.
- With Flip, yes doubling the stay dry inserts works excellent at night. However, it will be HUGE on a 4 month old. I recommend something trimmer like the options above in #3.
- Line drying will help extend the life of the elastic in your covers. It isn’t a must though.
I hope this helps!