Friday, February 11, 2011

Cloth Diapering Mum!

We have gone cloth!  Yep!  The best decision ever.  We ordered a bunch of AMP diapers after much research, trying to decide how I wanted my cloth diapering system to work.  Thanks to our families and a dear friends Mum (one of the coolest Mum's around) we had enough money to buy them which makes this the ultimate gift.  We have been using them for almost 2 weeks now and it's SUPER easy and I just LOVE the diapers, they leak far less then disposables and are WAY cuter and so fashionable, lol.  Seriously, check out the colours!!
We ordered 20 bamboo inserts, 5 of each size of the microfibre inserts, and 21 of the one size pocket diapers in all different colours that fit babies from 7lbs to 35lbs.  I cut up a bunch of soft cotton fabric in squares about the size of my hand to use and wiping cloths.  I have a spray bottle and I filled it with water, olive oil, vinegar and baby soap.
I got the recipe from the AMP diapers site:
2 Cups of previously boiled water
1 Tbsp of baby shampoo or baby wash
1 tsp of cooking oil or baby oil (we prefer cooking oil such as canola or olive oil)
1 Tbsp Vinegar (anti fungal) 

Pour over wipes in an old wipe container or a similar plastic container of your choice.
Cloth diapers are much easier then I imagined.  With what I ordered it seems I can go 4 or 5 days before having to do laundry.  My system is something like this...I will fold a bamboo inserts in 3 on the short side (they are rectangular) and lay it on the diaper, this way when I change her I can reuse the diaper if it's not soiled and just throw the soiled insert in the diaper pail bag.  And sometimes I will stuff the diaper with a microfibre insert if we'll be playing or going out because they seem really soft and cushy that way and it's much easier and quicker to deal with when you're just throw your diaper in the wet bag instead of the garbage. Here's a short video:

When it comes to laundry day, I just throw both of the pail liner bags in to the front loader and do a cold rinse and then add 1/8 of a teaspoon of Allen's natural laundry soap and do a hot wash.  Then I throw the clean diapers in the dryer with 2 clean dry towels (to shorten drying time.)  Ta-da!  That's it.  It sure beats going to the shops and spending like $20 a week on a pack of diapers and lugging them home, only to collect bags of dirty diapers which then end up in the garbage. 
These specific diapers will fit Adelaide for her whole diapering life and if we decide to have more babies, we can use them on them too!  My opinion after just 2 weeks is obviously grand, but I will do another review in the near future as an update letting you know how things are going with them.  But I seriously can't imagine ever going back to disposables!    


OhSewCrafty said...
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OhSewCrafty said...

What a beautiful stash of diapers you have...and a beautiful little girl =)

Heather Bays said...

Thanks! Yeah, these diapers are super rad! I wish everyone I knew who had babies would cloth diaper. It's so easy! And weirdly fun, lol.