Lets Talk Cloth Diapers!

WARNING! This post is VERY LONG, It is EVERYTHING I know about cloth diapering.

Last week I talked about how I cloth diaper on the go, I got a few responses from my readers who wanted me to go more in depth on how I cloth diaper. I am more then happy to share this with you.

First I want to tell you that I used disposable diapers on my daughter 4 years ago. I hated every minute of it! I hated spending so much money on diapers and wipes. I also hated that at the end of the week our trash can was overflowing up with dirty diapers. I started potty training my daughter when she was 2. At that point I realized that the pull ups were even more expensive then diapers.
Soon my daughter was potty trained during the day, but still needed pull ups for naps and nighttime.
Some times she woke up dry, sometimes not. There was no way to predict if she would pee in her pull up's or not. So what do you do with a dry pull up? I reused them once, then tossed them since they started to smell.
I then started doing some research online on some sort of night time training underwear. That is where I found out about cloth diapers.

I ordered 3 one size bum genius diapers and she used those for naps and nighttime.
At that time she was about 28 pounds and they still fit her.
I was so happy!
Shortly, I got pregnant with my son, and I was so excited to try out cloth diapering!

I watched a lot of YouTube videos on cloth diapers (especially the cloth diaper channel)
There are so MANY cloth diapers, I was getting over whelmed.

After watching many videos and reading lots of reviews, I was torn between the fuzzi bunz and the bum genius one sized diapers.

So I ordered two fuzzi bunz diapers to test them out. Needless to say I was not happy with the fuzzi bunz. They were much smaller then the Bum Genius (They claim to fit up to 30 lbs, but my daughter could not fit into them and she was less then 30 lbs at that time)

I also didn't like that you had to size them with the elastic, it just takes longer then the Bum Genius Diapers whereas you would just snap the front snaps.

The other issue about the fuzzi bunz is that the back part does not have a flap to tuck in the lining, so it is sticking out and you have to make sure you tuck it into the diaper, otherwise you will get a leak:

So, after my little "test" I decided that bum genius were the diapers for me.
I bought a few diapers a month throughout my whole pregnancy.
I ended up with 25 bum genius diapers at the end.

At that time, I did not have any cloth diaper stores near me. So I had to do all my purchases online, But since then, we had a Cotton Babies open near us! So exciting!!

I would recommend going to a store and trying out the diapers before buying (they have diapers and dolls you can test them out on!)

I ordered all of my diapers on Kellys closet. Because they have great deals like a free diaper after you spend $39 or more. So since I bought a few diapers at a time, I ended up with a couple of Kawaii one size diapers, which I am actually very happy with.

At this time I have:

10 Bum Genius 4.0 Snap diapers
15 Bum Genius 4.0 Velcro Close diapers
5 Kawaii one size diapers
2 fuzzi bunz

(I have WAY to much, I am sure I could cloth diaper two babies at once with my stash)

Here is a picture of some of the diapers:

from the top left to right:
Bum Genius 4.0 velcro (noodle color)
Kawaii Velcro (yellow)
Bum Genius 4.0 snaps (white
Kawaii Snaps (light blue)
Fuzzi bunz one size (orange)

The reason I chose to go with the Bum Genius one size, is because the same diaper fits from birth to potty training, it adjusts in the front with the snaps:

I store the diapers on the two top shelves of my awesome changing table which I got from IKEA. I got this one 4 years ago when my daughter was born, so I am not sure if they have this same one.

Today is laundry day, so this is not all of the diapers.

When you purchase your bum genius diaper, it come with the diaper and two inserts.
When I had the diaper in the smallest setting, I only used the small newborn insert.
Now I only use the large insert. I also stuff a few "night time" diapers with both of the inserts to be more absorbent since I do not change the diaper till around 10am the next morning.

Lets Talks DIRTY diapers!:

This is where people are grossed out. They think you actually touch the poop with your hands. Ahm. Now why would I do that?

Moving on..

We will start with the simple. The wet diaper.

You unhook the diaper and wipe your babies bum using your cloth wipes
(more about the wipes below)
Put your diaper aside as you put a new diaper back on the baby.
Once baby is taken care of and safely in his/her crib or the floor take care of the diaper.

Here is our "pretend" wet diaper and used wipe:

Take out the insert

And lay it over your diaper like so:

If you are using a Velcro diaper then attach the velcro to the laundry tabs:

Then fold your diaper with the insert and wipes like so and toss into the diaper pail:

Ok, now lets talk about our "pretend" poopy diaper.

If you breastfeed your baby, then your babies poopies will be very watery.
They do not require any special treatment. Just treat it like a wet diaper.
Toss it into the diaper pail with the insert and wipes

Once you start introducing solids to your baby, the poopies will change (become a peanut buttery consistency)
Same as before, remove the insert.

Toss the insert and wipes into the diaper pail.

Spray off the diaper into the toilet with a diaper sprayer
I use the bum genius diaper sprayer

Then toss the diaper into the diaper pail.

When we are traveling and there is no diaper sprayer, I use diaper liners, this way when we have a poopy diaper on our hands, we just flush the liner with poo down the toilet.

These are the Bummis diaper liners
I have also used the kushies. I like them both equally

Just pick up the ends of your liner and discard:

Then remove your insert and throw everything into the diaper pail:

Next, we have our "pretend" SOLID poopy diaper

(My son is one and he has only had a few of these, he is on solids and still nursing every 3-4 hours, so he still has pretty runny or peanut butter consistency poopies. Too much info, I know... But hey, you are reading a diaper post :)

The SOLID poop should be able to plop right out into the toilet.

So before I go into the bathroom, I remove the insert and toss that and the wipes into the diaper pail.

Then I plop the "poopies" into the toilet:

If I need to, I use the diaper sprayer:

Again, if traveling, we use the diaper liners:

Just flush the liner down the toilet:

OK, I think that is all about actually changing the diapers.

Lets talk WIPES!

Since I am using cloth diapers, it only makes sense to use cloth wipes. That way I can just toss everything into the diaper pail together.

While I was still pregnant, I ordered some wipes from Kellys closet, I ordered the baby kicks.
I did NOT like them. (they are to small, to stiff, to expensive)
I chose to use plain cheap terry wash cloths, like these are target

I love using my wipes warmer, this way I can have wet/warm wipes ready to go whenever I need to change a diaper:

You can use plain water to wet the wipes, But I make a wipes solution with tea tree oil to keep the wipes from going all icky

You need:
a spray bottle or a water bottle (to mix your solution in)
baby wash soap
tea tree oil

First put some soap into your bottle (since my baby soap has a pump, I pump out about 4 pumps) then add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil.

Then just fill up with warm water and shake around.

Now, if you do not have a wipe warmer, you can use the spray bottle to wet the wipes as you need them, like so:

But I choose to use the wipe warmer because it is more convienant for me.

I put some dry wipes folded in half into the container

Then I dump the entire bottle of solution over the wipes:

If you use the wipes right away, the first few wipes will be very wet, so squeeze them out before you use them.

Lets Talk Diaper Pail!

OK, so we all know how a dirty cloth diaper looks like, now what do we do with it?
This is where the diaper pail comes in. I bought mine at walmart. You need to make sure it has a lid to keep the smell inside.

You also need atleast two pail liners.

Make sure the "shiny coated" side is inside the bucket, then just toss your stinky diapers in there.

Lets Talk Washing Machines!

I have the regular top loading washer. I have never had "stinky diaper" issue. I heard people talk about stinky diapers, I was always curious on why that would happen. Unfortunately, I was "lucky" enough to experience this myself last summer :(

When I went to visit my family in MO last summer, I used their washer for the cloth diapers. They have one of those front loading, fancy energy efficient washers.
I started noticing that my diapers came out of the wash still stinking! I was horrified, thinking I ruined my diapers. There was no way on their machine to select a LARGE load so the diapers could agitate. Which meant the diapers were not getting clean enough. So the whole time I was there, I had to live with the stinky diapers :(
I came home and after one wash cycle in my own washer, the diapers were back to normal. WHEW!

So I guess "my washing routine" is only for top loading machines. I am sure that there are a lot of people who use energy machines and cloth diaper. They probably just have a different washing cycle. If you are one of those people, please leave a comment bellow telling me how you do it ( I am planning on visiting my family again this year and would love to see how I could avoid the stinky diaper issue)


OK, how do we wash the diapers? First we need the detergent. I choose to use Charlies. It is one of the detergents recommended for cloth diapers. Here is a chart that can help you choose a detergent.

This detergent is $15 and I buy it at whole foods. My son is now one year old and this is only my 2nd tub of Charlies! It lasts a long time. As you can tell I am only about 1/4 in to the new tub.
You should only use half a TB for a large load of diapers:


I wash my diapers every other day (I could go every two days since I have enough diapers, but the diapers start to stink by then)

Dump all the diapers and the pail liner into the washing machine.
Set the machine on the LARGEST load setting you have
set the water to COLD
and the cycle on RINSE

After the rinse cycle, put in 1/2 TB of Charlies soap and put the machine on a
LARGE cycle with HOT/COLD water with an extra rinse.

After the diapers have been washed, it is suggested that you hang them to dry.
I have not been doing that. (I am lazy like that) I have been tossing everything into the dryer on medium heat.
DO NOT use a dryer sheet!!

After the diapers are dry, I "stuff" them:.

I just fold the wipes in half:

After I fold everything and stuff all the diapers, I just put everything away!
Diaper laundry is done!

Lets Talk Wet Bags:

When you are traveling, you will need someplace to store your dirty diapers.
See this post more on what is in my diaper bag.

You will need wet bags. These are a few bags I have

I have two of these Kushies wet bags, they are great for a short day trip.

This photo is to show you that it will hold 3 diapers:

This is a medium Planet Wise bag
(it is for a full day trip)

This one will hold 7 diapers:

And this is my very large Planet Wise bag,
I used these bags when I was staying at the parents house last summer. You can hang it on the door and use it as your diaper pail.
It holds about 13-15 diapers

Lets Talk Diaper Rash Creme:

My son did not have any major diaper rash issues.

However, occasionally when my hubby was "watching" the kids. I would come home to a baby with a poopie diaper. I don't know how you can miss a baby with a poopie diaper, (he always swears he didn't know he pooped, but come on, I can smell it as soon as I walk through the door)

Anyways, that being said, sometimes my son would get a light rash.
So I use a cloth diaper safe creme which is by california baby. I am still using this one tube I bought before my son was born. I think I have about 1/2 a tube left.
Like I said, we don't have diaper rash issues.

You can buy this diaper creme at target or whole foods.

You don't have to use a liner, but I always do.
Here is a list of cloth diaper safe cremes

OK, I think this is everything on cloth diapering.

Sorry this post is so long.

If you have any more questions, please let me know :)


  1. Thats a great post, thank you.
    A few guestions: Do you prefer snaps or velcro, and why? I have done a lot of research, but get mixed reviews. People say velcro is easier, but snaps last longer.

    How do the bum genius fit a newborn? I read that one size diapers usually start fitting around 10lbs, but what if my newborn will be the around 7lbs?

    Do you have any stain issues on the diapers? If yes, how do you get rid of them?

    I read that its not a front loading machine that causes the smells, but hard water, which some states have. I think you either add baking soda or vinegar to soften the water, and they will be fine. But thats what I read, and I dont know if that is true.

  2. Snaps or velcro. hmm... I kind of have mixed reviews too. On 4 of my "snaps" diapers the snaps broke. I had a one year warranty, so Bum Genius replaced those. Now that it has been over a year, I have another snap diaper where the snap broke. It is impossible to use it once the snap break and I don't know how to fix them. So it is just laying there.
    For that one reason, I would have to prefer the velcro closures, I am almost scared of using the snap diapers thinking that they might break.

    My baby was 10 pounds when he was born, so they fit him right away.

    I have never had staining issues on my diapers. I heard you can "sun" diapers to get rid of stains. Just leave them out in the sun.

    hmmm... I will have to find out if my parents have hard water. I know that it is private well water. I hope that is true. That would be easy to fix. There is Rock Green detergent I could use for hard water.

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  4. I didn't cloth diaper with my daughter, but I'm really interested in it if/when we have a 2nd. I also love your idea for using them for naps/nighttime. My daughter potty trained great, but while she's sleeping it's completely unpredictable. I'm definitely going to look into it & see if getting a couple cloth diapers could be the solution for us. Thanks for all the information. This is going to sound crazy, but I could read this kind of stuff all day long. I love hearing about others experiences like this & breastfeeding & potty training. Hmmm, maybe I should get out more ;)

  5. I think this is the cutest blog post ever written about cloth diapering! My son is 8 mos old and we've been using cloth for about 7 months now - and I've just started battling the "stinkies". It's gotten so aggravating, that I was ready to throw in the towel, but your post has given me my motivation back! Thanks! I love my cloth, so I really hope I can figure out the stink! (We have one of those energy efficient washers that's a front loader...)

  6. That is main think about it. My sister's son did not have any major diaper rash issues. I think it use is very helpful everyone. Such a your blog is very informative.

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  7. Great post!

    I have very hard water at my home.. we use charlies normally (AMAZING) & then every once in a while the diapers will get build up & have a stink issue...this is when I use the rock'n green hard water detergent... after one wash the smell is gone. (but it isnt cost effective to use it every wash)

    I love my planet wise bags but I didnt realize they have a HUGE one! SO excited...it will definitely be my next purchase.

    And thank you for the advice on wipes...I have been using disposable but it is such a pain to sort out what goes in the washer & what goes in the trash...

    So thank you! I just found your blog but I will be visiting often!


  8. Wow! You seriously have me considering using these instead of disposables for our next baby!
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  9. Thanks for the great post, I also wanted to mention that according to this review http://www.squawkfox.com/2012/07/25/cloth-diaper-stash2/ there is a type of diaper (Alva Baby) being sold from China that are identical and work just as well as Bum Genius, only they cost $4.50 a diaper with free shipping. Whenever I get pregnant I will def. try these. The review does say the inserts aren't quiet as absorbant as bum genius,but with that price difference I would just double up the liners. Hope this helps all those mamas out there! Oh, they also sell wet bags, cloth wipes, but don't know if they are any good.

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