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Cloth Diapers

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about parenting stuff since Juniper made her arrival, but no topic has been as asked about as cloth diapers. Who knew folks were so interested in fluffy bum covers?

I know cloth diapering isn’t right for a lot of families, but we knew we wanted to try cloth diapering with JuneBug for quite a few reasons. We’re fortunate that it has worked out for us wonderfully. We love, love, love cloth diapers!

Cloth Diapers

We’re closing in on seven months using cloth, and we’ve definitely put our diapers through the ringer, but obviously, a half a year of cloth diapering on kid doesn’t make me an expert. So I figured instead of giving you a how-to guide, I’d just tell you about our experience with cloth diapers—what has worked for us, what hasn’t, and what’d we’d do differently if we had to do it all over again. I’m gonna go ahead and apologize that this is the longest post known to man. I really tried to keep it as brief as possible—there is just a lot to talk about! I’m also going to promise you that there are absolutely no pictures of baby poo in this post. Not a one.

The Diapers

We did a lot of research about cloth diapers. A lot. There are about a million different ways you can go about cloth diapering, and a lot of it depends on what you want in a diapering system. We decided that convenience and ease were most important to us, so we went with an all-in-one diaper—the BumGenius Freetime All-in-One diapers.

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Cloth Diaper

What we loved about these diapers is that they are the closest to ease of a disposable diaper, but cloth. There is no folding things or stuffing liners or safety pins or any of that confusing stuff that scare people off of cloth diapering. They work exactly like a disposable diaper. Put bum on diaper. Close. Done.

JuneBug Cloth Diapers

We adore these cloth diapers. They’ve made it a breeze to get the hang of cloth diapering. They are a great option for parents who have other child care providers who maybe aren’t as keen on cloth (like grandparents who remember the “old” way of cloth diapering, or daycare providers who think cloth is too difficult). They really are just like using disposables.

And we love that they work from eight pounds all the way up until she’s out of diapers, and they come in super fun colors! Which makes me happy.

Cloth Diaper

There are a few cons to these diapers. First and foremost, they can be expensive. One criticism with cloth diapering is that it can be expensive to start-up—and that can be true (although, they more than pay for themselves over the life of the diapers), but there are cloth diapering systems that really aren’t that pricey at all—that isn’t the case with these diapers. Brand new, these guys run about $25 a pop. And considering you’re changing diapers 12 (or more!) times in the early days—that is a serious chunk of cash to plop down.

We ended up getting 24 diapers before Juniper arrived, which isn’t at all what most cloth diapering experts recommend. Most recommend you try out a bunch of different types before settling on what you like for everyday use—we’re rebels and just chanced it and went with the Freetimes from the get-go.

Cloth Diapers

I didn’t end up paying full price for a single diaper. A large chunk of them I bought secondhand from a friend who decided cloth-diapering wasn’t for her family (they were just barely used). A few we got off our registry. And the remainder I ended up getting from a small cloth diapering shop in Houston, Texas (random, right?). I refused to pay full price for her diapers, so, quite literally, every single day of the second half of my pregnancy, I searched on Google Shopping for Freetimes until I landed on one heck of a deal from Nurtured Family—they were offering certain colors of Freetimes for $17 each, plus free shipping and a $15 off coupon code if you signed up for their mailing list. Score!

Cloth Diapers

Two dozen cloth diapers has been plenty for us. During the newborn days, we were doing laundry every other day, and now that we have stretched out diaper changes a bit, we do them every third day. You could get by with fewer diapers if you were willing to do laundry a little more frequently.

Cloth Diapers

Another con of the Freetimes is their drying time. Because they are an all-in-one diaper, it means that all the absorbent material is…well… all in one place. Which means it takes forever to dry! BumGenius recommends that you line dry their diapers, but I have to be honest, they take so long to dry, we hardly ever do that. In fact, I think if we did line dry our diapers, we’d have to buy another 24 just to have enough while the first batch were drying! We’ve had no problems drying our diapers in our dryer (and we went with the snap kind—because folks said the velcro kind was very easy-to-use, but the velcro eventually gave out). In the summer, we did line dry them more frequently, because the sun and heat made them dry pretty quickly, but the majority of the time, it’s the dryer.

Cloth Diapers on Line

I might revisit this post in a year and kick myself for putting our diapers in the dryer, but for now, we’re happy with it! More about how we wash our diapers in a sec. Spoiler alert: we break the rules with washing, too.

Cloth Diapers Laundry Basket

My one issue with the Freetimes is that even though they say they can work from newborn (if your baby is above eight pounds) and up, they really aren’t best for that small of a baby.  Cloth diapering a newborn is a bit tricky. Most of the bigger diapers (like our Freetimes) don’t fit itty bitty babies, but you obviously don’t want to buy a whole stash of newborn diapers just to use them for a few weeks—or maybe not use them at all if you give birth to a chunkier kid. A lot of people just use disposables until their baby is big enough for cloth diapers, but we really were all gung-ho with the cloth thing, so we went with a rental service.

We signed up for a cloth newborn diaper rental through Earthy Crunchy Mama. It was nice, inexpensive (we ended up spending about $75 for six weeks worth of diapers), and made sure that our little nugget was in cloth from the get-go—we only used about a week’s worth of disposables while it was important to monitor her outputs to see if my milk was coming in (which is much easier to do in disposables). I really loved working with ECM—they were super responsive to my questions and were there to help me with any issues we had. They also sent us a really nice variety of diapers—and we ended up finding some we loved and some we loathed (thankfully the BumGenius newborn diapers were some of the ones we loved—which boded well for our Freetimes).

Newborn Diapers in Drawer

Tangent: I also ended up using my store credit from Earthy Crunchy Mama to buy my absolute favorite carrier—an Olives and Applesauce soft-structured carrier. It’s pricey, but amazing. I still use it almost everyday. And I would have never found it if it wasn’t for ECM! I’m forever indebted.

Me Carrier

The Liners

We pretty quickly realized that our little June Bug was a pretty heavy wetter. A lot of it was due to the fact that she bedshares with us, and can basically eat all night long. Once she was old enough to not need a diaper change in the middle of the night, we started to have some leaking problems—the Freetimes had just met their maximum capacity. They were so incredibly heavy when we took them off in the morning!

We decided to start researching liners—additional pads that you can put into cloth diapers to up their absorbency. After lots of research, I ended up ordering two packs of Thirsties Hemp Liners because they were so well-reviewed. They’ve worked out really well for us! We just layer them in the Freetimes for her nighttime diaper, and most of the time we’re totally leak-free. I would say that about one night a week, Juniper still leaks a little bit, but it’s nothing to be concerned about. And considering we never, ever had a single newborn poop-spolosion that I heard so much about—I’ll take it!

Hemp Liners

These hemp liners are so absorbent, that we’ll wash them with our diapers, and then put them in a dryer cycle, and they come out still wet. To get them really dry, they’d probably need two full trips in the dryer! They don’t look like much, but they hold so much liquid.

The Wipes

My goal was to not have a trash can or diaper pail in the nursery at all—I wanted Juniper to generate the least amount of trash as possible. With that in mind, we knew it was going to be cloth wipes for us, too. I did a lot of research about what makes the best wipes, and, just like with the diapers, it all depended on what was important to you. For us, I wanted something that would easily pop out of a wipe dispenser, and I wanted something that would clean well.

I ended up sewing us a bunch (like, a bunch, maybe four or five dozen?) one-ply flannel wipes (and I wrote a tutorial about how to do it). These clean really well, and they pop out of our wipe container with no issue.

Wipes

Speaking of a wipe container, we originally went with this wipe container, and it’s great (works wonderfully), but we quickly realized that cold wipes would shock Juniper awake in the middle of the night. Cold wipes turned middle-of-the-night diaper changes into scream fests! So we invested in this wipe warmer, and there were no more tears during diaper changes! We love, love, love that wipe warmer (and it’s totally something I thought was a ridiculous purchase pre-baby).

Wipe Warmer

As far as wipe solution, we make our own solution, wet the wipes, and then place them in our warmer. We use boiled water, witch hazel, a few drops of tea tree essential oil, and a squirt of Kissaluvas Diaper Lotion Potion concentrate. One bottle of that concentrate lasted us six months! It smells great, cleans well, and keeps our baby girl’s bum happy.

Wipe Solution

Oh, and if you’re wondering how to fold cloth wipes so they pop out of the container one-by-one like disposables, this video is what taught us. Now both Craig and I can fold wipes like champs!

The Other Gear

There isn’t a whole lot else that goes into cloth diapering, but there are a few essentials. Here are the other items we use daily:

Wet Bags

Wet Bag

We have two hanging wet bags; these are what we use as our diaper pail. Craig screwed a hook into the side of our changing table, and one bag is hanging from it at all times. The other is either in the wash, or waiting to be hung up when the current bag goes down to the washing machine. These have been great! No complaints.

Diaper Rash Stick

Diaper Rash Stick

With cloth diapers, you don’t have to worry about diaper rash nearly as much as with disposables, but it does still creep up sometimes. To protect the absorbency of cloth diapers, you have to use special diaper rash cream that is water-soluable—meaning it will wash away in the washing machine, instead of sticking to the diaper. There are tons of options out there, but we ended up trying the GroVia Magic Stick the first time around and have stuck with it. It goes on smoothly and keeps her bum protected. I love that there is no messy cream. Just roll it on and go!

Laundry Detergent

Rockin Green

There are a lot of laundry detergents out there marketed for cloth diapers, and honestly, I’m sure all of them work pretty darn well. We use Rockin Green Classic Rock, almost entirely because their product names and packaging are fun. Marketing works, kids! I like that it (a) is free of all the yucky stuff that is in normal laundry detergent and (b) gets the diapers clean. Every now and again, we’ll throw in a bit of their Funk Rock, which is a laundry additive to help keep diapers from getting stinky.

The Diaper Bag

One of my biggest concerns when we decided to cloth diaper was how was it going to go when we were away from the house. I’d thought about only using disposables (either diapers or wipes) while we were out or away, but eventually decided if I was going to go in on cloth diapers, I was going all in.

For shorter day trips, we pack up our Skip Hop Duo diaper bag. I love this bag, but I don’t love this bag for cloth diapers. Cloth diapers are big, and this bag isn’t. Four of our Freetimes fills up 2/3 of the bag. Once JuneBug is a bit older and we need to carry around snacks, entertainment, and diapers, we’re going to have to upgrade.

diaper bag boppy

I’m going to write a whole separate post about what I carry in my diaper bag, but as far as actual diapering essentials, we have an extra Magic Stick in there, as well as a spray bottle of our wipe solution. Most of the time, I just pack a stack of dry wipes in a small wet bag (this one), and then spray as we need to. Sometimes, I also just nab a few pre-moistened wipes from our wipe warmer and toss them in the wet bag. It really just depends on my mood.

Diaper Bag

We also have a medium sized wet bag that stays in the diaper bag for dirty diapers while we’re out. It’ll hold about four diapers.

As far as traveling for a longer time frame, we have enough diapers to get us through a three-day weekend. So we’ll usually just pack everything up (wet bags, diapers, wipes, etc.) and go about our cloth diapering business as usual, and then wash whenever we get home. We haven’t gone on a longer haul yet, but if there is a washer and dryer nearby, we plan on cloth diapering on the go, too.

The Laundry

Alright, everyone is probably wondering about the laundry part. That seems to be the biggest sticking point for people who want to get into cloth diapering—it was for me. I loathe doing laundry, and really had no desire to be a slave to my washing machine. Let me tell you, it isn’t that bad (at least so far). The worst part is going into our not-so-attractive basement everyday.

Laundry Machine

The poo of breastfed babies is 100% water soluble, so there is no need to rinse or wash off the diapers before you toss them in the wash. Diaper comes off baby. Diaper goes into wet bag. Wet bag contents and bag get dumped into wash. Washer on. Clean diapers come out. You never touch le poop.

Most diaper manufacturers recommend you do two wash cycles—one cold water rinse without soap, and then one hot wash with soap, plus an extra rinse. That’s all well and good, but who has time for that? We did that for about the first two weeks, and then we forgot diapers so many times between the first rinse and wash that we stopped worrying about it. Now, we just set our washing machine to do the grand-daddy of cycles and call it done—it does a pre-soak, then a heavy duty wash in hot water with an extra rinse (it takes over two hours, but hey, when it’s done, it’s done). Close enough, I say. And our diapers are definitely clean.

Washing Machine

And then, like I said above, we toss our diapers in the dryer. We have a heat-sensing cycle on our dryer that determines how much heat and time are needed to get something dry. The spin cycle on our washer gets things so dry that the dryer only needs to use low heat for about 45 minutes to get them all nice and dry.

Like I said, neither how we wash nor how we dry is the recommended way (in fact, I think doing it differently from the manufacturer’s instructions actually voids the warranty—so proceed with caution), but we’ve found a method that works for us, and our diapers.

Onto Solids

Phew, that was a lot of words on diapers? Did anyone make it this far? Bueller? Bueller?

Now that June Bug is entering the second half of her first year, we’re entering the world of solids (another post on Baby Led Weaning is sure to come your way in the next few months), and with solids comes a whole new set of challenges with cloth diapering.

JuneBug High Chair

The poo is no longer water soluble, and it requires a little more handling before the diaper goes into the wash. We’ve installed a diaper sprayer onto the side of the toilet in our hallway bathroom, purchased a spray shield, and are patiently waiting the first evidence that JuneBug is actually consuming solids, and not just mashing them in her hair/on her face/in the dog’s fur. I’ll keep you posted how things change with this new phase of babydom!

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  • Laura SAYS

    so fun!! We use freetimes too and we looooove them! I bought 12 so we wash every other day pretty much and I try to always wash at night so they dry while we are sleeping. I loved in the summer I could put them outside and they were dry in a couple hours. And yeah, we have definitely forgotten to wash the diapers after that initial soak. That’s why I keep a small stash of disposables! Haha. We’ve had issues with leaks at night too. My daughter is a belly sleeper. I fold the bottom layer in half so the front gets more layers to absorb and we also do a fleece lined on top to wick away moisture. It’s bulky but it works!

  • Ashley SAYS

    “The rules” for washing cloth diapers are so silly and, IMO, wrong. We’re talking poop and pee here, people! Haha. If you think you’re breaking them…I do a hot wash with Tide (lots of it), no post-rinse (I have hard water so it’s actually counter productive to post-rinse) and dry on high heat — for 60-100 minutes! I also bleach them — the real deal bleach. And even after almost 2.5 years, they all still look and function perfectly. Rules, schmules!

    Freetimes are just microfiber, so it makes sense that they don’t last baby girl all night. Glad the hemp doublers are working for you for now, but heads up: for a heavy wetter that’s nursing most the night, you might eventually need to invest in some night quality fitteds. Most people I know eventually have to use those for nights anyways even if the baby is no longer night nursing, as the baby’s peeing capacity grows. I looooove my Bububebe Sleepytimes, but Pooter’s makes a super affordable option too :-)

    I’m so glad you love CDing! I love a fluffy bum, and love it when I see other people loving it too :) :) :)

    • Cassie SAYS

      We’ve actually used fitteds, and didn’t love them. I don’t know if our covers weren’t covering well, but she seemed to leak even more!

      • Have you tried Sandy’s by Mother-ease? We’ve never had a leak or poo blowout with them. The gathering at the legs, tummy and back really hold everything in but they are gently no the skin at the same time. We pair them with a one-size snap adjustable Thirsties cover that has gussets on the legs and they rock!

  • Stacie SAYS

    We will start cloth when our little girl gets here in March. I am so excited and so thankful for this great blog for some honest insight!!!!

  • Katie SAYS

    Thanks for this super awesome post! I’m waaaaay far away from being a mama, but I already think I’m going to choose cloth diapering when the time comes.

    This might be too much to ask, but I would love to see a price comparison between what you’ve been doing and disposables. Since you have to make your own wipe potion, and I assume your water bill has gone up since you have to do laundry more often, do you think that it actually ends up being more expensive to cloth diaper? Is that even something that you could estimate?

    Also– Juniper looks so much like a perfect blend of you and your husband! So precious.

    • Cassie SAYS

      I actually have no idea on the money—we’ve actually had two different water leaks since we started cloth diapering (unrelated to diapering), so we’ve YET to see a new “normal” water bill since we started!

  • Vicky SAYS

    Random question: are you guys on a city sewer or a septic system? I just moved to a house with a septic system and I’ve read that doing lots of laundry is bad for the system. Just curious if this is something you deal with. Love your blog-look forward to it everyday : )

    • Cassie SAYS

      Septic. We’ve never heard that before! My parents have done a load of laundry a day for the 30+ years they’ve lived here, without issues.

  • Sarah SAYS

    All I can say is that I am so, so happy they have worked for you! They have found a great home with you! Yay!!

  • Carrie S. SAYS

    I love to read more information on cloth diapering! I am currently pregnant with our last child (3rd), and it’s great to get other views on different ways to diaper. Plus, the info is a little overwhelming so it’s great to have it all in one place for reference (just in case I decided to do cloth this time around. I love that you guys have come up with your own concoctions! Great read!

  • Ashley B C SAYS

    Great post! It’s great to see all of the mystery behind cloth diapering unveiled. It looks super manageable! We’re not CDing this go round (I’ve bombed every holistic thing I’ve attempted with my girl), but I’m much more likely to attempt with our second baby after reading your experience.

  • I love how informative you are. Hopefully my husband and I won’t have kids for quite a while, but I am glad to have this info for the future.
    You seem to be an awesome mom and I am glad you are finding what works for you :)
    Ps- love that you break rules. lol

  • Laurel SAYS

    Wow, this is super helpful! I am due in 6 weeks with our first baby. My mom cloth diapered me, but times have changed and the CD world is a little overwhelming now! It’s great to see a step-by-step breakdown of how things go for a real family. We’re doing prefolds and covers but the freetimes seem like they’re working out great for you.

  • Holly SAYS

    Is there any way to do a cost analysis on this? Did you really save money?

  • I love cloth diapers! We are in our 6th year of cloth diapering and I always recommend it when moms are thinking about it. All in one diapers did not work for our children for the reason you mentioned- the drying time- but also we had skinny kids and the legs were always too big. Also, we found that they were not the right shape for our toddlers and we had to stop using them before we potty trained (which was around 2 years). Sandy’s by Mother-ease are my all time favourite diapers. The Thirsties covers are my favourite covers. We put the diapers in the dryer but are able to hang the pul covers and they dry quickly.

    One word of caution with soaking the diapers instead of rinsing them with a child eating solids is that they may not clean as well. We do a rinse, a sanitize cycle, and then an extra rinse It takes time (and I always set a timer to remind myself!) but the diapers will be cleaner and less stained. If you plan to use the diapers for future children or want to sell them to recoup some of your cost then it’s totally worth it. I love Rockin Greens’ mint lavender revival- it smells SOOO good!

    Yay for getting a diaper sprayer! We cloth diapered our first two children before getting one and it has made life so much simpler!

  • Ingunn SAYS

    Thanks for this post! Just the kick in the bum I needed to finally start using the diapers I bought pre-baby. We even borrowed newborn diapers from a friend, but our baby was too small for them when she was born (so much for the giant gestational diabetes baby they warned me about..), and between getting used to disposables and having a colicky baby, I just never found the energy for cloth. But now my baby is happy as a clam and I actually have time to do laundry, so it’s time for gigantic fluffy butts in this household, too!

  • Great post. Our experience was very similar. We pretty much exclusively cloth diapers (we had a few BumGenius but used mostly Best Bottoms) for 18 months. After that, we had problems with leaking that I had trouble resolving and our daughter was showing interest in potty training. We switched to disposables because we observed the wet diapers irritating her more than the cloth, making her more inclined to use the potty. She’s not yet two and I’d guess about 50% of the way to potty training. Just in time for me to deep clean our cloth diapers and get ready for Baby #2!

  • thanks for this post! I’m planning on cloth diapering and it still confuses me a bit. your post just made it so much simpler, just focusing on what works for you :) I have an assortment of CD’s I got on Black Friday sales so hoping to find some that work for us. Mostly are pockets though and I think I have a few freetimes. I have to sort through the mess in the soon to be nursery. 31 wks now. aaaaaah!

  • Perfect timing!! I’m due in about three and a half weeks, and we are anxiously awaiting our little one. I lucked out and bought a whole stash of kawaii baby pocket diapers from a local mama who decided it wasn’t for her–and only one diaper was even used!! We have some other brands to try out as well, so I’m interested to see how it goes. Stay-at-home-dad is totally on board, so fingers crossed!

    Thanks for the update on your experience so far. It was very helpful!

  • francine SAYS

    i am SO pumped that you posted about your cloth diapering experience!! no exaggeration, i have seriously been waiting for this post for months!

    we are due with our first any time now (actually i think i am in early labor and reading your blog between timing each contraction). we also said eff it and bought a large stash of freetimes and are hoping for the best ;)

    i have read do much about cloth diapering that it is SUCH A RELIEF to hear about your “rule breaking!!” you make everything seem way less overwhelming… thank you so much for that!

    i love all of your motherhood updates! (along with your recipes, obvi!) thanks for sharing your experiences with us :)

  • Julie in TX SAYS

    Great post! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m looking forward to the BLW post coming soon.

  • Alison Matalanis SAYS

    Really enjoyed this post. I love the BumGenius Free Times as well. Just in case any of your readers are interested in trying cloth diapering, you might want to check out jillian’s drawers try cloth for $10. I did this program and liked cloth so much that I continued it with my second daughter. Here is the link: http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/products/clothdiapers/tryclothfor10/tryclothfor10

  • JanetM SAYS

    I have to say they’ve come a long way with cloth diapering. My daughter is 23 and I was a rebel using cloth diapers back then. We had a diapering service which eliminated the whole issue of laundry. It was well worth the money spent (although I did feel bad for the guy picking up all those dirty diapers – boy his van must have smelled!).

    You are not to this point yet but I have to say I think it really helped with toilet training. She did not like feeling wet. For my older daughter we used disposable and while she did toilet train, I think it was a slower more difficult process.

  • lindsay SAYS

    I’ve been waiting and SO looking forward to this post, thank you so much for sharing and I admit I didn’t even notice it was a longer post because I read each and every word and learned a TON so thank you!!! I don’t have little ones yet but plan (or hope) to cloth diaper one day. Yay now I have a go-to resource I really trust. Seriously, thank you :) :)

  • Melissa SAYS

    I LOVE Rockin’ Green! I just use it for everyone’s clothes at this point. It helps with my son’s eczema and I like washing everything in soap that smells like watermelon. Thank you for your blog post, it really breaks down cloth diapering well! Maybe I’ll finally take the plunge with the next kiddo. :)

  • Melissa SAYS

    I love Rockin’ Green! I checked them out initially because I was interested in cloth diapering but now I just use it for all my regular laundry. I have two little boys and the Stinky Gear spray comes in super handy for actually taking care of smells rather than masking them. Anyway, I hope you continue to love it, too! And that baby is completely adorable!

  • MMW SAYS

    While I am not expecting right now. I know people who are cloth diapering and should I have a child in the next couple of years I will be CLOTH DIAPERING. Instead of buying a stash of one brand, I would try everything Kawaii, blueberries, rumparooz, applecheeks, bumgeniuses, prefolds and different inserts to see what works and then go from there. I already use a cloth friendly detergents on our clothes already COUNTRY SAVE, Arm and Hammer Essentials and ECO, boosters to soak before washing and in wash sometimes Washing Soda or Borax, and always add Calgon cause I find it gets all clothes clean.

    What I disagree with how Cloth Diaper manufacturers think the Sanitize Cycle will destroy diapers, and they create the need to strip(they made their money Rock in green Funk Rock, Laundry tarts-Strip formula and RLR. Some of these companies are even against soaking inserts or adding washing Soda or Borax to your main wash, which is hypocritical on their part, even Bumgenius who supports using Chlorine once a month, I think washing soda or borax is a much more safer/environmentally friendly option compared to CHLORINE BLEACH.

    First of all hot water will not wash away bacteria from inserts and diaper covers. In most HE washing machines like my Samsung, the hot water heavy duty setting feels like warm water, a warm bath. The temperature only gets very warm for a few minutes that’s it, most of the wash is done in eco-warm(which is really cold). Only on the Sanitize cycle do you actually get HOT water, and Samsung’s Sanitize Extra hot cycle in our top loader HE Machine is more like a Hot Cycle on a Standard machine or another appliance brand. In our old standard front loading washer, HOT WAS REALLY HOT, in our Samsung HE HOT is Warm.

    If the water feels only warm on a hot heavy duty cycle, it means to me it is not hot enough to wash away the bacteria, ammonia and not hot enough to disinfect the diapers either. Now there are manufacturers who swear that the sanitize cycle will damage the PUL and diaper covers, I knew someone who cloth diapered for over 2 years before a couple covers out of 24 diapers started to leak or to lose elasticity. AND compared to her friends, her diapers came out clean, disinfected and she never had to strip them until she was done with cloth diapering for good.

    Diapers aren’t meant to last forever, just like underwear- our panties and socks aren’t going to look new after wearing them on and off for two years. Plus in HE machines the super hot water goes from 160-180 farenhite for only 3 minutes not for the whole wash, so that’s not going to damage the pull or the inserts.

    If I can prevent having the need to strip and stinky/stain issues by using the Sanitize cycle that’s what I’ll use. Sometimes you gotta do what works for you, and not what manufacturers say.

  • Amanda SAYS

    What kind of washing machine do you have? I know there are a ton of varieties and it would be good to know what has worked for people. Thanks!!!

  • Julie DeVoe SAYS

    I stumbled upon your blog and I am so happy I did! We have just started cloth diapering with the Freetimes AND we have the same washer/dryer, so learning about your system is super helpful!! I wanted to ask you, have you had any problems washing your wet bags? I am concerned about washing them because of the manufacturers recommendation of not washing waterproof things in this washer. I washed it for the first time today and it still had lots of water inside after the cycle. Any advice?

  • Sarah D. SAYS

    Thanks for the awesome post! I just made 50 cloth wipes as a gift to a friend who is expecting and wants to use cloth diapers. I want to include some diaper potion lotion too. Could you share your ratio of water to witch hazel to potion?

  • Liz SAYS

    This is awesome, I’m in the process of writing a series of blog posts on cloth diapering and loved reading your perspective!

  • Stephanie K SAYS

    I realize this post is a little older, but I’m currently pregnant (due in September!!) and really appreciated it for the extensive review :) I was wondering if you had any problems with cloth diapers fitting under clothing because I know they can be bulkier than disposable diapers. And if you did, if you had any brands/stores that seemed to fit better? Thank you!!

  • Katy SAYS

    I know you wrote this post a while ago, but I just wanted to say thank you for providing such a helpful guide to cloth diapering! I also love my Freetimes – they are just so easy to use, fit well, and really don’t take that long to dry! I totally copied your cloth wipe set up (love having them pop up out of the dispenser, and folding them is a snap), and am using your wipe spray and lemon stain treatment recipes, both of which are fantastic! I did a lot of cloth diaper research while pregnant with my baby girl (now 2 months old), and this post was definitely one of the most helpful resources that I found. So, just wanted to say thank you!

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