Monday, January 30, 2012

Cloth Diapering: First Order

We have made the decision to cloth diaper our little man when he arrives, for many reasons. After many, many, maaany hours of research, we made our first order last week, and it arrived this weekend! I have been a twinge obsessed with cloth diapers lately, you can ask my husband or my mother. Luckily for me, my husband supports this decision wholeheartedly! 
The cloth diapers today are not the way cloth diapers used to be. There are many different options. We have decided to go with the option that is somewhat similar to the cloth diapers of old. We are starting out with the prefolds and covers option. In our first order we purchased 6 OsoCozy "Better Fit" Unbleached Prefolds. This is how they looked when they came to us:
Prefolds have to prepped before use to maximize their absorbency. I boiled mine in a large stock pot for about 45 minutes. You could also send them through the wash about five times. 
This is how they looked afterward:
They will continue to quilt-up more as they are used and washed.
We also purchased three covers. All three are different brands. I want to try out different styles and brands to find out which works best for us and our baby. The covers I chose have rows of snaps that make them adjust to different sizes. Here they are at their smallest size:
And their largest:
Thirsties Duo Wrap- size 1, fits 6-18 lbs.
Flip- one sized, fits 8-35 lbs.
Rumparooz G2- one sized, fits 8-35 lbs.

We also ordered a Snappi. (forgot to get a pic) These awesome things are the modern answer to diaper pins! No more pins, just a simple easy snappi.
Here is a short (aka: 4 seconds) demo of a snappi in use:

I hope to post more about cloth diapers in the future. There is SO much information about them. I am very excited about starting this journey! Saving money and saving the earth!

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