Cloth Diaper Late Enough

Going Green: Cloth Diapers

No, I didn’t create cloth diapers.  And I’m not obsessed with them.  I’ve never beaten someone up for going disposable.  (Because I would also have to beat up myself every few days and I’m SO not into that anymore.)

Cloth diapers are very doable if you are NOT completely neurotic and you don’t mind laundry and poop.  And let me tell you, if you are having a baby, get used to poop. Poop in the hair (the baby’s).  Poop in the fingernails (yours).  Poop in the mouth (don’t ask).

I use cloth for both my children (until about a year before E potty trained), but the most reasonable green-bottom plan I have is to offer is with #2. (Pun INTENDED)

I use a combination of bumGenius, g-Diapers and disposable.

Cloth Diaper Late Enough
My son rockin’ his G-diaper. And looking like he may have eaten the other four.

bumGenius 3.0 are pocket cloth diaper covers that GROW WITH YOUR BABY.  Genius!  Yes, the velcro is giving on some covers after a year of washing.  BUT I did not like having to buy more and more cloth diaper covers as my first baby grew at a ridiculously ginormous rate (doubled his weight at TWO MONTHS!).

We used other cloth diaper covers for E and the one’s that I managed to use for a long time?  Well, they got gross.  And I even had this ridiculously retentive way for washing them.  bumGenius just doesn’t stain easily.

And they NEVER leak.  Let me tell you that our cotton prefolds with a wool covers did not have as good of a track record.  And the plastic?  Awful.

Oh and my baby’s butt isn’t HUGE in the bumGenius which for us vain moms is wonderful.

g-Diapers are a bit different because they use a flushable insert that goes into a nylon liner which snaps into the cover.  This is great because one diaper cover usually lasts all day.  Sometimes I don’t even have to change the liner.  So less laundry which equals less water wasted.

I just rip up the insert over the toilet.  The only drawback is that we have always lived in OLD homes and if you don’t time the soaking of the torn insert right (20 minutes to 6 hours), you get a clogged toilet.  If you go g-Diaper, buy a plunger.  It’s no big deal to me but if you hated plunging your toilet, go another route.

I also need two hands to tear up the g-Diaper insert which means I find them lying around my house because N is NOT OKAY with being left post-diaper change (or really post-anything).  But I find my cloth diapers covers do the same thing (perhaps they like watching tv because I’m SURE that I put them in the diaper bin, but WOW there they are on the couch!)  I’ve even been know to go to bed with a disposable diaper or two.  Hey, they make a nice snuggly.  Maybe it’s not a g-Diaper issue?

How do I work these green diapers into my life?  I have a small plastic trash can with a top in my kitchen which contains all things peed, pooped and nasty food-ed on.  Every other day (on my good weeks) I throw the contents of the basket in the wash on warm.  Throw them in the dryer on DRY.  And I’m ready to go.  (Side note: If I hung them to dry which I occasionally do, the velcro on the bumGeniuses would probably not be pulling off.)

I’ve tried all sorts of combinations which worked fine for us (so feel free to ask questions), but the above is my routine today.

We own about 7 bum geniuses and use 3 or 4 of E’s g-Diaper covers for our ten month old.  We have to buy the flushable inserts every few weeks, but they are available at our local natural food store.  And bumGeniuses 3.0 are at Whole Foods.  Both are also available on the Internets.

We use disposable at night.  Not because we must.  E actually slept in cloth for quite a while, but I just got too paranoid about sleep.  You’re awake? Maybe your diaper is a LITTLE WET!  Maybe that’s why you haven’t slept in the last hour or FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR! But I think that the bumGenius would be great at night if I was willing.  I probably wouldn’t do g-Diapers at night.

We also use disposable when we travel unless we will have easy access to a washing machine.  You do NOT want to travel far with a bag of stinky cloth diapers.  Especially in the summer.

So there you go. I also have Cloth Diaper Cheat Sheet in pdf for you to read or download.

My work here is done.  You are welcome Earth.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

11 thoughts to “Going Green: Cloth Diapers”

  1. Question! Because you KNEW I would have one…two. 😉 Can't you buy cloth inserts for the g diapers? Did you do this or just do the disposable inserts? I really want to do this! I”m getting excited about my new green leaf I'm turning. Thanks for the skinny on your wash schedule too. I am a creature of convenience but I think I can do that since I'll be doing wash anyway…but I should wash them separately…yes?

  2. we used prefolds from time to time in the g-Diapers (they dont make cloth inserts specifically for them that I know of) with E and it worked okay. I have never tried the rectangular insert in the liner. I would definitely recommend a very long insert since the flushable inserts are long and I think that would help with leaks (the covers of g-diapers are not very absorbent unlike fleece or wool and the legs holes are not super tight so having something fit snug in the liner would help too.)

  3. Hi Alex! I discovered your blog on the WEP FB site… My son is a patient of Dr. Colley's but he has also seen Dr. Scott on a few occasions… LOVE THEM! 🙂 My question is about g-diapers… It's something I've been thinking about to use at home when he's not at daycare 3 days/wk… I have seen them and the inserts at Babies R Us… Which store do you get them at? I am wondering if there is a price difference… I do know also as a tip that on their website they have a “swisher” you can buy that you use after you put the insert in the toilet to break it up…may be easier than tearing it up w/ your hands! 🙂

  4. Yay! Welcome! WEPs is great (not that I'm biased or anything 😉
    I get g-Diapers at Ellwood so I'm not sure that they would be cheaper there (I didn't realize BabiesRUs carried them) but it's worth asking!
    So in order for the inserts to flush, you have to tear them into strips and let the inside “toilet paper” like stuff fall out. Then the swishers are for stirring it up in the toilet to minimize clogging. Here is the link that explains it:

  5. My motto on cloth diapering is “If it wasn't easy, I wouldn't do it.” Like you, we use a combination and saw a good reduction in diaper rash — it also helps keep his pants up since he is a bit on the thin side 🙂

  6. You have a cloth diaper post!! Which I seriously just stumbled upon googling “supernatural cloth diaper,” seriously. It was meant to be <3

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