I always have a hard time on the first post in a new blog so since I was writing this up for a forum post, I figured I would add it here as well. I can’t say that I’ve hit “stash nirvana” – if I had money to spare, there are a few more diapers I’d love to try out and see how I like with Liv compared to how I did with Noah. Plus, in the last three years there have been quite a few changes in the cloth diapering world. For the most part, though, I am very happy with my set-up and it allows for pretty much anyone that is here to change Liv’s diaper…and I can’t really argue that, can I?
So, first off, here are my workhorses:
3 dozen small (yellow edged) GMD prefolds (I cannot recommend GMD enough. Fantastic customer service!) Actually, about 30 are pictured because I stuff my pockets with prefolds and Liv was wearing one, but you get the idea.
On the right you see Bumgenius 4.0 Pockets. (One white and one purple not pictured.) These are primarily our nighttime diapers for the “stay dry” fabric and ease-of-use. (I feel I should point out that I actually don’t find prefolds any harder than pockets and, most of the time, would reach for a prefold first.) While I’ll use prefolds out and about now, these are also really convenient for trips out and for Joshua to use. He has practice with these thanks to Noah’s cloth diapered days and whatever makes it easy, right?
One thing I want to say is that I actually bought the pocket diapers used. Four were from Cottonbabies “Gently Used” sale and four were from FSOT on a forum I’m part of. Used diapers can be cleaned with (diluted) bleach, washed and then treated like a normal part of your stash. Some people aren’t okay with that concept and that’s okay too, but I’m not one of them. The amount of money saved per diaper ($63.60 for 8 diapers) is worth it to me.
Here is a spare Blueberry that I haven’t needed yet since Liv still fits in the Thirsties and a Goodmama, given to me by my dear friend, Sarah. In this same drawer you can see my spare hanging wetbag (the dino print; also a leftover from Noah) and my diaper bag wetbag (Heather Ross’ goldfish in bags! One of my favorite prints in the entire world and it’s allll mine.) is right in front.
And, for those who don’t want to fuss with the cloth diapers or on those days where a disposable just seems to work, half a bag of disposables:
We use Target brand wipes because they are so soft. They really are. They’re made with cotton, have lanolin and are really soft on Liv’s bum. I hated the roughness of Huggies wipes (my old favorite) and the fact that Pampers wipes kept falling apart when I used them so when I discovered these, I was thrilled. I love that they’re cheaper even when you factor in coupons.
So there you have it! I think I’ll end with the most important part of cloth diapering – the very happy baby: