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Marny’s love of cloth diapers starts with fitted cloth diapers and covers, but really, she loves them all!
This mama lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with her fiance and adorable little boy, Jonas. She is an amazing artist and loves the outdoors.
Here she takes a moment to tell us a little about what cloth diapering looks like at her house.
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have a 16-month-old boy.
How long have you been cloth diapering?
Since Jonas was 3 weeks old, so about 15 months.
Why did you decide to use cloth diapers?
Mainly because of the cost of disposables, but also a desire to be environmentally responsible.
How did you get started?
I took the Cloth Diapering 101 Class at Baby Cotton Bottoms.
What are your favorite types of diapers?
I like to use fitted cloth diapers and covers because I’ve found that they leak the least and are the easiest to wash.
I also use pocket diapers for their customized absorbency and ease of washing.
Honestly, there are things I like about all types of diapers so I bought a little of everything.
Tell us what’s in your diaper stash?
- 5 Thirsties AIO/Pockets
- 3 Fuzzi Bunz
- 4 Play All Day Cotton Fitteds
- 4 Thirsties Fab Fitteds
- 4 Mommy’s Touch One-Size Easy Cleans w/ snaps
- 5 Mommy’s Touch One-Size AIOs w/ snaps
- 1 Happy Hempy with fleece
- 2 Happy Heinys Heiny Hugger sherpa fitteds
- 1 Bamboozle fitted
- An assortment of hemp and cotton (Indian and Chinese) prefolds.
- A mix of Thirsties, Imse Vimse, handmade wool, and fleece covers.
- I use a mix of hemp and micro terry inserts.
I think that’s it!
What are your favorite diaper brands and why?
I like Thirsties and Imse Vimse covers because they both have a great fit, are very breathable and not too expensive.
I like both Thirsties and Play All Day cotton fitteds with micro terry core. Thirsties because they are trim, cute and fleece lined and Play All Day because they are very absorbent and cheap.
I also have a couple of Happy Hempy fitteds with pockets for extra absorbency which I love.
What does your washing routine look like?
When I change a diaper, if it is not poopy I throw it right into our pail which is a kitchen trash can with a lid. I use a PUL pail liner with baking soda in the bottom.
If the diaper is poopy, I hose off the poop into the toilet with a bidet sprayer that we have attached to the toilet. I then throw it in the pail.
When the pail is full I dump it all in the washer.
I do a 15-minute cold soak, followed by a hot wash with Allen’s Naturally detergent, then a cold rinse.
I line dry in the summertime, but otherwise, I use the dryer.
Do you have a diaper store you prefer to buy from?
I buy from Amazon and eBay because there is a giant selection of diapers to choose from.
What problems or issues have you had while using cloth and how did you fix the problem?
From time to time we get stinky diapers (which is caused by a build up of detergent or using too much detergent). When they get really bad, we will boil the diapers. Otherwise, an extra rinse will usually suffice.
If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
Nothing! My strategy was to try a bunch of different types of diapers when the baby was a newborn so that I could decide on which diapers I liked best before he sized up. I found things I liked about all the different diapers and decided that I didn’t really want to buy all of one thing. I like my eclectic stash!
What’s the best advice you have for someone just starting out?
First, I would say you have made the right decision! Stick with it and if you get frustrated, call your diaper supplier and ask questions until you get it straightened out. It seems overwhelming at first but don’t give up.
Anything else you want to share about your cloth diaper experiences?
The best part of cloth diapering is that I get to skip over the baby aisle at the grocery store. My husband and I love passing by the baby aisle saying “Nope, don’t need anything down there!” 🙂