Cloth diapers are easy, affordable, saving families money in doing something greener. While diapering systems seem hefty and costly at first, the amount spent on disposable diapers far exceeds the initial investment.
Don't fool yourself, if you're not willing to do a little extra laundry and stay on top of things, cloth diapering will be a bad experience. The key is planning. Having at least one dozen diapers and a few extra inserts is a great way to start.
Initially, finding information on how to care for, keep, and launder the diapers can be difficult. After seven months of use, these simple tips have helped with the use of the Bumgenius 3.0 All-in-One Diapering system http://www.bumgenius.com/one-size.php:
-Keep Spray & Wash or another stain reducing spray on hand by the diaper pail, when there's a messy diaper, just spray it after swirling the solids off of the diaper in the toilet and throw it in the diaper pail to soak
-Use a wet pail, not a dry pail to store diapers
This wipes out the bad diaper smell and allow diapers to be conditioned before washing
To make a wet diaper pail, simply use a plastic popping lid trash can, put 1/4 cap full of baby laundry detergent, and fill the pail 3/4 of the way with warm water
-To wash the diapers, dump the pail into the washer, pre-wash in hot water, add the rest of baby's items, wash regularly on cold using baby detergent, and then dry on a gentle cycle, it really helps prevent staining and wear on the diapers!
A couple of other things to keep in mind: cloth diapers are not easy to transport, having a couple of disposables on hand for emergency trips to the store or if a day is going very poorly and all of the diapers are used before they finish washing can be important.
The benefits of cloth diapering are amazing. They're more breathable, affordable, long-lasting, and they don't end up in the landfills. If you know someone who is having a baby and is considering the possibility, encourage it! It's a little more work, but it can save hundreds of dollars in diapers!