Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Scrap Mama's Necessities for Cloth Diapering....

I am quite certain every mum on earth has a different list of "necessities" for each task she must accomplish.  But on the other hand we all know that each and every one of us use the recommendations of other mums to find the best thing to work for us.  Here's a list of my favorite goodies in making our "Cloth Diapering Experience" a Cloth Diapering Success!

As I was researching cloth diapering I learned that the run of the mill "conventional" diaper creams were no good as they leave residue which effects the absorbency of all cloth diapers and leaves icky stains.  In response to that information I found what I think is the BEST product EVER, CJ's BUTTer.  CJ's BUTTer has worked fabulously not only as a diaper cream, but also as a moisturizer for Miss H and myself.  I love the different sizes that CJ's is available in as well as the awesome assortment of scents.  Who would have thought "Monkey Farts" smelled so tropical!?

Thank goodness someone had the ingenuity to create my next "go to" necessity, Snappi's   In an attempt to save a few dollars I'm using some prefold diapers that were gifted to me and I am so thankful that diaper pins are no longer required!  The amazing Snappi simply holds the diaper on using three plastic "hooks".  Simply genius!

On the wet wipe front I decided to go with cloth and forgo the cost, chemicals, and waste of traditional wipes.  In researching "homemade wet wipes" I came upon SO many different ideas:  using baby washcloths (too small in my experience), buying ready made cloth wipes, cut up receiving blankets (didn't have any), making your own, and cutting up papertowels-for a disposable option.  I chose to make our own and have been absolutley thrilled with the outcome.    I found this video from Adventures in Fluff and followed her method of making wipes.  I used discounted flannel from the fabric stores for both sides and ended up paying $10.00 for 48 wipes that will last a good long time.

So now I have a pile of dry wipes on hand to clean up after all of Miss H's messes.  What do I do to wet them?  I tried keeping them in a box, dampened with water, but I wasn't happy with that method.  I found Baby's Butt Foaming Wash Solution and have been THRILLED with it.  I simply squirt a pump or less onto her bottom and using a damp wipe, clean her right up nice and easy.  I have even cleaned her without wetting the wipe, but it doesn't seem to do as good of a job.

I purchased a "fuzzibunz" wetbag to keep all our wet, soiled, diapers, covers, and wipes in until it was time to wash.  I also have a zippered vinyl pillow case that I keep on our second floor to keep any wets and soils in up there as well at night. There are multiple ways to store soiled diapers, either "dry" or soaking in a bucket with a solution.  I haven't tried the solution method yet, but am tempted to.  But the dry method has been working quite well for us.

I've tried a couple different soaps for washing our diapers.  The ones I like the most are  "Charlies Soap"  and my own homemade soap.  Neither have had any ill effect on our diapers or effected their absorbency.  I wash our diapers anywhere from every day to every couple days-simply depends on how many changes Miss H. needs and whether I feel like using the pre-folds or not. :)

Miss H's stash of diapers and covers.
Enjoy your search for just the right products that work perfectly for you and your little one.  Hope this post will help you find some great products or shorten your search for the perfect setup for you!


  1. Your slowly converting me! Keep em coming, your helping me learn so much about the cloth approach :)

  2. Will do! It is quite fun, and can be slightly addicting. We have some traveling coming up and I'm going to be giving the "g diaper" a go. Will certainly share my results. :)