We have been cloth diapering going on two and a half years now. I have learned a lot along the way and can still say after all this time that we love it. Although it isn’t always the most convenient, each time I change out a diaper and it goes in the hamper instead of the trash I get a little warm and fuzzy inside. We don’t exclusively cloth diaper and do opt for disposables on vacation, long day trips, and for daycare (not by choice) which isn’t ideal but it still means our kids are sporting a fluffy butt 90% of the time.
Over the years we have tried our share of products and through trial and error have found our favorites. Below are some of things things that have made cloth diapering a little easier and a lot more enjoyable.
bumGenius Sprayer | Diaper Extenders | 7.9 Gallon Stainless Steel Round Step Trash Can | Bumkins Reusable Flannel Wipes | Thirsties Hemp Inserts | 16 oz Glass Spray Bottle | Wet Bags | GNEDBY Shelf Unit | Essential Oils from Young Living
We have been using the bumGenius Sprayer for about two years now. Although it is a little pricey, we picked ours up at Buy Buy Baby and used ones of their 20% off coupon. Hands down I LOVE this thing. It makes cleaning off the messiest diapers easy and quick. I also thing is has contributed to the fact that even after 2+ years our diapers have no stains.
The GNEDBY Shelf Unit from IKEA was a perfect addition to the kids shared changing station and excellent way to organize all of our diapers while displaying them at the same time. It’s also an easy conversation started when we host play dates or have guests over. I love spreading fuffy butt awareness and all of its advantages.
We have tried several different pails and ended up finding the 7.9 Gallon Stainless Steel Round Step Trash Can. I didn’t realize it at the time of purchase but the large wet bags my mom had made using pull material from Jo Ann Fabrics fit perfectly in the trash can. It keeps out the smell and we just pull out the wet bag on laundry day.
We always keep some of our Alva Wet Bags in the diaper bag for on the go in the rare case of a blowout. They are also handy for when you are taking a trip to the pool or to hold dirty laundry on a short weekend away.
We had initially planned to start potty training P after Christmas but he didn’t show much interest so we decided to focus on phasing out the pacifier and retry this summer. Since buster boy is now 40lbs, he is maxing out our bumGenius 4.0s. We decided it would be cheaper to invest in some Diaper Extenders and Thirsties Hemp Inserts. Both have been working out really well and were great investments.
I recently took the plunge and joined Young Living and started incorporating Essential Oils into our cleaning sillies, medicine cabinet, and daily living. One of the things I was most excited about was making a solution for our cloth wipes and a safe balm to use on red bottoms. For the wipe solution I purchased a 16 oz Glass Spray Bottle and a few sets of Bumkins Reusable Flannel Wipes. We will still use disposable wipes for soiled diapers but when they just need a little wipe we will use the cloth with an Essential Oils mix. Next week I will be sharing my recipes for our cloth wipes and a safe cloth diaper balm for red bums.
Now it’s time for a little show n tell. I would love to hear what some of your favorites products are!