I cloth diapered Gabe from about 10 days old, and did the same this time around. Here’s what I wrote about cloth diapering last time: two months in and two years in.
This time around I really simplified my stash and routine:
Washing more often. Instead of every 3-4 days, I’ve been washing every 2 days. This is a direct result of having a washer and dryer IN MY HOUSE I’M STILL SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS.
Using more detergent. I read this post “Enough with the Stripping Already,” and it made so much sense I immediately started using more detergent. No vinegar, no baking soda, just a normal amount of Trader Joe’s powdered detergent and done. No stink, no stripping, easy.
Cotton only! No more microfiber. Part of my no stink might be that I got rid of all my microfiber inserts and stuff my FuzziBunz and covers with 100% cotton prefolds or bamboo/hemp inserts.
GroVia covers are my favorites. I got some last time around, but they changed their pattern or material and I like them a lot better now. I stick with snaps because they hold up well, there are lots of cute patterns to choose from.
Some didn’t stand the test of time. Namely, BumGenius and the OneSize FuzziBunz. Both had peeling delamination (who knew that was a word? Not me.), so I had to get rid of them, sadly. The best diapers that lasted through two-and-a-half years of Gabe and more than a year of Theo? Size medium Perfect Size Fuzzibunz. And! They were bought secondhand from Craigslist. So they’ve been through at least three kids. Pretty awesome. (Not sure if they’ve changed their pattern/materials, but if you find them secondhand, worth a shot!) Green mountain prefolds also have lasted since Gabe!
Covers on vacation with disposables. When we traveled to Puerto Rico, Theo was seven months old. My kids both have had…problems with disposable diapers not containing their bodily fluids, so I decided to put him in a disposable with a cloth cover over it to see if that helped. He had zero blowouts on vacation (even on the airplane, which is renowned for its pressure causing problems in the diaper department)! Score.
My full stash is pretty small and simple, but gets us through 2-3 days:
1 Snappi (local cloth diaper store sells them individually)
6 GroVia inserts (many of them secondhand from local diaper store for cheap!)
Reusable diaper pail liner (we just hang it on a hook in the bathroom)
Small wet bag for diaper bag (bought secondhand from local diaper store for cheap!)
Still recommend: The Cotton Babies “Try It” Kit! It’s great for trying out prefolds for a very affordable price.
Cloth diapering is not a hobby for me, so I don’t have a huge stash. It’s totally just a way to save tons of money and have a little less impact on the planet (learning that a disposable diaper takes 500 years to decompose haunts me).