I've had a few inquiries about my diaper routine lately and thought I might touch on the subject again. Dishing about cloth diapers is always fun! We used BumGenius with Sam and really liked them, probably would have stuck with them had I not eaten away the waterproofing on the covers by adding vinegar to the wash water. Always a good idea to read the fine print... So, for Vivian I decided to try Bummis. I liked the idea of not having to wash the covers every time, and eliminating the one tiny step of stuffing the pockets of the one-sizers was appealing too. Oh, and I can't say I wasn't swayed by the dang adorable prints either! We also have some froggie ones:)
Turns out I LOVE the Bummis! Seriously, these are my favorite system yet. I think it really helps that we're ECing and Vivian never actually poops in her diaper. If she did, we'd need a lot more covers. As it is, I only have four and that's plenty. She's already getting ready to move into the larger size (I'm so proud of my delightfully chubby girl!), so we'll get four more soon. Altogether that's less than a hundred dollars! I've been using the old BumGenius inserts, which makes it so easy, but if I ever run out of those I love the birdseye weave flatfolds . They're so much less bulky, but surprisingly absorbent. And they're super cheap. So, you could easily get away with diapering your baby for just over $100 total if you EC'd and used those pre-folds. That's a heck of a lot better than $100 a month!
For laundering I just use a gentle, unscented soap and occassionally throw in a little bleach if they're getting funky. I double rinse and line dry in the summer (this is great for getting stains out too) and dry on extra high in the dryer in the winter. One trick I started doing with Vivian is putting a few drops of tea tree oil on a cloth wipe and tossing it in the bottom of the pail (I get the cheap kind for diapers). It does wonders for keeping it from getting stinky; I think it makes it an unfriendly place for bacteria to live.
For wipes I use flannel squares and a homemade wipe concentrate or LuSa's Wipe Juice. Coconut oil and cornstarch work wonders for keeping bums soft and rash-free. I often use LuSa's booty balm too; it's a little thicker and provides a better barrier than coconut oil if I suspect a rash is coming on. I also use the Booty Balm for any little irritation on her skin; dry scalp, chafing etc.
Every mama develops her own best routine and tricks; what are your tried and true diapering secrets?
PPS Those leggings Vivian has on are ones I made for Sam when he was tiny; it's a great upcycling project that takes all of thirty seconds.