November 13, 2013

Cloth Diaper Favorites

These are my Cloth Diapering Favorites!
1. Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag
I really like these wet/dry bags (I have two) because they have a wet compartment for soiled diapers, and a dry pocket on the front (you can see in the picture). I love the dry pocket for quick trips to public changing tables. It's easy to store a new diaper, wipes, cream etc. in there! These bags fit 8-9 cloth diapers which is the perfect amount for a days worth of diapers. PLUS, it also has a snap handle if you want to carry it on your wrist while also carrying the little one.
2. Clorox Bleach
There's a lot of controversy on using bleach with your diapers. However, my personal opinion is that using it is a must for a few reasons: 1) It helps sanitize your diapers, and especially is helpful if you encounter an ammonia problem and 2) Bumgenius even recommends it on their packaging for once a month! Make sure if you do buy bleach, that it states on the container "Kills 99.9% of..." This will ensure you have the disinfecting bleach. (For more information on actual cloth diapers strategies and techniques that work and are yes, indeed safe, for cloth diapers, head over to Stash & Supplies where I talk about an awesome Facebook group with mama's in the field just for this!)
3. Tide Free & Gentle Detergent
This is what I use for all of my clothes plus diapers. The Facebook group talked about in #2 above, also goes into demystifying cloth diaper myths, and cloth diaper detergent is one of them! Tide is good, so check them out.
4. Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner
I like this pail liner because it has an elastic top, fits most garbage cans, has a PUL liner (instead of nylon which others use which is not as durable), and keeps most smells in. I use this for all of my diapers like a regular soiled diaper hamper.
5. Bumgenius 4.0 OS (one size) Snap Diapers
I love these diapers because the fit it great and the diapers (and inserts) are easy to use. I prefer the snaps better over aplix (Velcro), although they take a few seconds longer to put on baby. The snaps don't wear down the like aplix diaper tabs do, which eventually have to be replaced, as the snaps don't. Also, the replacement refresher kits for the aplix diapers do NOT include the long strip of aplix that the tabs fasten to around the waste...why not!?? These diapers come in cute colors and some patterns. Which leads me to really the only issue I have with these diapers, they don't come in enough pretty designs and patterns!
Runner Up: Kawaii OS Diapers! I love that they have the microfleece insides (because they are soooo soft), wider pockets (which is easier for stuffing) and they have a little flap to keep the inserts in. The only thing that I don't LOVE about them.... they have 3 snaps vs 2 on each diaper wing (eats more time), and they are a tad less trim because of the insert size. CLOSE call though!
*maybe I'll do a comparison post soon on diapers?!*
6. Biz
I'm loving Biz because it's a detergent booster that helps fight stains and soils. I use 1/2 cup of this for every diaper load! It really helps loosen up and clean stuff.
7. Coconut Oil
I really love this oil because it works wonders! It's a natural, cloth diaper safe option for a diaper rash cream! I found it at my grocery store, in the organic aisle. I've heard that you want to make sure to get the refined kind too. This is in a solid state, but once it starts to be spread on the skin, it melts into its awesome magic goodness.
8. Aquaus Diaper Sprayer
I love this diaper sprayer because it's easy to install (I watched the video on the link above), it's easy to use, doesn't leak, and saves me A TON of work! When I started cloth diapering I knew I needed a sprayer. I wasn't the type to dunk and swish in the toilet, so after reading many reviews I settled on this one. Others that I read about (including the Bumgenius sprayer) leaked and had problems. I also didn't want to make my own because I had heard from someone that they tried that, and it flooded their house. No thank you! One person with that story was enough to send me running. So I coughed up the $60 for this one from Kelly's Closet (and was awarded 60 points too!) and it was worth every penny! The one con about this sprayer is that you might need to purchase a part: a flexible water hose that connects the water from the wall to the toilet tank (unless you already have one!). I didn't know this, nor do they say on the package or when you make the purchase, so I was left with it half assembled until I could purchase the part (~$7) the next day. Not expensive, just annoying.
9. Kelly's Closet
Hmmmm, what is there NOT to like at this awesome cloth diapering website?! I talk about them more in my Resources post. I usually purchase from this family run business whenever I need cloth diapers or related products. They are awesome and you can return diapers after 30 days (yes used!) and rack up points for your purchases.
10. Fuzzibunz Hanging Diaper Pail
I like this hanging pail because I can keep it on the door in my bathroom. It comes in real handy when you have to spray a poo diaper. After I've wrung it out, I simply toss it in here. No traveling the house with a soiled diaper! It also has an awesome zipper bottom (and elastic top), so unzippering the bottom and dumping in the washer is easy! It's PUL liner also keeps smells in great.
11. 5 layer Charcoal Bamboo Inserts
I purchased mine second hand from a mother on a cloth diapering Facebook swap group, and couldn't be happier. They are amazing for night time since they hold a ton! You can also find these on ebay for a good price brand new. 
12. Wool Dryer Balls
These are easy to make and they cut down drying time! Since fabric softeners are a no-no, these work great and who doesn't want to be more green if it's easy and cheaper?? Check out my DIY link above.

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