How long do cloth diapers last

Cloth diapers - experiences from the diaper poop world

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I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers to change diapers - to go easy on my baby budget and to do something good for the environment. However, the more I dealt with the subject, the more complicated it got ... All in ones, boosters, snaps, pockets, prefolds ... In the end, wrapping with fabric seemed like a pretty complicated science to me.

I've studied this science by now. For all those who want to save themselves this effort, I present the cheapest and most practical diaper system with which I have been changing my baby easily and reliably since then. I will also answer the most important questions on the topic briefly and concisely.

Inexpensive, simple and sustainable - very big cloth diaper love!

Buy cheap cloth diapers: used!

I bought almost everything used and saved a lot in the process. Those who wrap in this way can finance the entire wrapping time up to the point of being cleaned with 250 euros - plus time and energy costs for the laundry, of course. I like my cloth diapers! When I'm sick, going on vacation or visiting someone, I also use a disposable diaper.

In my changing table are:

12x Little Bloom covers *
8x Bamboozle pant diaper with bamboo inlays *
3x Capri pants by Blueberry *
10x bamboo insert *
20x muslin diaper *

A Little Bloom cover with muslin diaper, bamboo insert and nappy fleece

How does it work and how long do cloth diapers keep dry?

During the day I change my baby every three hours. It seldom goes wrong as it does with Pampers ... I use the lovingly designed, super cheap overpants from Little Bloom. I take a gauze diaper and fold it so that it fits into the pants. Looks like a really thick sanitary napkin ... I put the folded muslin nappy on a bamboo insert and slide both into the pants. (When my baby was very young, I only used a folded washcloth.) In addition, since the introduction of complementary foods, I have put a piece of non-woven diaper in every diaper. The diaper is put on just like a Pampers and easily closed with Velcro fasteners. Finally, I make sure to press the fabric a little together in the crotch so that it does not touch the cuffs if possible. This helps against leakage when the diaper is already well filled.

Bamboozle and Blueberry Capri - dream team for the night

The Bamboozle pant diaper is used at night. It comes with a buttoned insert made of bamboo viscose, is ultra-absorbent and keeps you dry all night. To increase the suction power, I sometimes put a folded washcloth in it. The Bamboozle absolutely needs a pair of pants. The Little Bloom is not ideal for this job, which is why I use the Blueberry Capri pants.

A bamboozle with insert. Just as easy to put on as a disposable diaper!

How do I wash and where do I dry cloth diapers?

Cloth diapers are a totally hygienic matter. It's clean and doesn't stink. I machine diapers about every three days. I put the used diaper in a wet bag for storage. Before doing this, I pull the fabric minimally out of the pants I used.

A full wet bag is equivalent to a washing machine load

Where do I collect the cloth diapers?

I have two large wetbags hanging directly on the changing table. One of them is always in use, the other is washed. In my opinion, the biggest models from Planet Wise are the only real ones for this job. * A full Planet Wise Wetbag corresponds exactly to one machine load. I take the full bag off the hook and put it open in the washing machine. As a result of the rotation, all diapers come out during the wash cycle and are thoroughly rinsed. My hands always stay absolutely clean with the wetbag. A simple bucket does it too, of course, but you have to put your hands directly into the diaper ...

Which detergent can I use for cloth diapers?

Since I sometimes wrap with bamboo fabric, I can't use every detergent. The bamboo fibers do not tolerate cellulase. The Domol Ultra Sensitiv detergent * from Rossmann does not contain this enzyme - and is generally great. So if my wetbag is full, I set the 60 degree wash program with the extra rinse option - and that's it. Occasionally I cook the diapers at 95 degrees with a pre-wash.

Wash the Velcro fasteners and diaper fleece with you?

Some of my overpants have Velcro fasteners. These models also always have the option of fastening the Velcro fasteners for washing. You should definitely use these counter Velcro strips, otherwise the fasteners in the machine tend to pull unsightly threads on the fabrics.

Windelfliess is like a kind of toilet paper that is placed as the top layer in the overpants. It keeps the moisture off baby's bum and makes you feel dry. If the baby makes big business, this sheet can be removed and disposed of in the toilet. Danger! Not every diaper fleece is allowed in the toilet, but this one is! * If there is no bowel movement, the diaper fleece also moves into the wetbag. If the baby is fully breastfed, you can do it without any diaper fleece, because breast milk stool is completely water-soluble and disappears in the washing machine.

Drying cloth diapers in the apartment?

In summer I hang the diapers on the balcony. In winter I dry them in my eat-in kitchen. For this I use an extra small clothes horse * with a rotary clothes dryer *. I can hide it wonderfully in a corner and ventilate it well. I don't own a dryer. Danger! Bamboo diapers are super absorbent - but they dry much more slowly than cotton fabrics.

Cloth diapers grow with you: they adapt to small children with press studs or Velcro fasteners

Digression over pants - which system? Blueberry Milovia Totsbots

The most important thing about a diaper is of course that it keeps moisture away from clothing. Therefore, something waterproof must always be worn over the cloth diaper. This is the overpants. There are different models. The common names are Capri from Blueberry, Milovia from Milovia or Flip from Bum Genius. Most of them are made of PUL plastic on the outside. Inside they have systems that hold the actual cloth diaper in place - e.g. tabs or fleece covers into which the cloth diaper is then pushed. Because it is a bit reminiscent of a pocket, these overpants are also called pocket diapers. Press studs (called snaps) or Velcro fasteners ensure that everything can be closed precisely.

Excursus What goes in the overpants? - Muslin diapers, prefolds, bamboozle

The actual, absorbent cloth diaper lies in the overpants. There are the good old muslin diapers. You can fold them and put them in the overpants. There are pre-folded gauze diapers, so-called prefolds. There are pant diapers sewn from bamboo fabric that are cut like pampers. You put them on and pull on overpants. There are different pads that can be thought of as a thick sanitary napkin. You just put them in your overpants.

Cloth diapers make a big butt ?!

It's true: the cloth diaper pop is a little thicker than the Pampers butt. However, that does not restrict my daughter's freedom of movement. When it comes to clothes, I make sure not to buy tight pants. I use tights and bloomers. So that the body also fits underneath, I use body extensions that are easily attached with snaps.

Are cloth diapers ecological?

There are studies that say that the ecological balance of cloth and disposable diapers is the same. You have to see the manufacturing process and the washing of the diapers. I bought the majority of my diapers second-hand, only wash full machines and don't use a dryer. When my baby is dry, I pass things on. This is how many babies use the products. I think it pays off for me and for the environment.

A load of cloth diaper laundry fits on my mini clothes horse

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