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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
Cloth Diapers Detergents Washing

I’m too poor to have convictions

>I had found this calculator to help determine the cost of cloth diapering vs. disposables.  Because our new house has a well, there’s no cost for the water itself.  We have an HE washer so when using hot water, it’s not more than absolutely necessary.  I don’t know how much the electricity to run a loan (ha typo but it’s funny so it stays) through the washer costs, but I doubted it was excessive.

That left the detergent.  I had gotten a crazy deal on method baby detergent, and that combined with the HE washer and our soft water meant that I barely had to cover the eensy teensy cap of the 3x concentrated detergent in order to wash a load.

Unfortunately, I discovered that there are a lot of ingredients that are no-nos for cloth and that only certain detergents are cloth-diaper safe, none of which seemed to be locally available to me.

Since I am used to paying a maximum of $3/bottle for our detergent, or up to $6 for baby detergent, $15/bottle BEFORE shipping put me off.

I wanted to cloth diaper so I wasn’t putting chemicals on my baby’s butt or diapers in the landfill.  The potential savings sounded great too.  Even if cloth cost the same as my rock bottom price for disposables, I’d still be interested.  But more?  Not so much. 

I’d have to order 4 bottles to bring the price down to $12.50/bottle (more than double what I’d usually consider paying for baby detergent) and I simply didn’t want to invest that much in my little cloth diaper experiment, since I didn’t even know if this would work out.

My hubby and I joke that we are too poor to have convictions.  If it were my choice, I would shop locally, organic, do everything green and so forth.  Unfortunately, we just don’t have the financial resources to do so.  We pick & choose and do what we can afford and what’s most important to us.

With that, I pretty much figured I was done & wouldn’t get to try them.

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Cloth Diapers Detergents Washing

Maybe just 3, just to try.

>I had spent enough time on the diaperswappers forums to know that well cared for, high quality cloth diapers had decent resale value.

I also discovered that diapers.com sold bumgenius 3.0s, and that 3 of them would add up to enough to get free shipping.  So, I figured I’d order 3 and try them.  If I hated them, I’d resell them and at least I could say I’d tried.

Before I ordered, I started researching washing methods, which led me down the sudsy, convoluted road to detergent land.

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Cloth Diapers

OK maybe later

>I had decided on one size pocket diapers, where the rise and the inserts snap down to size, to fit babies starting around 8 pounds, potentially through potty training.  Specifically, the BumGenius 3.0s

Some reviews indicated that the diapers didn’t quite take their children through potty training, but since my wee little bit of a thing was only twenty something pounds when she potty trained, I figured we’d be fine.

Since my daughter was a wee 6 1/2 pounds at birth, I assumed I wouldn’t be able to use the one size diapers right away.  Plus I wasn’t sure about throwing in a cloth diaper curveball into the whole new mother-o-two game.  If only I knew what I know now, but oh well, water under the bridge right?

So, with the new customer hook of $10 off, combined with $5 off, combined with free shipping and manufacturer coupons, I ordered a case of wee little newborn diapers for the wee little baby I was expecting (ha!)

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Cloth Diapers

They cost HOW MUCH?

>So, once I successfully had a bun in mah oven, I delved even deeper into the world of cloth. 

When I had my daughter, I was shocked (SHOCKED I tell you!) by how much disposable diapers cost.  Seriously, OMGWTF how is something that will be pooped in & thrown away costing more than a quarter, or maybe 15 cents for a screaming deal on a mega-jumbo-sized-never-gonna-use-em-all box of itty bitty newborn diapers bought with layer upon layer or coupons & subscribe & save savings.  I will talk about the cost of the hiney wiping devices later.

I was in for still more sticker shock when I found out how much cloth diapers cost.  The logical side of my brain tells me that the cloth diapers would pay for themselves in no time at all, whereas I would still be shelling out for disposables week after week.

But I was still having a hard time committing to such a large initial expense, especially since I wasn’t sure how I was going to like all this anyway.

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Cloth Diapers Pocket Diapers

This ain’t your Grandma’s diaper!

>While you can still get prefold diapers, pins and plastic “pants,” cloth diapers are more like disposables than ever.

My head was swimming with the options, this doesn’t even touch on all of them.

I finally decided that to make it easiest on myself and my hubby, I’d pick pocket diapers.  They resemble disposables, in that they can be purchased with velcro closures and do not require a separate waterproof cover.

All in ones are probably the simplest in terms of use, since all you have to do is wash, dry & reuse, but the “soaker” is sewn into the diaper, rather than being stuffed into a pocket in a pocket diaper (clever name, eh?)

I liked the idea of being able to easily customize the absorbency of the diaper, and to be able to remove the absorbent material for more thorough cleansing and easier drying.

Next, I had to figure out which brand.

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