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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
If you were to have asked me two years ago what a diaper sprayer was, I would have looked at you like you were crazy and said “a what”. Ask me now, and it is my favorite cloth diaper accessory, something that I use each day. While I could live without my diaper sprayer, and have while traveling, I prefer not to because it makes cleaning and rinsing out my diapers super easy! In this article, I will give you a few reasons why you should take the plunge (no pun intended) and get your own diaper sprayer, as well as tips on buying a diaper sprayer.
Why do I need a diaper sprayer?
- It makes rinsing poopy diapers very easy. Simply spray the poop into the toilet and flush away. End of story. I even used my diaper sprayer on breastfeeding poop, as well. Works like a charm! Thoroughly rinsing your diapers after poop will also help to prevent staining.
- It is easily attached to the side of your toilet and does not stick out like a sore thumb. The design is sleek and smooth, yet practical.
- It’s a conversation starter! While I mentioned above that it is sleek and trim hanging on your toilet, I am sure people will still wonder what the beautiful piece of chrome hanging on your toilet is. This is when you introduce them to cloth diapers and just how “fun” it is to use the sprayer!
- It can act as a multipurpose tool. My diaper sprayer is in reach of the bath tub. I have used it on multiple occasions to clean my tub and even my dog. Never underestimate the power of creativity with your diaper sprayer!
Tips on buying a diaper sprayer:
- Don’t skimp out when buying a diaper sprayer! This is an item you will be using on a daily basis for the next 2+ years if you cloth diaper 1 child. Invest in a quality one that will last.
- Make sure you get a diaper sprayer that has an adjustable pressure valve. This adjustable spray allows for even some of the most stubborn poops to be lifted off the diaper at its highest setting. I have seen sprayers that barely trickle out at their highest setting, and this does not help to get the diapers clean!
- I prefer a diaper sprayer that is made of durable materials such as chrome. Not only does it look stylish, but it will hold up to the everyday use.
So what about you? Do you own a diaper sprayer? Why or why not have you chosen to use one? Do you find it as helpful as I have?
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Julie Murphy is a stay-at-home mom who was thrown into the cloth diapers when her husband bet her she couldn’t last two months on cloth. 11 months later, she is still cloth diapering…and blogging about it at My Cloth Diaper Stash.
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Editor’s Note: In our initial post we linked to the incorrect soap nuts brand. Please note that the brand of soap nuts that Sarah used in her review was from EcoNuts. We apologize for any confusion! -FuzziBunz Editor.
When they arrived in the mail, I put them on the counter and went upstairs. When I came back, my husband is turning them around in his hand muttering, “what the…?”
He’s put up with many a new “eco-fad” that I’ve been crazy excited about for the moment, but I think he thought I went over the edge with this one. He was standing there holding my new soap nuts, wondering what the heck I was up to now.
Soap nuts come from a berry that grows on trees mainly in Asia. Yes, a berry that has cleaning properties and work much like detergents do to get clothes clean, but without the chemicals unnecessary foaming action. The dried berry shells contain saponins, a natural surfactant that advocates claim to be better for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Soap nuts have been used in other countries for eons and are now gaining popularity in North America and Europe. I love the fact that they are organic, biodegradable and compostable.
And yes, they even work for cloth diapers.
So, I tried them. Following the directions that came in the packaging, here’s what I did.
Put about four of the nuts (both whole nuts and a couple halves or pieces) into the included cloth bag.
Loaded the cloth bag right into the wash drum with my dirty (but already rinsed) diapers. For me and my HE machine, that act of putting the “detergent” right in with the diapers gave me a little pause, but I went with it.
Washed on a hot cycle with a cold rinse (no need to remove the bag for the rinse).
Removed the cloth bag containing the soap nuts and laid it out to dry while I dried my diapers.
Since the first use, I’ve washed the diapers with my soap nuts several more times (the same ones – you can reuse the same nuts up to ten times!). The diapers definitely come out clean, scent-free, soft and fluffy. Our newer inserts, in particular, came out noticeably fluffier.
I did notice a bit of a filmy feeling on the diapers that is hard to describe. I’ve been struggling with stink and hard water issues, so that could be something that is easily solved, but I’m trying not to add anything else to my list of issues. The instructions do recommend regular diaper stripping.
The great news is that soap nuts work incredibly well on regular laundry too. I’ve used them with my kids’ clothes and they come out buttery soft, fluffy and easy to fold. When I used them for the first time on my husband’s and my whites, he actually asked me if I’d changed detergents because he loved the way his undershirts felt.
Bottom line, I am still undecided on soap nuts. They are definitely not my go-to method for cleaning the diapers, but they do work and I do use them occasionally. My skeptical husband, on the other hand, is completely sold and wants me to use only soap nuts on his undershirts.
A far cry from his baffled “what the…?”
Sarah is a mom of two and blogs about her adventures in motherhood, cloth diapering and everything in between. Catch her “Cloth Diapering Unwrapped” series on the FuzziBunz blog every Tuesday.
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Last week on Facebook we asked “what is your favorite cloth diapering tip or trick?” Well, you answered. Your answers were so helpful and informative that we couldn’t choose just one. Today’s Monday Mama feature is a compilation of moms who have great tips and tricks about how to cloth diaper when you’re on the road, leaving your little ones with a babysitter or preparing the diaper station for dad to take over diaper-changing duty.
Pull Double Duty. ”When out and about, I bring two wet bags: one to hold the clean diapers, wipes and change pad and another bag to keep the dirty items after changing the baby. This will help you keeps everything in your little one’s diaper bag neat and organized.” – Erika Isenor
Diaper Prep for Dad. ”I like to “prep” my night time diapers ahead of time so that my husband knows the difference between lighter diapers and heavy diapers for our heavy nighttime wetter. To make it super easy, I keep our “night diapers” in a separate place and prep each one with the extra insert/doublers and an additional fleece liner if that diaper needs it. That way, all he has to do is pick a diaper from that stack and put it on her. He can be helpful and I don’t get frustrated that my daughter was in the ‘wrong’ diaper for the night!” – Jennifer Peplowski Perrite
Get Supplies Ready To-Go. ”Instead of wet bags, we use quart-sized freezer bags to store wet bunz when out of the house. Before leaving, I prep our bunz by putting a wipe and a freezer bag folded inside each stuffed diaper, so i just grab one “packet” per change. The bags are airtight, smell-proof and pretty much leakproof. FuzziBunz diapers fit really well inside.” – Benoit Pascale
Insert Insight. “When you’re away from home, remove the insert before you put the wet/dirty diaper in the wetbag. Then you don’t have to fish through dirty diapers when you get home. I like to remove the insert, lay it across the open diaper and then fold up the diaper with the insert on the inside, that way the wet/dirty part of the diapers doesn’t touch my wetbag.” – Jodi Jordan
Be Prepared. “I always keep two extra diapers in the car in case I forget to bring them when we’re out and about,” – Mallory Templeton
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A week or so ago, I attempted to organize my daughter’s room. Lately, the clutter had grown out of control, with piles and bins of outgrown clothes behind the chair, in the closet and in the bookcase. Baby toys and other gear was stacked precariously in her tiny closet and our cloth diapers looked like they were exploding out of the changing table at all times. Clutter seems to grow exponentially in their rooms, doesn’t it?
As I was sorting and folding and carrying endless bins to the basement, I ran across some of my daughter’s newborn cloth diapers. Eeps – was she really that tiny?! I vividly remember stressing over which ones to buy for those first precious weeks – what about the cord stump, will these hurt it? What if they are too big and fall off? Will the one-size options adjust to someone so tiny? I think a lot of expectant moms have the same stress.
…And new or expectant mamas, don’t want any stress, do we?! It can be all too easy to say: “I don’t think I can do cloth diapers, I’ll just use disposables.” That’s why I decided to dedicate this post to cloth diapering a newborn (and I know you experienced cloth mamas will comment and add even more great ideas!). Here’s a few do’s and don’ts:
DO survey any friends who have used cloth to see if they have newborn/tiny diapers to lend to you. Or even do a search on CraigsList to find some used ones. The truth is, babies are in the super-duper small size for such a short time (about 4-6 weeks) so the diapers get very little wear and tear. I lent all of mine to a friend and was so happy to get some more use out of them.
DO buy two Perfect Size cloth diapers in extra-small. They are just too cute for words, they fit those teeny tiny bodies best and many of them have indents so they won’t bother the cord stump.
DON’T go overboard with the newborn-only diapers. Think about how many you’ll realistically need for those first weeks (hint: I would go with just 4-5). Round out your stash with some One-Size Elite cloth diapers that will last. These are fully adjustable and will last you until you potty-train your little bundle (hard to imagine right now, isn’t it!?). Depending on the size of your baby, they may not fit right away even on the smallest setting, but will fit before you know it! And they are the most cost-effective, longest lasting option.
DON’T be afraid of pre-folds! I would invest in a up to a dozen (or more!) of high-quality cotton pre-folds. They are the workhorse of any cloth diaper stash. They are fully adjustable for even the tiniest newborn and they get deliciously soft after a couple of washes. Diaper covers work well over the top of the pre-fold to keep her precious clothes – and yours! – dry. Check out YouTube for some how-to videos and practice on some dolls if you’re nervous about it. (Even if you absolutely can’t do it, you will use them as burp cloths, wash cloths or doublers).
DO wait until the meconium has passed before cloth diapering. This is my own personal opinion, but I would wait that day or two so you don’t have to worry about that sticky black mess staining your diapers.
DON’T wait too long! Start using your cloth as soon as possible after you get home from the hospital (and the meconium has passed). The longer you wait to start, the easier it is to NEVER START. And the more disposables you put out in the trash.
DO plan on doing diaper laundry almost every day in the beginning. Newborns go through approximately 10 diapers a day in the beginning and I would not recommend having enough diapers to get you through three days – they are just not in them long enough to make the investment worth it.
DON’T worry about the poop. Newborn poop, especially breastmilk poop, is liquid so you don’t need to rinse it in the toilet or spray it out before putting it in the wash. Just throw them in. Believe me, they come out clean. One day, your little sweetie’s poops won’t be quite so pleasant and you will need to rinse them, but you’ll be a cloth diapering pro by then! Baby steps…
DON’T wait until baby arrives to prep your diapers. Practice washing and stuffing or folding your diapers a few times while you’re still in pre-baby nesting mode. It will make the process less scary and give you one less worry once he’s born.
DO give yourself credit for doing this! Cloth diapering is a wonderful thing you’re doing for your child, our environment (and your wallet!), so you can feel really good about your decision!
What other tips for newborn cloth diapering would you offer expectant mamas? Anything you would or wouldn’t do again? Join our discussion on Facebook to tell us your thoughts!
Sarah is a mom of two and blogs about her adventures in motherhood, cloth diapering and everything in between. Catch her “Cloth Diapering Unwrapped” series on the FuzziBunz blog every Tuesday.
Monday, March 26th, 2012
Lisa Kuhl is a busy mom of three (3) kids blogging about cloth diapers, breastfeeding, parenting, babywearing, co-sleeping, green and natural products, pets and more at The Secret Life of a SAHM. Let’s hear a few of this cloth diapering mom’s favorite tips and tricks that she’s learned along the way.
Change it up! When starting out buy a variety of diapers instead of all the same ones. Diaper work and fit differently for each baby. Ones that work great for your friends might not work great for you.
Keep ‘em clean. Strip your diapers once a month to keep build-up at bay. Stripping diapers regularly will keep them nice and fresh – no one wants their diapers to smell like a barn!
Reduce build-up, naturally. When you wash your diapers be sure to do a cold rinse before washing them with hot water and detergent. The cold rinse will get all the “nasties” out of the diapers and lower your chances of staining. After your hot wash, do a second wash on hot without soap to help lower build-up in diapers.
Got stains? No one likes stains, but every cloth diapering parent knows that they happen from time to time. Spray some lemon juice on them and lay the diapers in the sun for a natural way to “bleach” your diapers.
Reduce redness. Leg elastic leaving red marks or indentations on your baby? Try running your finger along it after you put the diaper on. That will make sure there is no bunching up and ensure a proper fit, which should rid your little one of painful redness.
Friday, May 21st, 2010
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I want to preface this post with some information. I am not a crunchy granola kind of person. Yes, I recycle as much as humanly possible, I make all my own baby food, I am a huge advocate for nursing & I bring my own bags to the grocery store. However, I drive an SUV so I can’t claim to be all that green. But I try as best I can.
A recent conversation at Target:
cashier: [holds up baby gadget I was about to purchase] “they sure make the neatest things for babies these days!”
me: I know! So much fun stuff!
my mom: “How did we ever raise babies without all this cool stuff?!?”
cashier: “I know! Would you believe that with ALL this great stuff my daughter in law is using CLOTH DIAPERS on my grandchild??” [scrunches nose in disgust]
me: “well, actually I use cloth diapers on my daughter and I love them. Look, aren’t they cute??”
This is the conversation I seem to find myself in on a regular basis. When people hear or see that I have chosen this unconventional way of diapering my child, I get everything from blank stares to looks of disgust. I wish I had the ability to open people’s minds about the subject, so I thought why not bring it here! So here it goes, Cloth Diapering for the MODERN MOM!!
I don’t remember exactly when I decided that cloth diapering was for me. It was somewhere during my stint with pregnancy brain (which I swear, is absolutely positively real) that I made this decision. I picked the brains of the four people I knew who cloth diapered (CD’d, for the remainder of this post) their children. I learned their process, their systems & their raves & gripes. I visited a local baby shop that had a bunch of different brands to look at. I touched them & opened/closed them. I fell in love with the soft material that my unborn child would have close to them for the next two years. Seemed a lot better than crunchy, scented, chemical laden materials. CD’s have come a LONG WAY baby!!!
WHY WOULD YOU CLOTH DIAPER?
There are many answers to this question! If you want a very intelligent, fact checked answer, go to The Real Diaper Association Facts Page. I cannot post the info here due to copyrights, so please, give that a look. It’s a fantastic, informative resource.
If you want a regular mom’s answer, here it goes: I thought about how uncomfortable maxipads are & the thought of crunchy, chemical filled material like that up next to my daughter’s most sensitive areas 24/7 for two years just didn’t feel right. I also loved that I would not create waste. I also really loved that my cost of diapers would be about $300 vs the couple thousand dollars it would cost to use disposables. I love how they look. I love how they feel. I don’t mind the extra laundry. I think they are really cute & colorful!
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE BRAND THAT YOU DID?
I was lucky enough to be able to touch & feel about 10 different brands of diapers before settling on Fuzzi Bunz as my diaper of choice. I looked at all the methods, and the FB just looked like the simplest to use. I liked the snaps vs. velcro for a couple of reasons. One, they are tougher for the child to take off themselves. Two, they will wear better than velcro. Three, a pet peeve of mine is velcro that sticks to everything in the dryer…so no pulling stuff apart.
I use the Fuzzi Bunz One Size diapers. These diapers, with the proper sizing adjustments, will be the only diapers I ever need for my children. They will fit a newborn & a two year old. Very cool! They are lined with the softest fleece, that wicks moisture from the baby’s bottom & are called “pocket” diapers because you stuff them with a cotton pad insert. I double stuff overnight. Very easy. They adjust using a maternity pant-like button & elastic system around each leg, as well as the waist. You can also custom fit the snaps for the perfect fit. Perfect fit=NO LEAKS! You will need to change your baby after a couple of hours, because if the pad insert is full, the diaper will leak. Good rule of thumb is change every 2-3 hours, except during the overnight hours. You want to change your baby that often anyway to prevent diaper rash whether you use cloth or disposable diapers. My daughter has never had a diaper rash.
HOW DO YOU WASH THEM?
The biggest “nose scrunch” I get from people has to do with how to handle dirty diapers. I hear “I don’t want to touch poop” almost every time I talk about it! For some reason people think you rinse them in the toilet. To that, I say GROSS! I certainly wouldn’t want to do that either! But you don’t do that. You don’t have to touch poop any more than with disposables. I have never had a blowout with my Fuzzi Bunz–so I bet disposable diaper-ers have handled more poop than I have with as frequently as I see disposables unable to contain poop! But let’s be honest here…we’re moms & we’re going to touch it at some point. I just don’t think that is a good excuse not to CD because it comes from a lack of understanding how CDs work.
Before solids were introduced, all I did to wash the diapers was unstuff them (grab the pad insert & pull it out) & throw the entire thing in the wash. If poop gets into the cinched part of the diaper on the side, I would loosen the elastic using the button sizing feature, just to be sure it could be rinsed out. I can only speak from my experience, which has been exclusively breastfeeding, but I have never had a problem with stains then & I don’t now. My wash/dry regimen on an LG front loader is the following:
Wash setting: NORMAL/COTTON
Water Temp: HOT/COLD
on the side “extra” buttons, I use the PREWASH, EXTRA RINSE & WATER PLUS options
To dry: SPEED DRY set to LOW heat for 50 minutes. I try to dry them outside when I can. The sun bleaches the diapers better than any chemicals can!
A few notes on the above…you always want to wash hot & rinse cold. I do a prewash to rinse the diapers of urine & poop. I do an extra rinse to be sure nothing is left in them after the wash cycle has run with soap, as it is the soap that causes unpleasant odors if it builds up. I use the water plus option because if you do the math, you need a lot of water to counter the amount of pee that is in there. Most front loaders do not use enough water to effectively wash your diapers in clean liquid.
I follow with a TUBCLEAN with bleach when I feel the washer is smelling funky. Which is every couple of weeks or so.
Once we began solids, I began using flushable liners. These resemble a dryer sheet & get placed between the baby & the diaper. THESE ARE AWESOME. I will use them sooner next time. Following a poop, I simply lift (or dump) out the mess & flush it down the toilet. I unstuff the diaper & throw it in the bag to be washed. Solid foods actually made cloth diapering easier, as the output from solids is easier to dispose of. I have no experience with jarred baby food output, but since I am making all my own baby food, I can directly alter the consistency of her stools by choosing what to feed her at each meal. This certainly makes it easier on me. I still haven’t switched to cloth wipes and don’t intend to. If anything missed the liner, I just wipe it with the used wipes & throw them away, or use toilet paper & flush it. Check this video out for the full visual: FuzziBunz Diapers + Flushable Liners.
WHAT DO YOU WASH THEM WITH?
CDs cannot be washed with “regular” laundry detergent. Many leave behind buildup that causes the diapers to stink, as they do not rinse clean. What you’ve got to watch out for are enzymes, fabric softeners, brighteners, scents & dyes. The soap you use should not contain any of these. I began using Country Save, which can be found at any military commissary for dirt cheap, and also at some grocery stores. I have also used Charlie’s with so-so results. My diapers seemed to not get as clean with Charlies, but this may be user error, as I don’t think I was using enough soap during my short stint with Charlie’s. Following a stink problem using Country Save, I have recently switched to Rockin’ Green & have been VERY VERY pleased with the results. For a wonderful resource on diapering detergents, see this chart. However, they do not review Rockin’ Green, which is my favorite so far. Rockin’ Green sells samples for 75¢ so you can try before you commit to a whole bag, since diaper detergent lasts forever! I took one of the samples & “rocked a soak” which means I put every diaper I owned in the bathtub with a packet of soap & hot water & soaked overnight. After a full wash, my diapers had never been softer, whiter or smelled better. I adore this stuff, so check them out!! Questions are answered directly by the owner, Kim, on their Facebook Page. Added bonus for San Antonians, their store front is in the Alamo Ranch area, so literally, she is right up the street!! I love supporting local business!
Also important to note, is the use of diaper rash creams or powder. Hopefully, you will never experience a diaper rash, which is one major perk of using cloth diapers. Fuzzi Bunz claims that babies who wear their brand experience fewer diaper rashes, and I have to agree, as we have never experienced it in our house. Creams should not come in contact directly with the fleece as it can cause repelling and problems with absorption. What I have done when my daughter has looked a little red, is spread a little Aquaphor on the affected area which is covered by the flushable liner, which acts as a barrier from the fleece. This has treated the problem overnight everytime. Powders are just unnecessary. For more FAQs, head to the FuzziBunz FAQ Page.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR “SYSTEM”
This was my biggest question before I started. I couldn’t wrap my head around how to store them until I washed them. So here is my system:
I have two locations for dirty diapers because I have a two story house. Downstairs in my laundry room I have a plastic bin on a shelf above my w/d to catch any dirties from downstairs changes or from when we were out & about. I also use it if one happens not to wash totally clean & I have to wash it again. Upstairs in my daughter’s room I have rigged my system to be hidden in a woven wood hamper. I use the FB In and Out Mess Free Diaper Bag to store the dirty diapers. I have two of these, as one is usually dirty and one is clean. I love it because it zips open at the bottom & all I have to do is unzip it & throw it in the wash–no touching of dirty diapers necessary. My plastic bin allows for the same thing–dump & wash, keeping my hands clean.
When I am out & about, I always carry a FB Zippered Diaper Tote in my diaper bag for the dirties. Before I throw a dirty diaper in it, I always unstuff it, so all I have to do is fold the bag inside out for washing. Easy as pie.
Wipes get thrown in the trash. Liners get flushed. Poop is where it should be…down the toilet not sitting in the landfills.
HOW MANY DO YOU NEED?
Honestly, it depends on how often you want to do diapers. I could get by on 12. If I wanted to. But I don’t want to do laundry that often. Until recently, I had been just fine with 19. I bought one to try before I committed, then FB ran a promotion that gave me $40 of free merchandise with the purchase of 9 diapers. I then bought two sets & used the $80 in free product to get the bags & totes for my system. I recently purchased three more. Only reason: NEW COLORS! They were super cute. Not a very good reason, but I bought them anyway. (bought the new colors locally @ Bloom Maternity) So now, I have 22. I do laundry every other or every third day.
And now, for some eye candy…I opted to leave them all large, because I think it is important that you see as much detail as possible if you have never seen one in real life!
[this is the FuzziBunz One Size in the brand new 2010 color Crushed Berry]
[these are the snaps you use to achieve the perfect fit. you are looking at the front of the diaper. there are waist snaps on the top row & hip snaps on the bottom row, assuming you are viewing the diaper right side up]
[each diaper comes with a small pad insert & a large pad insert plus an extra set of elastics. I have yet to need the replacement elastics.]
[this is the tush end of the diaper]
[cotton pads, large & small. I used the small when my daughter was a newborn. now I only use the small size when I double stuff her at night.]
[this is the button & elastic sizing system that makes these "one size" so you can adjust them with the growth of your child. I love that you can get them to fit perfectly with the proper adjustments. this is very similar to many maternity pants sizing systems that grow with you.]
[soft as can be!!!]
[the sizing system is numbered so you achieve consistency through out your entire set of diapers. I have only re-sized mine twice, so it's not like you have to do it all the time.]
[this is the waist button & elastic, so you can get the perfect waist fit, on newborns through toddlers. if you are having problems with leaking, before blaming the diapers, be sure your sizing is right. It does need to be pretty snug. I credit this waist sizer for my zero blowout record.]
[this is how you "stuff" the diapers. Cotton pad goes in & you tuck the fleece under the pad, under the cinched waist. If you experience leaks in the waist, be sure the fleece is tucked. more in the video on that. you can also see the coating on the diaper in this shot. be sure to watch the video for tips on easy stuffing technique, since it is kind of sticky.]
[I also put together a tutorial video so you could see the diapers in action. please use the comments section if you have any questions about cloth diapering, or anything else discussed here. I will follow this post up with Q&A if there is enough interest!! I would also love any tidbits of wisdom, if you happen to be a CDer yourself! there are all sorts of tricks out there & I'd love to know yours! do tell!]