Mommy Q&A this week is focusing on mommies who are starting or wanting to start cloth diapers. I know, I've been there, that there is so much information on the web about which diapers are the best and how to do this and that. But how do you know which route to go or what method do you use? Honestly, I say just do what works for you. We chose prefolds and covers only because of our budget. Of course we did buy a few pockets and AIO's and they fit perfectly into our CD life-style. Anywho, I have gotten a few questions about cloth diapers and I am featuring a few moms this week. One is Safrianna from CafeMom, another is Candice from DiaperSwappers. Candice I know quite well, we've both helped each other out and Saf I recently met on CafeMom and I gave her some advice as she starts her CD journey. Her and hubby are TTC and she just started a blog. So, we'll start with Saf's question first...
I don't have a washer/dryer, and the apartment dryers SUCK! Can I hand wash my diapers or is there another alternative?
Well, there are so many moms out there who cloth diaper and not all of them use a washer or dryer. I myself do not use a dryer, well not all the time. And first off, I need to commend Saf on researching everything about cloth diapers so early on.... they are not yet preggo. Second, yes, you can wash diapers by hand. If you do a search for this you won't find many sites with this information, but if you look long and hard you will find that some moms actually recommend and enjoy washing by hand because they know that the diapers are clean. I myself have found that I have had to wash a few diapers by hand. We all have that moment where your little one has a blowout when you are out of the house and who in the right mind would stash a diaper full of poop in a wet bag and haul it around with you all day? Yes, you might get some awkward stares or little kids holding their noses, but everyone POOPS! Washing by hand can be as easy as washing in a washer, it may take about 30 minutes longer, but rest-assured, your diapers will be clean. Not having a washer/dryer can be a problem for a biginer, but if you conquor this, you can do ANYTHING! Mom power!
Now, about not having a dryer.... you can find way more moms who sundry or hang dry their diapers. Yes, sometimes finishing them off int he dryer will fluff them up, but shaking them out will do the same and you get a full arm workout at the same time.
So we send the best of luck out to Safrianna. Good luck with the soon to be bun in the oven. She's 20, a student and has a great start on being a green mommy and having a healthy family. She seems dedicated and sees cloth diapering as the only option. And as a women of the DC area, it's always good to see a eco-consious person tryinig to do some good.
Now on to Candice! Although she is in her mid 30's and has no kids in diapers she thought she would ask a question to help out her CD friends. Here is her question....
What do I do with all the infant prefolds?
Great question. There are some moms who buy prefolds when their baby grows out of them. There are over 10 different styles of prefolds and there are so many of those going to waste. First thing is... if you think your baby has grown out of them, think again! You can use them as inserts for your baby up to potty training. Some moms add a fabric in the middle and then sew them shut. Others cut them down and use them as wipes. One of my favorite uses is using them for bibs! Yes! They are absorbent and make the clean up much easier when a drink is spilled! It's like those informercials for the sammy thing, LoL. You can also place a few (or sewn) under your changing table cover incase of any accidents. Use them to dry everyone up at the beach or pool, they take up less space and get the job done. Most of the time the kids end up playing in the sand and not even using the towel you brought anyways. So just use the diaper to soak up some drops and make their hair all shaggy lookin'.
And my favorite is.... sell them on DiaperSwappers! There are so many moms who's only option is to cloth diaper due to the economy and not being able to buy disposables. So give them to a family who can really use them. There are FSOT (For Sale or Trade) threads as well as FFS (Free for shipping) threads.
So thanks to these two great moms (pre-mom) for asking these questions and letting them use them as guinny pigs this week. Be sure to visit both CafeMom & DiaperSwappers to connect with other moms.
If you have a question just let me know!