Microfiber. Hemp. Organic cotton. PUL. Bamboo. When I first started exploring cloth diapering, all of the choices in products were a bit overwhelming. I wanted to find the right kind of fluff for our family, so I ordered a few different kinds of diapers of several different brands. I carefully pre-washed everything according to the instructions included in the package, and began using cloth diapers on our then-four-week-old baby.
At first, I was meticulous about sorting out all the various brands and types of diapering fluff after each load of laundry. The bumGenius inserts went with the bumGenius pockets, and the Knickernappies inserts went with the Knickernappies pockets. Same for the Rumparooz and Fuzzibunz. I was also pretty particular about which prefolds were for diapering, and which were for nose-wiping and spit up cleaning. I only used certain prefolds with their assigned covers, and when it came to double-stuffing for nighttime, I only used extra inserts from the appropriate brand.
I think this started to change sometime around our switch to cloth wipes. We were sitting in church, the baby spit up, and – oh no! We didn't have one of the designated burp cloths! We did have cloth wipes, though, and those worked out fine for cleaning up the mess. Huh!
Soon after that, something happened between the diaper pail and the laundry room, and I didn't have a bumGenius insert for a bumGenius diaper. I had a different microfiber insert, though…and it worked!
This is when I started going crazy. Needed an extra something for a nighttime diaper? Infant-sized prefold – BAM! Out of cloth wipes? Clean baby washcloths to the rescue! Spilled water in the car? Microfiber inserts are super-absorbent! Need a bib for that feeding of solids while out an about? I could bring a bib – or I could use a wipe. Or a prefold! Or an extra onesie!! Or daddy's gym shirt!!!
I'm not sure why I felt I needed to be so precise with how we used our fluff, but I'm glad I can be a bit more flexible now. I still am careful to keep track of how I use various cloth items for the purpose of washing and maintaining them appropriately, but I am more excited than ever for the versatility of all the fluff we've collected. Everything has its purpose, but when it comes down to it, it's all just cloth, after all!
By Rachel N.