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With more than 50 cloth diapers in my stash, a mom needs a place to put all these! Twenty of the diapers are newborn size so right now they’re waiting in a dresser where they’ll get plenty of use in a few months. The other 30+ are a mix of prefolds, covers, pockets, all-in-ones, and all-in-twos that are constantly in rotation.

First off, I’m lucky enough to have two changing tables – a more traditional changing table with open storage on the first floor, and in the nursery upstairs a dresser with changing table topper. With sub-par knees we thought it’d be a good idea to have to go up and down stairs less often and were able to pick up our first floor changing table for relatively cheap. But I know plenty of moms who keep a changing pad on the first floor with a plastic storage bin of clean diapers and a wet bag.

I occasionally sun the diapers, but I typically do diaper laundry in the evening and throw everything (minus covers) in the dryer for half a cycle to partially dry and soften the diapers, then hang dry the rest overnight. In the morning, I’m left with lots of clean diapers to put away. I take a few rare minutes to sit on the couch and stuff the pockets, then I divide the stash in half so that half stays downstairs and half goes up. This way my prefold-inept husband always has a pocket or all-in-one to use whether he’s upstairs or downstairs. The nighttime and naptime approved diapers all go upstairs. Downstairs the diapers are all exposed on the shelf (luckily my toddler no longer has an interest in pulling everything off) and upstairs they go in the dresser drawers. Wipes get stored either in a bucket on the shelf or the diaper caddy hanging from the changing table.

When I was pregnant, I spent hours watching videos online of how to use cloth diapers. One of the videos gave me the idea to attach Velcro to the changing table (or caddy) in order to hang Velcro covers. I suppose the same can be done with snaps, it would just require more planning to get the appropriate sized snaps for your covers. This way, in between prefold or flat usage, the covers have a chance to air out.

As for the dirty diapers, I keep a medium size Planet Wise wet bag downstairs, and when it is full I empty it upstairs in the big diaper pail or straight into the washing machine depending on the next scheduled diaper laundry. This is what works for us in our house!

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic and mom to a 21-month-old girl with the cutest cloth diaper butt on the block!
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Like most cloth diapering Moms out there, their husband wasn’t on board at first. I knew if this cloth diapering challenge was going to happen I needed to find something that was Husband proof. I started doing my research and quickly realized the prefold/flat route was not going to be for us. There was no way I was going to convince him to fold and pin and then put on a cover. Next I looked into sized and realized he wasn’t going to see a return in his investment if I went down that path. So finally I decided on one -size. Of course the battle doesn’t end there. After looking at many different options I decided pocket was the way to go. I knew hybrids were out because our neighbors had some that he had changed and he wasn’t crazy about the insert that stayed on top of the cover.

I kept looking at the different one size pockets to decide which ones to get. One thing in my search for the perfect cloth diaper system for us, my husband kept saying we will only have one type of diaper. The pressure was on to find a diaper that had to work for us because I don’t know what I would do if I picked the wrong one and it didn’t fit. I ran across FuzziBunz. Their one-size says they fit as little as 7lb babies. That was awesome because most say 8-10lb babies. I knew I was a small baby and I wasn’t sure about my husband but his nickname is 5lb 7oz little baby Lippy so you can guess he isn’t a big guy. So I really would have been shocked if we were to have a big baby.

One settling on FuzziBunz one-size, I showed my husband and he agreed it looked simple enough. So we ordered 18. I get them home and prepped and adjust all the elastic to the recommended settings for a newborn. Fast forward months later and our little man is born 7lbs 5 oz. and wears fluff on the way home at 7lb. I had a skinny baby and so glad I went with this diaper. I did quickly notice that the legs and waist needed to be tightened a little more after a few poop drips down the leg. My son is now 6months and about 12 lbs. so still a tiny guy and though we now have more than FuzziBunz one size in our stash it is still the majority at about 25. We do have a couple other pocket one size such as Kawaii and Blueberry but those are on the smallest setting. The blueberry one size gaps at his legs a little and the Kawaii I struggle to make the waist as small as possible and there is a wing droop because of that.

FuzziBunz one-size ended up being the perfect diaper for my family of skinny guys. On a side note an added bonus is as a New Orleans gal it was invented in Louisiana! We do know that if we were to have a child that was smaller than 7lbs we would have to go with a newborn diaper but we’ll cross that bridge if we come to it.

Alexandra L. is a Louisiana girl married to Minnesota Sailor currently living in Hawaii. She enjoys being a first time mom to her happy 6 month old boy.
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A FuzziBunz Family

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Three weeks ago, if you asked me how I diapered my baby I could talk for hours about the different cloth diaper systems I used, my process for doing laundry, the environmental benefits, or even how to find the best deals on the internet. If you asked me how I got my baby to sleep, I would have come up short of expert status. Maybe I could have fumbled about rocking her or the one time that she really slept well with the sound machine, but I certainly could not speak with any authority on a regular practice. I decided to devote the time I usually spent with the Diaper Whisperer to the Baby Whisperer instead.

I spent a full week at home minimizing sleep disruptions in order to get my three-month-old baby into good sleep habits. I was confident that I was doing the right thing for her because she was making such good progress easing into naps and sleep. We had many challenges along the way not only transitioning into a new routine for winding down, but also finding the right nighttime diaper solution.

Since Hannah was born a few weeks early, the pediatrician recommended I feed her on demand, which often amounted to every 2-3 hours at night. I was also following the suggestion to change her before meals to help wake her up since pre-term babies have a tendency to fall asleep nursing. After she hit the 3-month mark I started changing her after meals and experiencing leaks for the first time. We needed to find a new diaper, stat!

My waterproof lap mats were indispensible while testing out new diapers. It was a good starting point, but it wasn’t always fool proof to check absorbency in the sink after prepping diapers since her weight could cause a leak once they were on. I exhausted prefolds, fitteds, and AIOs in favor of pockets. However, I did learn a bit about how to make each of them work well during the daytime. I visited the manufacturer sites for helpful tips on fitting the diapers, such as buttoning snaps from the bottom up to ensure they are snug.

Ultimately, I’ve settled on using Fuzzibunz in size Small with a hemp doubler. I also made the switch to using cloth wipes and keeping them in a warmer so they are more soothing at night. She’s growing quickly, so we will have to begin trying diapers for the next phase soon. If you end up in a transition stage between sizes- don’t give up on cloth right away. Seek help on the message boards or from the manufacturer directly. Also, if you haven’t reached this point yet save some of your cloth budget in case it happens to you… and definitely carry a lap mat!

BIO: Jeannette is a budget conscious mama with a degree in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University. If you like this post, visit her blog for daily updates @ www.5weeksearly.blogspot.com.
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