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We started cloth diapering our first child shortly after his first birthday. A few months later, we found out we were expecting baby #2. I was so excited to use the cloth from the start with our second baby. Assuming that the new baby would be as fast growing as the first, itti bitti diapers would not be needed for long so I did not want to spend a ton of money. I purchased some used Kissaluvs fitteds, used BG extra smalls, Thirsties covers and different sized prefolds. I used a gift certificate from my Kelly’s Closet rewards points to purchase a pair of Swaddlebees AIO and a Kissaluvs AIO. I also took advantage of Kelly’s Closet promotions for free sized diapers. My sweet little baby is now 4 months old and we are way past the point of newborn diapers. Here are my reflections.

  • I had some postpartum issues that left me feeling pretty icky for several weeks. We ended up using disposables a lot more than I had originally planned. I would say we were 50/50 on usage for the first 6 weeks. Since then, he has been in cloth for the most part during the day with disposables at night.
  • My assumptions were right. Baby boy weighed in at 8lbs 9oz and he was over 14lbs at his 2 month appointment. I was glad I had not invested a ton in newborn diapers and that my purchases were brands that fit to a higher weight.
  • At first I could not figure out the prefolds. Soon, I mastered the jelly-roll fold & found the prefold (or fitted)/cover combo to be easy & reliable. It was so much easier than stuffing pockets & they dried much faster than the AIO. We never had any leaks with the fitteds/prefolds & covers.
  • The biggest disappointment was with the pockets & AIO. It seemed like they leaked a lot for whatever reason. The AIO diapers also took a long time to dry, not something I liked when I had a smaller stash. I can’t argue the extreme cuteness of these diapers though, which is what sucked me into buying them in the first place. I loved taking pictures of my squishy baby’s fluffy bum & putting him in them when we had company to show them off.
  • With our first, I remember cleaning up nasty poo-splosions almost daily along with lots of pee leaks. I heard all about how cloth would contain these messes & was excited to test the theory. Lucky for me, my new baby isn’t big in that department. Needless to say, he has never had a blow out in a cloth diaper or in a disposable. No complaints here!
  • Newborns go through a lot of diapers in a day. You know that feeling when a newborn immediately dirties a diaper you just changed? When this occurred in a cloth diaper it just went into the dirty pail instead of me calculating how much money just got wasted.
  • I have yet to tackle cloth diapering at night with the new baby. He is an excellent sleeper and I am not one to experiment when things are going well! I know someday we will bust out the Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetters that big brother has outgrown.
  • Newborn diapers have great resale value! Much better than any disposable brand I have used (haha)!
  • Despite having great resale value, I have a really hard time reselling the diapers that don’t fit anymore. They are so tiny & give me major pregnancy/newborn amnesia.

We’re not sure if we’ll have another child some day. But if we do, our stash will consist of fitteds & covers, a couple of cute AIOs for showing off & probably some disposables.

Megan is a full-time working mama of 2 little men – 2 & 4 months, who have the cutest (and only) cloth diaper butts on the block.
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Diaper a Newborn - Lessons Learned

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A few weeks ago Captain Fluff went to visit his grandparents in Smalltown, USA. In Smalltown they have nothing and it’s pretty secluded so Captain Fluff really enjoyed himself. However, because it’s so secluded, they have super soft well water and Captain Fluff is used to using hard city water on his superhero diapers. Luckily for Captain Fluff his grandmother was able to help and give some hints about washing his diapers in this new water.

Captain Fluff’s mom had packed some samples of EcoSprout detergent so they were all prepared when Captain Fluff’s diapers needed to be washed. Instead of putting in the normal 4 tbsp of detergent like is needed in his hard city water, we were able to use only 2 tbsp of detergent in the super soft well water. After just two short washes, Captain Fluff’s diapers were squeaky clean and ready to be aired out in the beautiful sunshine.

There was just one little problem. Captain Fluff didn’t have his diaper drying rack! Not to worry, Captain Fluff’s grandfather was there to save the day! His superhero grandfather covered the bed on his truck and Captain Fluff was able to have all of his diapers dry in the nice, hot sun. And do you want to know an added benefit of all that sun on Captain Fluff’s diapers? They were so bright and white when they were dry that they all looked brand new!

One last tip to all traveling superhero moms: Don’t get discouraged! There is always a way to get the diapers clean and there is always another superhero parent, or grandparent, hiding just around the corner to help you out just in case you need it :)

Katy is a first time mommy to Captain Fluff and is expecting a superhero daughter before Thanksgiving. To see more pictures of Captain Fluff and his superhero diapers, check out Katy’s blog at
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Captain Fluff Goes On Vacay!

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Erin Anderson

We are a growing family of five (when you include our lovable golden retriever) committed to leaving this world to our children in better shape than we found it!

What is the #1 reason you cloth diaper your baby? We just could not imagine spending so much money to put chemicals we didn't want on our babies in the first place, in the landfills.

Who has been your biggest cloth diapering supporter/cheerleader? My mom, she is always supportive of my "not-so-mainstream" parenting decisions.

What is your favorite diaper and why? The bumGenius 4.0, we have two babies in cloth and these make cloth diapering a snap (pun intended) even for Daddy!

If you had one superhero power, what would it be and why? Carrying two babies, a diaper bag, & a golden retriever up three flights of stairs in a single bound! Wait, I already do that.

Describe your parenting style using three words. Gentle, loving, strong.

What is one product you absolutely can't live without? Bummis biodegradable flushable liners for on the go.

How do you think being a parent has changed you? In every way possible. I'm still me, but I'm a better, more conscious, ever-learning me. Everything I do is motivated by bettering myself, my life, and this Earth for my children.

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July Spotlight Family

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There is nothing quite like a chunky baby, is there? They are so sweet and cuddly and every roll on their thigh fills my heart with joy. Since my husband and I are both very tall, it was no surprise that we produced very large babies. As much as I love chunky children, I wasn’t quite prepared for the diapering and clothing challenges that come with all that extra chub-to-love.

We knew before our first son was born that we would be cloth diapering. But we decided to wait until after his birth to purchase our stash. I’m so glad that we did! It’s very important to take into account the shape and size of your baby when choosing the perfect cloth diapers. The better the fit, the better your experience (i.e., less leaks!) you will have. We also wanted diapers that would grow with our baby, so we knew we needed to choose ones with a higher weight range.

Our first choice was the Happy Heiny’s one-size pocket diaper. I cannot rave enough about this diaper for people with chunky babies. I’ve often heard that people have problems with leaks with these diapers, but it’s only on babies with tinier tushes. For the chunky monkeys – these diapers cannot be beat. For a one-size pocket diaper, they have the best weight range and fit. Our son fit in them from 3 weeks until 18 months (he was 35 pounds at 18 months and had ginormous thighs, so these would fit most kids much longer).

After our son grew out of the Happy Heiny’s, we made the switch to prefolds and covers. Not only is this a cost-effective and surprisingly easy combo, it is perfect for big babies. I’ve found covers that have a much higher weight capacity than pocket or all-in-one diapers. Thirsties Duo Wrap size 2 diapers were our favorites (especially in snaps), until he grew too big even for those. This not-yet-three-year-old boy is a monster! Our new favorite cover is Bummis size Large. They say they fit up to 40 pounds, but they are still plenty roomy on our 45 pound kiddo.

I’ve also entered the world of sewing my own covers. This is a particularly convenient way to ensure you get just the right fit. It’s easy enough to make covers, but I still use my Oso Cozy unbleached prefolds for the stuffing – those things are super reliable and absorb even the biggest of messes that my toddler can make!

In January we had our second baby, and he seems to be on the same weight-gain track as his older brother. Even at 3 weeks, we never needed to use the newborn size covers or prefolds. If you know you are going to have a bigger baby, I’d go ahead and start with medium sized prefolds and Thirsties Duo Wrap size 1 covers. These covers can still fit those little newbies, but they can size-up quickly to accomodate those chunkier babies.

Hopefully our toddler boy will fit in covers/prefolds until we enter the crazy world of potty training. Until then, I’m happy cloth diapering my HUGE toddler and his baby brother who is following his footsteps!

Bio: Monica Gee is wife to Brian and a stay-at-home mama to two little guys, Parker (almost 3) and Nolan (6 months). She’s a natural-minded, people-loving, make-food-from-scratch, cloth-diapering, crafting kind of gal who strives to do everything for the glory of God. She blogs at
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Diapering Big Bottoms

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