Ok, here we go, in random point format:
As for cloth diapering in general:
*The way I handle the cleaning of the diapers is what my friend did with hers and it seems to work well; I have a pail of water (no soap or anything) by the change table, so when I change him I simply put the diaper/wrap in the water to soak. So far odour hasn't been a problem, but I'm assuming that's because he's still not peeing anything strong smelling, nor is he pooping much (haven't had a poop in a cloth diaper yet, that'll be fun!), so once he starts solids that'll change. Anyway, once the pail gets full (about every 3 days), I take them, wring them out (wearing rubber gloves), throw them in the washer and wash them on HOT, with an extra rinse. I'm currently using Allen's soap, which is made specifically for cloth diapers, and I really don't have to use much, maybe an ounce (I have a front loading washer, so it requires even less soap). I've been drying them on the line mostly, but sometimes the fitted diapers need a few extra minutes in the dryer to get really dry (the Fuzzibuns dry in no time). Overall it's been really easy and not a lot of hassle at all (I think having an abundance of diapers helps, if I had to do a wash every 2 days it might be harder.)
*Cloth diapering is just as easy as regular diapering, apart from the washing it's not any extra work (unless you consider putting on a wrap extra work). Dan has had no issues with using them either (he tends to reach for the Sandy's too), and although we've had some leaks, all of them have been our fault, not the diaper's (we're really bad at leaving diapers on longer than we should, we're probably only changing him 5-6 times in 24 hours).
*One thing I did not count on was having to change the wraps at every changing, I thought that one wrap would do all day, but half of the time they are so wet in the elastics that we have to change them. Having known that, I would have bought a few more wraps and maybe a few less diapers. Sometimes if it's not too wet I'll just let it dry and then put it back on at the next changing (again, his pee is so odourless and colourless at this point that it's not an issue).
*At this point we're still using disposables for the overnight hours, but that may change eventually (mostly it has to do with our laziness at changing him between the hours of 2-7am). Still, one small pack of diapers (less than 20$) will last us a month, as opposed to a week, which is awesome.
*The only downside to cloth diapering? Not being able to wear cute clothes. It's quite annoying because many of his onesies and PJs that still fit him when he's wearing disposables don't fit when he's wearing cloth (especially fitted diapers and wraps), so I'm quite limited in what he can wear. Many of his pants are too tight around the waist too from the extra bulk, so I might have to go up a size, which means super long pants and too big necklines/sleeves. But it's a small price to pay.
*Finally, Victor doesn't seem to mind wearing them (though I doubt he cares too much, lol)
So basically, I'm really enjoying cloth diapering so far and do not regret the decision. Maybe once he has his first poop I'll change my mind, but so far it's been easy and I feel really good about the money we're saving the garbage we're not creating. The final step will be to get rid of wipes and start using washcloths (I'm starting already), so once we'll do that we'll be completely natural, which I really love.
Whew, sorry that was so long! To make up for it, here's a cute picture of the babe @ 11 Weeks:
He had a bad day today, so seeing pictures like this helps me remember how wonderful he really is, lol.
I'd love to hear about your cloth diapering adventure, whether you're using the same brands as me or not, so link me up if you can!
Until next time,