After my first admission that we were planning to cloth, then my post about being a full-time CDer, I've had a few questions (on and off the blog) about the general day-to-day use of cloth diapers.
Here's a basic rundown of our daily diaper use.
When it's time for a diaper change, we:
- take off the used diaper
- use disposable wipes to get the "gunk off" (we haven't moved to reusable wipes yet)
- put either the whole diaper (bumGenius) or the insert (Flip) into our "wet bag" (ours is a large PlanetWise wet bag from Kelly's Closet) which is hanging on a 3M hook on the side of our changing table (shown below)
- stuff an insert into a clean diaper cover (BG) or set a clean insert into a cover (Flip)
- put it on baby boy like a regular diaper and either snap or velcro it closed
- take the full wet bag to the laundry room
- dump all the diapers into the wash along with the wet bag and run a cold rinse with no detergent (this gets all the yucky stuff off first)
- after the cold rinse, I add 2 TBS of cloth-diaper-approved detergent and run a hot wash with an extra rinse cycle (which cleans and sanitizes the diapers) - usually on this wash, I will add any of Jack's regular laundry (outfits, burp cloths, blankets, etc) so that I'm not really doing any extra laundry (one of people's biggest potential drawbacks!)
- when that is done, I pull out all the covers (shiny, colorful part) and put them on a drying rack we have in the laundry room, then all the inserts (and any other laundry) go into the dryer without a dryer sheet
- depending on how quickly I need the diapers, I will put the covers in the dryer for 10-20 minutes once the inserts are dry to get the last little bit of water out of them (since they will have been air drying for an hour or so)
I hope that doesn't sound too crazy! Put the dirty diaper in the bag, put the diapers and the bag in a cold rinse, hot wash, then the dryer! It has really been so much easier than I thought. Now, I know I haven't gotten to the "we're eating solid foods now" poop, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there. :)
Next time I'll let you know how easy it is to use cloth on the go!