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The Cloth Diaper Rabbit Hole

July 28, 2016

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was intrigued by the idea of cloth diapering. I ended up being mostly convinced not to do it, by my son’s father who was disgusted at the idea of having to handle poop so intimately and deal with body fluids being in his washer & dryer. Now that our child care situation is changing (and my ex no longer lives with us), I’m going back down the rabbit hole and I just purchased a bunchload of cloth diapers.

I actually tried cloth diapering for about two days when Bonkers was 3 months old, but it didn’t work out because I didn’t enjoy prefolds and Bonkers was going to a daycare that didn’t allow cloth. So that idea went down the drain. Now that he’s 10 months, I know it’s a bit late (savings-wise) to switch to cloth, but I’m doing it anyway because he’s been getting some diaper rash, they’re cute, and they’re mostly eco-friendly. (Though that whole drought thing is still an issue I suppose….)

I’m awaiting my order to arrive, but his new care provider requires either pockets or all-in-ones, so I’ve bought a starter mix of them.  Here’s what I got:

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12 Alva Baby Pocket Diapers (aka “China Cheapies”, $8.39 each)


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One Blueberry Simplex AIO (these are expensive — $30.50 — so I got one to try it)


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Two Smart Bottoms AIO ($27 each)


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Two GroVia O.N.E.s for overnight – $22.95 each


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24 Flour Sack Towels (for extra absorbancy) – $17.99 for 12


I can’t wait to try them out and report back. My next purchase includes a diaper sprayer, Spray Pal, and a pail. I already have a wet bag, thankfully 🙂

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