Cloth Diapers – The Mushy Mommy

Take a Walk on the Cloth Side

By Sasha Savoy
on April 06, 2016

Take a Walk on the Cloth Side

Cloth diapers were never, ever on my list of mommy must haves. I didn't register for them; I didn't really know about them and I surely never dreamed I would one day use them and sell them as well. 

Not everyone just automatically says, "Hey I think I will cloth diaper." Most moms realize either before or after baby is born that disposables cost quite a bit of money. Families start to realize that with more than one child or with hopes of having many children, the cost of disposables will add up greatly over time. Some families simply can not afford disposables while others just prefer to save some money where they can. 

Other moms, like myself, start to notice those piled up disposables and begin to think that there is NO way they are good for our environment. The research I found showed me that not only are they horrible for the environment, but they are horrible because of the chemicals within them as well, making them kinda bad for baby. 

We think of baby products as being the safest products around because surely no one is going to make a product that can harm such a sweet, beautiful little baby. But just as we have seen with Johnson and Johnson's or with Pampers Stay Dry, we know that unfortunately not all baby products are genuinely safe. In fact, most often the "popular" and easily accessible ones are the least safest of all. Recalls are often made or research comes out against the big name brand giants for using ingredients that are horrible for anyone, let alone such a small person. Ingredients that are banned in other countries can easily be found in USA products geared for children. 

Now, don't get me wrong here...if you use these products, such as Johnson's or disposables, it doesn't meaning you are intentionally harming your baby nor does it make you any less of a mother; that's not the point. Some of us just don't know the facts and some of us know but don't put a lot of care into the facts because they seem like they are "not that big of a deal," and that is totally okay too. To each their own; we can only do our best and what works best for us. 

However if you're considering cloth diapers, our graphic shows you just a FEW of the important facts surrounding disposables. So not only are cloth diapers cute and trendy, but they are incredibly helpful in many aspects of it all. Whether you're looking to save money, save the planet or protect your little one's precious skin...cloth is your answer!

For more, check out this post our read our Cloth 101 info page

 

Easy Ways to Cut Costs When You Cloth Diaper

By Sasha Savoy
on March 18, 2016

Easy Ways to Cut Costs When You Cloth Diaper

Below are just some easy pointers for those that are truly looking to budget and cut corners when it comes to diapering their baby. Cloth diapers save money no matter which route you choose, but these pointers below can help you really get by on even less. 

1. Skip the fancy detergent. If you notice in our store, we do not promote a particular detergent as "the one you must use." When I started cloth diapering I would drive twenty minutes to get a nearly $20 detergent that didn't last us that long only to later find out that I was misinformed about it's "success" as a cloth diaper detergent. You really do not need a fancy detergent, however you do need to look for certain things. Make sure to choose a detergent that is free of additives, fabric softeners, brighteners and anything along these lines. If you're using a plant based, natural detergent (which we recommend), then make sure it has the proper enzymes to clean the diaper. Some natural detergents do not contain enough enzymes to really clean them which can lead to stink issues later on. 

2. Go the old school route. Modern cloth diapers are so different in comparison to the old school days of cloth diapering, however the old school ways are still an option. Rather than investing in pocket diapers or All in One diapers, which typically run $20-30 per diaper, you can go the old route with covers and prefolds. A good cover runs around $15 on average and a package of six prefolds will typically cost you $12. With two covers and one pack of prefolds you can have six diaper changes just right there. 

Breakdown of Covers and Prefolds vs. Pockets/AIO

Average Pocket/AIO cost: $25
Average Cost for six Pocket/AIO: $150
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Average cost of One Diaper Cover: $15 
Average cost for six package of prefolds: $12
Average cost for six cover/prefold diapers: $42
Total Savings of Pockets/AIO vs Covers and Prefolds: $108

 *prefolds are typically sold as a package of six as are flats. You can use flats, prefolds, soakers or any insert inside of your cover typically. All of this is available in our store. 

3. Purchase used cloth diapers. I know this may sound a little crazy to some people, but many mothers typically begin their diaper stash by buying lots of used cloth diapers. This is great because if you turn out to not like cloth diapering, then you didn't really invest a whole lot of money and can likely still sell the used diapers again. It's also great because you can figure out which styles and brands you prefer and then purchase just a few more brand new ones of those favorites to finish off your stash. As long as you bleach your used diapers before using them, there is nothing wrong with diapering with second hand diapers. Cloth diapers have a long life to them if they have been taken care of properly. 

4. Sun dry your diapers. This helps with reducing dryer use and it fights stains naturally. Sun drying (or line drying indoors) helps extend the life of your diapers (especially for shells and covers). 

5. Join the appropriate diaper groups on Facebook. Joining these groups will help you find used diaper deals; will provide you with a place to sell your diapers; will provide a support group for you to troubleshoot any diapering issues; and will provide a fun sense of community. 

6. Stick to just what you need. Cloth diapering is very addictive because there are so many amazing companies, brands and prints out there. Many mamas get hooked on one particular brand and feel the need to have every print and color that brand produces, even if it means they will have more diapers than they need. Stick to the basic 18-24 diapers and try not to extend too much past this. If you want new prints and colors, try selling some of your old ones first. 

* We recommend 18-24 to allow you to wash every other day. 

7. Sell what you don't like. It's easy to want to keep all of your diapers because you think you may need them or can't part with certain prints. Or perhaps you're like me and you keep the ones you really don't like as "backup" for days that you may wait too long to do laundry and so on. If you do this and have a handful of diapers that never get used, SELL THEM. 

8. Take care of them and they will take care of you. Seriously, if you care for your diapers the right way then you will more than likely be able to use them on more than just one baby. Line dry them, use the right detergent, wash them every other day (no longer than every three days), use cloth diaper safe rash creams and wash them as a load and not mixed in with ya know, jeans and stuff. Take care of them and they will last a long time! We currently use the same diapers on our second child that our first born wore. Cloth diapers can truly save you money!

Thanks for reading and sharing our post!!!

Have a cloth diaper related question? Email it straight to us at themushymommy@gmail.com 

Why You Should Totally Cloth Diaper

By Sasha Savoy
on March 02, 2016

Why You Should Totally Cloth Diaper

 

1. Because they are, um, like seriously cute. If you haven't noticed by now, cloth diapers are seriously one of the cutest baby items out there. Companies release new prints sometimes monthly and crazy cloth moms spend all of their "me" money on buying diapers for their kids to crap in. But they are so cute, it makes it totally worth it. 

2. Oh yea, they save money. Okay, so maybe we should have started with this because it turns out that this is the biggest reason to cloth diaper. On average it costs around 2k to diaper a child in disposables until the age of two. That's a lot of freaking money that you literally just throw away. Literally. Your money literally gets shit on. And if you're lucky enough like I am, your child still won't be potty trained by the age of three (no matter how many effing m&ms you bribe them with). Cloth diapers on average cost anywhere around $300-500 for a complete stash; with things like brands, styles and quantity effecting your the amount you will spend. There is even a way to diaper a baby from birth to potty training for around $100! Take that Pampers! 

3. You get your money back on them! This is huge and goes along with number two. When you are done with your cloth diapers, if they are still in good condition (and you'll be surprised that they will be despite all of the crap they went through - ha) you can resell them for about half of their retail value. And if you have limited edition prints and what not, you can actually sometimes sell them for more than you even paid for them! That's how CRAZY the cloth diaper world is. Who would have thought?

4. You'll finally be able to say you collect things for a hobby. If you don't get this, you will. Cloth diapers are addicting so you may as well say you're an "avid collector" because then you at least sound a little more interesting. 

5. They are healthier. Who would have thought that disposables can actually be kinda toxic and stuff? I mean diaper rashes don't come from the diaper themselves do they?! Well it turns out that many disposables are full of carcinogens, allergens and many other "ens" out there that can harm your sweet babe's bum. And it can totally be the cause of that rash that won't disappear! Go cloth and save a bum!

6. They are eco friendly (and now your little hippie heart dances). Disposables sit in landfills for no kidding, like a thousand years or something. That's a lot of piled up crap that can totally be avoided. Flush your baby's poop in the potty and wash your diaper out. You know, that diaper you get to resell later on rather than send to a landfill. 

7. They make your kid cooler. I mean everyone knows this! Okay, okay before you hate me, I'm just joking and threw that one in there for good measure. 

8. You become a member of the secret world of freaking awesome cloth diaper moms. Most people don't realize just how many moms actually cloth diaper. It's insane how many people do it and it's actually a growing trend. There's Facebook groups and hashtags on Instagram that create a community of awesome. You will become freaking awesome when you start cloth diapering and you'll have tons of crazy, awesome new people to chit chat with about fluff and poop stains. #lifegoals

So there you have it, the basic reasons why you should totally consider cloth diapering your baby. If this post didn't persuade you, then I'm not sure what will other than walking into a cloth diaper store and browsing the diapers and feeling how cuddly, soft they are. OR you can totally browse our website for some of the best and top quality diaper brands out there.

Shoot us any cloth diaper questions at themushymommy@gmail.com

Cloth Diapering Essentials

By Sasha Savoy
on January 04, 2016

Cloth diapering is scary. For a newbie it can be extremely confusing and very intimidating. Today I'm here to break down what you need for cloth diapering and what you really don't need! Every mom has their own essentials, here are mine!

1. Diapers -- in particular try a Funky Fluff! Funky Fluff is just amazing. Period. But anywho, your first essential is a diaper. Research brands, types of systems and try a few to see what works for you! 

2. Cloth Diaper Safe Cream -- Not every diaper rash cream is cloth diaper safe. In fact, most of the ones that you get from big box stores are not safe at all. The harsh ingredients can break down the fibers in your diaper and possibly stain them as well. Choose natural options for your diapers which are better all around. You can find many here. 

3. Biodegradable Liners -- This is not necessarily an essential. You don't need these, but you will want them! Some people are iffy about dealing with poop, especially in public. Not everyone wants to stick a totally pooped out diaper into a wet bag and bring their child's crap home when they're out and about. A liner is placed between baby's bottom and the diaper. Once baby poops, you simply peel of the liner or shake it off and flush it with the poop into the toilet! That way, don't have to take your kid's crap home! These are also great for times where you don't have a cloth diaper safe rash cream. You can find those here. 

4. Wet Bag -- As mentioned above, you need these when out and about to take home dirty diapers. Just throw the wet bag in the wash with your dirty diapers and waa-laa. Find some adorable prints and USA made bags here! 

5. Diaper Sprayer -- This really is not an essential, especially for exclusively breastfed babies. Babies who are exclusively breastfed have the good kind of poop (like there really is a good kind of poop!). As crazy as it sounds, these diapers can go straight into the wash without any spraying or swishing in the toilet. But once a baby begins to eat solids, you can't do that. All of the baby's bowel movement has to be rinsed off into the toilet and this is where the diaper sprayer is a gold mine. If it isn't in your budget though, you can swish in the toilet by hand like they used to do in the pre-modern cloth days. 

6. Pail Liner -- Wet bags can only hold so many diapers, but a trash can with a pail liner can hold 1-3 days worth of dirty diapers. Just grab your pail liner and dump it with the dirty diapers into the wash and waa-laa. 

7. Cloth Wipes -- Some people (like myself often times) still use disposable wipes. But this does get tricky because unlike disposable diapers, you can't just roll your wipe in the dirty diaper and toss it. Accidentally washing a wipe with your diapers sucks! It shreds and leaves lots of pieces in there. This is where cloth wipes are excellent. Just toss into wash with your diapers!  I like cloth wipes for pee and disposables for poop. Read my cloth wipe solution post here

8. More Diapers -- Because you can never have enough! There's so many cute prints and there's so many different brands and systems to try. One person's favorite can be another mama's worst diaper! Try some of our favorite brands in our store! 

9. Soakers and Extra Inserts -- These are helpful for heavy wetters and for night time use. Double up your absorbency to avoid leaks! Hemp and Bamboo are awesome for heavy wetters! 

10. Detergent --  Notice I didn't mention detergent in the graphic. Some people will try to sell fancy cloth diaper detergents to you. While you should be cautious of what you use, it turns out that you don't have to treat your diapers soooo delicately. Look for a detergent that is free of bleach, fabric softener and any other additives. We like to use Seventh Generation and many other mamas I know like to use Tide Free and Clear. There are detergents made for cloth diapers and we carry one in store, but research first and see what might work for you! 

For more about cloth diapers for beginners, check out our cloth support section. 

Easy to Make Cloth Diaper Mistakes

By Sasha Savoy
on October 07, 2015

Easy to Make Cloth Diaper Mistakes

There's a few things about cloth diapers that are really helpful to know about. When it comes to cloth diapers, many people have different ways of doing things and follow different recommendations. Unfortunately, sometimes the recommendations we follow is not always what is best for our diapers. 

I've put together a quick and easy to read list of some things that I see people do or complain about with their diapers. By being active in cloth diaper communities, doing my own research and using cloth myself, I feel like I can tell what may or may not work. 

Cloth Diaper Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Choosing the wrong detergent. Some places try to sell up fancy detergents that are "special" for cloth diapers. While they may indeed work for many people, they don't always work for all people. You can actually use most mainstream brands as long as their are no added fabric softeners, brighteners, etc...  Many mothers successfully use Purex, Tide or Seventh Generation, etc... For the best index on safe detergents, Check out Fluff Love University. 
  • Not using enough water. You have to use a lot of water when you wash your diapers. Make sure for a full load that you do the largest amount of water you can. Smaller loads can get away with a medium setting, but never use less. I always use the largest amount unless I am washing only a day's load. 
  • Not using enough detergent. For most detergents, you're going to do a full scoop or cup plus half-to another full cup. This just varies with your load. But not using enough can really make for a stink!
  • Washing improperly. One cold CYCLE with NO detergent followed by one HOT CYCLE WITH detergent. That's it! And make sure you wash often enough -- maximum of every three days. Waiting too long can become a problem (and you'd have a naked baby anyway).
  • Extra rinses. Some people say to add an extra rinse at the end of your cycle. There is no need to and this can actually lead to stink issues because it may stir back up minerals onto the diaper that you don't want (resulting in the diaper not being fully cleaned). 
  • Using the wrong diaper creams. Try to stay away from any creams containing zinc oxide as the ingredient can harm the fibers of the diaper. Use cloth safe creams and if you are unsure, use a liner between baby's bum and the diaper while using creams. We carry all safe creams and liners in our store!
  • Wrong Fittings. Play around with your rise and snaps to get just the right fit. Usually it is best to place the diaper on baby before doing this. 
  • Not prepping enough. Don't get discouraged if a new diaper leaks. There's a really good chance it just wasn't prepped enough. Organic cottons, bamboo and hemp usually take several hot washes with detergent to be fully prepped (like 6-8). Also remember that a cloth diaper must be changed more frequently than a disposable. Typically that will be every 1-1.5 hours. 
  • Stripping the wrong way. Sometimes we need to freshen up our diapers and stripping is the route we take. Stripping your diapers can be a very easy process and I usually recommend Fluff Love's recommendations -- strip with RLR or GroVia Mightly Bubbles. DO NOT MIX BLEACH AND DAWN TOGETHER. This is bad advice that many people still pass out. Look on back of the bottles, they say DO NOT MIX TOGETHER (yes it really says this on back of Dawn). Dawn and Bleach create a deadly gas! 
  • Acting like your diapers are fragile newborns. While yes you should treat your diapers with respect and realize that you want them to last, just know that they are not fragile things. It takes a lot to really ruin a diaper. Like, A LOT. Don't freak out because you used an unsafe cream or because mom brain distracted you and you washed them wrong. Just try your hardest to remember the "rules" but don't think you have to burn your stash because of one booboo. 

Ask us your cloth diaper questions in the comment section and we'll reply! 

DIY Cloth Wipe Solution

By Sasha Savoy
on June 30, 2014

When beginning to cloth wipe, there is a good chance that you won't know which way to go when it comes to a cloth wipe solution. There are solutions that you can purchase and there are solutions that you can make. You can get super fancy or super simple with your solution. 
Today I am sharing the solution that we have been using which is a combination of the many other ideas my readers presented me with for a cloth wipe solution. In my opinion, you can easily just spray water on your little one's bum and likely get away with that or you can use one, two or all of the ingredients listed below. 
What is our homemade cloth solution?

Spray bottle of water
Two drops of Tea Tree Oil
Two drops of Lavender Oil
About 1/2 tsp of coconut oil
Tea Tree oil is one of the most amazing essential oils out there because of the many uses that it provides. In this case, tea tree oil is great to add to your solution because it is considered to be an antiseptic and it is antifungal. Since it is antifungal this will help prevent the growth of yeasts, which is a common culprit in the diaper rash world. Tea tree oil is used frequently to treat skin conditions and infections, so it's presence in a cloth wipe solution just seems too fit to leave it out. 
Lavender is an essential oil that most of us simply love because of the smell, however it has many healing and aromatherapy uses as well. The combination of tea tree oil and lavender can be great for treating and preventing diaper rashes as well as providing an antifungal solution.  
I choose to add just a bit of coconut oil to our solution because along with the other two oils, oil helps the wipes glide on baby's bottom easily. Some people worry about coconut oil clogging their spray nozzle, but we've yet to have that problem. While it does somewhat separate from the water, a quick shake of the bottle gets things good again. 
How to store your homemade cloth wipes and solution?

We spray our dry wipes (that stay in the wipe warmer) with the solution and then wipe baby. You can also do the reverse and spray baby's bottom first and then wipe with your cloth wipe. Other common ways to use cloth wipes is to fill a mason jar, commercial wipe container or even just a bowl with your solution and leave your wipes to stay saturated whether in there or in a wipe warmer. However if you store your wipes wet, make sure to store only about a day's worth so you can prevent any chance of mildew. I've yet to try it this way because I am scared of having musky wipes, so we just spray them as needed. You always have the option to leave your dry wipes in the wipe warmer so that way they are a little toasty for baby's sweet bum!

There are a million and one recipes out there for cloth wipes, mine is just one of the simpler ones and is also pretty common in the cloth diaper world. Unless your baby is suffering from constant rashes, I don't see the need for getting too fancy. Water can simply clean your baby's bottom; the oils are just added for extra healing and ease. It really is all about how fancy you want to make it. 

What is your solution?

The Cloth Wipe Adventure

By Sasha Savoy
on May 28, 2014

When I first started cloth diapering, one of the first questions that I had was about the wipes. Every mama I know tucks the dirty, disposable wipe into the dirty, disposable diaper and tosses it in the trash that way. With cloth diapers you can't just stick a regular ole disposable wipe in there because obviously you can't run those through your washer machine with the diapers. On a side note, they shred to pieces when you forget they are in your wetbag and you wash them. Sigh.

I found out about cloth wipes when I started cloth diapering, but since I felt like cloth diapers was such a big leap, I was too scared to attempt the wipes. Well here I am several months later on a stormy day with no wipes. We use The Honest Company wipes which are non toxic and eco friendly. I LOVE them and prefer them over any brand out there; but I am not due to receive my new wipes for another week (I used a lot this month while traveling).
So what's a mama to do when she has nothing to wipe baby's bum with? She gets a stash of old receiving blankets, a spray bottle of water and some cloth wipes to whip up some cloth wipes and cloth wipe solution. 
Here is my plan:
- We have a TON of those unattractive hospital receiving blankets so why not use those. I also added one cute, girly blanket for some cute wipes. But I'm saving our other "pretty" receiving blankets for future babies (and probably future babies' bums as well).
-I'm cutting them into 8x8 size squares.
-I'm not sewing any edges right now (perhaps I can convince my mom to later).
-I'm mixing water with about 1/2 tsp coconut oil to create a wipe solution to spray on the wipes.
-I intend on keeping these new wipes in my wipe warmer just like our old ones.
-I plan on still using disposables out and about, but if this works well then who knows.
I have a feeling this isn't going to be that big of a change, but I do plan on always having disposables nearby. This will definitely keep me from having to have little plastic baggies with dirty wipes piling up in them and it obviously saves me money.
I can't wait to share our wipes at a later date and to tell you all about them. Okay, now I'm off to cut up some blankets for a cute little hiney.

Do you use cloth wipes?

The Crappy Truth About Cloth Diapers

By Sasha Savoy
on November 21, 2013

Okay let's ruffle up some diapers here and talk about poop and how cool my baby's diapers are. 

When I was pregnant and heard the term cloth diapers I literally had no clue what it meant. I knew cloth diapers were not disposable diapers but other than that I was clueless. A few weeks after having my baby and seeing all of those dang blasted disposables pile up because she pooped more than a dog on ex-lax; I decided to Google the term cloth diapers. 
And it still didn't make sense
The more I researched it and talked to my bloggy friends about it, the more interested I became. Yet I still had no freaking clue what a prefold was, how the heck a pocket was supposed to work and OHHH EMMM GEEEE what do you do with the poop? I mean I could poop my pants all day and I wouldn't even know what to do with it. Not many people are skilled at "how to wash poop." 
After much personal convincing and a whole lot of research I finally decided I was going to try it and I did it. And I loved it. And I think that it's the coolest thing ever now. Who knew poop could be so fun? Okay, okay, the poop isn't fun but the diapers that she poops in are a heck of a whole lot cuter than those disposables. 
The hardest part about cloth diapers is understanding how they work; learning about the different styles; and finding a friend who knows the answers to these questions. Once you learn how it all works you feel such a relief, and then you can't believe how much of a fret you made over such a simple thing. 
Now that we're three months into cloth diapers (it feels like longer) I am so glad that I made the switch. I wish, I wish that I had done them from the beginning. Although honestly if I was to give any advice to a new mama, I'd probably say to do the disposables for the first few weeks until you've gotten used to wiping another person's butt constantly and until you've gotten the hang of seeing crap all the time. Not to mention you'll likely have your fair share of moments where you end up with that crap on your hands, the changing pad, the wall, your clothes oh and even your face. You have to get used to that.
To be honest I've had more poop leaks and more poop on ME using disposables than I have had with cloth diapers. Sure you have to go to the toilet and spray off the poop when you CD, but seriously...it takes like less than a minute. 
So what's my point behind all this poop talk? Well it is to let all of the people know that seriously dude, it's not that bad. It's to tell all of the people who kindly said "bless you" when they found out that I was switching to cloth that I really didn't need the blessing (but hey thanks). It's to tell the others who asked "Whhhyyyyyy?" in a way that made it seem like I was doing something insane that it's easy. 
It's easy. It's natural. And my kid is gonna poop regardless of what she is wearing and as her mother I have to clean that crap up no matter what. Sure I may have to wash diapers every other day and I may have to use a diaper sprayer, BUT we all do laundry and we all use toilets, so I don't get the big deal anymore. 
Basically what I'm trying to say is that if you're considering it, I hope I've convinced you that it is easy. It's normal for me now; it's second nature to us now. To all of those people who look at CD mamas and think we're crazy...we are not. 
We're just like you. We care for our baby, wipe their butt and put a fresh diaper on them so that way they are clean, healthy and so they smell good. Cloth diapering isn't rocket science, but it's also not for everyone.
And if you still think cloth diapers are icky, then that's cool with me. Icky never hurt nobody.

Poops Away, 
Sasha

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