Can you believe it's already the start of a new year? The days and weeks following the holidays are always a great time to re-organize your life, clean out closets, donate old things to make way for new, and figure out how you can make your lifestyle a little more healthy and Eco-friendly. I have 3 young kids and I sometimes feel like I'm always cleaning up after them. I'm trying to organize the huge mess in the playroom that could be called "toy soup" and only keep toys that are educational, high quality, and engaging for little minds. I'm also trying to get back into regular cloth diapering and I recently updated my stash!
It was all too easy to pull out those disposable diapers during the holidays, when we seemed to be constantly on the go and time for doing laundry was scarce. I do love cloth diapering though, and with two kids in diapers we go through a ton of diapers! I recently decluttered my cloth diaper stash, discarding well-worn inserts and adding some new cloth diapers from Charlie Banana. I love these pocket diapers because they are very adjustable to fit a wide range of baby sizes and have a soft microfleece as the only material that comes into contact with baby's skin. I was pretty stoked when Charlie Banana offered to send me this lovely set for my baby!
Charlie Banana cloth diapers are a 2-in-1 reusable diaper system made from a PUL (polyurethane laminate) outer waterproof layer and a soft microfleece stay-dry inner layer.
Each Charlie Banana cloth diaper comes with two thick microfiber inserts. I use one for the daytime and two for nighttime absorbency.
Charlie Banana cloth diapers also have a smart front panel that gives you the option of tucking in a disposable pad for those special occasions or using extra reusable inserts.
Place one or both reusable inserts into the pocket diaper opening to provide soft absorbency.
Charlie Banana diapers are very adjustable to allow parents to customize the diaper's size to their baby's shape, with strategic sizing snaps for adjusting the waist and riser snaps for sizing around the legs.
Inside the diaper, an innovative adjustable elastic in the leg holes allows you to adjust the diaper to perfectly fit a baby from 8 to 35 pounds.
In additional to the flexible functionality of these diapers. I also love the darling patterns that come in a gender neutral set, usable for both girls and boys. Neutral patterns are helpful because I can use these cloth diapers for both my 2-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy. Before the first use, you should wash the diaper inserts several times for allow for maximum absorbency. Cleaning cloth diapers is also fairly simple; I just wash them in a separate load along with our regular laundry routine.
Wipe - I usually wipe off any solids from the used cloth diapers before putting them in our Ubbi cloth diaper pail that keeps our nursery free of any diapering smells! Charlie Banana also sells a diaper sprayer that you can attach to your toilet, but in my 4 years of cloth diapering, I've stuck to using the wipe method.
Rinse - I usually pull out the inserts from each cloth diaper cover and load all of the soiled cloth diapers into the washer. I have tried washing pocket diapers without removing the inserts, but I find my cloth diapers get cleaner and smell fresher if I disassemble the cloth diaper inserts from the covers for the wash. I add a squirt of blue Dawn dish soap to my load of dirty cloth diapers and run it on a rinse cycle. Dawn effectively removes any solids and extreme smells from the cloth diapers before the wash cycle.
Wash - Once the cloth diapers are rinsed, I add a scoop of my homemade laundry detergent to the load of dirty cloth diapers and start a regular wash cycle. My homemade laundry detergent is great because it uses ingredients like Borax and peppermint soap to remove odors and proteins, without gunking up my cloth diapers with chemicals.
Rinse - Optional, I sometimes run a second rinse cycle, especially if I forgot the wet cloth diapers in the washing machine overnight. A second rinse cycle just gives my cloth diapers one more swish with clean water before drying.
Dry - I load the clean cloth diapers into the dryer and run a regular dry cycle. In warm weather, you can hang your cloth diapers outside to dry and also get some good old fashioned bleaching and freshening from the sun. A electric clothes dryer is essential to get cloth diaper inserts dry in the winter, but drying them in the dryer also gives them a good fluff!
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I also love how babies look in cloth diapers. Many baby clothing companies such as Doodle Pants baby leggings have begun offering clothes that fit especially over cloth diapers. Babies with a cloth diaper bum are so cute, especially when they begin walking and toddling along! How cute is this Charlie Banana white and gray chevron cloth diaper on my chubby baby boy??
It's easy to integrate cloth diapers into your lifestyle once you get into a routine.
Washing cloth diapers is no harder than washing regular laundry. Just schedule one day a week for washing your weekly stash of dirty cloth diapers. Washing cloth diapers is not time intensive; you just have to start the rinse, start the wash cycle, and move the cloth diapers to the dryer. Then you can toss all the clean cloth diapers into a bin, or spend a few minutes reassembling them and folding them into a stack.
Reusing the same cloth diapers (rather than trashing disposables) allows your family to save money and reduce your household trash. Families with a few kids put out a ton of dirty diaper trash! Boxes of cloth diapers cost about $40 and last our family about 2 weeks. That means using disposable diapers adds up to $960 a year! Of course, you have to factor in cost of water and time for washing cloth diapers, but for about $300 you can easily get set up with a cloth diaper system with enough covers and reusable inserts to last a week before you have to wash. (and I've been using my cloth diaper stash for 4 years, and just now tossing some.)
Fashion statements are always made with cloth diapers! No one ever said, "I love your baby's diaper," unless it was cloth!
Using cloth diapers is an easy way to go green in 2017! You can learn more about Charlie Banana on their website and get started with one of these reusable diapering system sets containing 3 one size diapers and 6 inserts, also or available on Amazon. Charlie Banana cloth diapers come in a variety of patterns and the same easy-to-adjust pocket diaper style!
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