At one year we are still rocking cloth diapers. We've saved money, helped out the environment a bit, and (in my opinion) most importantly, kept some pretty frightening chemicals off my son's adorable butt.
We've fielded a lot of questions, inspired a few friends to try out cloth diapering, and received our fair share of raised eyebrows and turned up noses over our choice of diapers. Finn doesn't mind ;)
We've only tried pocket diapers, and our favorites by far are bumGenius One-Size 4.0 with snaps (although hubs prefers the velcro kind). We'll use the Charlie Bananas (we have two) when we run out of BGs, but alas, our lone Fuzzi Bunz has been taken out of the rotation (the fussy elastic sizing mechanism eventually drove me insane). I couldn't resist adding a few new colors to our collection when they came out, and so we now have BGs in sassy orange, Mirror teal, and the Einstein-inspired Albert pattern.
We're still exclusively using Rockin' Green as our cloth diaper detergent. We throw in a bit of bleach about every other time we wash them, and do a soak (as described on the back of the detergent bag) about once a month. After trying a few different scents, Motley Clean has emerged as our favorite.
Still essential to the routine is a quick spray of Biokleen Bac-Out on each and every dirty diaper. I use subscribe and save on Amazon and order in bulk to get the best price on it. (Do you use subscribe & save
The topic of today's blog hop is the cost-savings benefit of using cloth diapers, so I'll leave you with a cost breakdown of what you could expect to spend cloth diapering. We by no means do this the cheapest way possible, and you can cut back by using prefolds and covers, not having as many diapers (and washing more often), or by cutting back on accessories. We received lots of these things off of our registry, but I included the costs here as if we purchased them ourselves.
24 BumGenius 4.0 diapers (if purchased during a frequent buy 5 get 1 sale): $359
Flannel receiving blankets for DIY wipes: $17 (alternatively, bumGenius Flannel Wipes, $36 for 36)
Pail Liner: $29.90 for 2
Hemp Inserts for overnight: $16 for 4
Wet Bags: $33 for 2
Diaper pail(trash can): $39
Diaper sprayer and pail: $63
Total for accessories: $198
Ongoing costs: (I think I've actually overestimated these a bit here)
Wipe Spray for homemade wipe solution: ~$4/month
Bac-Out (bought in bulk on Amazon): ~$3/month
Total for diapering first child: $557 plus $11/month (supposedly cloth diapered children potty train an average of one year earlier than disposable diapered children… we shall see)
Total for diapering second child: $11/month… although I would figure in a bit more for replacing any worn out supplies, and perhaps for a couple of pink diapers if any future children happen to be female. (Update on Cloth Diapering the Second Child here. I spent $100 on repairing elastic in the diapers and purchasing new cloth wipes.)
All of the posts I've written on cloth diapering can be found here, or head over to The Eco Chic for the Real Diaper Week blog hop.