Our reviewer Melanie is an advocate of cloth diapering. While we fully respect that every mom is different, we love that she wanted to share her thoughts on the subject with you. She did receive Charlie Banana diapers free of charge to help facilitate this post but all opinions are her own.
All moms are different in how they hold their babies, feed them, and even change them. I’m one of those moms that went immediately with disposable diapers and didn’t give any other option a chance. I had my brand picked out and was ready to take on the next two years (give or take) of Number Ones and Numbers Twos.
Sure I was disappointed in my disposable diapers sometimes. There was the time my daughter had a huge blowout in one of the big name brands all over the living room carpet. I never bought that kind again. It’s been a lot of trial and error with no real enthusiasm for any of the disposables. All I know is that I needed something to keep the out-stuff in.
Call me crazy but after spending a minimum of $30 per month on diapers, we decided that our budget needed some relief. After all, we’ve got another year or so with these babies, and would like to eat out at a restaurant more than once in a few months. With skepticism and curiosity, I reached out to Charlie Banana, the cloth diaper company.
Go ahead! Cringe, gasp, or even applaud me for my change. Admittedly, I wasn’t fully on board, when I said that I was open-minded enough to give cloth diapers a try. It seemed like way too much work, too high of a cost, and I couldn’t bare having to deal with my baby girl pooping in these things. I didn’t know what the obsession some moms had with collecting them or what made them so much to use. Did I mention YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE POOP! No more folding it up and dropping it in the trash. My husband was completely out of the entire process from the moment I mentioned it. Guess I was on this journey alone.
I’m completely clueless when it comes to cloth diapering and babies. Even with my short-term experience now, I am still finding out where I messed up and what I happened to get right. Luckily, Charlie Banana knew my struggle early-on and sent over the Basic Starter Kit – for Girls!
It included the basics of what you need to get started:
– Wonderland 3-pack of One Size Cloth Diapers
– 32 Disposable Inserts
– 100 2-in-1 Bamboo Diaper Liners and Wipes
– Charlie Banana Laundry Detergent
The one-size cloth diapers included are part of the Charlie Banana “2-in-1” system. I was in disbelief, when I read that these diapers hold disposable inserts AND reusable inserts. Could I really have the convenience of tossing away the waste on a disposable insert – YES! Charlie Banana recommends these disposable inserts (remember I had a pack of 32) for parents that are leaving their child with a relative, daycare, or other sitter that may not be as welcoming of cloth diapers. It’s also an easy way to change a diaper if you’re out with your baby running errands for most of the day. No need to lug around a wet bag full of cloth diapers, when you can just change the insert.
I tried the diapers for the first time when we were going to visit family. I figured if I was going to get the most practical experience that I didn’t need to sugarcoat it. One-size cloth diapers have different snaps so you can get a snug fit on an average-sized newborn up to a 3 year old. Of course, I had the snaps all messed up. By the third use, I had it figured out. It just depends on what works for your baby’s size. Still not in enough time for the first diaper to leak. I hadn’t gotten the disposable insert tucked well enough or the diaper on tight enough. You win some and you wet some. Needless to say we had an outfit change.
Eventually, I was able to have our daughter wear a cloth diaper overnight – NO LEAKS! Changed her first thing in the morning and was feeling good about spending the day at home, so no disposable liner. I’d test them out all-naturale. She pooped. Almost immediately. I wasn’t ready to deal with it. I was already preparing myself to gag. Moms, Dads, and cloth diaper changers – IT WASN’T THAT BAD! The waste doesn’t stick to the cloth and can easily be dumped in the toilet. Younger babies with less-formed feces may be a different story and require some 2-in-1 Bamboo Diaper Liner help. Grab a liner a put a little water on it to turn it into a smooth, soft baby wipe. It’ll help when cleaning out a messy diaper. Ahead of time, you can line the bottom of the diaper with one and peel it off to dispose of the deed with minimal evidence left behind.
My final step to proving that I could handle cloth diapers was the washing process. Charlie Banana made it so simple with a cloth diaper laundering guide on their website. I could have stored these things in a wet pail, rinsed them, and put them in the wash, or I could store them in a dry pail, not even rinse them, and toss them in. Since I didn’t have any kind of pail and had them sitting in a plastic grocery bag, the dry method seemed to work for me. Putting in a tablespoon of Charlie Banana Laundry Detergent, we got the load going. In a couple of hours, I was fluffing fresh cloth diapers for my little one.
Charlie Banana Laundry Deteregent is safe for all fabrics, contains no dyes or perfumes, is non-toxic, safe in high efficiency machines, and will not fade your colors! One jar can do up to 100 loads of laundry. No matter the size of your cloth diaper stash, you’ll need a detergent gentle enough for your baby but tough enough to handle a lot of loads!
Am I cloth diapering mama? Not officially. I plan to continue to use the Charlie Banana diapers, but that’s only three diapers. Babies go through at least seven diapers a day and usually more. Pre-baby may be an easier time to invest in cloth diapers because you haven’t already tied your money into boxes of disposables and if you’re lucky a baby shower might be a great way to share your want for cloth diapers. Right now, our budget doesn’t have a ton of room to spend around $20 for a single diaper, when we can get 100 of the other diapers. I do plan on slowly adding to our collection, and I’m going to Charlie Banana first! They offer so many different types of cloth diapers, cloth diapering products, and even a few products for mom! I’ve got my eye on the investment set 6-pack of OS cloth diapers (Tango Mango) and a hanging diaper pail to continue my cloth diapering success. Plus, you can’t deny that while economical, eco-friendly, and overall healthy for baby (prevents diaper rash), that they are above all else the cutest things ever on a baby!
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