Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cloth Diapers

I have made Aanya's cloth diapers for a while now. I guess about 2 years now! I started doing cloth diapers for her because they're good for the environment and less expensive in the long run. They are a wee bit more work but once you get started they're not so much different than washing laundry. If you make/buy them with snap in inserts, no need for putting them together. I feel really good about having done cloth. When Mehul was little I didn't even know them and they weren't quite as popular as they're now. In the last 2 years itself I've watched them work their way into mainstream.

At first I wasn't sure if they'd be worth the investment. Let's face it - at $18-20 per pocket diaper they seem way more money than disposables. That's what I paid for my initial batch. DH was not on board and he saw this as something I could never stick to. I didn't either. Very quickly I got into the rythm of washing them every day (I had very few!!). I had 1.5 dozen prefolds and few covers to extend my stash and that got me to washing every other day. Remember how often infants poop? Soon I figured out how to make them myself and haven't had to buy a single diaper since then. Look at some of my creations -

Minky diaper (now being used as swim diaper). One of my earliest.

Swim diaper (swimsuit outer, stretchy poly inner)

Trimsie pattern (PUL outer, stretchy poly inner)

LaDiDa pattern (PUL outer, cotton velour inner)

Babyville pattern (PUL outer, embellished tabs, stretchy poly inner)


Fatty cakes (PUL outer, stretchy poly inner)



This one is my favorite by far. WhitteyBums pattern. Insert agitates out in wash as it is open on both ends.



I made these for my friend at work




There's many many more but I'll stop here. At one point I counted and I had over 50 diapers, most of them handmade. I only have to wash once a week but I do more often than that because I don't like them sitting for so long. I have now stopped making them because well, Aanya doesn't need this many diapers. Now I need to get started on trainers for Aanya and make some more undies for both kids.

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