Now that the nursery is painted and pretty much ready to go and I’ve gotten much of the before-baby-comes stuff completed, I’ve been able to really dig into the baby sewing. It’s so relaxing and fun to think about the little baby who will wear all these teeny things.
We’ve been cloth diapering with Elliot since he was born and since he’s not yet potty-trained, I went over to Sweet Peas yesterday and ordered some more one-size diapers for the new baby to boost our stash. Am trying very hard not to think about having two in diapers. Cloth diapers.
Of course after talking to Cheryl (the owner, fellow sewist, and now good friend…that’s what happens when you go in once a week…hee-hee) about making diapers, I had to go home and try making some teeny-tiny pocket ones:
This is certainly not my first foray into making cloth diapers; I’ve probably made at least 5 pocket diapers for Elliot over the past couple years, but they’ve all been bigger. These are definitely newborn sized.
I have used just about every kind of cloth diaper there is: prefolds with covers, fitteds with covers, one-size pockets, all-in-ones, wool soakers, but my personal preference (as is with many many others) is for the one-size pockets. I love that the inserts come out, they adjust and get bigger as your baby grows, and you can “load” them up when you’re folding laundry so they’re ready-to-go when you need them.
Since I lack a plastic snap press ($$$), I can’t make them adjustable (in other words, not “one-size”…that’s confusing, isn’t it?) but I don’t really mind. I use waterproof PUL for the outside and microfleece for the inside. I buy 2″ velcro by the yard for the tabs and front. The inserts I use are the “extra” cotton inserts that comes with almost every one-sized pocket diaper you can buy, but you can also buy these separately (they are sometimes called boosters or doublers) or you can fold a prefold (the traditional rectangular dipe) and stuff that inside too!
Some of you are wondering about the pattern. The first few I made I just stretched out a purchased diaper on my cutting table and traced it to get the pattern. I did this with the diaper set to the snap setting in front that was closest to what Elliot was in at the time. This time I used a newborn sized cover (shamelessly stole this idea from Cheryl), traced it, and changed the shape a little so it didn’t have rectangular corners.
I always write my pattern instructions right on my patterns so I don’t have to try and remember what I did each time.
Part of the reason I use cloth diapers is because it makes me sad to throw disposables in the garbage and wonder how long that diaper will be there in the landfill along with those millions and millions of other disposables. And even though we use some chlorine-free disposables with E, I really hate to. I’ve read a number of places that when you factor in the energy costs to produce, wash and dry cloth diapers, it’s very close in terms of money savings. However, the fact that when you toss a disposable, poo goes in the trash rather than through proper sewage treatment methods is in my opinion enough to justify using cloth diapers alone. But ethics aside, Shallow Rae really just prefers cloth b/c they’re cuter. By ALOT.
I know someone’s going to ask, so the three one-size pockets that we use in our house are (and the order in which I prefer them changes constantly): Haute Pockets, Bum Genius, and Happy Heiny’s. Luckily, the inserts for all three of these brands can be interchanged with the others, so they’ve worked well together. HH’s are usually our night-time diapers.
What about accessories?
I also use Imse Vimse Liners (which you can wash and reuse a number of times if not soiled) in our diapers to make poo-disposal easier, we have a toilet sprayer, we use a basic white powder laundry detergent without dyes or enzymes, we have four hemp inserts (more absorbant) for overnight, and I’ve purchased a few wet-bags to store dirty diapers in when we’re out and about.
Cloth Diapering Information:
There are a TON of cloth diaper 101 sites out there to help those who are clueless. I found these type of websites incredibly helpful before I started. Here are just a few (FYI, most also sell diapers and may be/probably are biased):
If you have a cloth diaper information site or blog post, please feel free to post it to comments. However, please don’t post blatant advertisements or commercial links (they will be deleted).
I’d also love to hear from those of you who cloth diaper or who’ve made cloth diapers!!!
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