Adventures in Natural Cloth Diapering!
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When I first started cloth diapering I went with PUL pocket diapers that were easy to use and one size. I have come a long way since then and now use a variety of cloth diapers, everything from pockets, AIO, AI2, AI3, fitteds, prefolds, and even flats and pins.
When you start out cloth diapering you think you are doing the best thing for your child: keeping them away from harmful toxic chemicals and doing your part to lessen your impact on the environment. Some never come to realize it, but cloth diapering is not necessarily 100% natural and toxin-free.
What do I mean by that? The modern cloth diaper, so easy to use with it’s All in one technology, one size functionality and everything from a stay dry layer to special fabric to wick away moisture, is made of mostly synthetic materials. Although most do not think of fleece, suede, or PUL as “bad” per-sae, it should be viewed as different than what I call “All-Natural cloth diapering”.
All-Natural Cloth diapering is using only natural fibers with your baby’s diapers. Some common fabrics include hemp, organic cotton or organic cotton velour, silk, wool, and even rayon from bamboo. These fabrics are all natural from the plants they are made from, not man made, and many times, if it’s organic it does not come in contact with pesticides. Organic is necessary for cotton but hemp is a much cleaner crop and so usually does not need pesticides in the first place. Rayon from Bamboo can be controversial as the process to make bamboo into rayon is chemical laden and often tough on the environment. Check the company you purchase from as some companies have closed systems that are more eco -friendly and sustainable.
4 of my Wool covers on the left! 2 Nifty Nappy Woolie Wraps, a SwaddleBees Wool Wrap and an Aristocrats Wool Soaker. I now have 4 pairs of longies, 2 soakers, 2 skirts, 1 skirtie soaker, a pair of shorties, and the 3 wraps!
My advice? Wool interlock is nice but upcycled works just as well and buying wool covers second hand work great after a nice wool wash and lanolizing!
Although I love natural cloth diapers and covers I have only pretty much used them at home, and so it came as an idea to me to challenge myself these past few days and do only All-natural cloth diapers!
What did this mean? This meant I did not use any pocket diaper, fleece cover, AIO, 2IO, or even snappies on prefolds. I used bamboo fitteds I had, organic prefolds, hemp flats/prefolds and only wool covers!
To match, I only dressed SAP in organic or wool clothing this weekend as well!
SAP in her Organic Geo Dress made by MilliLee Designs, SoyGenius Leggies, Organic Robeez socks, and an Baltic Amber teething necklace and bracelet from Inspired By Finn! Under her dress is an Bamboozle fitted and Aristocrats Wool Soaker, you wouldn’t even know!
I was surprised how easy it was to come up with an all natural cute outfit today, and we got so many comments on it!
What an adventure!
- Super cute outfits every day!
- The question came up…how do I fit this cloth diaper under these pants with a bulky wool cover over it?
- Dresses became a little girls’ best friend with wool covers!
- A big padded fluffy butt with something sewn or embroidered on the bum is the cutest thing in the world!
- The wool needs to air out but I only have one wool cover with me and we’re at a department store!
- No elastic at the top of the soaker I used and now it’s falling off her butt as she’s running down the aisle of the store!
- Sweet! SAP can pull wool longies and soakers on herself, thus practice dressing herself, unlike wraps/covers!
- The flats were trim enough to fit under the woolie wraps I had thought SAP had outgrown! yay!
- SAPsDaDa put SAP down for a nap in just a flat diaper….yes I KNEW to expect her to wake up with a wet bed!
- Using safety pins instead of a snappi was not hard at all! And it held better to the hemp prefolds/flats than the snappi did, nice tight fit!
- Though her bum was more padded, I found SAP was happier and moving easier in prefolds/flats and wool
- No diaper rash or redness!
- It started snowing again and the wool was wonderful at keeping her legs warm and dry!
- More diaper changes happened since we could feel when she was wet…this meant packing more diapers to take out of the house!
- If you do wool full time you will need a variety of styles and amounts so the wool can dry between changes!
- Who doesn’t love a diaper cover that is functional and stylish!!
- Most people did not know it was a diaper cover! They were quite interested!
SAP playing out on the balcony in the snow, wearing her Nifty Nappy upcycled wool longies under her wool dress! She came inside and her legs were still dry on the inside and not wet from the snow since the wool pants were lanolized! Cool!
Overall, it has been an adventure, and maybe one day I will be 100% All-Natural with my cloth diapering, but for now I think I’ll stay All-Natural at home and enjoy the convenience of the waterproof AIO’s, Pocket diapers, and even PUL covers I love! I would love to test this system at daycare after testing it at home a few more times myself to work out kinks to see if it would be possible for those who would love to cloth diaper All-Natural all the time to do so utilizing a child care center, it will be interesting endeavor for sure! So who knows….you soon might get an installment of The Adventures In Wool: Child Care Center Addition!
For all interested in trying out All-Natural Cloth Diapering, it’s worth it! And the trial/error is definitely a fun time!
Guest post by Melissa, SAPsMaMa from SAPsMaMa: Natural Parenting, Non-Toxic Living, and Green Choices in the Modern World blog. (http://sapsmama.com)