So this is according to my tastes and what I do for Lincoln. You will find MANY different opinions and ways to cloth diaper (CD) your little ones (LOs). This is what we do:
We use unbleached prefolds (PFs) as well as some red edge clotheeze PFs from http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/. I love this site. They have a HUGE selection of diapers to fit a wide variety of babies. Here’s a shot of their selection of PFs:
Now I had some green edge infant size diapers and we use those as doublers now since Lincoln has grown out of them. But they don’t have the green’s anymore, but they are the standard infant size you get at your local CD store or online. They are 4-6-4 in layers meaning the outside parts are 4 layers thick and the middle is 6 layers. Now we trifolded them and that means that they are all folded together so there was really 14 layers. 🙂
Lincoln is now in premium size so they are 4-8-4, but since his rise (the measurement from top of waist in the back to just under the belly button) is short still we fold the front down 3-4″. This is nice since it he’s in a variety of covers.
I have a few different brands (Kissluvs, Under the Nile-organic Egyptian cotton, Sugarshack baby, and Goodmama) and they are all fine, the last 2 are the softest ever! They are Organic Bamboo Velour. So yummy!
Again according to GMD, “Why wool? Wool is breathable. This cover is a favorite at nighttime because it virtually never leaks. The wool is totally untreated and is naturally antibacterial thus doesn’t retain odors. Is wool itchy? Commercial wool can be, but this wool is untreated and wonderfully soft. Don’t be afraid to try wool! This style has been loved for generations because it is so effective. The knit stretches for a gentle and comfortable fit over a very wide size range. A must for the family bed! Nighttime heavy wetter? This is the answer. It’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Yes, really! That’s because it’s so breathable. Wool does need to be hand washed, and occasional lanolization is helpful. But washing is needed only very infrequently, sometimes only once a month. Wool airs out to fresh easily.“
He can wear these with the fitted or a PF that is pinned or snappi’d. He loves them and I get so many complements on them! To Lanolize check out this video: http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/lanolize.htm
Step by Step: http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/CaringForWool.htm
DIY-DO IT YOURSELF
I have become a DIY kind of girl. I am working on crocheting Linc’s first pair of longies. I have a ton of patterns and links and I will post them all in a separate post. There is a lot of resources for those that want to learn how to sew, knit or crochet CDs. It’s addicting, beware! The one warning I will give, when you are making covers in the form of knitting or crochet, you need to use at least 80% wool. I use 100% wool, and you will need to wash and lanolize them to make them waterproof.
HOW TO WASH
This is just as important as everything else mentioned! Why you ask? Because if you don’t do this right you can have a few problems: Stink issues and repelling issues. Stink is yucky because once the babe has gone pee in it, it reeks! Repelling isn’t good because once the babe goes pee, it rolls down their leg because it’s not absorbed.
So the main concern here is what do you WASH your diapers in! Here’s the best site for laundry detergents and CDing: http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoicesataglancepspd.htm
DO NOT use any fabric softeners! This will cause repelling issues! Use wool dryer balls! They are so easy to make and perfect for those who are making covers and have left over wool-think green! 🙂
For us we use Charlie’s Soap for our HE front loader. I use 1 scoop of that in hot water wash with a few dashes of essential oils (right now it’s lemon grass or sweet orange). I will add 1/4 C of white vinegar to the cold rinse (where you’d put the softener) this helps with stink. I use BacOut, by BioKleen. It helps with poop. We also use a diaper sprayer to spray the poop off the diaper! This is a great invention! I made mine myself using a blog that I found-got all the stuff at Home Depot! Easy!
Here’s a link for info on detergent aides: http://pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentbasics.htm
We store all the dirties in wet bags and throw the whole bag (turned inside out) into the washer. Works perfectly. I dry on medium/regular in the dryer. When there are poop stains and the sun is out, I will “sun out” the stains! Amazing how the sun will bleach things! But in Oregon it’s hard to do right now. 🙂
So that’s my basic overview. OK, so it’s long! Sorry. I will add the DIY part soon.