Natural Parenting Series: Cloth Diapering

For the next three Mondays, we shall be featuring a series of posts about Natural Parenting by our special guest Jenny Ong from Chronicles of a Nursing Mom! I have featured her in our Mommy Talks series last year and I am honored to have her write a series of posts on natural parenting for us.

During the early days of nursing her first-born, Jenny relied on online forums and foreign breastfeeding websites to keep her sane amidst the myriad of breastfeeding issues she encountered. Although there were Philippine based breastfeeding groups and advocates there was no one website which was solely dedicated to Filipino breastfeeding moms. She initially launched her blog to help promote her online store (fabnaima.multiply.com). After compiling her tips, research and experiences, the blog slowly gained a life of its own. Since then, Jenny has expanded her blog to include natural parenting, cloth diapering and babywearing. Aside from her blog and online store, Jenny is a government employee and lawyer, full time mom to preschooler N and baby E and supportive rah-rah girl to photographer-hubby – Stanley Ong (www.stanleyongphotography.com). She is also a LATCH accredited breastfeeding peer counselor.

In our efforts to go green, our family has decided to fully cloth diaper baby E. With my first baby N, we started cloth diapering her when she was about 7 months and not even full time. We would only use cloth diapers at home during the day and switch to disposable diapers whenever we go out or at night time.

With E, I built my cloth diaper stash with used diapers from my daughter Naima and my niece Anya. I also purchased assorted brands on sale. We have about 30 cloth diapers, enough for fully cloth diapering a baby, as long as you wash every other day. Aside from diapers, we have also opted to use cloth wipes which were dampened with regular water.

Given our experience with N, cloth diapering at home was easy. However, going out, especially for 1 whole day, was quite a challenge! One top necessity is a sturdy and big diaper bag with lots of pockets. At 3 months, baby Erik had regulated his toilet habits. This meant that we could reduce the amount of cloth diapers we needed to lug about. For short half-day jaunts, we normally had 3 cloth diapers in his bag. This number becomes about 7 diapers for whole day affairs. We also need to bring a pair of clean/dirty zip bags to store the new and used diapers.

Since we opted to use cloth wipes, I had to find a case big enough to hold at least 12 wipes and would not leak through. Happily, one of the old wipe cases we had was good enough – smaller than the regular wipes cases but big enough to hold a dozen damp cloth wipes. We also needed to bring a small bottle of water spray to soften sticky poo. Of course, a changing pad is a must – especially since changing tables at most public bathrooms don’t seemed to be cleaned at all!

Other must-haves include a receiving blanket, some bibs or burp cloths, change of clothes and a baby salve. One plus is that because I am a breastfeeding mom, I don’t have to worry about bringing the milk bottles, clean water and formula powder to add to my diaper bag’s bulk.

Most moms limit cloth diapering to the house because they think it is too much of a hassle to lug the cloth diapers. The benefits of cloth diapering merit a separate post. Suffice to say, once you go cloth, you’ll never go back!

Are you a cloth diapering mom? What’s in your bag? Hesitant to try cloth diapers? Share your concerns.

If you are interested to learn more about cloth diapering, there will be a Cloth Diapering 101 class at Medela House, Q.C. on July 7, 1-4 P.M. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Jenny is nominated in Smart Parenting Online and Sangobion Mommy Blogger Awards contest! Vote for her by clicking on the button below!