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! 

Comments

  1. Thanks Christine!

  2. i’d also like to try the cloth wipes but can i use dry wipes and then use a spray bottle with water and soap instead? i find that using damp cloth wipes are unhygienic as wet cloth are breeding grounds for bacteria and what nots. where can i find a wipes case that’s big enough to fit cloth wipes? the one which came from my diaper changing pad is flat and can’t really hold that much. thanks!

    • Hi Mia! yes that is another option. The wipes case with wet wipes are good for short day-outs for us. But for longer day-outs, we bring dry wipes in a small pouch. then we just use the spray bottle with water to wet the wipes when we need to use them. If we are in a mall toilet, we usually wash the baby with water. Check this link for recipes on cloth wipes – http://www.zany-zebra.com/cloth-wipe-solution.shtml Hope this helps!

  3. Thanks Christine for sharing this. I would try to do cloth diapering for my second child. I’ll start of at home first since I’m a SAHM, then I’ll see if I can handle doing so even when we’re outside. 🙂

    • Go for it Jackie! It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. With my first born we only cloth diapered during the day and at home. That still counts for less disposable diapers 😀

  4. great post! looking forward to more articles on natural parenting 😀

  5. I salute you for cloth-diapering! It’s major effort and I know it pays off in the end 🙂

  6. Wow. I have a friend who does this, and I salute her. The same salute goes to you. Well done, sister in Christ.

  7. I never tried cloth diapers but this post inspired me to try it on my next baby!

  8. what baby salve are you using? thanks!

  9. i have always thought of switching to cloth diapers but never found the time, now that we are about to potty train maybe i can use them to lessen my diaper consumption + my waste, too!

    voted for mommy Jenny! hopefully she wins!

  10. thank you for sharing this! we are slowly but surely getting down to the business of cloth diapering 🙂 we are still using disposables on day outs dahil nagkukulang kami sa ammo with a toddler and an infant! someday soon, we’ll be purely CD!

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