Welcome to the First Annual Freedom of Cloth Carnival
This post was written for inclusion in the Freedom of Cloth Carnival hosted at Natural Parents Network by Melissa of The New Mommy Files and Shannon of The Artful Mama. This year’s carnival will run from Sunday, July 3rd through Saturday, July 9th. Participants are sharing everything they know and love about cloth diapering, including how cloth has inspired them.
As a working family we need to have a simple, yet flexible diapering system. One that can easily be used by many different caregivers and will last through one child from birth to potty learning and hopefully the next. I started out diapering with the Flip system and have used it for the past 14 months. I have only had one diaper cover in the system break an elastic and have used both the cotton microfiber and organic cotton inserts. I have yet to try the Flip disposable inserts but we know they are there just in case we need them.
If I had to choose only one diaper for my own stash or to suggest to others it would be hybrids. They are so flexible and adapt to a variety of situations. They are also unbelievably easy to use – you just lay the insert in the cover, snap and go. At diaper changes you remove the insert, replace a new insert and go. So easy! I swap back and forth between two covers with each change so that the cover has time to dry out. Only at the end of the day or if it gets soiled do I replace it with a new cover.
What is nice about hybrids is that they are trim fitting diapers. Hybrids consist of a cover – typically a adjustable one-size and an absorbent pad – either reusable or disposable. The pad and adjustable size feature allows for a close to custom fit for your baby. I have been able to put “skinny” jeans on my son while wearing his hybrids.
Washing is very easy with hybrids as well. Everything is washed at the same time and then inserts go into the dryer and covers hang dry. If I am in a hurry I can take a towel and wipe off the inside of the cover, toss it for a quick low heat tumble and use it right away. They are great also for keeping your wash load small as well since the pads are not bulky and you don’t have to replace a cover with every diaper change.
Hybrid diapers are an affordable diapering choice because of the options they offer families. You only need a few covers and enough pads for however many diaper changes you typically do in between washes. These diapers can be used for day and night diapers with a few minor adjustments as well. I have used them overnight successfully with the organic cotton insert or by adding a booster bad with my microfiber insert. I have also used the pads alone in a snug wool cover, overnight.
Hybrids really do last from birth to potty training. I have heard other parents complain that their toddler has gotten into their disposable diaper or aplix closure cloth diapers and made a mess. I have not had that experience with these because they are snap closures. When my son started crawling and walking – I did not have leaking, drooping or bunching issues. I adjusted the rise or the waist and it was like a brand new diaper.
To me, hybrids are just as cute as any of the AIOs, covers or pocket diapers out there as well. I used our hybrids in my son’s First Birthday photo session. The colors that are available for hybrid diaper covers coordinate well with children’s clothing, adorable baby leg warmers or birthday cake!
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants on the following themes. Articles will go live on the scheduled theme day:
- Sunday, July 3rd, 2011: Cloth Related Recipes — Writers share their best cloth-related recipes and tutorials.
- Monday, July 4th, 2011: Choosing Your Cloth Style — Today’s posts discuss parents’ individual journeys to finding the cloth diapering “style” that best suits their families.
- Tuesday, July 5th, 2011: Cloth Diapering Must Haves — Parents talk about the most important items in their diapering “stash” and why they love them.
- Wednesday, July 6th, 2011: Wordless Wednesday, Inspired by Cloth — We asked parents to share their favorite cloth-related photo with us and turned them into a fluffy Wordless Wednesday photo montage on Natural Parents Network. Link up your own Wordless Wednesday post there!
- Thursday, July 7th, 2011: Cloth Through the Stages: From Infancy to Potty Independence — Today’s participants explain how cloth diapering has served their families throughout one or more stages of their children’s lives.
- Friday, July 8th, 2011: Cloth Troubleshooting and Laundry Day — Seasoned cloth diapering parents share their best tips and tricks for handling common cloth problems and tackling the diaper laundry.
- Saturday, July 9th, 2011: Inspired by Cloth — For today’s theme, we’ve asked writers to explore the ways cloth diapering has inspired them to become “greener” overall.