Ever since Chris and I started talking about having kids cloth diapers has been something that we have got into huge debates about. I really want to cloth diaper, Chris doesn't. So last weekend, again, the debate was started. He finally said "Show me a Mom who uses them and I consider it." My reply "Easy."
Google is such a wonderful thing. I typed in "Cloth Diaper Store Columbus Ohio" and the gates of google opened up and revealed Spout Soup. It's located 10 minutes from my house and has a class called Cloth Diapers 101. I called right way and left a message to get us signed up for Cloth Diapers 101. The only thing negative I have to say about the store is they never called back. We ended up stopping in on Saturday and signing up that way.
Sunday rolled around and my sister in law decided to come with Chris and I too. It cost $10 for all three of us to attend this class, then the $10 was applied in a store credit after class. Pretty good deal, huh? I had one reservation about this: Please don't just be a sales tactic for purchasing stuff in the store. I can tell you, it wasn't. I don't think I have learned so much from an hour long class on anything. As much as I wanted to do cloth diapers, I still wasn't totally sure how everything worked. That is not the case anymore. I'm going to outline some of the points that she went over below:
- Down and Dirty: Let's talk about Poop! Most breastfed baby poop will not stain the diapers if they are rinsed in cold first. Formula-fed baby poop should be placed in the toilet before washing if its more solid than liquid. Using a diaper sprayer will help clean off any excess.
- Down and Dirty: Caring for your cloth All cloth diapers should be stored in a dry pail (The older way was to store them in water with solution until you were ready to wash, this is not needed anymore). Use a pail with a lid to contain smell. Pail liners can be used to keep the pail clean (this would be washed with the cloth diapers)
- Down and Dirty: Washing Pre-rinse in cold water. No detergent. Then wash on hot, normal cycle. She mentioned that All Free & Clear & 7th Generation Delicate and tried and tested off the shelf detergents that can be used on cloth diapers. But, ofcourse, most of the cloth diaper companies have their own detergents.