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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a cloth diapering mommy? For three years I was a cloth diapering mommy to two little ones. To finish up my cloth diapering series I thought I would share what a typical day of cloth diapering two is like in my house. A lot of people think using cloth diapers takes more time during each diaper change. Cloth diapers do take a bit more time but not that much.
Using cloth diapers does not take too much more time than using disposables. Changing a wet diaper in cloth or disposable takes the same amount of time. Changing a dirty diaper takes an additional 5-6 minutes because you have to clean the diaper also. To clean a dirty diaper you simply dump solids into toilet, flush, dunk the diaper a few times, flushing as needed. If the diaper is particularly dirty I will use the hand held shower head to rinse the diaper into the toilet.
A Day In the Life Of This Cloth Diapering Mommy
This is what a typical day looks like in our house.
- 7-8 am – Doodles gets up around 7 am. I change her out of a disposable and into a cloth diaper. Then she has breakfast.
- 8-9 am – Cakey gets up between 7:30 and 8. I change her from a disposable and into a cloth diaper and give her breakfast. Around 8:30-9 Doodles will need a diaper change. Usually this is a dirty diaper.
- 9-11 am – Before I put Doodles down for a morning nap at 10, I check her cloth diaper again. Sometimes it is wet, sometimes it is not. If need be I put her in another cloth diaper.
- 11-1 pm – Doodles gets up from her morning nap at 11:30 am. I change her and Cakey at that time (usually dirty). I feed Doodles and then Cakey and I have lunch. At 1 pm – I change Doodles and Cakey into disposables and put them down for their naps. When I change Cakey’s diaper I check it to see if it is wet if it is not I leave it out to put back on her when she gets up from her nap.
- 1-4 pm – The girls usually nap about two to two and half hours. When they get up, I change them into cloth diapers, feed Doodles, and give Cakey a snack. I change Doodles again sometime between 3 and 4.
- 4-6 pm – Make dinner, change Doodles and Cakey, and put Doodles down for an evening nap.
- 6-8 pm – Eat dinner, feed Doodles dinner, give the girls baths, put Doodles and Cakey into disposable diapers. Doodles goes to bed after bath time and Cakey stays up for another hour.
- 8-10 pm – James takes the diapers to the apartment complex laundromat and washes them. We hang them up in the apartment on a drying rack to dry overnight.
- Sometime during the next day I assemble the diapers and put them away in the girls’ room.
Diaper total for Doodles:
- 7 cloth diapers
- 2 disposable diapers
Diaper total for Cakey:
- 4 cloth diapers
- 2 disposable diapers
I use a combination of four different cloth diapers Lotus Bumz, Charlie Banana, Trend Lab, and homemade cloth diapers. I also use homemade diaper liners interchangeably with the four types of cloth diapers.
When we have to run errands and will be gone for longer than one hour I put the girls into disposables. I choose to use disposables when we go out mostly because I do not want to carry wet or dirty diapers around with me. I also choose disposables because a lot of restrooms are not family friendly and I end up changing the girls in the van instead of trying to balance them on my lap in the bathroom stall. We also use disposables for long nap times and nighttime because the girls sleep much longer in the disposables. And I like to sleep, too! 🙂 With some of the cloth diapers we use, I had to get up during the night to change one or both of them and sometimes I even had to change their sheets in the morning.
That is what a typical cloth diapering day looks like in our house. Honestly, using cloth diapers does not take too much more time than disposables and is fairly easy to do. Plus, they also net you substantial savings!
Do you use cloth diapers? Is your day similar to mine?
Have a great day!
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