Some common questions I get about using my Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers:
- How many do I need?
- Well, we had 17 small diapers and are currently using 20 medium diapers and I wash them every 2 days. I prefer having the 20 diapers as it gives me a bit more time if i want to be lazy. I think the “recommended” amount is 24 but i would think that would be to many unless you are using the microterry’s only then you will certainly need more cause you will change more.
- Where do you keep the dirty diapers and do they stink?
- Diapers go in the diaper pail which is just a smaller garbage can we bought at Walmart for less then 10 bucks. I add some tea tree oil to a small piece of fleece at the bottom and rarely have a problem with smells. Tea tree oil apparently has anti-microbial properties and doesn’t smell too bad.
- How do you wash them?
- I have the recommended Allen’s detergent that is biodegradable and supposed to be the best for the Fuzzi Bunz. You only need a small amount, like 1/4 the recommended amount on the bottle. Anyways, I prewash with warm water to get rid of the remnant solids and then hot wash with the detergent followed by 2 warm rinses. I use 2 rinses just to make sure the detergent is gone as I have found any remaining detergent can cause the diapers to smell differently once soiled (although i am apparently the only one who thinks so in this house). You only need 1/4 of the recommended detergent as you don’t want a million suds but just enough to see a few in the water. Oh, and NO fabric softener…. EVER!! Unless you want your diapers to repel water thus defeating the whole purpose of cloth diapers. I hang my covers to dry and inserts go into the dryer on high (with NO fabric softer again!). You can dry the covers if you are in a pinch but on low heat.
- For breastfed babies there is no need to wipe off the poop, just chuck it into the washer and it will magically disappear. When you feed soilds you will need to knock it off into the toliet but with fleece there is no need to touch it it will simply fall right off… awesome, eh?
- Do you cloth diaper even when you are out of your home?
- Humm, well YES! It’s just as easy to cloth diaper when you are out of the house then when you are at home. I have a waterproof bag that holds the dirty diapers and they just come home with me. If you are worried about smell, try some tea tree oil on a piece of fleece trick. All you will smell is the tea tree oil.
- Would you cloth diaper on a road trip?
- See question 4. You’re darn right I would. Really it’s probably nicer for the baby to sit in a comfy fleece lined diaper while traveling then plastic and chemicals…. enough said.
- Are they really better for the Environment with all the water you have to use to clean them?
- Three simple little thoughts….. Water is a renewable resource. Landfills are not and take centuries to biodegrade. Poop and pee belong in the sewer not in landfills. Really, it’s the people who feel bad for not using cloth diapers who come up with this silly excuse.
- Where do I buy them?
- We bought ours over the internet as it is probably the most convenient way however there are some local places to buy them as well. There are also work at home moms who sell from there houses. You can check out http://fuzzibunz.com for retailers.
- I’ve purchased all of ours from http://jamtots.com with no issues and they have awesome hemp insert that they make themselves. If you buy the diapers from them you have the option of getting a discounted hemp insert at the same time so you can probably save about 2 dollars per insert depending on which one you buy. I like the new stuffer with the snaps. Oh, and free shipping when you spend over a certain amount.
Remember, happy diaper rash free baby equals happy Mom and Dad!! Thanks Fuzzi Bunz!!