Finding A Green Mattress

Finding A Green Mattress

Out with the Old, In with the New: Finding a Green Mattress

Mattress disposal doesn’t have to end at the landfill. Today, there are more disposal options available than ever, including recycling or donating. The biggest step you can take to keep your mattress out of the landfill—choose your next mattress wisely.

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Out With the Old

You have a few different choices when it comes to disposing of your old mattress in an eco-friendly manner.

Your easiest options are to recycle and donate.

Recycling
Mattresses take up a serious amount of space in landfills when many of their components can be recycled. It seems like such a waste to let those reusable materials sit unused.

Steel – Innerspring mattresses can be made of nearly twenty-five pounds of steel. Steel recycling facilities dot the nation and make steel one of the easiest components to recycle.

There’s so much steel, you might have a hard time transporting it to the recycling facility. In which case, you may need to see if the facility offers a pick-service.

Wood – Wood frames can be chipped or pulped for various purposes. You get the added bonus of potentially saving other trees that may have been cut down otherwise.

Foam – Foam fillers can be shredded and compressed to make carpet padding, exercise equipment, car seats, or any other device that requires high-density foam for shock absorption.

Fabrics and Fibers – Many mattresses have natural or synthetic fabrics and fibers within the mattress cover. Once cleaned, these fibers can be used to make new yarn or thread.

If you need help locating a facility that recycles mattresses, try Earth 911 or Bye Bye Mattress. Both sites will help you find a recycling facility based on the type of materials you want to recycle

Donating
The Salvation Army, Vietnam Veterans Association, and The Goodwill are only a few of the charitable organizations that accept mattress donations. Be sure your mattress is stain, tear, and bug-free before donating.

You may have to pay a small fee, but some of these organizations have a pick-up service for little or no fee.

In With The New

The purchase of a new mattress can have a lasting impact on the environment. Knowing your options can help you choose a mattress that fits your budget and leaves a smaller eco-footprint for generations to come.

Latex Looks to the Future
If you want a mattress made of natural materials, is biodegradable and offers incredible durability, you might enjoy a latex mattress.

Natural latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree. Natural latex mattresses can be made from as much as 95% natural materials.

Keep in mind that even natural options will be mixed with some synthetics derived from petrochemicals, but latex will break down over time even if it makes its way to the landfill.

Eco-Friendly and Organic Alternatives
Other mattress options like foam, innerspring, and hybrid mattresses simply cannot offer the same natural materials as latex. Usually, a few components or parts are organic or eco-friendly rather than the whole mattress.

However, you can find eco-friendly and organic options amongst these three types. The key is to look for certifications from organizations like the Eco-Institut, CertiPUR-US, and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 when looking for health factors like harmful emissions or chemicals.

Other organizations like Global Organic Textile Standard, Global Organic Latex Standard, and GreenGuard monitor environmental and social impact of the manufacturing process.

About The Guest Writer

Rick Blanchard is an expert on sleep product materials and manufacturing for BestMattressReviews.com. His research covers the entire life cycle of mattresses and bedding, including production, wear over time, and disposal. Rick lives in Tarrytown, New York.

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NEW Buttons Diapers Prefolds – Review & Giveaway!

NEW Buttons Diapers Prefolds – Review & Giveaway!

Hey Nesties! I got to test out the brand-new prefolds from Buttons Diapers and I gotta say, you’re gonna love them.

I’m 99% sure prefolds are my favorite type of cloth diaper because frankly – you can’t break them.

After trying out a few brands of prefolds (OsoCozy, BabyKicks, and Imagine Baby) Buttons prefolds have become my new favorite. ❤️ Keep reading and I’ll tell you why!

Post may contain affiliate links and the product was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are 100% mine. 

Did you know that you can win your own set of buttons diapers prefolds? – Giveaway details are at the bottom of this post.

Buttons Diapers Prefolds

The prefolds that Amy from Buttons Diapers sent me are 55% Bamboo and 45% Cotton. They’re made with a durable gauze weave and unbleached. Currently, she Also offers 100% Cotton unbleached prefolds.

Buttons offer three size ranges and range from $15.00 to $29.50 for a pack of six.

Buttons Diapers Prefolds - Size Ranges

As you can see, I chose to get size 3. These are larger than the Osocozy medium prefolds but slightly smaller than the imagine baby toddler sized prefolds.

 

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If you are interested in trying out these amazing prefolds, you can click my affiliate link. I do make a small commission if you purchase any of the products through my link… and it is at no extra cost to you! 🙂

What I Love

Softer Than A Baby’s Bum:
The thing that stands out the most about the new Buttons Diapers prefolds is that they’re SUPER SOFT!

I kept thinking they’d get harder with additional washes but they continued to stay soft. These are actually the softest prefolds I own.

Absorbency – Level Awesome:
Because they’re made from Bamboo they’re a little more absorbent than my other 100% cotton prefolds.

Eco-Friendly & Easy On Your Wallet:
Speaking of Bamboo, it’s one of my favorite materials because it’s so soft and absorbent. Bamboo doesn’t require as many pesticides (if any) because it grows so fast.

Prefolds can be used on multiple babies and as burp cloths or cleaning rags; making them one of the most economical and eco-friendly diapering options.

Buttons Diapers prefolds are actually super affordable. You get six for around 4-6 bucks per diaper with tax. Not too shabby.

The Support Is Fab:
Amy from Buttons Diapers has her customer service game down!  She’s always been quick to answer questions, resolve any problems, and easy to collaborate with.

I’ve worked with quite a few sponsors and Buttons Diapers is definitely one of my favorites.

In fact, she was the first sponsor to send me a free product to review when my blog was brand-spanking new.

What I Don’t Dig

Not Local:
Buttons prefold diapers or products, in general, are not made locally but in Pakistan. I prefer to support USA or Canada made products.

Because the products are made overseas they’re a little more affordable so that’s the benefit for consumers. If you support Buttons you’re still supporting a family-owned business.

Old Fashioned Prepping:
Yes, Bamboo is my favorite material but you’ll still have to prep the buttons prefolds before You can use them. (If you choose the bamboo ones)

I had to wash them multiple times to get all of the natural oils out before I could start using them. Not a huge deal but not my favorite part of cloth diapering either.

It’s Not Complete:
The only other drawback to these prefolds or “prefolds in general” are that you’ll need to purchase additional covers to go with them.

Buttons covers work well with these prefolds in a pad fold. I personally like to fit them with a Snappi fastener and use a Thirsties cover to get a more Tailored fit.

Final Thoughts

Overall, these bamboo prefolds rock and are my new personal favorite! I highly recommend snagging a set or two for yourself. They are very good quality and affordable.

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All About Newborn Cloth Diapers!

All About Newborn Cloth Diapers!

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What is tiny and adorable but takes a lot of 💩 ?

You guessed it, Newborn cloth diapers!

There is nothing quite as adorable as a newborn sporting cloth on their tiny little tush. Some decide to skip on using newborn diapers and others like to splurge on them.

I’m going to show you a few different NB cloth diaper options, styles, and types. I’ll also weigh the pros and cons to see if splurging on them is the right choice for you! 

(Giveaway Now Closed) I’m currently running two large giveaways in over $338.00 in prizes ~ for an entire set of newborn cloth diapers plus accessories. All of the deets are at the bottom of the post!

About Newborn Cloth Diapers

What are newborn Cloth diapers and why use them?
Newborn Cloth diapers (NB) are basically what the title states: newborn sized cloth diapers. They are a SIZED type of cloth diaper meant to fit babies around 5 to 12 pounds on average.

Newborn Cloth diapers are tiny versions of regular sized cloth diapers and fit newborns really well. Babies will usually fit into them for one to three months.

Some parents choose to skip NB diapers because of the extra costs and use ONE SIZED CLOTH DIAPERS. Regular one sized (OS) diapers are meant to fit babies from 8-35 pounds. They are more of a “one size fits all” type of option.

One Size Diapers are not “all that.”
While it’s true that OS diapers are more economical compared to newborns, they aren’t perfect for every situation.

For example, OS diapers can make it harder to fit under those adorable newborn clothes – you will probably only use once. They can be extremely bulky on newborns and small legged babies.

Some diapers practically swallow newborns! Who wants their kid to look like they are being eaten alive by their own diaper?

Aesthetics aren’t the only issue…
If your newborn is on the smaller side, using a OS diaper can even lead to leaks and more frustration.

Popping out a baby is hard enough and no one wants to deal with added diaper issues. This is where newborn diapers can really shine; They fit newborns and smaller babies really well, are less likely to leak and look adorable!

Another cool feature that you can get with some brands of newborn cloth diapers is the umbilical cord Snap-downs. This is where you can snap down the front and center part of the diaper to make room for the umbilical cord.

Using the snap-down feature is great for babies that are fresh out of the oven and will prevent the diaper from rubbing the cord.




Types Of Newborn Cloth Diapers

Options, Options, Options!
In the epic world of cloth, there are a million+ options to choose from when picking out cloth diapers. Newborn cloth diapers are no different.

This is both a good and a bad thing. Good because you get to pick out what type of diaper and fabrics work with your baby. It’s bad because it can be overwhelming and a bit pricey.

Just like regular cloth diapers, newborn diapers can come in different types such as – flats, prefolds, fitteds, pockets, all in ones, all in two’s, hybrids, and wool or fleece covers.

Hopefully, my video review will help give you a better understanding of a few of the different types of NB cloth diapers you can choose from.

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Newborn Diaper Options

Here is a quick breakdown of every type of newborn cloth diaper and the pros and cons of each.

Newborn Flat Cloth Diapers
Newborn Cloth Diapers - Green Mountain Diaper Flats

Green Mountain Diapers

Types Of Newborn Flat Cloth Diapers 
Flats or flat style cloth diapers are simple squares or rectangle pieces of fabric that you fold into a diaper. You would secure them with pins, a Snappi, or Boingo fasteners. They require a waterproof cover and come in cotton, bamboo, hemp, or cotton/bamboo or cotton/hemp blends.

Most flats are one size, meaning they will fit around 6-30 pounds depending on how you fold them. You can purchase some flats in a newborn size or “half” size. These flats will work better for preemies and smaller babies or you can just do a basic “Newborn Fold.”

Newborn Cloth Diapers - Newborn Flat Diapers

Green Mountain Diapers

 

Grandma Knew How To Diaper
Flats were probably used by your grandmother or great-grandmother in conjunction with rubber waterproof pants. Flats are still a popular diapering option due to their durability and affordability.These are the simplest and usually the cheapest diapers you can find ranging from $1.50 – $3.00 per flat.

Flats Can Fit Weird Shaped Babies EASY
One of the advantages to using flats is that they can fit any type of newborn whether they have chunky or thin thighs. They also WASH AND DRY super easy!

There’s A Learning Curve
Flats are a pretty versatile diaper all-around but they do take a little more time to prep. You also have to learn how to fold them or find a fold that works best for your baby. This may be more work than some new moms are willing to deal with.

Newborn Cloth Diappers - Flats

Green Mountain Diapers

Popular Brands Flat Cloth Diapers
Popular brands of newborn or smaller sized flat diapers include Gerber Newborn Flats, Green Mountain Diaper – Half Sized, and OsoCozy (One Size). 

Here is my affiliate link to a few affordable flats I believe work pretty well on smaller babies. – OsoCozy – Prefolds Unbleached Cloth Diapers, Size 1, 6 Count – Soft, Absorbent and Durable 100% Indian Cotton Natural Diapers For Infants – Highest Quality & Best-Selling Cloth Diapers Sold Online

Here is my aff link to some pretty cool black Boingos (I ♥ BOINGOS) – Boingo Baby Cloth Diaper Fastener – Basket Case Black

How Many Flats Do I Need?
If you are going to wash every second or third day, I would recommend stocking up on 24 flat diapers. This will give you about eight diapers a day. You will also need about 8-14 covers depending on how many times you will want to reuse them.Make sure that you fold the flat around the baby so that poo is less likely to get onto the cover. Don’t reuse covers that have been soiled with number two.

Check out my complete post on FLATS and learn more about the different types and styles available!

Newborn Prefold Cloth Diapers

Types Of Newborn Prefolds
You can purchase newborn prefolds in a few different fabrics such as cotton, bamboo, hemp or blends of cotton with bamboo or hemp. You can also get them unbleached and find organic cotton.

Newborn prefolds are normally about 12 x 14 inches in size. They will shrink and quilt-up once you wash them. Some brands even offer preemie sizes like Green Mountain Diapers. Prefolds are smaller than flats, easier to fold, and a little thicker in the center.

You can see in this picture how much bigger the toddler size prefold is compared to the newborn size that this baby is wearing!

Newborn Cloth Diapers - Newborn Prefolds

6 pounds 8 oz baby, sporting a Cloth-eez newborn prefold. Image from Green Mountain Diapers.

How Much $ Are We Talking Here?
Prefolds are one of your cheapest and most economical cloth diapering options costing around 1-3 dollars per diaper. When your baby outgrows the newborn prefolds, use them as burp cloths or stuff them into pocket diapers!

You Will Need Diaper Covers
Diaper covers can be used multiple times before washing unless you get poo on them. Newborns poop quite a bit so you will need to fold your prefolds a certain way. You will need to fit the prefold around your baby and secure with a Snappi or Boingo fastener.

A good fold to start with is the newspaper fold for a boy or the bikini twist fold for a girl.

Newborn Cloth Diapers - Newborn Prefold & Cover

6 week old, 9 pounds. Image from Green Mountain Diapers

If you would like to learn more about prefolds in general, you can check out my post, 5 ADVANTAGES OF THE PREFOLD CLOTH DIAPER!

Popular Newborn Prefold Cloth Diapers
Gerber, OsoCozy, Imagine Baby & Cloth-eez are a few popular prefold brands. However, I wouldn’t recommend the Gerbers, they are better off used as burp rags.

I apologize for the extremely long affiliate link. These are the prefolds I have always used and am happy with! OsoCozy – Prefolds Unbleached Cloth Diapers, Size 1, 6 Count – Soft, Absorbent and Durable 100% Indian Cotton Natural Diapers For Infants – Highest Quality & Best-Selling Cloth Diapers Sold Online

How Many NB Prefolds Do I Need?
If you are going to do a mixture of newborn cloth diapers types I would recommend 6-12 NB prefolds and around 6-8 covers. If you want to only use NB prefolds I would recommend around 24 (or more) prefolds and 8-12 covers. That will give you about 2 1/2 days of diapers.I purchased a pack of newborn prefolds for my second but he was born almost half-grown …. so they didn’t fit. 😂

Learn how to make a super cool CLOTH DIAPER WREATH out of newborn prefolds!

Cloth Diaper Wreath Tutorial

Newborn Fitted Cloth Diapers
Newborn Cloth Diapers - Cloth-eez workhorse fitteds

Workhorse Fitteds from Green Mountain Diapers

 

Types Of Newborn Fitted Cloth Diapers 
Newborn fitted’s are more of a luxury style of cloth diaper. Fitted’s make a great option for newborns because they are extremely absorbent. This is a good thing since newborns are known to pee quite frequently!

They are made from all types of fabrics like cotton, bamboo, hemp, fleece, and some cotton/bamboo or hemp blends.

Fitted’s are an upgrade from flats and prefolds as they are already “fitted” for your baby. They normally come in snap or aplix (velcro) closures although some NB fitted’s require a Boingo or Snappi fastener.

You would put on a fitted like any other cloth diaper but you will also need a waterproof cover to go over them.

Newborn Cloth Diapers - Newborn Workhorse Fitted

8 pounds, 7 oz, 7 days old sporting a Newborn Workhorse Fitted. Image from Green Mountain Diapers.

 

These babies are pricey! 
Newborn fitted cloth diapers are easier and faster to use than prefolds and flats but you will pay more for that convenience. They are on the higher end of cloth diapers in general and can range from $6.50 to $24.00 per diaper. This isn’t including the cover!

Don’t get me wrong, I am sure you can come across a good deal every now and then but for the most part, you will pay a pretty penny.

Popular Brands Of NB Fitted Diapers
Popular brands of newborn or smaller sized fitted cloth diapers include; Cloth-eez Workhorse Fitted, Ecoposh OBV Newborn Fitted, Imagine 2.0 Bamboo Fitted, Thirsties Fitted, BabyKicks Organic One Size Fitted (Fits Preemies & Up), Kissaluvs Cotton Fleece Fitted & more. 

You can check out my affiliate link image if you would like to try out your own newborn fitteds. These are Green Mountain Workhorse Diapers and I have heard nothing but positive things about them!  

How Many NB Fitted’s Do I Need?
If you are going to wash every second or third day, I would recommend stocking up on 24 or more newborn fitted cloth diapers. This will give you about eight diapers a day. I would also recommend at least 8-14 diaper covers depending on how frequently you want to use them.

If you want to learn more, you can read my full post on FITTED CLOTH DIAPERS here.

Newborn Pocket Cloth Diapers

Types Of Newborn Pocket Diapers 
Newborn pocket diapers are cloth diapers with an opening in the back that allow you to stuff some type of absorbent insert.

Pockets have a waterproof outer layer and are usually lined with a stay-dry fabric such as suedecloth, microfleece, or certain types of athletic fabrics. The inner lining wicks moisture away from baby’s bottom and helps to keep them a little more comfortable between changes.

Stuffing Sucks 
Pocket diapers are not as popular of a choice when it comes to newborn cloth diapers. They tend to be a bit harder to stuff since the opening is smaller than a regular sized pocket diaper. You also have to remember to remove the insert before washing and then stuffing it back before use.

Some Pockets Are Amazing
I personally loved my Charlie Banana X Small Pocket Diapers on my newborn as they fit him the best and lasted the longest. He was born a bigger baby and the Charlie’s were a little larger than my other NB diapers.

These diapers didn’t rub against his umbilical cord either so that was a plus! 

Newborn Cloth Diapers - Charlie Banana X Small

If you would like to try out your own Charlie Banana XS diapers, you can check out my affiliate link. I do make a small commission if you purchase and it’s at no extra cost to you! Charlie Banana 889468 X-Small Diaper in White (Set of 6) – 6 Inserts

Popular Brands Of NB Pocket Diapers
Popular brands of newborn or smaller sized pocket diapers include Charlie banana X Small, Applecheeks size 1, Alva NB Pocket Diapers, Fuzzibunz First Year Diapers and more.

How Many NB Prefolds Do I Need?
If you are going to wash every second or third day, I would recommend stocking up on 24 or more newborn pocket cloth diapers. This will give you about eight or so diapers a day. (This is if you will be washing every second or third day.)

You will not need any additional covers since pockets are lined with a waterproof material. 

Check out my complete post on POCKET CLOTH DIAPERS and learn more about the different types and styles available.

Newborn All In One Cloth Diapers
Newborn Cloth Diapers - BumGenius AIO

Abram, my son – 1 week old sporting a bumGenius AIO

Types Of Newborn All-In-One Diapers 
The newborn All-In-One (AIO) cloth diaper is one of the most popular styles of newborn cloth diapers. They are the easiest to use because you don’t have to buy covers, diaper fasteners, or worry with inserts.

Everything in an AIO is “one piece.” An AIO has a waterproof lining, some type of absorbent insert already sewn-in and can come in snap or aplix (velcro) closures.

Velcro AIO’s are the most like disposables because of their ease of use. These are great for changing a newborn in the middle of the night. You don’t have to worry about stuffing like you do with a newborn pocket diaper.

Just chunk the entire diaper into the wash and it’s ready to go after it’s dried!

You Do Pay For The Convenience 
The more advanced the diaper, the more it will usually cost you. This is true for newborn AIO’s as well. They are super easy to use, especially for babysitters but they will run you around $7.00 to $20.00 per diaper.

Newborn all-in-one’s can also take a little longer to dry compared to flats, or prefolds. Some AIO’s are thicker than others as well.

This was one of my favorite prints – Adventure Trail NB AIO from Thirsites. It featured a snap-down closure in the front that kept the diaper from rubbing against his umbilical cord. 

Newborn Cloth Diapers - Adventure Trail Thirsties

If you would like to try out your own set of the “Adventure Collection,” you can check out my affiliate link. I do make a small commission if you purchase and it’s at no extra cost to you! Thirsties Package, Newborn All In One Hook & Loop, Outdoor Adventure Collection Adventure Trail

Popular Brands Of Newborn AIO Diapers
Popular brands of newborn or smaller sized all-in-one diapers include; bumGenius Newborn AIO, GroVia Newborn AIO, Thirsties Newborn AIO, Little Joey Newborn AIO, and more! 

How Many NB AIO Diapers Do I Need?
If you are going to wash every second or third day, I would recommend stocking up on 24 or more newborn AIO cloth diapers. This will give you about eight diapers a day. (This is if you wash every second or third day.)

You will not need any additional covers since pockets are lined with a waterproof material. 

Check out my complete post on AIO DIAPERS and learn more about the different types and styles available.

Newborn All-In-Two & Hybrid Cloth Diapers

Newborn Cloth Diapers - Nikkis DiapersAsher at one week, Nikki’s Newborn cloth diaper

Types Of Newborn All-In-Two Diapers 
The newborn All-In-Two (AI2) cloth diaper is very similar to the all-in-one (AIO) style cloth diaper. They come with a waterproof cover or shell and have inserts that can snap or tuck into the cover.

This is great if you like to wash the inserts separately or use different types of inserts. If you always keep the inserts snapped in, you pretty much have an AIO even though it’s technically an AI2 diaper.

You can even use disposable inserts in your covers that are a little more gentle on the environment than a typical disposable. Charlie Banana and gDiapers are a couple brands that make disposable inserts.

You Do Pay For The Convenience 
The more advanced the diaper, the more it will usually cost you. This is true for newborn AI2’s as well. They are pretty easy to use, but they will run you around $7.00 to $20.00 per diaper.

Newborn all-in-two’s take a little less time to dry compared to all-in-one’s because the inserts are removable. Some AIO’s are thicker than others as well.

Newborn Cloth Diapers - Buttons Diapers

Buttons Cloth Diapers – Newborn

I have used Buttons Cloth Diapers for a long time, now they have newborn AI2 covers! You can check out my affiliate link if you would like to try them out also. I do make a small commission if you purchase and it’s at no extra cost to you! Buttons Cloth Diaper Cover – Newborn Snap (7-12lbs) (Sherwood)

Popular Brands Of Newborn AI2 Diapers
There are a few brands that make actual newborn sized covers where you can pair any type of insert, prefold or fitted that you desire. Buttons Cloth Diapers Newborn are perfect examples of an actual NB all-in-two cloth diaper as the inserts can snap in and out of the shells and the shells are wipeable.

Nicki’s Newborn Diapers are marketed as AI0’s but since the soaker can snap in and out, I would also consider them an AI2 even though their shells are not wipeable.

Newborn Hybrid Cloth Diapers
HYBRID DIAPERS are a great option if you want to dip your toe into the cloth diapering world but don’t want to go all out. They are also a great option for traveling. You will still have to wash the covers but you can easily discard or sometimes compost the inserts. (Only pee diapers and only certain brands!)

There aren’t many hybrid diapers specifically made for newborns that I have found other than gDiapers. You can, however, use regular disposable inserts and put them in a newborn diaper shell.

gDiapers have sized covers for newborns and come with smaller sized disposable inserts that you can use. Here is a quick video showing you how their diapers work.

If you are interested in trying out gDiapers disposable inserts, you can check out my aff link here. gDiapers Disposable Inserts Case, Newborn/Small (6-14 lbs)

How Many NB AI2 Diapers Do I Need?
If you are going to wash every second or third day, I would recommend stocking up on 6-8 newborn AI2 cloth diaper shells and at least 24 or more cloth inserts. (less if you plan on mixing in disposable inserts) This will give you about eight to twelve diapers a day if you reuse the covers.

What you’ll need for full-time gDiapering
*6-8 gPants for full-time use (bonus: removable, breathable pouch allows you to replace just the pouch instead of the whole pant when changing)
*Disposable Inserts, size Newborn/Small (even if you plan on using cloth Inserts, newborn gPants work best with Disposable Inserts)

Check out my complete post on AI2 DIAPERS and learn more about the different types and styles available.

Newborn - Wool Cloth Diapers!
Newborn Wool Cloth Diapers

Newborn Wool Cloth Diapers – Image From Green Mountain Diapers

About Newborn Wool Cloth Diapers 
Wool cloth diapers are another great option for cloth diapering. They are made with pure wool, are probably the best night-time diaper cover option. Compared to PUL or TPU, wool is a completely natural and a 100% breathable material – meaning, fewer diaper rashes!

They will have to be lanolized but that is what keeps them waterproof all of the moisture/mess in. (More on that later) You will need to pair either flats, prefolds, or a fitted cloth diaper under your wool cover.

Wool is the priciest of all the types of cloth diapers but they are the most luxurious, warm, absorbent, and eco-friendly. You can drop anywhere from 20-45$+ on wool covers.

Types of Wool
In the diapering world, you will most likely encounter two different types of wool blend interlock covers. Wool/spandex blend or 100% wool. The spandex version usually helps to retain its shape and from felting so much over time.

100% wool can stretch out of shape a bit over time depending on how the cover is constructed. It’s usually a bit softer and thinner than the typical wool blends and will pill a little bit more.

There are others types of wool like wool crepe, boiled wool, recycled aka upcycled wool, wool flannel, wool jersey and more. If you want to see a detailed explanation of each wool fabric-type click HERE.

There are also several types of wool diaper covers such as but not limited to; regular wool diaper covers with hook & loop closures, wool cover pull-ups, (some with a high waistband and some with a low waistband) wool pants, (longies) wool shorts (shorties) and leggings.

Wool Cloth Diaper Cover Care
Most wool will need to be hand-washed and hang-dried although there are some types of wool that you can run on a wool cycle in your machine. Once you wash your wool you will also need to melt in some lanolin and run your diaper though it. This will give your wool it’s waterproof superpowers.

Here is a quick video on lanolizing and washing wool from my friend Julie from ClothDiaperGeek.com. She will show you how it’s done!

Popular Brands Of Newborn Wool Cloth Diapers
Most wool diaper brands will come in newborn or Xsmall sizes. Since they are usually a bit stretch, they can last anywhere from two-four months. Some popular brands include but are not limited to; Sloomb, Humbird, Wild Coconut Wear, Truly Charis, Imagine Baby and so on. 

I think Imagine wool covers are extremely cute, you can check out my affiliate link to get your own newborn size wool cover. Imagine Baby Products Knit Wool Cover, Indigo, Small

Where To Get Wool Diaper Covers
If you want to try to get more affordable options, try getting used wool covers from Facebook groups like Wool Swap and WoolSwappers. You can also try DiaperSwappers.com. I do a lot of my shopping on Amazon, Etsy, and eBay. There are a lot of WAHM’s who make wool covers on Etsy. They will be more likely to make custom changes for your baby.

How Many NB Wool Diapers Do I Need?
If you are going to wash every second or third day, I would recommend stocking up on 12-18 NB wool covers if full-time. 3-6 if only part-time or for overnight.

You can reuse the covers a few times as long as they are only pee diapers. Just let them dry in-between uses. You will need a set of flats, prefolds, fitteds, or a bit of all three to wear under the wool diaper covers. (You will need enough diaper for at least 8-12 changes a day for newborns – 24-36 diapers).

I will write an entire post on wool cloth diapering in the future but for now, you can read a more detailed post HERE. 




Disadvantages of Newborn Cloth Diapers

It Takes $$
No one loves a tiny cloth diapered bootie like I do but I don’t always recommend stocking up on NB diapers. The first and major disadvantage is the cost factor. Unless you go with the cheaper options or purchase used, buying a complete stash of NB cloth diapers can get pricey. If you plan on having multiple children then you will get more of your money’s worth out of the deal. However, you can also re-cap a lot of your money by selling your diapers. (More on that later.)

If you plan on having multiple children then you will get more of your money’s worth out of the deal. However, you can also re-cap a lot of your money by selling your diapers. (More on that later.)

They Grow Like Weeds
The second disadvantage of buying NB sized diaper is that they will grow out of them pretty quickly (most of the time.) If you have a premie, that may not be the case.

If they don’t grow out of them quickly, sometimes newborn cloth diapers can’t hold all of the urine. You end up having to size up anyway. That was the case with most of the NB diapers I used on Abram.

Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates, You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get. 
You will never know the exact size that your baby will be born at but knowing how much your past babies have weighed can be a good indicator. If you are prone to having smaller babies than newborn cloth may be right for you.

I created my quiz to help you guys decide if you might invest in your own newborn stash. I can’t predict the size of your baby but the quiz will give you the most accurate results based on your answers provided. TAKE THE QUIZ NOW.

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Making Newborn Fluff Affordable

Newborn cloth diapering is very cute and helps the environment a great deal but the costs can add up quickly! I put together a few tips on how you can cloth diaper your newborn more economically.

*Buy Used or Trade 
This is the easiest way to save money… on cloth diapering in general. You can buy used NB cloth diapers from friends, eBay, craigslist, FB groups and so on. Newborn diapers are generally in great condition because they’re not used very long.  Don’t be afraid of a few stains, you can get those out easy! (More on buying and trading in a minute)

*Go for more affordable NB diaper types
If you wanna save even more, buy used flats, prefolds, or pockets and covers. Those are your more affordable NB diapering options.

*Use a rental service
This option will save you more money if your child isn’t in cloth diapers very long and you no longer plan on having babies. If you plan on having more kids, you will be better off investing in a NB stash.

The perks to using a rental service are that you get to try out quite a few different brands to see what you like. It’s also cheaper than buying disposables. You can check out a cloth diaper rental service HERE.

*Sell Your NB Fluff
If you want to recap some of your initial costs, clean those bad boys up and sell them. Cloth diapers hold an amazing sell-back value, especially NB fluff. (More on selling in a minute)

Buying, Selling, Trading Used NB Cloth

All Good Things Must Come To An End
Eventually, your cloth diapering journey will sadly end – unless your like my friend (Owner Of Boingo Baby) who had seven kids and now a new grandchild! 

You have several options when buying, selling, or trading (B/S/T) newborn cloth diapers. I could write an entire post on this topic alone but I’ll quickly cover the basics here.

Buying
Because NB cloth usually isn’t used very long, most of the time you can get them used and in great condition online. Don’t be afraid of a few stains, just make sure the PUL looks good and the elastic isn’t stretched out. Check out my tutorial on REMOVING STAINS YOURSELF if you want to get better deals online.

You can find cloth diapers on DiaperSwappers.com, eBay and different cloth diaper B/S/T groups on Facebook. If you want to find them locally, search for them on Craigslist or your Facebook Marketplace.

Always be careful when meeting someone, meet them in a public place and bring cash. I like to have my husband or someone with me. 

Selling 
When it comes time to sell your fluff, you must clean them properly so that there are not any stains or odors. This will help you make back most of your money.

Once they are clean, take several pictures of them in good lighting. (Maybe by a full-sun window) Take a picture of them all together. Then take pictures of them opened up, close-ups of the PUL and fabric or tabs and any pictures of imperfections. You can drape a solid colored blanket behind them so that the diapers are more of a focal point. 

Example Selling Images - Taken From My iPhone

Write a detailed description of each type of cloth diaper and be completely honest and open about their condition. This will help you establish trust with the potential buyer. Price them fairly but start a little higher so that people have a little wiggle-room to negotiate. Have a minimum number in your mind that you will accept and don’t sell them for any lower!

If you are selling on eBay, you will be a little more protected from scammers. However, you will have to give eBay a cut. If you are selling on Craigslist, FB Marketplace or anywhere in person… make sure to follow the safety tips I just mentioned.

If you decide to sell online through a group, be sure to factor in shipping. Decide if you want to ship within your country or international. I usually stick to the US and sometimes Canada. I always factor in my shipping costs.

Trading 
Another totally awesome option is to trade your fluff for NEW fluff! You can do this on sites like DiaperSwappers or certain Facebook B/S/T groups. You can run the risk of someone not going through on their end but most of the time that doesn’t happen. I’m currently trading some of my homemade cloth pads for a wool diaper cover from my online friend. She runs a YouTube channel called LOVEFLUFFYBUMS if you wanna send her some love!

The Rebecca Foundation's Cloth Diaper Closet - Logo

Donating
If you’re completely done using cloth diapers and don’t want to mess with the hassle of selling, you can also donate them. This a wonderful thing to do since there are so many families in need of diapers. I know quite a few non-profits that will gladly accept your used diapers.

One of the ones that I personally support is The Rebecca Foundation Cloth Diaper Closet (TRFCDC). I like them because they have chapters all across the US where they help struggling families. You can send them your diapers along with any other baby supplies and cash donations to help them with shipping.

TRFCDC will even repair stretched out elastics so don’t be afraid to send your used diapers.

If you yourself are in need, you can also apply for help on their website HERE. 




Now To The Good Stuff!

I hope you enjoyed my thorough guide to newborn cloth diapers. Now let’s get to the exciting part, the giveaways! 

Two Super Giveaways!

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The Deets On What All You Get!

Sponsor #1 Charlie Banana

One lucky mama will receive a SIX PACK of the X-Small Charlie Banana Sized Diapers in white! Now, this isn’t part of the giveaway but I would appreciate it if you could show them some love on their FACEBOOK. They never hold back when it comes to giving things away to my Nesties! $95.99 in value.

Sponsor #2 GroVia

One lucky mama will receive a GroVia Newborn AIO in the new blue color “Abalone.” $15.95 in value.

Sponsor #3 Thirsties Baby

The winner will have their choice between a Newborn AIO or a regular Thirsties One Size AIO in the print “Mountain Bike.” $15.50 in value.

Sponsor #4 Nicki’s Diapers

Nicki’s Diapers will be graciously giving away two Newborn Bamboo AIO Diapers in the snap closure and print “Northern Lights” & “Whiz Kid.” $27.90 in value.

Sponsor #5 Imagine Baby Products

The winner will get to choose Two Newborn Stay Dry AIO Diapers in any closure and available print! $11.95 in value.

How To Enter!

Giveaway #1 – Twelve Newborn Cloth Diapers ~ $167.00 In Value!
Open To USA & CANADA ONLY: Click the giveaway image above to enter this giveaway. Remember to (confirm your email) or you will not be entered!

 

The Deets On What All You Get!

Sponsor #1 Diaper Dawgs

One lucky mama will receive a Hot Dawg Diaper Sprayer from Diaper Dawgs (which hooks up to your shower and doubles as a diaper sprayer!) This is perfect for small bathrooms. $49.95 dollar value.

Diaper Dawgs is also giving away a pair of their handy pink/purple Diaper Dawgs Finger Guards. These are great for removing soiled inserts and protecting your hands when spraying off diapers. $7.95 dollar value.

And last but not least Diaper Dawgs will also be giving away a quarter gallon of their Dawg Wash. Dawg wash is great for making homemade cloth wipe spray that is gentle and cleansing for baby’s bum. $2.95 dollar value.

Sponsor #2 Buttons Cloth Diapers

Buttons Cloth Diapers will be giving away one of their diaper pail liners. Winner gets to pick any color/print that is in-stock. These are awesome waterproof bags for storing dirty diapers until you are able to wash them. $15.00 dollar value.

Sponsor #3 Poopoose

Poopoose will be giving away one of their patented Poopoose changing pads along with an in-stock changing pad cover. These changing pads are wonderful for keeping babies safe and keeping them from wiggling around during diaper changes. $84.98 dollar value.

Sponsor #4 BabyBum Products

BabyBum Products will be giving away one of their orange or yellow Mini BabyBum Diaper Cream Brushes. These little gadgets are great for keeping your hands clean and wiping diaper cream evenly on your babies bum! $9.99 dollar value.

How To Enter!

Giveaway #2 Cloth Diaper Accessories ~ $170.00 In Value!
OPEN TO USA ONLY: You must follow the instructions exactly in order to be entered into this giveaway. All you need to do is pin the image (The red one that says All About Newborn Cloth Diapers) at the bottom of this post. Then leave a comment on this blog post and tell me if you have ever used newborn cloth diapers before and what your Pinterest username is.

Good luck, I can’t wait to hear from you guys!

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Nabbing a FREE breast pump with or without insurance!

Nabbing a FREE breast pump with or without insurance!

Post may contain affiliate links. So you’re pregnant and planning on breastfeeding. You’re scrolling through the baby aisle all excited like any new and expectant mom. Then you stumble onto the breast pump section and almost pass out from sticker shock. Who knew that breastfeeding could be such an expensive sport? 

That’s where I come in. I’m going to show you how you can obtain a free breast pump through insurance. Don’t have insurance? No biggie, I’ll guide you on a few other ways you can access a pump along with free lactation services. I’ve also included a complete review of my tried and true Medela Pump In Style Advanced along with a free downloadable for all of my nesties!

Before I show you how to get a free breast pump, I want to show you a quick review and tutorial of my Medela Pump In Style Advanced. I have used this bad boy with both of my babies. 

Click the image above to play the video.

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Review

Positives:
It’s not massive, like the Medela Symphony. It’s a good size with quite a bit of power behind it. It’s pretty easy to use and is compatible with a ton of different bottle brands. You can usually buy an adapter if it’s not compatible with your brand of bottle. Unlike a simple hand pump, You can pump two breasts at the same time which is a huge time saver. And if you use a handy dandy pump bra, you will be hands-free so you can use that time wisely and follow me on INSTAGRAM. 😁  

The Medela Pump In Style is completely automated saving your hands from an unnecessary workout. The efficiency and design of this pump make it ideal for pumping at work or having at home as a backup.

Cons:
It’s not as mobile friendly as a hand pump such as the MEDELA HARMONY for example. Unless you have the battery pack attachment, you always need a plugin for it to work. Because it is mechanical, you will have to be more careful with it compared to a simple hand-pump. It’s quite a bit louder compared to the symphony or the harmony pump. I swear the thing says “Robert, Robert, Robert” when I’m pumping late at night. 

Overall the Medela Pump In Style Advanced works really well at what it’s intended to do, which is suck the life… (breast milk) out of ya! 

Why Medela?

Why I chose Medela over all other brands of breast pumps:
When I first decided to breastfeed I had no clue where to start, what pump brand to go with, or how to turn one on. I ultimately decided to go with Medela after reading tons of raving reviews.

When we were in the NICU with my first they gave us two big bags of Medela pumping supplies to go with my pump. They also freely supplied Medela pumps to use during our stay. I also received more Medela supplies when I had my second at another hospital. Since most hospitals provide Medela pumps it made sense (for me) to go with Medela as well.

This isn’t to say that Medela is the ONLY brand you should consider, this is just the brand that I chose to go with and have been happy with so far.

 Accessing A Free Breast Pump Through Insurance

Since 2012, Insurance’s are now obligated by law to provide you with a breast pump along with lactation services. If you are covered by an older plan, call and see if they will work with you. Sometimes they will, especially if your child is premature or has medical issues.

All you need to do is call your insurance and ask a few questions. Luckily for you guys, I created a cute little cheat-sheet that you can download and save to your phone. I’ve included nine questions that you NEED to ask your insurance so you will know exactly what benefits are provided to you. Save the cheat-sheet to your phone (as an image). Whip it out when you’re on the phone with your insurance so you don’t forget any details. The last thing You want is to have to call them back because you forgot to ask X, Y, or Z.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Going Through Breast Pump Suppliers

Sometimes your insurance will tell you that you are not covered for a pump or you have to pay for a lot of it. If your plan isn’t a grandfathered-in plan or an older one, you may try contacting a supplier like Edgepark. You can sometimes get a breast pump through a pump supplier without even having to go through your insurance. You will need to have your insurance card handy when you talk to them. The suppliers will contact your insurance directly and send you a pump.

My experience has always been to call my insurance in which they gave me the phone numbers of the suppliers they worked with. I then called a supplier (in both of my cases I used Byram Healthcare) and they sent me a free breast pump exactly 30 days before my due date. It was a pretty simple and easy process. That is how I received both of my Medela Pump In Style Advanced pumps %100 Free. Can you imagine if having a baby was that simple? 

Breast Pump Suppliers
Here are a few breast pump suppliers you can try contacting if you run into any issues with your insurance. Some may work with your insurance and some may not. Click on each one of you want to learn a little more about each supplier.

See, I am so good to Y’all I even included their contact information and links to their websites! 

Edgepark Medical Supplies

About Edgepark 
Edgepark handles contacting both your health insurance provider and your doctor on your behalf. This usually means your breast pump is shipped to you with minimal or no out-of-pocket expense.

Contact Information 
To quickly find information on obtaining a breast pump through Edgepark and more, click HERE.
Their toll-free number is 1-888-394-5375. They are open M-F from 8 am to 9 pm and Sat 9 am-3 pm EST.

Byram Healthcare

About Byram 
Byram Healthcare is proud to support the breast pump benefit of the Affordable Care Act. with Byram, you are eligible to receive an insurance covered breast pump at no cost from leading manufacturers that are covered by your insurance plan. The specific electric breast pump available to you depends on your insurance coverage. Click HERE to get started with Byram Healthcare!

Contact Information 
Order by Phone: 1-877-902-9726 Their Customer Service Representatives can assist you in the ordering process.
You can also order online at www.mybyramhealthcare.com
Customer service can be reached via e-mail at customerservice@byramhealthcare.com.

Lucinacare

About Lucina 
Lucina Advanced Care specializes in connecting moms with breast pumps through insurance. They have a lot of information on different types of pumps on their website.

Contact Information 
Customer Service #1-888-809-9750 Open M-F from 9 am to 12 am EST. Sat-Sun from 10 am to 6 pm.
For more information, you can email info@Lucinacare.com 

Aeroflow Healthcare

About Aeroflow 
Aeroflow is another company that you can use to get a pump with your insurance. However, they also offer pump upgrades to women who only qualify for a manual pump with their insurance. If you have no insurance and don’t qualify for WIC, you can purchase a pump through Aeroflow at a much better rate. They are a supplier so they can attain pumps at a much lower rate than you would find at a large retailer like Target or Walmart.

Contact Information 
Customer Service # 1-888-598-0144 Open M-F from 8 am to 5 am EST.
Visit https://aeroflowbreastpumps.com/

Picking The Right Hospital

All of the hospitals I used were breastfeeding friendly. They had certified lactation consultants on staff 24/7. The consultants were ready to help me with nursing and using my pump during both of my deliveries.

Researching your hospital beforehand to make sure its breastfeeding friendly is a good idea. I believe most hospitals are BF friendly nowadays but it doesn’t hurt to check. At the bare minimum, you want a hospital that will provide you with a breast pump during your stay and a consultant to help you with your first latch.

Ask and you shall receive
Some hospitals will go beyond and give you a ton of breastfeeding supplies along with a hand pump. Although, you may have to request for extra pumping supplies to get them. 

I also highly recommend attending a breastfeeding class if your hospital provides it and utilizing a lactation consultant. Not only did utilizing these two things help my breastfeeding get off to a much better start, I also learned a lot in the process. 




What If I Don’t Have Insurance?

If you don’t currently have access to insurance or it doesn’t cover free breast pumps, don’t give up. I’m going to show you other ways to access a breast pump either free of charge or a lot cheaper. I’ll also show you where you can get free BF support!

WIC
If you qualify for WIC (Women, Infant, and Child) they may help you obtain or rent a breast pump. They are trained to help you with your breastfeeding needs and provide qualifying families with nutritional foods as well. To see if you might qualify, click HERE. To find a WIC location near you click HERE. 

Free Breast Pump Through WIC

Aeroflow
Like I mentioned earlier, Aeroflow offers pump upgrades to women who only qualify for a manual pump with their insurance. If you have no insurance and don’t qualify for WIC, you can purchase a pump through Aeroflow at a much better rate. They are a supplier so they can attain pumps at a much lower rate than you would find at a large retailer like Target or Walmart. 

Click the image above to play the video.

eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Market
So this may be an obvious one but I decided to slap it on the list anyway. When I was pregnant with my first I completely snubbed my nose at the thought of buying used breastfeeding supplies. Learn from my expensive mistake; don’t!

You can find amazing deals on used pumps and supplies online. There are moms who get the entire shebang – a pump, a bag, a million breast pump parts and then go back to work and quit nursing. They might use their pump a handful of times and then want to get rid of it all.

Breastfeeding crap can take up a lot of space take it from me. Right now I have pump supplies claiming 3 rooms of my house! This is one reason people are so eager to get rid of it all.

Worried about the sanitation factor? I used to think it was gross buying used parts but that’s kind of silly when you think about it. Breastfeeding supplies can be easily sanitized by boiling or microwaving in Medela steam bags. There will be no germs once you boil all of the parts!

Grant it, there are some pumps that are only one-time-use like Medela. If the pump has an open system your milk could get contaminated. Pumps like Ameda and Hygeia or any manual pumps should be ok to buy used.

Even if you have to purchase a new pump, you can get great deals on used pump supplies/accessories online. That alone will save you some serious $$$. 

Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding Hotline
This US based helpline provides information, education, and support for women who want to breastfeed. Callers have access to the most current breastfeeding information and support from a helpline volunteer who is an accredited La Leche League Leader. Callers receive contact information for local LLL Leaders and Groups. This hotline has live operators during regular business hours and callers can choose to leave a voicemail at any time. La Leche League Breastfeeding Helpline-US: 1-877-452-5324

Facebook groups
There is a page on Facebook simply called Breastfeeding and they have a group you can join for support and advice. You can get on FB and type in breastfeeding in the group search and a million groups on the subject will pop up. Joining a breastfeeding Facebook group is a great place to get advice and share your breastfeeding journey with other moms. If you want professional advice, however, make sure you talk to a certified lactation consultant

What To Do With Your Pump When You’re Done

Smashing Your Breast Pump

Photography by Mia Gorrell “Mom Space”

By the time you are finally finished being a slave to your breast pump, you might be tempted to take out your aggression on it like these ladies did.

Poor pump, it didn’t stand a chance against these thugs! 😛

Smashing Your Breast Pump

Photography by Mia Gorrell “Mom Space”

In all seriousness, there are a few ways you can dispose of your free breast pump after you are through with your breastfeeding journey. Some pumps offer a recycling program like the Hygiea and the Medela.

You are not recommended to donate or sell used open system breast pumps because of the milk contamination risk. However, some mothers have no issues with this. It’s best to try and recycle the pump if possible or discard. I would, however, recommend on selling or donating the parts/attachments since they can be thoroughly sterilized.

*If your pump is older the motor will probably wear out soon. It could cause pumping issues for the next mother if you were to donate it.

Thankfully, there is a lot more breastfeeding support available and many avenues to obtain a free breast pump if you just spend some time searching. No mother should be without a pump or lactation help when she desires to nurse her baby.

If you found this post useful, don’t be stingy like my two-year-old with his peanut butter balls. Share the word! Us Mamas need all the help we can get!




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Using Postpartum Cloth Pads – A Complete Guide!

Using Postpartum Cloth Pads – A Complete Guide!

Post may contain affiliate links. I found myself pregnant for the second time and wanting my postpartum care to be more natural focused this time around. I was ready to challenge the status-quo by deciding to wear nothing but postpartum cloth pads from day one! I documented my experience along with some helpful tips I picked up along the way. Keep on readin’ Nesties, because I’ve written a complete guide to using postpartum cloth pads. I am also running an awesome giveaway where you can win your own stash of postpartum pads!

Why Cloth?

Maybe you’ve never heard of cloth pads or postpartum cloth pads before. Cloth pads are an amazing and natural alternative option for dealing with your menstrual, postpartum, or even incontinence needs. You can save money💰 and help the earth by not filling up landfills with nasty disposable pads or tampons. Cloth pads come in many styles, fun prints, sizes, and fabric options to fit your individual needs. Postpartum cloth pads are just larger and thicker versions of regular cloth pads. There are many different types of postpartum pads to choose from, some even include a pocket for adding an ice pack! Once you are done using your pads you can save them for the next baby. You can also sell your pads and recoup most of the costs as long as they are in good condition. For selling and buying gently used or new cloth pads, I like using a group on FB called: CLOTH PADS B/S/T

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My Experience With Postpartum Cloth Pads

With my first son, I didn’t begin using cloth diapers until he was around two months old. I was simply unaware that there were more natural alternative options. This time around, I wanted to use cloth diapers starting in the hospital. I decided I wanted to push myself even further and use nothing but postpartum cloth pads at the hospital as well. Go big or home, right? The only thing I wasn’t willing to do was forgo the epidural. As fate would have it, my epi ended up wearing off 2 minutes before labor 😒  (thanks, karma). You can read my ridiculous LABOR STORY HERE if you are dosing off on this part of my blog.

I thought that using newborn cloth diapers was going to be a cinch since this was my second time around. I was a bit hesitant about attempting to try postpartum cloth, thinking it would be a hassle or not contain everything. Ironically, it turned out to be the complete opposite. Using postpartum cloth pads was a great experience and using newborn cloth diapers …. uhh not so much. If you read my labor story you know that Abram weighed a whopping 10 pounds at birth. The first cloth diaper I “attempted” to put on him didn’t even fit around his waist! I was only able to put him in a couple other newborn diapers when he got sent to the NICU for respiratory breathing issues. Sadly, my hospital cloth diapering plan ended there.

The very first thing I put on after giving birth was a pair of mesh undies, a giant disposable pad, and one of those ice pad packs that the hospital provides. I felt like I was sitting on Alaska. When I tried to use the restroom (which was an ordeal all on its own) the pad was sliding all over and falling out. That was the moment I knew it was time… time to switch to postpartum cloth pads for good. I grabbed my 16inch UltiMax pad from Homestead Emporium and snapped it around my mesh panties. I sprayed my famous healing “hoo-ha” spray onto my pad and slowly pulled my undies back up. To my surprise, the gentle fabric felt amazing on my sore and weary perineal region. It wasn’t near as bulky or shifting around like the disposable was. I wished I had used cloth with my first baby.

The nurse came in later that night to check my bleeding and wanted to look at my pad. I told her she would have a harder time seeing everything since my pad was made from cloth and rainbow colored. A weird conversation I thought I’d never have. She told me she had never heard of cloth pads before and thought it was very interesting. That was the moment I rambled on and on about the benefits of cloth in my postnatal, medicated, sleep deprived state. Good times. 🙂

My hospital stay was the perfect opportunity to share my passion for using cloth. Some of the nurses wanted to see my cloth pad and newborn diaper stash. It was a lot of fun showing them off and educating them on the different options. I was told I was the first person to bring cloth diapers and use cloth postpartum pads in the hospital. Hopefully, I won’t be the last and the trend will continue!




How To Use Cloth In The Hospital

If you are interested in using postpartum cloth pads during your hospital stay or right after, keep reading. I’m going to lay it all out for ya!

Postpartum Cloth Pads

You might be thinking that the last thing you would want to deal with is storing and dealing with cloth pads after birthing a baby. I’m here to tell you it’s totally doable and your downstairs will thank you. When I was packing my HOSPITAL BAG I brought one medium sized wet bag to store my clean cloth pads and one large DIAPER PAIL LINER (basically a giant waterproof wet bag) to store all of my dirty cloth diapers, clothes, and pads. I hung Both wet-bags conveniently on the inside of the bathroom door.

When I was ready to change pads, I’d be sitting on the pot right next to the wet bags where I could easily grab a clean one. I’d use my lovely peri bottle (Aff link) Fridababy Fridet, The MomWasher to clean myself before misting my fresh pad with my homemade healing spray. I’ll provide you with the ingredients to that in a moment. I would then pull my undies back up and head to the sink to rinse off my dirty pad.

It only took a moment to rinse it off in the sink and drop it into my diaper pail. Then I’d obviously follow up by thoroughly washing my hands. Rinsing cloth pads by hand doesn’t gross me out because there are no chemicals in the pad. It doesn’t stink like a disposable does, at least not near as much. It’s my own body after all and I’ve dealt with poop, pee, and vomit since having little ones. Once you become a parent, the “eww factor” goes straight out the window!

I had just enough postpartum cloth pads to get me through my hospital stay. I even had a couple extra pads to wear when I got home while I washed the rest.

If you are wanting to use postpartum cloth pads at home you will apply most of the same principles I used at the hospital. All you will need is somewhere in your bathroom to store your clean pads in. I personally liked storing mine in a drawer or a small wet bag that hung on my doorknob in my closet. I had a medium sized wet bag hanging on the other side of the doorknob that I would store my freshly rinsed pads in. When I was ready to do diaper laundry I would dump the dirty pads in with my diapers and wash on hot like normal. I kept my healing spray and peri bottle next to my toilet so I could easily grab and use during each change or bathroom break.

Postpartum Healing Spray Save & Exit

How Many PP Pads Do You Need?

It’s important to remember that all women bleed differently and for different lengths of time. I am probably average or had a slightly longer bleeding time than average. Most women will use postpartum cloth pads for a week in a half to two weeks. If you wash every second or third day which is what I do with my diaper laundry, I would recommend these amounts of postpartum cloth pads below. Obviously, if you wash every day you can get away with less. If you have extremely heavy periods, you will probably want to add a few more large and heavier pads to your stash than what is suggested here. On the contrary, If you are naturally a super light bleeder you may want to scale back on the heavy pads and stock up more on the lighter cloth pads.

✔️ Two to four super heavy* 15 to 17-inch pads. (Overnight and first few days)
✔️ Eight to twelve heavy* 13 to 14-inch pads. (First week or two)
✔️ Three to six medium*or heavy* 9 to 11-inch pads. (These could be your regular cloth pads for when your bleeding starts to slow)
✔️ Four to seven light* cloth pad liners. (When bleeding slows down and for postpartum discharge)

Here is a graph of what normal postpartum bleeding aka lochia will look like. This may help you get a better idea of what to expect. 

Postpartum Cloth Pads

Changing Postpartum Pads

In the first week or two, I had to change my pads a little more often since I was bleeding at my heaviest. in those first few days, I had to change every 2-3 hours. Once my bleeding started evening out I could go a little longer like 3-5 hours between changes. If I started to feel dirty or wet I would change. It all depended on my flow and the type of pad I was wearing at the time. I saved my biggest pads for overnight and had no issues with leaking except for one time. It was a very small leak and I was wearing one of my smaller postpartum pads for overnight when it happened.

After the second or third week, I switched to my regular sized cloth pads during the day and used my postpartum ones for night. I believe I started using cloth liners around the end of my third week followed by regular cloth pads for overnight. After a few days of wearing cloth liners, most of my bleeding had stopped and I just had some postpartum discharge. That carried on for a couple of more weeks. I stopped using cloth pads all together right after my 6-week check-up.

Note: If you are soaking through postpartum pads every hour, CALL YOUR DR. You could be hemorrhaging!

Washing Your Cloth Pads

When washing your postpartum cloth pads you want to make sure they have been rinsed off to avoid staining. You can also rub a little OxiClean and peroxide, or a stain stick on them after rinsing. You can rinse your pads by hand in the sink or stomp on them in the shower. Make sure you store your pads wet, in a wet bag until you are ready to put them in the wash. Note: Some people do not rinse their pads out and put them directly into the wash. Once you get your pads in the wash you will want to do a rinse cycle before actually washing them. Wash them on hot and use a cloth diaper safe detergent or one that is free of dyes and perfumes. A few great options to try are Tide Powder Original, Seventh Generation, Persil, Ecover, and more. After the wash, follow up with an extra rinse cycle. I like to wash my diapers and pads twice in a row in order to eliminate any odors that may be lurking within the fabric layers. Since postpartum pads are so thick I suggest putting them in the dryer for a little while. After my pads had dried for 30 minutes I liked to finish them off by hang-drying.

NEVER use fabric softener on your pads or it will cause them to repel and not absorb properly. You may want to check with your pads washing instructions to make sure you don’t void any warranties. I added 1/4 cup of bleach to the wash (with a full load of diapers) so my pads would be super clean after my postpartum bleeding ended. You can also try adding vinegar to your wash as it acts as a natural fabric softener and helps to eliminate odors. Once your cloth pads are dried, give them a good “smell test.” If you smell anything off, wash them again. I had to wash a couple of my pads a few times after my postpartum bleeding was over to get them 100% odor-free.

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Giveaway #1 (CLOSED) Win a 3 pack of Charlie Banana Super+ feminine pads! (Includes Small Wet Bag) Click the image below to enter this giveaway. 

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Giveaway #2 (CLOSED) Win $20.00 off Homestead Emporium’s Etsy Shop. (You must be an email subscriber in order to enter this giveaway) You can purchase your very own custom postpartum pad or anything else she has to offer! Giveaway Rules: Simply share this post on Pinterest by clicking the pinnable image at the bottom of this post. Comment below and let me know what your Pinterest username is. If you are feeling happy, let me know something cool about yourself, I’d love to hear from ya! 😎

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Giveaway #3 (CLOSED) Win an entire cloth pad starter kit from the Etsy shop “Made By Mother.” The winner will receive two liners, a regular and heavy cloth pad in this beautiful hand-dyed bamboo velour! (This giveaway will be posted on my Instagram page @MyGreenNest around the 1st of July) Be sure to follow me so you can enter for your chance to win! 🙂 

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