Lazy Mama Manual – Cloth Diapering Basics

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cloth diapering
You may think it counter-intuitive that I’ve included cloth diapering in a series about being the laziest mom ever. But hear me out. I never run out of diapers. We don’t have to put them on the grocery list. There have been no 2 a.m. runs to the 24 hour CVS for diapers. Most importantly, cloth has helped me potty train my kids quickly and easily.
 
I encourage all new and pregnant moms to consider cloth diapering at least. I know it sounds overwhelming, but once you start, it’s really not a heavy lift. It’s only a couple of extra loads of laundry and a different set of products and prep. The payoff for the environment and your wallet is enormous.

Over the course of diapering two kids, I have saved literally thousands of dollars and thousands of diapers from ending up in a landfill.

There are many different types and brands of cloth diapers and accessories. You could spend a lifetime trying them all, but there’s no need for that. I recommend starting with a stash of pre-folds, flats, and covers. You can make your own cloth wipes out of any old fabric cut up. Cloth diapering a newborn is seriously so easy there’s no good reason not to try it. Breastfed poop is water-soluble, so you don’t even have to rinse diapers before throwing them right in the machine. Once they start solids, things become a bit more challenging but still totally worth the effort. Here’s a sample shopping list. Give it a shot!
 
This will be enough for most people to do a wash every other day. If you’re nervous about cloth, buy half of this to start and go with a part-time cloth before jumping all the way in. And after you’ve found out what you like, you can buy more if you want. 
 
Starter stash for newborns:
-15 newborn size pre-folds diapers
-10 small flat diapers
-4 extra small diaper covers
 
I decided to cloth diaper for the environmental benefits, but I stuck with it because of the immense financial savings. For both reasons, I think cloth diapers are awesome even if they’re not at the top of the list of lazy mama practices.
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Amy is a Hudson Valley native and educator working in New York City schools. She has two little kids and one little dog. Before moving to her current home in Ossining, Amy attended college on Long Island and then spent most of her 20s in Brooklyn and Queens. New York is truly home for her, and she’s thrilled to be living closer to her hometown of Garrison and her extended family. As a mom, Amy believes in empowered parenting, and she’s passionate about raising her kids to be partners in the fight for social justice. When she’s not working or trying to figure out nap time, Amy loves hiking, yoga, swimming, and relaxing with her family.