But, I got to thinking, since this is a hang out for Missionary Moms (duh, right?), what if we started a discussion about all things kid related? So as we go along with this series, because I am so under qualified, I am begging you all to jump in and help in the comments! Seriously, think of this more as a discussion starter and less of a "Liz knows so much about raising kids on the field".
Alright, now that we've gotten that out of the way...
Lets kick this series off with a conversation about something I am qualified to talk about. Cloth Diapers.
Wait...What?!? What does that have to do with Kids on the Field?
Ok, let me explain.
I am not going to pretend that we researched this all out and thought long and hard about the benefits of cloth diapering before we had Forrest. Truth is, one day when Forrest was about 4 months old, my sister in law emailed me and said "hey, do you want our Fuzzi Bunz?" And I said, sure, why not.
But the more we used them, the more we realized they fit very well into this missions in the Global South life. And they really weren't that hard. And if I am being honest here, washing diapers is one of my favorite chores.
So here you go, Everything I Know About Cloth Diapers.
Let's start with what type. We have used Fuzzi Bunz and Bum Genius. Why? Because that's what we were given and what we found used for a great price. When it came time to enlarge of stash (yes, that is the technical cloth diapering terminology for your cloth diapers) we went with what we knew. We had the old style Fuzzi Bunz, and they are mediums and larges. If you are only going to buy one size, get the mediums. My boys wear them from the time they were four months old through potty training. The Bum Genius ones we have are a one size fits all.
Both of these brands are what's known as a pocket diaper, meaning you don't need rubber pants on top, it's sort of an all in one sorta deal. We use terry cloth liners. Really, this aren't your grandmother's cloth diapers. During nap times, I sometimes double the liner up.
Someone asked me if I thought about making diapers, which I am sure work great, but that was just further down the road than I was willing to go. So sorry, not much help on that front.
As far as night time use, well, we have never had good luck with that. I wrote about that here once.
As for care...well, we just have a trash can with a lid. We through the dirty ones in there (after dumping off whatever can be dumped) and wash ever couple of days. In the states, I would rise in cold water, run a hot cycle with a bit of All free and clear and occasionally some oxiclean, and then another cold rinse cycle. I have always hung then up to dry, either inside in the winter, or outside on the porch in the summer. The sun does wonders for the stains.
Here, we don't have hot water attached to our washing machine, so we just do cold. I am trying to run them through two full cycles now because of that. And yes, they get hung up on the line. During rainy season I have thrown them in the dryer (espeically the liners because stuff can take 4 days to dry here.)
As for other bits and pieces, we have two wet bags to contain dirty or wet diapers in the diaper bag. We tried a diaper sprayer once and well, while it worked well for about three weeks, it then exploded all over the bathroom. But I have hear bidets help very nicely in this department.
foreign missionary cloth diaper grant from Cotton Babies. I have a friends in Columbia, Costa Rica and Honduras who have all been recipients of the grant!So, if you fall into that category, check it out. Also, they have ways for people to help make those grants a reality, so if you want to help, you can check it out over at Cotton Babies.
Ok, so how about you? Do you use cloth diapers? Got any tips for us on how to make it work for your family on the field?