There are a lot of bells and whistles nowadays in the cloth diapering world.
No longer do you choose between signing up for a diaper service or washing your own, and then your decision-making is over.
You have to juggle cloth diaper styles and brands, insert materials, washing styles and detergents, line dry or machine, and even how you hang onto the diapers between baby’s bottom and the washing machine. It’s no wonder I was am intimidated!
When I began looking into the world of cloth diapers, one of my first and most intimidating questions in my mind was: “What do I do with the the nasty diapers?”
I wasn’t sure if they went into a bucket of water, if I had to buy a special pail, if they’d go into a dry bag, if I had to rinse them and put them somewhere in the bathroom…
I couldn’t visualize in my head what the routine would be, and for my (quirky, pseudo-organized) personality, that was a deal breaker for me.
Eventually, I just asked enough questions and listened to enough people tell me “it’s easy!” (I now disagree) that I figured out the gist and simply had to jump in and see if I would sink or swim.
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Can’t Cloth Diapering be Simple?
Some folks have been asking why it’s all so complicated, why 25 different kinds of cloth diapers and all this rigmarole. (Believe me, I’m asking that, too, every two days when I do laundry.) These folks are saying, “Why not just prefolds and covers?” “Why these fancy bags? Just use a diaper pail and wash it out when you do laundry!”
I know, it would take 5-10 minutes every two days to wash out a diaper pail, but you know what?
I don’t have those minutes.
I don’t have the minutes it would take to line dry my diapers, and I barely have the 4 minutes it takes to look at each diaper quickly before tossing it in the dryer to make sure there’s no poo stain on it.
Am I petty because I wish I could just toss everything in the dryer in one armload?
Is it uncharitable that I’m excited to have these wet bags so that I don’t have to find another 5-10 minutes to wipe down a diaper pail, then let it dry (where?) and get it back to the diaper station?
Too darn bad. One more step, and my husband will send us back to disposables!
I Like My Wet Bags
I’ll talk more next week about the routine I’ve found and whether or not I even like cloth diapering, but for today, let’s just be thankful for wet bags.
I’m very thankful for them.
I can put my diapers right from baby to bag and never have to wipe anything out. The wet bags go into the laundry with the diapers, and I’m very happy with that.
I reviewed four of them, three smaller ones made more for travel and one main diaper changing table station sort of thing, to go in the pail (or not, as you’ll see).
Here’s my video review so you can see the bags and hear my thoughts:
(sorry it’s a bit blurry; I will never claim to be a professional – or even very competent – videographer!)
If you can’t see the embedded video, click cloth diaper wet bag video reviews to see it on You Tube.
For those who hate videos, here’s the bottom line:
I do feel that I need wet bags.
The main bag from Fuzzibunz has a zippered bottom to get the diapers into the washing machine – overrated. I had a terrible incident early on where I forgot to rezip after washing, had an incredibly poopy diaper in my hand, and shot it into the bag I had just retrieved from the dryer. Thanks goodness I was still in the bathroom/laundry room with a tile floor. I’ve never unzipped the bag since.
However, the hanging feature of the bag is super cool – you can just put it over a doorknob and skip the pail.
When we’re finished cloth diapering, these bags can be a pretty stylish way to bag up wet bathing suits at the pool or wet clothes from wherever. I’m sure there are 100 other uses, too, but for now, I’m just glad I can toss a diaper in them and not worry if poo gets on the side.
It’s the simple things, really.
Be sure to check out my comprehensive cloth diaper review – I’ll add the 10 pocket diapers next week!
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Disclosure: I received these bags free for my review, but a team of wild horses pulling bags full of dirty diapers couldn’t change my opinion, so don’t worry about that. I am an Amazon affiliate. I am also an affiliate of the eBook and will receive commission for purchases. See my full disclosure statement here.