Hi mommies! I wrote this blog to share my journey about using cloth diaper to my 8th month old baby. Since i have three children, i think of other way to save money. First, i breastfed my baby, second, i used cloth diaper instead of buying disposable diapers for my baby. Cloth diaper helped me to save more. I spent one thousand five hundred pesos (P1,500) a month on buying disposable diaper. But when i started using cloth diaper, i spent two hundred forty pesos only. I save one thousand two hundred sixty pesos (P1,260) a month.
Below are samples of cloth diaper i bought.
Before, my baby used six to eight disposable diaper in every single day, amounting to fifty to eighty pesos each day. But when i started using cloth diaper for my baby, i just spend eight pesos a day because my baby use one disposable diaper only at night. It really helps a lot to save money, you just need to be patient because it is washable diaper.
Below are the details of the alva brand cloth diaper i bought.
Style of diaper: One size Pocket diapers
one diaper includes one diaper shell and one separate insert
Outer – A waterproof & breathable PUL
Inners – Suede cloth: Suede cloth wicks moisture away from baby’s bottom. It is an excellent choice next to baby’s skin for pocket style cloth diapers. Liquid passes right through suede cloth into the inner absorbent layers of the insert. Unlike fleece there is no pilling.
Pocket diapers are easy to use, machine washable and dryable.
The bottom three rows of snaps (the rise) are for adjusting the size to fit a small (8-15 lb), medium (12-25 lb), or large (20-35 lb) child. Simply adjust the size as your baby grows make this diaper a one size style diaper from birth to potty training!
Length of nappy:39cm in length X 35cm in width，for babies weighing 3-15kg
Wash temperature: less than 86 °F to avoid the PUL from delaminating.
Tips in washing cloth diapers:
-Make sure to wash your cloth diaper shell at least once before using.
-Separate the cloth diaper shell and insert first.
-Prewash the cloth diaper insert in hot/warm water with a small amount of laundry detergent 3-5 times.
-It will take 10 washes to reach their full absorbency.
-Change the cloth diaper as soon as you notice your baby is wet or soiled.
-Dump solid material into toilet.
-Separate the cloth diaper and insert.
-Put diapers in (dry) pail until wash time.
-Wash cloth diapers with laundry detergent (fragrance and color-free) in hot/warm water.
-Rinse thoroughly in warm water to avoid stains and odor develop.
-Dry diapers in the sun or in your automatic dryer.
-Don’t use fabric softener
-Don’t bleach and use whitening material
-Avoid using soap products
-Don’t use too much detergent
-Wash diaper shell and insert separately
-And do some research which process works best for you
Below are the photos of my baby Ysabel wearing alva 3.0 cloth diaper.
First, i ordered six pieces of alva 3.0 cloth diaper and bamboo charcoal insert to try if it fits to my baby. After that, i ordered at lazada christmas sale last december and it’s very affordable. The regular price is one thousand three hundred pesos (P1,300) for 6pairs but on lazada christmas sale it’s only nine hundred pesos (P900) and i ordered two dozens.
I recommend alva cloth diaper because it is budget friendly, eco friendly, and it avoids to develop rashes or allergy. My baby has a sensitive skin, i tried different brands of disposable diaper like pampers, eq, mamypoko, and huggies but it’s not suit to my baby’s sensitive skin.
My baby used huggies dry pants only at night, to minimize the changing time of cloth diaper.
My baby Ysabel and I.
Written by: Shiela P. Kenniker