Cloth diapers Mauimama

It’s crazy, but I am still enjoying cloth diapering after ten years!

In the beginning, all the different brands were overwhelming. I got frustrated; buying cloth diapers should be easy! So instead of trying to find the perfect diaper, I designed one instead. Soon other moms began wanting them, and I turned a hobby called Baby Honu Gear into a solid business called Lilia Designs. As a mom of four, It is very rewarding to help other mamas and babies with cloth!

Last month, we discussed “Why cloth?”. Here, we’ll talk about “How”.
How many diapers do I need?

Newborns go through about 18 diapers EACH day. From 3 months on, your baby will begin to regulate to 12 diapers, then around 9 diapers at 9 months, and down to about 6 from 12 months on. You’ll want to buy a minimum of 18 diapers to do cloth diapering full time from birth. There are so many kinds of diapers! How do I choose?

The options and designs are practically endless. So, before you get overwhelmed with all the variations, hop over to our Getting Started With Cloth page for a step-by-step guide.

How do you wash them?
Washing cloth diapers can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Some moms have a system involving bucket soaking, etc…, and it works well for them. The thought of a bucket full of sopping wet, stinky diapers makes me shudder, so I have a “dry pail”.

Here’s what I do: Dump solids in toilet. Use toilet paper for removing most solids. Store in bucket. Every 2-3 days, do a load of wash.
1. Rinse with 1C white vinegar. (strips the uric acid – pee smell – from the diapers)
2. Normal wash with eco-friendly soap (like Rockin’ Green).
3. Extra rinse or second wash with ½ the soap.
4. Line dry or Dryer. Every month, I use Funk Rock for a wash boost.

How do you use cloth away from home? Made to safely and discreetly carry damp, smelly things, wet bags are awesome! I designed a convenient hanging bag that converts to a travel size. Selfishly, it’s the gorgeous print and color options that make cloth so fun. On a higher level, I feel good knowing I am doing my small but important part to care for Earth and saving a good chunk of money by using breathable, organic diapers on my baby’s bum!

If you have questions about using cloth, contact me!

Image Credit: Cadencia Photography

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Anna Hakes is the creator and owner of Lilia Designs: your local source for reusable cloth alternatives & herbal body care. Living green should be simple and beautiful! Our product lines include Maui Diaper cloth diapers, Go With The Flo cloth pads, and HanaMana body products! Make us your source for baby shower gifts: bamboo wash cloths, bibs, cotton swaddling blankets, and hemp/bamboo contoured nursing pads for women, healing balms and more! Lilia Designs is serious about treading lightly on the Earth, and our business practices reflect this dedication. Our products are hand-crafted using only natural fiber and organic fabrics such as bamboo, hemp and organic cotton and wool. Hand-dyed items are dyed with non-toxic dyes. No harsh chemicals or pollutants are used during the dying process. We take great care to ensure our supplies come from reputable sources and meet both our quality standards and safety rules set forth by the CPSIA. Lilia Designs is a fair-trade company; nothing is factory-produced. Since our beginning in 2003, we have remained made by moms! Go to liliadesigns.com for more information.