Cloth diapering in the Higgins home


Years ago I decided I wanted to cloth diaper my babies and had briefly mentioned it to Kevin. He always said how grossed out he was about poop being in his washer and while I understood his reservations, I was determined to cloth diaper.
I gave him supporting evidence that cloth diapering was not only better for the environment, our wallets and baby, but it was cute too! I also had him talk to my friends husband who cloth diapered his son. He finally caved in, but was still grossed out by the whole process.
Well let me tell you, Atticus is just shy of 10 weeks old and has been in cloth since 10 days old! I love it and Kevin is a pro at cloth diapering too.

This is how we cloth diaper. Everyone does it a little differently, but after being asked how we cloth diaper at least 60 times I think an easy how to guide might help everyone out a little.

We have a lot of diapers
40 Fuzzibunz perfect size diapers – snaps
4 Bum Genius 3.0 sized diapers – hook & loop
5 Alva one size – snaps
3 Grovia Hybrid AI2 one size – hook & Loop with snap rise

Backup diapers…
3 Sunbaby one size – snaps
2 dozen prefolds / 5 covers

2 large wet bags/pail liners
2 small wet bags
13 gal trash can with foot-pedal lid
Diaper Sprayer attached to toilet
“butt cream” : Coconut oil
Emergency use : California baby diaper cream
Cloth diaper friendly detergent. We use All Free and Clear without having any problems.

What about the smell? Well, we have yet to have a problem in that department. I do however soak a gauze pad in tea tree oil and tape it to the top inside lid of our trash can. We use a standard stainless steel trash can from target. It was $39, but you can easily use a plastic one that costs about $10. We line our “pail” with wet bags purchased on eBay and etsy for $7-$10 each.

When on the go we use small wet bags from Alva that were under $5 each. These are a must have for any diaper bag whether you cloth diaper or not. Babies puke and poop on everything! You might as well have a leak proof bag for the soiled outfits.

Why so many diapers? Well, I like to wash mine every other day, but have enough to go 3+ days. I throw everything in the wash; covers, inserts and the wet bag.

Our primary diapers are single stuffed Fuzzibunz pocket diapers. We use the sized diaper for a trimmer fit. At night time we can go 12 hours without a leak in our double stuffed Bum Genius diapers. We love these!

When we go out we can use our Grovia hybrid diapers. They have disposable and cloth inserts that make changes a breeze.

Out of the “cheap” cloth diapers, I prefer Alva’s over Sunbaby’s. They are relatively absorbent and we haven’t had that many leaks. Sunbaby’s however have been nothing, but problems for us. Maybe as Atticus gets bigger, they will fit better, bur for now they are in our back up pile.

When we first started cloth diapering, we used Bum Genius XS sized diapers. They not only were the cutest little things you had ever seen, they fit our little guy perfectly.

Feel free to ask any questions you may have and I would be happy to share my experience in the world of cloth diapering.



About the author

Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.


  1. Amanda perry -  February 5, 2012 - 12:57 am

    I adore my sunbabys but will be picking out some alvas very soon! Im excited to try them πŸ™‚

  2. Nikki -  February 5, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    OMG be very very careful withCalifornia Baby!!!! It’s all I’ve ever used for like10yrs now and recently I got a burn on my arm from the diaper cream!! Then I went on their fb only to discover that there were THOUSANDS of complaints and CB was being rude to people complaining AND DELETING COMPLAINTS!!! Then they freezes their entire wall so nobody could complain but if you read the posts comments there still were complaints. Turns out that they changed their formulary and added a chemical for preservation. Now over my 10yrs as a dedicated customer I have had issue that they refuse to give out their ingredients and such but they were amazing so I didn’t care. But they changed their formulary and people started reporting burns and one mother even had to take her baby to the ER and they were rude and nasty to her when she inquired about it being changed. They now MONTHS later admit they did change it but claim they didn’t lie because “essentially it’s the same”
    So please be really careful!! I’d love it if you guys would research it and do an article about it letting everyone know.

    • Xza -  February 5, 2012 - 8:39 pm

      Thank you so much for letting me know. I will do some investigating and see what I can find. We have only used the cream once as we were told it was CD safe, but luckily Atticus hasn’t had a diaper rash. Knock on wood.

  3. Nikki -  February 5, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Oh and I’m a huge GroVia fan!!! Love them and love out SoftBums too

  4. Nikki -  February 5, 2012 - 9:44 pm

    I lucked out that when I start the diaper change I glib the cream on my arm and then after she’s cleaned up I put it on her… So I only
    Felt the burn thankfully not her. I use it almost every change as a preventive since she has such sensitive skin. It’s back to coconut oil for us, no idea what we’ll do out and about

  5. Amanda M S -  February 10, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    You have a TON of CDs! Holy crap! lol. I only have about 2 dozen. I love my fuzzibunz perfect size.

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