These ain’t your grandma’s ol’ cotton diapers!
I’d always been interested in using washable diapers for my children. I’d figured, though, that I would most likely wait for my kid to be on solids before using them as I’d heard how liquid milk poo was (and, boy is it liquid!). However, the joys and challenges of giving birth to my first child put many of my ideas on the back burner and so, I (temporarily) forgot about the diapers.
My memory on the subject was jogged when I saw a pitch for the applecheeks washable diapers on an episode of Dragon’s Den Canada. My first thought was ‘oh yeah, I wanted to use washable diapers’; it was soon followed by ‘wow, I had no idea washable diapers looked like that: they’re so darned cute!’.
During my nightly chunks of awake time, I went onto their website to learn more about them. Besides being designed and manufactured in Quebec, Canada (way to encourage the local economy!), they seemed devilishly simple to use and care for even and especially with exclusively breast or formula fed babies. No, seriously: 1. Put soiled insert/diaper cover in odor-free bag; 2. Empty everything (including the bag into the washing machine; 3. Wash them in hot water on a pre-rinse, heavy duty, extra rinse cycle; 4: Dry the inserts on high (without fabric softener) and hang the covers and bag to dry. Voilà!
Reading about them got me really excited, but there was no way I would know if they lived up to their claims of simplicity without actually trying them out for myself. So, I went on their online store and purchased a size 1 (there are only two sizes, the second going up to accommodating a forty-pound baby) starter pack.
Before I knew it (really, the shipping was super fast) they had arrived and I was pre-washing them so I could finally try them out.
I personally, really enjoy these diapers. We loved them enough to purchase three more covers and four more inserts meaning that we have the equivalent of 13 size 1 diapers. They are very easy to care for and are easy to use and they really are fully adjustable. The odor proof/waterproof bag that came with the kit we ordered is does in fact keep odors away very efficiently (we keep it in our son’s room, right beside his changing table and there is no smell whatsoever even if it stays there for up to four days). We are definitely going to invest in the size 2 covers when our son has outgrown the first diapers.
- I would (and did) wait for my baby to be completely past the meconium phase before using them.
- The website provides care instructions that states that a “residue-free, scent-free, softener-free, glycerin-free” detergent be used. They also suggest some detergents. The shop I went to, which specializes in natural and eco-friendly personal care and cleaning products, suggested the Nature Clean hypoallergenic, unscented laundry liquid. Personally, I am very satisfied with this product.
Worth the cost?
Our two purchases combined with the detergent cost us in total about 280 CAD. Now, the detergent is going to last us a long time as we have a 3000 mL bottle and each wash requires only 30mL of soap for a top loader (if you have a frontal, you’ll only need 15mL). This means that the 3 L bottle that I bought will yield 100 washes (if you have a frontal, you’d get 200 washes).
Now concerning disposable diapers, if you coupon and shop around (here’s a website that does the shopping for you) it can cost you as little as 0.15$ per diaper. That means that you’ll start getting a return on your investment after changing roughly 1860 diapers. Now, I don’t know about you, but I change anywhere from 6 to 10 a day. If we keep things on the low side and estimate 6 a day for a year, we’re already at 2160 diaper changes in one year. Plus, you can store them and reuse them for a second, third, etc. child. In my eyes, it’s well worth the money.