A Lazy Mama’s Guide to Cloth Diapering: Saving the Planet One Diaper at a Time


Hey there, mamas! If you’re reading this, then chances are you’re considering cloth diapering your little one. Congratulations! You’re taking a step towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. But, let’s be honest, as a busy mom, the idea of cloth diapering can be a bit daunting. Fear not, because I’m here to share how to cloth diaper in a lazy way and still make a positive impact on the environment.

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Caring for cloth diapers doesn’t have to be difficult!

Why Cloth Diapering?

So, why should you consider cloth diapering in the first place? For starters, disposable diapers are a huge contributor to landfill waste. Did you know that it can take up to 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose? That’s a long time for something that’s used once and thrown away. By switching to cloth diapers, you’ll be reducing your environmental footprint and helping to create a cleaner, more sustainable world for your child.

But it’s not just about the planet. Cloth diapers can also save you money in the long run. While the upfront cost of cloth diapers may seem steep, in the long run, you’ll save money compared to the ongoing cost of disposable diapers. Plus, cloth diapers can be used for multiple children, making them a great investment.

Not to mention, cloth diapers are typically made with more natural materials, meaning they’re gentler on your baby’s skin. And let’s not forget how adorable cloth diapers can be! With so many fun patterns and colors, cloth diapering can add some serious style to your baby’s wardrobe.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a lot of unexpected challenges, one of which was a shortage of disposable diapers. As a result, many parents turned to cloth diapers as a more sustainable and accessible alternative. What started as a necessity for some families, turned into a newfound appreciation for the benefits of cloth diapering.

So, whether you’re looking to save money, reduce waste, or simply want to try something new, cloth diapering is definitely worth considering. And with these lazy mama tips, it doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming task. Let’s make a positive impact on the planet, one diaper at a time!

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Juliet playing in her bumGenius All-In-One cloth diaper.

My Guide to (Lazy) Cloth Diapering

First things first, let’s talk about the basics of cloth diapering. You’ll need some cloth diapers (obviously), a diaper pail or wetbag, some diaper liners (optional), and a washing machine. And that’s it! No need for complicated machinery or a PhD in laundry science.

Now, let’s get into the lazy part. The key to cloth diapering in a lazy way is to keep it simple. You don’t need to follow any fancy routines or soak your diapers overnight. Here are some tips to get you started:

Lazy Mama Tip #1: Use Diaper Liners

Diaper liners are thin, bio-degradable sheets that you can place on top of your cloth diaper to catch any solid waste. When it’s time to change your baby’s diaper, simply toss the liner in the trash and you’re good to go! No need to scrub any poop stains.

Lazy Mama Tip #2: Don’t Overthink Washing

When it’s time to wash your cloth diapers, don’t stress about it. Just toss them in the washing machine on a regular cycle with some detergent and you’re done. No need for special soap or pre-washes. Just keep it simple!

Lazy Mama Tip #3: Skip the Folding

When it comes to putting the clean diapers away, don’t bother with folding them neatly. Just stack them in a drawer or basket and call it a day. Your baby won’t care if they’re not perfectly folded.

Lazy Mama Tip #4: Keep it Small

Don’t buy a ton of cloth diapers. Start with just a few and see how it goes. The less you have, the less laundry you’ll have to do.

Lazy Mama Tip #5: Take Breaks

Don’t feel like you have to use cloth diapers 24/7. It’s totally okay to use disposables when you’re feeling overwhelmed or just need a break. Maybe you only cloth diaper during the day and use disposables at night. Maybe you only cloth diaper at home and not when out and about. Every little bit helps, so don’t beat yourself up about it

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Happy baby, happy mama, happy planet!

So there you have it! Cloth diapering doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By keeping it simple and taking a laid-back approach, you can make a positive impact on the environment without adding any extra stress to your life. And when your little one outgrows their cloth diapers, don’t forget to pass them on to another mama who’s just starting their cloth diapering journey. Happy diapering!

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Samantha Williams
Samantha grew up in a Navy family and spent her childhood in Japan and Virginia Beach, VA before attending Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. After college, she met her husband through mutual friends and moved to Oahu, Hawaii to be with him. They both decided to move to DC to be closer to his daughter in the DMV area. They now have two more kids (Malcolm & Juliet) and love exploring everything that makes DC family-friendly. Samantha loves traveling, crafting and biking with her family. She currently lives in Navy Yard, where they are living through a huge home renovation, and has found a love for home projects through HGTV COVID binge watching.