Mom Clothing_: Cloth For Mom

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, November 05, 2006 | 0 comments
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Thanks to Amy for this Frugal Baby Tip!

I use cloth (or did before I got pregnant, anyway!). I use my old cheapie cloth diapers - the Gerber birdseye prefold kind you buy at Target or K-Mart.

Those things are worthless IMO as baby diapers, but GREAT as menstrual pads! I just fold them into the right size (shorter for day, longer for night), and place inside a snug-fitting cotton
panty. I almost NEVER have leaks or slippage - in fact, less than I did with disposable pads. Yeast infections are history, and washing is no big deal.

I just keep an extra diaper pail in the bathroom, and toss in the used pad (and often a washcloth - much nicer to cleanse oneself with at that time of the month than toilet paper!). It is a dry pail.

The first time I did this, I soaked, and the smell was HORRID! Took FIVE washes to get them clean again. With the dry pail, there is no odor problem. When my cycle is done (about 4-5 days), I just toss everything in the washer, and run a cold cycle to rinse them.

Then I add detergent (my homemade stuff!), baking soda, and fabric-safe bleach or whitener. Sometimes vinegar, if I think of it. Hot cycle, and then they go into the dryer. Stains are minimal, and I don't care if they're there anyway - no one sees these but me!

Best of all - cost to me was essentially nothing, as I'd purchased the diapers years ago for my babies (and used them quite unsuccessfully - just not absorbent enough!).



About Catherine: I have been writing my Frugal Baby Tips since 1982, when I was a young divorced mom of two - for my baby product company, Born to Love. I am now mom to three grown up sons, and a grandma - and happily married to a wonderful man. We have rescued two little dogs, Denny and Dexter - and a rescue cat, Bella.

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