Wednesday, July 13, 2011


My newest purchase arrived today... suggested by some folks on the gDiaper listserve, when I mentioned that I didn't think I would be able to use cloth diapers because I don't have a washer and dryer in my apartment. May I present... the Wonder Wash!

It's hand powered (so I feel it doesn't violate the spirit of my lease, which prohibits washing machines... though I don't see any point, in, say, asking the management company if they agree with my reasoning) and takes up to five pounds of laundry at a time. I will still probably use the laundry room in the basement for linens, but certainly baby clothes and perhaps my own clothes as well should be a snap. Which means I don't have to lug an infant (or any age sleeping child) to the basement. And it was only $50... and with laundry being $1.50 a wash (and $1.25 to dry), it should pay for itself pretty quickly. Let's just hope it works as well as people say it does!

For what it's worth, I'm still not planning to use cloth diapers at this point, as I didn't feel like springing for a dryer... but maybe down the road a bit, after we've moved away from newborn poop, I will change my mind.

I also bought three new diaper covers to try with a different hybrid diaper system -- GroVia, also recommended by a mom on the gDiaper yahoo group. These are really cool because both the covers and the disposable inserts are good for 8-35 pounds. So I only have to invest once in the covers! And the woman in the baby store says they definitely still work for her three year old daughter. The inside of them seem to be much better constructed -- there's no removable plastic liner that can leak. Instead, there's a nice wicking, water resistant mesh that covers the entire lining. And they are even cuter than the little gPants! 

GroVia All in One DiaperGroVia All in One Diaper

1 comment:

  1. Foxie has the owl one. I love it. I use mostly prefolds and so ar no leaks. He's about 10 lbs so I have them on the lowest setting and they are not too bulky. I haven't tried inserts with them. We're just having fun testing out different types of cloth diapers. Your "washing machine" is very interesting and I can't wait to hear how it works the first time.