The other day I had a friend ask about cloth diapers. As I began writing back to her, I realized I had a lot to say. So here are my cloth diapering tips…
I started with one size pocket diapers. I got a pack of 20 for about 90 bucks, pretty cheap for cloth diapers…(Ebay is the secret there). It came with 40 microfiber inserts. These worked great at first but soon started really stinking no matter what I did. After some research, turns out microfiber isn’t the best for that reason. Cotton inserts, like these, work great, or bamboo, like these, …there are others but I’m not sure yet which ones are best. My sister just got a batch with cotton inserts. She likes them a lot. I also don’t think the particular one size I got fit a new-born very well. Actually they were pretty bulky till he was a good 6 months old. So going back I would probably get more Fuzzibuns one sizes because they run small…or just buy some small diaper covers and use pre-folds. Anyway…that’s just another kink I still have to work out. Here are my eight tips:
8 Cloth Diapering Tips
Tip 1: Get a wet bag
You can buy one, like this, or make your own. A friend made one for me. I love it. A wet bag is made out of pull fabric. I think she double layered mine. It is great because it keeps the smell and the mess in, and you can take it with you to put the diapers in when you’re traveling.
Tip 2: Get a diaper genie
Like this …or if you want to go the cheap route a garbage can with a lid to keep the smell in. Either way works well. But that smell must be contained!
Tip 3: You want to wash your diapers every 3-4 days
This works best for me. I have about twenty diapers. So 3-4 days isn’t so long that the diapers have to sit for too long, and it isn’t so long that I need a ton of diapers.
Tip 4: Don’t use a wet pail
Just throw your dirty diapers in the diaper genie, like this, or garbage can…don’t add any type of water solution (some people like it but not many that I’ve heard).
Tip 5: You’ll need to strip your diapers
Ever 3 months or so…Look here for a how to. It’s pretty easy…no harder than washing. But becomes necessary because the ammonia builds up with time, and just washing isn’t enough.
Tip 6: Use baby powder not rash creams
The creams will leave stains on the diapers and make them less absorbent.
Tip 7: Use a detergent that doesn’t have an oil base
They have some specifically for diapers, like this, but I just go the cheap route and find one at the grocery store without oil.
Tip 8: Use cloth wipes
As far as wipes go. I’ve experimented a lot… but I just bought some flannel and cut it into squares and sewed around the edges. You can also buy flannel wipes, like these. I just keep them folded by my diaper stuff and when I need one I just go wet it with some water, or keep a water bottle by the wipes and wet it with that. I tried the whole water and stuff with the wipes but didn’t like it as much.