Have you ever wondered if cloth diapering might be right for you? Have you looked into it and then decided against it because it was so overwhelming? Today I’ll be sharing the things that you NEED to know about cloth diapering, answers to some of your questions and hopefully relieving some of your fears about poopy cloth diapers.
Cloth Diapers aren’t just for tree huggers.
Cloth diapering is not just for crunchy families or hippie mommas; parents are now choosing cloth diapers for many different reasons including:
*protecting the earth and using more natural products
*cloth diapering can greatly lessen occurrences of diaper rash
*cloth diapers don’t put harmful chemicals against baby’s skin
*infants and toddlers who were cloth diapered usually make the transition to toilet use sooner
The initial investment into cloth diapers is greater, but over the long run you could save thousands of dollars.
I have cloth diapered all of my boys and when I was first starting out I probably spent between $250 and $350 to start my stash. I didn’t buy the top of the line cloth diapers but I was able to get a sizeable stash of a lesser known diapers. Since that initial investment my only expenses have been for new inserts, some new covers, and a couple of Snappi’s.
You do NOT have to cloth diaper all the time.
Make cloth diapering work for you. I usually have some disposable diapers at my house for the days that we will be out and about all day, for some weekends, for road trips and vacation, and for some overnights. Sometimes it can be difficult to get the wash done and then I grab a disposable. You do not need to be a slave to the diapers. If you need to use disposables do it, and don’t feel bad.
There are cloth diapers for everyone.
If you like how disposables work, with the tabs folding over and attaching to the front you would probably like All in One diapers or pocket diapers. These diapers both look similar to a disposable and you put them on almost the exact same way. If you are looking to save the most money you can you would probably want to invest in flats or prefolds, pins or a Snappi, and waterproof covers.
You do NOT need to touch poop.
If touching the nasty stuff is what you are worried about then you will be relieved to know that you do not need to touch any poo-poo when you are changing your little one. Simply remove the diaper and use disposable wipes or cloth wipes, no need to rinse the diaper before washing. Blow outs are almost non-existent when you use cloth diapers. I’m not sure why this is but most cloth diapering mommas will tell you that is one of their favorite things about cloth diapers. When baby is older and starts having more solid bowel movements you can dump the gift into the toilet and if needed use a diaper sprayer that is connected to the toilet to remove any offending pieces. The sprayer is not something that you must have though.
You CANNOT use just any detergent on your cloth diapers.
Some brands contain chemicals that interfere with your chosen diaper’s ability to absorb and repel water. Brands that are the safest include Rockin’ Green, Mountain Green Free and Clear, and Tide Original. Some families have success using others but do your research before you try them.
You can travel with cloth diapers.
If you want to travel while cloth diapering your baby you will need a wet bag or something else to store your dirties in. There are several places that you can find wet bags and on many Etsy stores you can even get personalized wet bags made to your specific desires.
You do not have to use pins anymore.
If poking your baby with a massive diaper pin is a fear that you have but you also want to try using flats or prefolds and a waterproof cover there is now something that will relieve your fear: “Snappi®s are made from a stretchable non-toxic material. Their T-shaped stretchable arms have grips on each end, which hook into the diaper fabric ensuring a snug-fitting diaper with enough natural movement for baby’s comfort.”
Everyone’s cloth diaper stash will look different.
Some mommas only use one kind of cloth diaper while others have a variety. Some want enough diapers that they don’t need to wash diapers for three days while others only want enough to get them through two days. In general whatever kind of cloth diaper you decide to go with you will need 12 to get through one day. A good stash to start with would be between 24-30 diapers but you can do it with less if you need to. Here is a look at my cloth diaper stash if you are interested.
Hopefully this article has helped answer some of your nagging questions about cloth diapering! If you have any other questions leave them in the comments below and I will try my best to answer them!
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Rebekah Thompson writes at Surviving Toddlerhood. She has been married for nine years and is momma to four little boys ages eight, five, three, and eight months. She is the author of The First Six Weeks: Thriving Naturally On Your Postpartum Journey and a certified birth doula through DONA International. She enjoys good coffee and tea, dark chocolate, running and learning as much as possible about healthy pregnancy/postpartum and fitness. You can check out her blog at www.survivingtoddlerhood.com