5 Tips To Make Cloth Diapering A Breeze!
Cloth diapers are all the rage these days, and there are so many styles and brands to choose from!
Personally, I was a bit overwhelmed with all the options when I first began buying my diaper stash. I know many new moms are very interested, but don’t know where to start.
So I‘m here to give you 5 easy tips to make cloth diapering a breeze!
First, let me tell you WHY I use cloth diapers.
*Hint- it’s not because it’s the “hip” thing to do!*
- Better on the environment- you reuse over and over again, with zero contributions to a landfill
- Better for baby’s bum- no harsh chemicals or dyes
- Better for your pocket book- a brand new stash of cloth diapers and wipes costs only as much as a few months worth of disposables, and will last you for several years
- Last but not least, they are adorable. Just look at those chunky thighs in that cloth diaper!!
Now, on my 5 tips!
#1 Buy all “One size pocket style diapers with snaps”.
When you are muddling through all the different styles of cloth diapers, you will see names like “all in one”, “prefolds” “covers” “one size” “pocket” etc.
“One size pocket style” is definitely the way to go, and here is why:
- Because they are one size fits all, they grow with your baby, eliminating the need to buy bigger diapers later on.
- The pocket style is best, because you can adjust how many layers you want to stuff in the “pocket” of the diaper, making them more versatile. They also dry much more quickly than the “all in one” style.
- Snaps are better than velcro, because they last longer, don’t get caught on stuff in the washer, and they are harder for babies to take off of their own accord when they are older.
Personally, we use Fuzzi Bunz and BumGenius 4.0’s, and I highly recommend them!
#2 Buy or Make Cloth Wipes
Believe it or not, cloth wipes actually make this process EASIER, not harder. If you use cloth wipes, you can just put them inside the folded dirty cloth diaper just like you would with disposable diapers and wipes. If you don’t use cloth wipes, you have to keep the wipes separate from the cloth diapers, and throw them in the trash. I find it MUCH easier to just toss them all together into the diaper pail.
#3 Use a diaper pail with a wet bag liner
This diaper pail works perfectly for us, along with this wet bag liner. You just remove the wet bag through the handy door in the side, and dump the bag and it’s contents into the washer. Easy peasy. Have a second wet bag to use while the other is being washed.
#4 Instead of buying or making a fancy “wipe solution”, use WATER!
A small spray bottle with water works perfectly for keeping little bum’s clean. Spray a couple times on you baby’s bum, and use cloth wipes to wipe clean. Travels well, and you never have to worry about keeping the wipes themselves wet or mold free.
Last, but not least!
#5 Have enough cloth diapers to only wash every third day
Every three days is the magic number. More than that, and you might have mold issues. Less, and you will feel like you are ALWAYS. WASHING. DIAPERS. Usually somewhere between 24-30 cloth diapers is a good number .
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