5 Tips To Make Cloth Diapering A Breeze!

5 Tips To Make Cloth Diapering A Breeze | areturntosimplicity.comCloth 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!!

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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.

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#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.

Diaper pail

#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.

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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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10 responses to “5 Tips To Make Cloth Diapering A Breeze!”

  1. Joelle says:

    “It’s not because it’s the hip thing to do” – Amen!! But I’m so glad we did! Every time I see the price of disposables I can’t imagine using them full time!

  2. Love your tips, you really do make it sound so simple and it is easier than what people think! I’m happy we used cloth diapers with our second child, definitely saved us more money and felt good helping out the environment. Pinning & sharing on my FB page today: http://www.facebook.com/BNadyn Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. JES says:

    These are great tips! Cloth diapering has come a long way since when I had littles! Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! I am sure this information will bless many new mothers 🙂

  4. angie says:

    How do you cloth diaper when on vacation or traveling and visiting family?

    • Angi says:

      Well, we haven’t gone on an actual vacation since Finn was born, so I can only give you a hypothetical version there. If we went to the beach, and rented a house with our extended family, I would carry on as usual and just bring my wet bag that has a zipper top instead of carting along an actual diaper pail. If we went somewhere more rustic, like camping, it would depend on the length. If it was just a weekend, I would still do the same cloth diaper routine, and just wash when we got home, but if it was a longer rustic vacation, I would get disposables. When we visit family, I just bring along my large wet bag with the zipper top like I mentioned above, and do the exact same routine. If we stay over longer than three days, I wash at my relative’s house, and go from there. If it’s a shorter trip I just wash once we get home. Does that make sense? I think having a wet bag with a zipper top is key for traveling while cloth diapering!

      • Tara says:

        That’s what I do & it’s nice to have a big wet bag cause I have a baby and a two year old that I’m trying to potty train so it comes in handy for when she has an accident also

  5. Alyssa says:

    I noticed your organic baby powder on the dresser– I’d love to know how you make it! (If you make it yourself)

    We use cloth diapers as well– same ones, BumGenius pocket one size, however, we used Green Mountain Diapers 100% cotton fitteds with Rumparoo PUL covers on him as a newborn (since we weren’t sure exactly how big he’d be and wanted to ensure the best fit on our newborn) and I find I prefer those! I hate the synthetic fabrics for cloth diapers and I found the cotton was less finicky with washing and was way more absorbent. Only problem is the Green Mountain Diapers you have to get a stash for every size as opposed to the OS cloth diaper alternatives. I love the GMD 100% cotton diapers so much– I wish they had a OS option!

    • Angi says:

      Awesome, Alyssa! I would love to convert to all natural fabrics for cloth diapers as well. My organic baby powder is 1/2c. Bentonite clay, and 2 Tablespoons of organic arrowroot powder or corn starch. Super easy and quick to make!

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