Would you like to learn a few tips for cloth diapering? Cloth diapering is NOT what it used to be. Modern technology has really advanced the cloth diapering methods! If you’re considering cloth diapers, but just aren’t sure yet, maybe these tips for cloth diapering can help convince you. Remember, you can always switch to disposable if you find that cloth doesn’t work for you!
1. Getting Started
Of all the tips for cloth diapering, my number one hint is to not be intimidated by using cloth diapers! Despite hearsay, it’s not anymore difficult than using disposable diapers. You still have to change your baby AND do laundry anyway, so why stress about it? To get started, you will typically need about 12-15 diapers. Some moms start out with fewer, but having this amount means you only need to wash them every other day instead of every day.
2. Try Different Types
There are a large number of cloth diapers available on the market these days, and it can be confusing to new moms. Don’t feel like you must try one of every brand out there, but don’t narrow yourself down to just one. Start out with at least two different brands and styles to give yourself some options. Once you find what works, then stick with it!
3. Age Doesn’t Matter
Newsflash: You don’t have to start cloth diapering the day your baby is born! In fact, you could wait until your child is six months old before introducing cloth diapers! Or, you could use cloth diapers until your child is 6 months, then switch to disposables. The point is, it doesn’t matter what your child’s age is in relation to using cloth diapers.
4. Gather Advice
For new moms who are just learning the curve of motherhood, there is lots of advice available to you. This isn’t limited to feedings and nap time; it includes cloth diapers as well! Countless blogs and websites will offer you helpful advice, but so will other mothers. Find other moms in your area who use cloth diapers, and then pick their brains! They won’t mind sharing knowledge!
5. Washing and Drying
Washing and drying your cloth diapers isn’t as hard as you might think. For extra dirty diapers, shake the excess into a toilet. Pull out the dirty insert, and then drop it into a laundry bag. Once it’s time to do laundry, simply empty the bag into your washer. No need to touch the dirty inserts! You can wash the diapers themselves once weekly. Try to use a perfume free laundry detergent to keep the fibers in the inserts from wearing down easily. And it’s perfectly fine to toss your inserts into the dryer! Most diapers should air dry though.
6. Don’t Use Diaper Creams
Diaper creams are known to break down the fibers in your diaper inserts, as well as make your baby’s rash worse. This is because cloth diapers don’t wick moisture away as easily as disposables do. This is why you need to change a little more often with cloth diapers. If your baby develops a rash, use disposables for a few days until the rash clears up!
7. Bleaching and Stripping
Cloth diaper inserts do need to be stripped and bleached occasionally. It’s very easy to do. About once a month, add a scoop of oxi-clean powder to your load of diaper inserts. Then, take them outside and lay them in the sun to dry. The sun acts as a natural bleaching agent!
8. Cloth Diapering in Public
It’s not that hard to use cloth diapers in public! Some tips to help it go a little more smoothly: pre-stuff your diapers with inserts before leaving the house. Pack a mini wet-bag along; this will be where you store the dirty diapers until you get home. No leakage or odor will escape the wet bag, so no worries!
9. You CAN Use Disposables
In spite of how adamant you are to cloth diapers, don’t knock disposables entirely. Many moms find that having disposables on hand are great for nights, long car trips, babysitters, or in case you get behind on laundry one week. Your baby won’t mind, and no one will call you a bad mother if you need to use disposables for a few days, or even if you decide to switch over entirely!
As an expectant mother myself, I have been doing loads of research on cloth diapering. I hope to use cloth diapers with my own little one, and these helpful tips have all encouraged me in my endeavors. Have you ever tried cloth diapers? What are your tips for cloth diapering? Thanks for reading