Cloth Diaper Party Gift Ideas For The Second Baby
A Sprinkle For The Second Baby
The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time, and many celebrate it with a baby shower. If it’s not the family’s first baby, a diaper sprinkle is often substituted in place of a full-blown shower.
The difficulty in finding new cloth diaper party gift ideas for the second baby is that, because cloth is reusable and can be used for multiple children, the expectant mom won’t necessarily need a whole lot (if any) more diapers. But don’t despair, there are still plenty of useful things you can get a second-time, cloth diapering mom.
Obviously, there’s always the option of getting her a couple of new diapers, since some of her old ones could have worn out (and who doesn’t love a reason to get new fluff?). She might also need more diapers if her children are close in age because the oldest might not be completely potty trained. If there’s a possibility that she’ll be using the diapers for two different-sized children, a great option would be to get her some one-size-fits-all diapers, so they can be used for both the toddler and the new baby.
Also, be sure to ask if your pregnant friend has a registry. There’s no use getting her something she already has or won’t use, especially if she already has a written list of items that she needs or wants. However, if she doesn’t have any registry, the following lists will help you figure out what she might need.
Cloth Diaper Prefolds
Prefolds can also double as burp cloths. It’s hard to have too many of these, so even if your mama friend already has some, it doesn’t hurt to get a few more.
There are three common fibers used for inserts: Microfiber, Hemp, and Bamboo. Hemp and Bamboo are made of natural fibers, and both are highly absorbent. Microfiber is cheaper than the other two, but it can’t be used up against the baby’s skin. Each kind has its pros and cons. If you need more information about the differences and which one(s) you should get, this is a great resource to learn more.
Flat Lay Diapers
When using flat lay or prefold diapers, these are a must-have! Gone are the days of carefully inserting diaper pins and hoping you don’t poke your baby. These hold the diaper together with minimal risk to baby, and they’re also much easier to use.
These can double as burp cloths or hand towels, making them extremely useful to have around. It never hurts to get an expectant mom a pack of these, whether she cloth diapers or not.
Wool Diaper Covers
Wool diaper covers are extremely absorbent, making them especially useful for nighttime diapering or extra-heavy wetters. They’re also more breathable than PUL (what many diaper covers are made of), which reduces the risk of diaper rash.
If she’s cloth diapering, chances are that she’s also interested in using cloth wipes. Since her goal with cloth diapering is probably to save money and reduce her trash output, the same can go for wipes. Even if she already has some cloth wipes, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to get her more.
Diaper Rash Ointment
Not all diaper rash creams and ointments are made equal. Using a petroleum-based diaper cream will actually clog the fibers of cloth diapers, which will make them repel liquids instead of absorbing them. Not to worry, there are plenty of diaper creams that are safe for cloth diapers, such as the ones on this diaper rash cream for cloth diapers index. This list shows you exactly what is and is not in the top choices for cloth diaper safe diaper rash creams!
Most cloth diapering moms use a mixture of cloth and disposable wipes, so getting her a few packages of baby wipes will probably be handy.
Diaper Cleaning Supplies
A diaper sprayer is the best invention for cloth diapering ever. In spite of that, there are many moms who use cloth for years without ever getting one, or even knowing that they exist. Do your cloth-diapering friend a huge favor and gift her one of these amazing devices.
It’s easy to go through a lot of laundry detergent when cloth diapering, so this would definitely be a very helpful gift. However, you need to be cautious, because not all laundry detergents are good for washing cloth diapers. If you’re uncertain what kind to get, check to see if she has a preference. If not, here’s an awesome resource to help you decide which brand to get.
Stainless Steel Clothes Drying Hangers
Air-drying cloth diapers is preferable over-drying them in the dryer because it helps to reduce odors (particularly if they’re hanging in the sun) and increases the life-span of the diaper. Of course, this can be hard to do since most people don’t have a laundry line in their yard. That’s where these drying hangers come into play. They are made of sturdy stainless steel, each boasting 10 clips on which you can hang diapers and inserts as they dry.
If she’s been using her diapers for a while, particularly with the previous child, it would be a good idea for her to strip her diapers in preparation for the new baby. Some women don’t realize that they’re supposed to strip their diapers, so combining a printed “how-to” article , along with the stripping agents, might be helpful.
20 Mule Team Borax
Most people have hard water, which can build up in diapers and cause them to lose absorbency. In order to combat this, adding some borax to each load, along with the laundry detergent, can soften the water and keep the diapers fresh longer.
Diaper Storage Supplies
Ubbi Diaper Pail
This diaper pail is unique in that it doesn’t require specialized bags, which means you can use reusable cloth bags and wash them along with your diapers. Having a designated place to put used diapers in-between washings is super helpful, and it’s even better when you can lock in smells at the same time.
Reusable Cloth Diaper Pail Bags
These reusable bags are perfect to pair with the diaper pail mentioned above. These reduce the need to continue purchasing plastic bags as time goes on, and they can be washed right along with a load of diapers they were carrying.
Diaper caddies are useful in multiple ways.
During the first couple weeks after the baby arrives, it can be used to keep snacks, diapers, wipes, changes of outfits (for baby), water, and diaper rash ointment on hand next to mama as she rests. It’s easily transferable when she moves around the house, and that’s especially beneficial if the bedroom or nursery is upstairs. Having a caddy means she can have supplies with her downstairs and avoid making frequent trips up the stairs.
The other way this caddy can be used is to keep a constant supply of diapering essentials in the car. The fact that it’s super organized is a whole bonus in-and-of-itself.
Hanging Diaper Storage
Hanging storage makes great use of vertical space, which is especially important if the expectant family has a small house and/or nursery.
Large Wet Bag
Once again, it’s all about vertical space! If a diaper pail would take up too much floor space, these will do the trick. These wet bags can be hung from doorknobs, hangers, or hooks in order to leave the floor clear.
Small Wet-Dry Bags
These are a must-have to keep in the diaper bag for soiled diapers. The PUL lining inside keeps liquids and scents locked in, so it doesn’t stink up or soil the rest of the contents in your diaper bag. Throw the wet-dry bag in the washer with a load of diapers and voilà! It’s ready to reuse.
Never underestimate the power of a gift card! If you’re uncertain about what she already has, or what her needs are, then a gift card may be the best way to go. Some good cloth diapering-related gift cards could be:
Don’t forget, sometimes the most helpful thing can be something food-related– like a grocery store or restaurant gift card. Breastfeeding mamas eat a lot, so some help with the grocery budget would likely be highly appreciated!
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