Today I would like to share a number of my cloth diapering experiences with you. I’m the mother of four children. They have all been cloth diapered through complete potty training (including nighttime wetting) and I have had the chance to evaluate a plethora of the diapers available out there. Hopefully, I can help you with any questions you would have during your cloth diapering journey!
Researching and selecting cloth diapers are often extremely overwhelming! Many parents become stressed and ask what they really need to successfully cloth diaper their baby. I’ve broken it down for you in terms of *Must Haves* and *Might Wants*. I hope this helps!
- Diapers – 36 for newborn stage, 24-36 for infant and toddler stage. If you select diapers that are available in many sizes, you will need 24-36 diapers in each size. If you select a one-size diaper, you will only need 24-36 total. There is a chance that you might need to replace worn items on occasion after extended use.
- Prefolds or Flat Diapers, Contours or Fitted Diapers plus Covers – 4-6 diaper covers or 3- 4 wool covers per size (or choose those with adjustable sizing)
- All-In-Ones or Pockets (AIOs and Pocket Diapers have ‘built in” covers)
- One-Size Hybrid System – 4-6 diaper covers to be used with 24-36 inserts
- Diaper Sprayer – Attaches to your toilet and makes the removal of solid waste as easy as a spray. Otherwise, you will need to dunk-n-swish or use a poop scraper.
- Snappis – Fasten prefolds, contours, or fitted diapers without closures.
- Baby Bits – Tiny chunks of glycerin soap that are made into a solution in spray bottles or wipes warmers.
- Wipe Spray – Sprays directly on baby’s bottom and wipes clean with a cloth wipe.
- Wipes Warmer – Use a solution or plain water to keep wipes moist and warm at home.
- Small Wet Bag – Keep your dry wipes and spray organized and protect from leakage when you are on the go.
- Flushable Liners – For easy cleaning of soiled diapers
- Inserts, Doublers, or Liners – Customizable to the needs of your child, these may offer additional absorbency or stay-dry capabilities to your diapers. Many different fabric options are available. It is best to consult with a cloth diaper expert to determine which is right for your situation.
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