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The Basics of Cloth Diapers

What do I need for successful cloth diapering?

CLOTH DIAPERS: It's best to have approximately 24-36 cloth diapers in order to wash every 2-3 days. In the first few months, you may use upward of 12-15 cloth diapers per day. Prefold cloth diapers are a great option in the beginning since they are economical and trim. Most one size cloth diapers (OS) begin to fit about 10lbs, some not until about 3 months old.

WIPES: Cloth wipes are AWESOME. You will need at least 1 wipe per change. Cloth wipes ?do? more than their disposable counterpart. There are different ways to use wipes, some parents keep them wet, and some parents wet them as needed from the sink or a peri/spray bottle. You can use just water, or a wipe solution.

PAIL: Keep things simple with a trash can! No need for fancy diaper pails. You could use a pail liner if you like, however many parents don?t to keep costs down. Pail should always be dry ? wet pails can harbor bacteria, may be a potential drowning hazard for your little ones, and are also very hard on elastics and PUL (polyurethane lining).

WETBAG: Having a few wetbags on hand are great for when you leave the house and need somewhere to store your dirties. There are hanging wetbags if you prefer to use them instead of a pail.


Diaper sprayers are great for when the little ones begin eating solid foods. They easily attach to your toilet to spray the dirties away! (FYI ? if the baby is only breastfed, no need to rinse or spray ? breastfed poop is water soluble and will wash away easily in the washer.)

A cloth diaper safe detergent is a must. This is one of the challenges of cloth diapering. Using a CD safe detergent will lessen the likelihood of troubles down the road and lessen the need to strip diapers of residues.

A cloth diaper safe cream is sometimes needed, although not always! Using cloth diapers tends to lessen your baby's risk for rashes. However, sometimes food allergies arise and some extra healing power is needed!

Pins or Snappis are options for closureless diapers like prefolds, flats, contours and some fitteds.

Covers are needed for certain types of diapers. Prefolds, flats, contours and fitteds DO NOT have any waterproofing. Types of covers are PUL, fleece (anti pill, polar) and wool.

Liners are sometimes needed when certain types of creams are used, or when a stay dry option isn't present in a particular diaper. Liners may be fleece(staydry)(microfleece), flannel, raw silk or suedecloth(staydry).