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Choosing reusable cloth diapers is a big decision that can lead to a rewarding journey for you and your baby. But where do you start? Here are the most commonly asked questions on how to start your cloth diaper journey.

Nicki's Diapers is a family business founded by Nicki and later joined by her husband Jesse. As a husband and wife team, they worked together to ensure the highest quality products while following responsible environmental and social business practices. The company is now located in Akron, Ohio.

5 Tips for Transitioning from Disposables to Cloth Diapers

The decision to cloth diaper is an exciting one!

There are so many benefits to making the switch from disposable diapers to cloth diapers, including HUGE savings in the long run. Choosing to cloth diaper reduces tons (literally...tons) of waste.

Not to mention, you’re protecting your child from the harmful chemicals that are present in disposables!

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It’s understandable that you may feel intimidated when transitioning from disposable diapers to cloth diapers, but it’s really not as bad as you think!

Here are 5 tips to ensure your transition to cloth diapering is smooth and straightforward.

Tip 1: Research! Research! Research!

When starting something new, it’s always important to do your research first.

Cloth diapering is a lifestyle that thousands of people use and there is an abundance of information online from cloth diaper experts.

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There are SO many people who love to share the things they’ve learned about cloth diapers with others, so take advantage!

For example, Nicki’s Diapers has a Cloth Diaper Chatter Group where you can ask questions, share advice, give reviews and/or seek guidance on cloth diapering.

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It’s important to understand the different types of cloth diapers and how they work. You can use cloth diapers in lots of different ways, so you’ll want to know which ones will work best for your needs!

A lot of it comes down to personal preference, which you might not have yet when you first start.

Choosing between pocket diapers, all-in-one diapers, fitted diapers, or prefold diapers doesn’t have to be stressful!

Many new mommas start out with the all-in-one diapers since they’re super easy to use and most similar to disposable diapers.

nicki's diapers all in one cloth diaper

I recommend buying a few different styles of diapers in the beginning and trying them all out.

That way, you can discover what works best for you and your family. Do you like snap fasteners or velcro?

Cotton fabric or bamboo? All-in-one diapers or fitted? By trying out different styles, you’ll learn what you and your baby prefer best. Everyone is different!

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Tip 2: Do What You’re Comfortable With

Don’t stress yourself out by thinking you need to stop using disposable diapers all at once and never turn back.

Sure, you can do this if you want to jump right in and are excited to adapt to the cloth diaper lifestyle, but there is no shame in transitioning slowly!

It’s important to do what you’re comfortable with, because let’s be honest, adding extra diaper stress to your already crazy-busy day is just not gonna cut it.

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Many moms (and dads) appreciate the flexibility of keeping some disposables on hand while they figure out cloth diapering and find a routine.

Some people love using cloth diapers at home, but prefer to use disposables when going out. It’s totally okay to take your time in the transition and figure out what works best for you.

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Tip 3: Find a Wash Routine

One of the most common concerns that people have when thinking about cloth diapering is washing them.

I mean, how on earth do you deal with all that poop and stuff? Truly, it’s not that hard (or as messy) as you might be imagining!

Finding a wash routine will be a game changer for your transition from disposables to cloth diapers.

Once you get over the initial worry of washing dirty diapers, you’ll see it’s not as bad as you thought.

You’ll quickly realize how little you’re actually throwing in the trash, and even better… you’ll realize how much LESS money you’re spending on disposables. Hello, extra savings!

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We recommend having a couple wet bags or wet dry bags on hand to store the dirty diapers until you can wash them.

Our large wet bags, can store up to 15 diapers and will keep “all the stuff” sealed up until you can tackle some laundry.

A lot of Nicki’s Diapers’ fans like doing a cold rinse before washing their diapers with detergent. Others like to do a second rinse after washing for good measure, but you don’t have to.

There is more than one way to wash diapers; every mom has a slightly different way to do it! Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of tips on cleaning cloth diapers.

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Don’t stress about this part of the process. Washing your cloth diapers will quickly become second nature to you!

Soon enough it’ll be another part of your daily routine. Don’t forget to wash your wet bags, too!

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Tip 4: Check Out Some Accessories

There’s more to cloth diapering than just putting a diaper on a baby.

Having the right accessories on hand will ensure your transition from disposables to cloth diapers is as easy as can be!

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I already mentioned the benefit of having a wet bag to store dirty diapers, but it’s worth noting that some moms like to use small or large diaper pail liners instead.

Having a designated place to store diapers until you can wash them is the main point here!

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Buying a diaper sprayer isn’t a mandatory item right off the bat, but if you’re looking to make diapering easier, it’s definitely worth looking into.

A diaper sprayer attaches to your toilet and makes it super convenient to spray off your dirty diapers in the toilet.

Almost acting like a pre-wash, it gets those diapers a bit cleaner and easy to manage until you can throw them in the laundry. Not to mention it keeps your wet bags cleaner, too.

Depending on the style of diaper you buy, we recommend having some extra inserts on hand, especially in the beginning as you adjust to cloth diapering.

Adding an insert to a baby’s diaper is necessary in times when extra absorbency is needed, like during traveling or overnight. It doesn’t hurt to have some liners on hand in case you need them in a pinch!

Some moms like to use liners all the time since it can help to protect the fabric of the cloth diaper.

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Lastly, consider adding some cloth wipes to your collection. If you’re going to make the move to cloth diapers, why not use cloth wipes, too, right?

Nicki’s has a selection of wipes to get you started if this is something you’re interested in trying! They can wash with your diapers, so it’s hardly any extra trouble.

Tip 5: Celebrate!

The best part about transitioning from disposables to cloth diapers is the excitement!

By choosing to cloth diaper, you are choosing to save money, help the environment, and protect your kiddos from disposable diaper chemicals! That’s HUGE, and something to be celebrated!

Can I mention how much fun it is to have beautifully colored diapers with prints and fun designs? That’s one of the best parts, and definitely something to enjoy as you embark on your cloth diapering journey.

happy baby with yellow cloth diaper and cloth diaper laundry

It’s important to find support for all of your cloth diapering questions and have a community of like-minded, cloth diapering moms.

Don’t forget to check out the Nicki’s Diapers Facebook Group I mentioned before! There are also a ton of helpful blogs here on our site!

Be Proud of Your Decision

You should be proud about your decision to cloth diaper especially the newborn cloth diapers, and I hope you’re super excited to get started!

Even though it might be a bit overwhelming at first, we’re here to help get you off on the right foot. We want you to feel happy and confident in your decision and want to help out with anything you may need along the way.

Hopefully these tips helped you to feel more comfortable about making the transition from disposables to cloth diapers!

Now, go get your hands on some cloth diapers