Getting started with cloth diapers shouldn't be intimidating. It should be exciting! So many great things are in store for those who decide to take this journey. With so many options that are cute and simple to use, getting started is easy. On this page you will find all the information you need, ranging from the types and styles, to how to use and wash your cloth diapers. Want to chat or ask questions with some others who are passionate about cloth diapers? Join Nicki's Diapers Cloth Diaper Chatter Group on Facebook.
Getting Started With Cloth Diapering
Disposable diapers can cost an average of $1,000 per year! Keep that in mind when comparing pricing for cloth diapers, which can be reused until your child no longer needs diapers!
Save The Environment
Loaded with chemicals and plastics, disposable diapers are nowhere near environmentally friendly. Add up the 3,000 diapers a child averages a year and it becomes a big problem.
Save The Worries
Remember those chemicals we mentioned? Well they you also want to avoid those touching your babies bottom. Cloth diapers are much gentler on their sensitive skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Many Diapers Do I Need?
The number of diapers you need ultimately depends on the age of the baby and how long you want to go between washings. We recommend washing every 1-3 days, so you’ll want to estimate how many diapers you’ll use each day and how often you will wash.
Newborns can go through as many as 12-15 inserts or diapers per day, so having 24-36 diapers on hand is usually a good number. This will allow you to go 2-3 days between washings.
As babies get older and start sleeping longer periods at night, they often only require between 5 and 8 diapers per day, so you may need fewer diapers in larger sizes or will be able to wash less often.
What Do I Do With Dirty Diapers?
Once those diapers are dirty, you need somewhere to put them! Luckily, there are many great options! Diaper pails with a variety of colorful designs to match baby’s room are a popular option. You can also try a hanging pail which can be placed in the bathroom or on the nursery door. Both options are stylish, functional, and eco-friendly.
Cloth diapers are easy to use outside of the house as well. Just take a stylish and functional wet bag to store the dirty diapers in until you get home and can add them to the rest of your dirty diapers.
What Do You Do With The Poop?
If your baby is fed only breastmilk, their poop is completely water soluble and will wash out easily in the washer! No removal required before washing, how great is that? Just put the dirty diaper in your diaper pail and add them directly to your washer on wash day.
If baby drinks formula or is started to eat solids, the poop should be removed before washing to avoid stains or buildup. We suggest using a diaper sprayer to easily remove the solids. You can also use biodegradable liners to catch the solid waste, or simply shake it off into the toilet before washing.
What Do You Do With The Diapers Away From Home?
Taking a wet bag along will keep things simple while you’re out and about. You can roll up the cloth diaper and put it right in the wet bag until you get home. The Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag is great because you can keep the clean diapers and wipes in the dry pocket then once they are used transfer them to the wet pocket. These too come in many fun styles and colors.
What Are The Benefits Of Natural Over Synthetic Fibers?
There are pros and cons to both natural and synthetic fibers and we recommend trying some of each to determine what fits your family best.
Many people prefer to have a natural material against baby’s skin, such as wool, bamboo, or hemp. Many natural fibers are very trim and absorbent, as well as being anti-microbial. Wool, for instance, is naturally moisture resistant and reduces odors! However, natural fibers don’t have the wicking qualities that many synthetic materials offer, so your baby may be more sensitive to the wetness. They can also be heavier and generally cost more than synthetic fibers (however you're not buying as many.)
Synthetic fabrics, like microfiber, also have a lot of great advantages! They are often a lighter material and are generally less expensive. One reason many people love synthetic is because they can quickly wick moisture away from the skin, making baby feel dry and more comfortable, and in turn reduce diaper rash.