By using cloth you help keep chemicals off your baby and out of landfills.
Why Cloth Diapers?
Over 25 billion disposable diapers are sent to landfills every year.
A year of disposables can cost over $2500. Cloth diapers for one child can cost as little as $200.
$0.25 per diaper
x 8 diapers per day
x 364 days per year
$728 per year
$72 per month
x12 months per year
$864 per year
$10-20 per diaper
x24 diaper wash rotation
+$50 - $200 diaper accessories
$290 - $680 total
Types Of Diapers
- Made of several layers of cotton in a rectangular shape.
- The "prefold" is folded around your baby and secured with a fastener or held in place by a cover.
- Economical - very inexpensive!
- Often used as rags, burp cloths, ect. when outgrown.
- Easy to wash.
- Made of absorbent material, shaped to fit your baby in a snug and comfortable way.
- Easy to use - no folding, no fasteners needed!
- Most popular overnight option.
- Used over fitted diapers or prefold diapers to make waterproof.
- Can be reused multiple times between washing.
- A fleece-lined diaper cover with an opening.
- Like a pillow case, you “stuff” an absorbent insert into the pocket.
- Adjustable absorbency.
- Fast drying.
- Wash after each use.
All In One
- Waterproof shell, absorbent interior, and soft lining are all built-in.
- Easy to Use - Most like a disposable diaper, except you wash them.
All In Two
Diaper cover (shell) with snap-in inserts.
Inserts / Doublers
- Insert/Soaker - Refers to the absorbent part of a diaper, often removeable but sometimes sewn in. Pocket Diapers, Fitteds, and All-in-Ones may have inserts or soakers.
- Liner - Lays on top of diaper, between baby and absorbent material. Contains no absorbency itself, it is meant to protect against stains and/or create a barrier against diaper creams and ointments. Also used to make waste removal easier.
- Cold water light wash/pre-rinse cycle with no detergent.
- Hot water wash (highest water level, longer cycle) with detergent.
- Extra rinse cycle if necessary.
- Tumble or line dry.
- Remove solids into toilet and put used diaper into dry diaper pail, garbage can, or wetbag. (If your baby is solely breastfed, skip this step).
- After 2-3 days (or as needed) dump soiled diapers into washing machine.
- Start with 3/4 the amount of detergent you'd normally use.
- Imagine Baby Products recommends Tide Original.
- Line drying is wonderful for cloth diapers, as it will naturally remove stains and disinfect, as well as keep them in great condition.
- No bleach, softeners, homemade detergents or diaper creams without a barrier as these can coat your diapers or cause undue wear and damage.
Diapers Per Day
- 15-30 diapers for 2-3 days between washing.
- Generally newborns can go through 12 diapers each day.
- As babies grow, they may only need 5-8 diapers per day.
- Flannel or fleece wipes.
- Imagine baby butter.
- Diaper sprayer - sprays diaper clean.
- Wet bag - stores dirty diapers.
- Diaper pail liner - washable with diapers.
- Flushable diaper liners.