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Cloth Diaper 101

When I first started thinking about cloth diapering it was about a month before Sarah potty trained so I found no point in looking into it. So when I became pregnant with Shelby I started looking into cloth diapering. I didn’t make the decision to cloth diaper until I was in my second trimester. Below are some of the tips I used for cloth diapering.

Trust me, when you first think about cloth diapering it cam be so overwhelming. You have no idea which diapers to get, where to buy them, how to wash them. But I did do some research first and figured why not at least try. If it it works out then I’ll save us a lot of money!

First, think about what type of style you want to use. This is a loaded question. There are so many different styles out there and some are not for everyone! I liked the easiness of disposables. I liked I just had to strap them on the baby and go. I knew that with Cloth Diapering I would want something easy. We did have an entire newborn stash but Shelby was so big we hardly used them at all. For us we loved the newborn BumGenius AIO. Or you can wait until your baby is big enough for OS (one size) and not even deal with a newborn stash (what we will do next time around). Our favorites are definitely BumGenius OS. sure we have to stuff them with the inserts but I love how they look and to me are not bulky as other diapers. Also, depending on the diapers you get think about washing time. Pockets take no time at all to dry while AIO take much longer.

Second, what is your budget? Before you can set a budget you need to think of the style of diaper you want. Obviously if you go with prefolds and covers it will cost a lot less than going with AIO (all in ones) or pockets. I didn’t really set a budget but I knew wanted to keep my cost as low as possible. Depending on how often you want to wash your diapers depends on how many you need. We have about 12 right now we really like, and fit the baby nicely and 6 that are ones we like but because they are snaps we use them last. We are washing diapers every other day.

Next, I suggest purchasing a few different brands. Don’t go all out and buy one brand and one type of diaper. You don’t know what you or baby will like. I knew I wanted to use what would be easiest but I am glad I have a bunch of different brands to try out. We have both hook and loop (velcro) and snaps. Both have their ups and downs. velcro is easy for night time changes and you can get a really good wit with smaller babies. But velcro can be a pain when it comes to washing, and the diapers may not last all the way to potty training. Snaps, will last longer, are easier to wash but it’s harder to get that snug fit on smaller babies. so purchase a few different brands/styles. Once you know what you like buy in bulk, and you can always sell the diapers you don’t like. (yes, cloth diapers hold excellent resell value).

Lastly, detergent. I decided to buy BumGenius Diaper Detergent. But others use plain tide, or Rockin Green detergent. So be sure to research the detergent that will work for you. You will also want to read up on care and washing your diapers. Everyone will have different suggestions so be sure to read the brand’s website on the diapers you have for their care instructions.

Cloth Diapering is easy really. All you need to do is do a little research before hand on the diapers you want to try, and there are so many awesome blogs/sites out there.

Our favorites are: Bum Genius (velcro and snaps) OS, Kissaluvs newborn, osocozy size s, and Bummis OS. I think I would have our entire stash BumGenius and Bummis only.

Our favorite shops: www.cottonbabies.com, ebay and amazon. Of course there are tons of online stores, if you can find any stores that are local to you then of course that would be best. You can then get a chance to see the diapers in person, feel them and then decide which ones to try out.

I am a total newbie to cloth diapering, but this is what I have learned so far.

 

 

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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 5 and a son who is 2. They currently reside in Texas.

13 Responses to “Cloth Diaper 101”

  1. Heather says:

    I plan on cloth diapering too! However, for the newborn, I opted for the folding kind with a cover because of the cost. I’ll get some AIO once she’s a little bigger and will stay in one size for a longer period of time. Thanks for the review!

    • Amanda says:

      Heather, yes prefolds work great for newborns. I did buy them and covers but we never got around to using them.

  2. Marcie W. says:

    I would have even less of a clue on how to cloth diaper than you did when starting. It seems like you’re learning a lot and thanks for sharing it!

  3. Eileen says:

    Thanks so much Mandy, my daughter bought a few brands and is trying to start now that her babies diapers arent so “slippery”. lol. I am proud of her for doing something I never thought much of with my 6 kids. It’s still something we don’t know a lot about here so all the info we can find is great. I have to admit I told her grandma and grandpa will be fine helping with the disposables (she is a young mom and they live with us), but after researching it seems to be good for babies, REALLY good for the environment (at least in waste disposal) and they are SO darn cute!

    • Amanda says:

      I have to admit that I love using cloth so much more. Yes, cloth is bulky on a smaller baby but the biggest things I Have noticed is that we don’t have the blowouts in cloth and they don’t smell nearly as bad as with sposies! Your daughter is awesome for trying out cloth!!!

  4. shelly peterson says:

    Thanks for sharing all your great info. I never used cloth diapers with my kids so I know nothing about using them at all. This might be a good idea for my daughter to think about using. She is a young soon to be mom and lives with me still. This would save on money and save the environment as well.

  5. I tried to want to do cloth because I hate the diapers filling landfills and such, but I just could not do it. Hopefully we will have her trained soon and be done with diapers before age 3.

    But after reading this post, I think I might try it for this year… you make it sound so easy.

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  6. mindy r. says:

    I love the idea of cloth diapers… now if I can only get my husband on board…

  7. Jackie says:

    Thank you Amanda!!!! This post just answered most of my questions! Thinking of switching to cloth with my 6month old.

    • Amanda says:

      Your welcome, like I said I am new to cloth diapering but this is waht I have learned so far. and I LOVE cloth!

  8. christine jessamine says:

    i love this review. I am new to cloth diapering and any tips help tremendously!

  9. Rajee Pandi says:

    I always choose one size diaper. I am afraid to choose other sizes thinking that it may not fit properly

  10. Jill says:

    I actually like pre-folds and covers (for customizable absorbency and fit… and cost), but my hubby (and daycare) prefers the Tots Bots Easy Fit, as its the best of all worlds: velcro that really works, pocket diaper with the insert attached on one end (so its really an AIO, but dries quickly!), and is one-sized.
    We also have a lot of the one-sized BumGenius Elementals – they take longer to dry, but are so easy!

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