What do I REALLY need to get started? How many cloth diapers do I need? What kind of laundry detergent should I use? How do I cloth diaper while on the go? Do I need acloth diaper sprayer?
These are just some of the questions that many new parents have when they first think about cloth diapering their babies.
Most families just want someone to tell them what works and the exact items they should purchase.
You could spend hours researching what you need to cloth diaper, but to give you a head start in the process and save you some valuable time, here’s the information you need to get started with cloth diapering.
Below you will find the cloth diapering essentials that you will use EVERYDAY.
You will need 24-30 cloth diapers in your stash. With that number, you should expect to wash the dirties once every two or three days.
There are manytypes of cloth diapers out there. Try a few with your little one before picking your preferred style.
We recommend using cloth wipes. They are super soft and, if you are cloth diapering anyway, it takes minimal effort to wash them with the cloth diapers.
A cloth diaper wipe warmer is a nice addition to any cloth diapering setup. While not necessary - some might think this is a bit luxurious for a baby’s tush - we think baby’s tush deserves the best.
You can buy cloth diapering wipes, use wash cloths, or make your own cloth diapering wipes. Cut the fabric into eight-inch by eight-inch squares, which is the perfect size, and reinforce the edges using a sewing machine (if desired). Fold the cloth diapering wipes in half, place them in your wipe warmer with some water, and you are good to go! You will need 40-50 wipes.
Diaper pails help keep odors contained. Most diaper pails will fit one large waterproof wet bag. A kitchen-sized trash bag will also fit inside the diaper pail and you can use that instead of a wet bag.
One large wet bag fits nicely in most diaper pails. You will want to have two large wet bags so you can alternate the bags when you do laundry. The large wet bag will hold around 15-18 cloth diapers, which is perfect for timing the next load of laundry. The wet bags are waterproof and will help keep odors contained.
You will also want one medium wet bag for when you are on-the-go. The medium wet bag will fit well in the typical diaper bag and will still hold several dirty diapers. If you are using daycare, you might want a second medium wet bag because you will be using them often.
Diaper Rash Cream
While diaper rashes are less common with cloth diapering (another benefit), they do happen occasionally. Coconut oil is a great all natural diaper rash cream. It feels very smooth and as a bonus it is cloth diaper-safe.
There are many cloth diaper-safe detergents out there. Remember, these diapers are going to be in close contact with sensitive parts of your baby’s body so choose a cloth diaper-safe detergent that is non-toxic, allergen-free, and without fragrances, dyes, enzymes, softeners, or brighteners. You could even use the cloth diaper detergent for your baby’s clothes!
Cloth Diaper Sprayer
A cloth diaper sprayer is an essential for some and a luxury for others. It helps keep your hands poop-free, so we consider it an essential! The cloth diaper sprayer attaches directly to your toilet so you can easily wash solids off the diaper and flush them away. In addition, a cloth diaper sprayer provides a pre-wash before putting the cloth diaper into your diaper pail and eventually through the washing machine.